Bristol Takeover Online

A live streamed festival celebrating and supporting Bristol’s music scene

  • Venue:

    Bristol Beacon
  • Time:

    15:00 - 00:00
  • Date:

Bristol Takeover Online was streamed live on Sat 23 May 2020 to over 8,000 viewers. Presented in partnership with, and in aid of, Music Venue Trust’s Save Our Venues campaign, we have raised over £11,500 to date in support of the 30 artists and 10 partner venues involved.

The full festival is no longer available to view on demand. But tune in for Bristol Takeover Online Pt.1 on Sat 20 Jun 2020.



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Bristol Takeover Online

A live streamed festival celebrating and supporting Bristol’s music scene

Bristol Takeover Online was streamed live on Sat 23 May 2020 to over 8,000 viewers. It was made available to view on demand for 10 days following the event but is no longer available.

Following on from Colston Hall’s Bristol Takeover events in 2017 and 2019, Colston Hall Presents Bristol Takeover Online. This time it’s your turn to host, as we live stream a line-up of fresh new talent alongside established names from their homes to yours, in partnership with the following venues. Hit the links to find out more about them:

The LouisianaThekla, The Fleece, ExchangeSt George’s Bristol, Trinity, The Old England, O2 Academy, Rough Trade, Crofters Rights + more.

Bristol Takeover Online is hosted by radio presenters Richard Pitt and Sam Bonham and is part of Music Venue Trust’s Save Our Venues campaign.

Full Schedule

Save Our Venues Campaign

Save Our Venues is a new national campaign to save hundreds of grassroots music venues at imminent risk of being closed down – permanently.

Without these independent venues the live music scene in the UK will die. These grassroots venues play a crucial role in the development of British music, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills. These venues also play a vital role in the cultural and economic vibrancy of any village, town or city.

Line Up

Over 9 hours of live streamed music delivered to your front room featuring:

The Allergies
Adrian Utley (Portishead)
Bethany Roberts and Rowan Elliott
The Desert
DJ Hiphoppapotamus (Tropical Tea Party)
Fantasy Orchestra
Ishmael Ensemble
Martin Green (Lau)
Melt Yourself Down
Nicholson Heal
No Go Stop
Paper Dragon
Pictish Trail
Plastic Mermaids
Rachael Dadd
Run Logan Run
Saffron Records ft. Anna Lisa, Grove, HANAH
Sean Addicott
Sebastian Plano
SK Shlomo
Three Cane Whale
Waldo’s Gift

+ Dot To Dot Takeover ft.
Kate Stapley
Tamu Massif
& archive sets from Wolf Alice, Slaves, Fat White Family, Kagoule & PINS

Donate to support Bristol’s music scene

This live streamed festival is free to watch, but we ask that if you can, please donate what you might normally spend on a gig ticket.

50% of donations will support participating artists.

50% of donations will support Bristol music venues in collaboration with Music Venue Trust.

Bristol is a live music city, let’s make sure it can stay that way.

Music Venue Trust are aiming to ensure no music venue goes under because of the Coronavirus outbreak, and through this festival we want to make sure that is the case in Bristol as well as supporting some of the fantastic artists we work with.

The festival will be live streamed for free via YouTube, but if you are able we please ask that you donate what you might normally spend on a gig ticket via our CrowdFunder page.

The impact of the outbreak is likely to last a long time for artists and venues as it will take time to move safely back towards live events, and we want to ensure the Bristol music scene remains as vibrant as ever.

After the live broadcast, the event will be available on-demand for one week.

Bristol Takeover Online takes place as a pre-cursor to the launch of the Bristol Arts Channel: Together Online – a digital programme of performances, events, talks and more from a cross section of Bristol’s cultural organisations, further details of which are due to be announced soon.

How it works and top tips

Bristol Takeover Online is 9+ hours of back to back live-streamed music. Here’s how it works.

  • The stream will be broadcast on YouTube via the player embedded on our website. Simply join us at 3pm to watch along. You can set a reminder by clicking on the video.
  • All sets are being broadcast from artists’ homes or studios, so proper social distancing is observed. You’ll see live sets, archive footage, premieres of new music videos, specially pre-recorded films and more – all broadcast live.
  • Radio presenters Rich and Sam will be popping up throughout to guide you through the day, speak with artists and run competitions.
  • If you have a Google account, you’ll be able to comment along on the stream in the live chat. Tell us what you’re enjoying, say hi to friends and send messages of support to artists and your favourite venues.
  • Or join us on Twitter and Instagram where we’ll be posting throughout the day.
  • The stream will stay live on our YouTube channel for one week after the event, so you can watch back on demand.
  • Please be patient with any technical hiccups – we’ll do our best to fix them quickly when they inevitably occur!
  • If the worst happens and the stream goes down, we’ll announce on our social media and the Bristol Takeover webpage what to do.
  • If the audio and video go out of sync or you’re having any problems, try refreshing your browser.
  • See you there…!

Were you at this show?

We'd love to hear your memories of the performance. Add your photos, reviews and memories via Twitter using the hashtags: #bristolbeacon and #show275687 and they will appear on this page

Supported by

  • Part of Music Venue Trust’s Save Our Venues campaign

  • Bristol Music Trust is a PRS Foundation Talent Development Partner in association with Youth Music

  • Bristol Music Trust is supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Welcome to
Bristol Beacon

On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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