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Arcadia Live

with Adrian Utley & Will Gregory

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Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp)

A live performance and screening of the acclaimed film Arcadia by BAFTA-winning director Paul Wright.

Adrian Utley (Portishead) and Will Gregory (Goldfrapp) bring the captivating film and their critically acclaimed soundtrack to life with a specially curated 9 piece band, featuring Adrian and Will, together with folk singer Lisa Knapp and a line-up of exceptional musicians and singers.

Released to outstanding reviews in 2018, BAFTA-winner Paul Wright’s Arcadia is an exhilarating study of the British people’s shifting relationship to the land. Through 100 years of archive footage the film explores the changing face of the British countryside over the last century.

Traversing nature and humanity, changing landscapes, rituals ancient and modern, it takes in folk carnivals, masked parades, water divining and harvesting. Footage of landscapes, pre-industrial farming, and plants are interwoven with that of people, mythology, pagan and orthodox rituals. It tells of forgotten times with a riveting blend of poignancy, humour and the surreal.

Set to Adrian and Will’s powerful score of folk, classical, electronic dance music and archive recordings, Arcadia captures the beauty and brutality, the magic and madness of rural Britain.

Bristol Beacon presents

Reserved seated event

Age: 14+ (Under 18s to be accompanied by an adult)

Doors: 18.45
Pre-concert talk: 19.10 – 19.40
Start: 20.00

Pre-concert talk

The pre-concert talk is free to concert ticketholders: please present your ticket to the main concert for entry.

Arcadia Live is produced by Sound UK and funded by Arts Council England.

Arcadia (film) is produced by Hopscotch Films, supported by BFI and Creative Scotland. Arcadia is available to watch on BFI player and available on DVD from the BFI Shop.


“a work that perfectly blends the duality of human existence (light and dark) together, allowing moments of utter sadness to mix with a sense of optimism for our future”

Louder Than War

Pre-concert talk

Mark Cosgrove, Cinema Curator at the Watershed, discusses the inspiration behind Arcadia, the footage featured and the soundtrack with the composers Adrian Utley and Will Gregory.

Full line-up of performers

Will Gregory – lead synth, Mellotron, Korg MS-20, soprano saxophone
Adrian Utley – electric & acoustic guitar, Moog, Mellotron, baritone guitar
Ross Hughes – Musical Director, Microkorg, Circuit, clarinet, flute, baby bass & drums
Lisa Knapp – lead vocals
Victoria Oruwari – vocals
Emma Smith – violin, whistle, guitar, vocals
Francesca Simmons –violin, microkorg, Roland SPD, vocals
Zami Jalil – viola, Juno Alpha, Korg Microsampler, vocals
Drew Morgan – cello, bass guitar, vocals

Out of Arcadia at Watershed

Arcadia (noun): An image or idea of life in the countryside that is believed to be perfect.

Inspired by Paul Wright’s Arcadia, our friends at Watershed are running an Out of Arcadia season, which explores our contradictory relationship to the British countryside. Journey from images of idyllic pastures to pagan rituals, industrialised landscapes and raves in rural fields.

The Out of Arcadia season runs at Watershed from Fri 11 – Sun 20 Nov.

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The venue

St George’s Bristol

Covid-19 Safety Measures at St George’s Bristol

If you have Covid-19 symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate you should not attend this event.

Strongly encouraged

Wear a face covering except when eating and drinking or if you are exempt

Take a lateral flow tests before attending

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Getting There

Address: Great George St, Bristol BS1 5RR

St George’s Bristol is located near Bristol city centre just off Park Street, a 5-minute walk from the south end of Brandon Hill and opposite The Georgian House Museum.

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