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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

Getting to the venue

Location: St George’s is located near Bristol City Centre and just off Park Street. It has entrances on Great George Street and Charlotte Street (accessible).

Address: St George’s Bristol, Great George St, Bristol BS1 5RR


Bicycle racks can be found outside the venue on Great George Street. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

There are limited parking facilities on-site and these are prioritised for those with Blue Badges. For those who don’t have a Blue Badge, parking in the streets around the building is on meters, which are operational 7 days a week. The nearest car parks are located on Trenchard Street, Millennium Square, West End, Brandon Street, College Street, and Frog Lane.

Bristol Clean Air Zone

Many streets around St George’s Bristol will be part of Bristol’s newly introduced Clean Air Zone the Bristol Clean Air Zone. View a map of the Zone and check if your vehicle will be charged.


The nearest bus services stop at College Green, a 2-minute walk from the venue.

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St George’s Bristol has step-free access to the venue from Charlotte Street. There is a lift to all floors of the building with access to the Café Bar, glass studio and hall. The gardens are not fully accessible to wheelchairs.


We have accessible toilets located on each level of the new building and on the ground floor beside the Box Office.

Assistance Dogs

Registered assistance dogs and emotional support animals are welcome inside the venue.

Hearing Facility

St George’s Bristol has an Assisted Listening System which can be accessed via WiFi.


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