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Billy Bragg

40 Years of Mixing Pop & Politics

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Punk rocker, Skiffle aficionado, Essex boy, protest singers’ protest singer, best-selling author, lefty polemicist, musicologist, belligerent optimist and all round decent bloke Billy Bragg has been a fearless recording artist, tireless live performer and political activist for 40 years.

To be expected from a career that has straddled many genres, Billy Bragg has worked with a wealth of celebrated musicians including Kirsty MacColl, Johnny Marr, R.E.M., Natalie Merchant, Robert Wyatt, Pete Seeger and US alt-Rock band Wilco, with whom he created two critically acclaimed collections, setting previously unheard lyrics by legendary American Folk singer Woody Guthrie to music.

His new album, ‘The Roaring Forty | 1983-2023’ serves as a celebration of the remarkable and enduring musical legacy of a much-loved songwriter, principled activist and alternative national treasure.

Presented by Bristol Beacon:

Pre-sale 10am Thu 30 Mar
General sale 10am Fri 31 Mar

Format: Reserved seating

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

Doors: 19.00
Start Time: 19.30
Finish: 22.30

All timings are approximate and subject to change

“One of the great human beings of Planet Earth…while the world changes by the minute, Billy’s empathy remains steadfast.”

Brooklyn Vegan

About Beacon Hall

Our new flagship venue at Bristol Beacon

The venue

Beacon Hall

at Bristol Beacon

Getting to the venue

Location: Beacon Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

Car parking

Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.

  Bristol Clean Air Zone

Bristol Beacon is inside the Bristol Clean Air Zone. Check if your vehicle will be charged and how much you’ll have to pay.


Most bus services stop in and around the city centre promenade, 250m from Bristol Beacon.

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Spaces for wheelchair users are in:

  • row S in the centre of the rear Stalls (10 spaces)
  • row Z in the left and right wings at the back of Lower Tier (4 spaces, 2 on each side),
  • rows G/H on the left only at the back of Upper Tier (2 spaces)

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in row F are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.

Hearing Facility

A Sennheiser MobileConnect assistive listening system is installed in the venue. Download the free App and use your own mobile device and headphones to listen to the performance. (Devices are available on request.)

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