Free one-day festival
Bristol Takeover 2021
In-person + Live Stream (Warning flashing/strobe lights)
Bristol Takeover is back this November with another free festival celebrating Bristol’s music scene.
Showcasing the best bands, DJs, musicians and emerging artists our city has to offer, Bristol Takeover is a free festival packed full of amazing local artists you already love and ones that you’re yet to discover.
Returning as a live, in-person event for the first time since 2019, and following two digital festivals in 2020, stages throughout our foyer will be programmed back-to-back with an outstanding line-up of Bristol talent.
Artists including GROVE, Langkamer, Jemima Coulter, Griz-O, Samantha Lindo and Sun Spot feature on our Foyer stages, with a selection of acts hand-picked by local promoter 1% of One, and loads more to be announced. On our top floors, SWU.FM will once again be taking over our Terrace stage with their resident DJs and artists for an epic 7-hour performance also broadcast live on their FM radio waves.
With 12 hours of back-to-back, brilliant, Bristol live music on offer for completely free entry, make sure you save the date for Bristol Takeover.
Presented by Bristol Beacon
In-person standing event and live streamed
This event is funded by PRS Foundation, PPL, Youth Music, and Here For Culture, the Culture Recovery Fund from Arts Council England.
Free via Vimeo and YouTube
(Warning flashing/strobe lights will be used during the performances)
All performances from our three stages will be simultaneously live streamed for free throughout the day, giving you the opportunity to experience our city’s diverse creativity from home if you can’t make it in person.
+ more to be announced
Amy May Ellis
Music and voice infused with a majestic beauty that delivers raw, foot-stomping folk to soft lullaby-like whimsy.
The Book Club
Resident DJ at Motion and SWU.FM, Roberts is one huge storm of house and acidtechno.
Forming at a Bristol club night in 2019 with a collective appreciation for all things shoegaze, DAMEFRISØR bring bags of driving rhythms and swirling guitars.
An MC defined by his bold and direct approach Griz-O embraces an experimental, grizzly sound, influenced by grime and UK rap.
Chuck dancehall, punk, pop and jungle into a blender, whisk it up, pop it in your glass and that’s GROVE.
A masterful blend of hazy, filmic textures and layered vocals, reminiscent of the magic of American musician Grouper.
Unflinching dexterity in drum & bass production, turning his hand from tender musicality to dancefloor-charged heavy hitters with a rare and enviable finesse.
Weaving a synthetic cocoon of vocoder-soaked melodies, Coulter’s stripped-back ballads draw influences from Bon Iver and Joni Mitchell.
Kwazi and TAE
Kwazi is a Caribbean British rapper inspired by all corners of Hip-Hop and R&B bringing a fresh versatile style to the UK scene.
Member of The Blast Family and Bodynod, K Stylz is a SWU.FM regular known for his fresh mix of house, garage and deep tech.
Presented by 1% of One
Fresh off the back of a tour to release their debut album ‘West Country’, indie rockers Langkamer return to home turf.
Unsettling and soulful piano-led R&B ballads drawing influence from James Blake and Sampha.
Formerly of alt-folk band Low Chimes, Maja Lena now brings us new material forged in the fires of fear and self doubt, brought on by setting out on her own musically.
Dubstep and Grime producer and DJ Millicent is a SWU.FM resident with some heavy mixes moving you at 140bpm.
Presented by 1% of One
Both melodic and melancholic Oslo Twins’ dream pop is subtly influenced by dance, industrial and lo-fi music of the 80s and 90s.
Lauded as one of the most talented and innovative MCs in the UK underground taking you from reggae to garage to D&B and back again.
Always bringing the performance aspect of a DJ to the forefront, turntablist Revrt is turning heads and decks in the DJ scene with a mix of DnB, Beats, Bass Music & Hiphop.
Conceived in Barton Creek, TX, USA (after missing a plane home…) Reuben’s Daughters is the musical brain-child of Bath-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist, Reuben Myles Tyghe.
Fierce post-punk with guitars that crash brutally between the power of heavy grunge and delicate melody.
Run Logan Run
Run Logan Run are an alchemical fusion of surging, polyrhythmic alt-breakbeats and screaming guttural saxophone.
One of the must-see vocalists in the UK Drum and Bass scene, Ruth Royall shares a special set following her collaborations with Mollie Collins, Grafix, Pola & Bryson and Paper Dragon.
Samantha is a new wave jazz & soul artist with a retro indie edge, speaking & singing about the most relevant issues of our time.
UK Hip Hop crew from Bristol featuring: Upfront, Bew Bonik, Res One, Bil Next, Datkid, Flying Monk, Paro and DJ Badhabitz.
A strange juxtaposition of ethereal pop hooks spliced with layers of coarse lo-fi grit Sun Spot draw influences from new wave, bedroom pop, trip-hop and electronica.
Cross-pollinating organic and synthetic sounds, STANLÆY creates sounds reminiscent of Joanna Newsom and Bjork with strange beauty and finesse.
Funk grooves, laptop beats, and emotional dance tracks, fans of Tame Impala and Parcels will be moving.
Inspired by Japanese folk dance, free jazz, tribal African music, and heavily saturated in psychedelia.
Lower Ground Floor
13:00 – 01:00
The Foyer Stage is right in the heart of Bristol Beacon, with both aerial views from the balconies and front row action.
Foyer stage times
13:00 Samantha Lindo
16:00 Jemima Coulter
17:00 Herbal Tea
20:30 Run Logan Run
21:30 The Book Club
22:30 Ex Agent
23:30 Getdown Services
Stalls Bar stage
13:00 – 01:00
Nestled in the bar area on our first floor this stage will present artists in between performances on the foyer stage, so you never miss a moment of music.
Stalls bar stage times
13:30 Sun Spot
14:30 Kwazi and TAE
15:30 Amy May Ellis
16:30 Mass House
19:00 Reuben’s Daughters
20:00 Yama Warashi
22:00 Oslo Twins
00:00 The Rothmans
18:00 – 01:00
SWU.FM will be taking over our Terrace stage with a 7-hour performance and broadcast of resident DJs and artists.
Terrace stage times
18:00 Ruth Royall & Jon Savage
19:00 K Stylz
20:00 Ellis Roberts
23:00 Split Prophets
Covid-19 Safety Measures
This event has enhanced Covid-19 safety measures.
We kindly ask that all our customers follow this guidance when visiting Bristol Beacon.
Please do not attend this event if you have Coronavirus symptoms or have been asked to self-isolate.
We will not be providing lateral flow tests on the day.
Proof of double vaccination via NHS app
or proof of a negative lateral flow test result taken within the last 48 hours. (Proof via email or text message.)
Wear a face covering
Follow one-way signage
Card payment only, contactless preferred
Be respectful of other people’s personal space
Bristol Beacon is located on Trenchard Street in Bristol city centre, 200m from the city centre promenade bus stops. Find out how to get here on foot, by bicycle, bus, car, train and boat.
Our foyer, café and box office are fully accessible. Find out more about venue facilities, joining our access register, access booking online and website accessibility.
Eat & Drink
Eat & Drink
Visit Bristol Beacon in the day for coffee or kick off your evening in style at Bristol Loaf café with delicious natural wines from Native Vine. Find out more about opening times, menus and special events.