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Free one-day festival

Bristol Takeover 2021

In-person + Live Stream (Warning flashing/strobe lights)

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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.

Covid-19 Safety Measures

This event has enhanced Covid-19 safety measures. 

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

All ages

This event is funded by PRS Foundation, PPL, Youth Music, and Here For Culture, the Culture Recovery Fund from Arts Council England.

Live Stream

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.

Foyer and Stalls Bar stages

(Warning flashing/strobe lights)

13:00 – 01:00

Terrace stage

SWU.FM Takeover

(Warning flashing/strobe lights)

18:00 – 01:00


+ 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


Ellis Roberts

SWU.FM Takeover

Resident DJ at Motion and SWU.FM, Roberts is one huge storm of house and acidtechno.


Ex Agent



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.


Getdown Services

Sleazy, groovy, fat tunes that make your skin crawl and your booty wiggle.



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.


Herbal Tea

A masterful blend of hazy, filmic textures and layered vocals, reminiscent of the magic of American musician Grouper.



SWU.FM Takeover

Unflinching dexterity in drum & bass production, turning his hand from tender musicality to dancefloor-charged heavy hitters with a rare and enviable finesse.


Jemima Coulter

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.


K Stylz

SWU.FM Takeover

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.


Maja Lena

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.



SWU.FM Takeover

Dubstep and Grime producer and DJ Millicent is a SWU.FM resident with some heavy mixes moving you at 140bpm.


Oslo Twins

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.



SWU.FM Takeover

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.



SWU.FM Takeover

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.


Reuben’s Daughters

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.

The Rothmans

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.


Ruth Royall

SWU.FM Takeover

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 Lindo

Samantha is a new wave jazz & soul artist with a retro indie edge, speaking & singing about the most relevant issues of our time.


Split Prphets

SWU.FM Takeover

UK Hip Hop crew from Bristol featuring: Upfront, Bew Bonik, Res One, Bil Next, Datkid, Flying Monk, Paro and DJ Badhabitz.


Sun Spot

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.


Yama Warashi

Inspired by Japanese folk dance, free jazz, tribal African music, and heavily saturated in psychedelia.



The ultimate cosmic sound machine with added wonky elements.




Foyer stage

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

14:00  Lebo


16:00  Jemima Coulter

17:00  Herbal Tea

18:00  Griz-O

18:30  GROVE

19:30  Tungz

20:30  Run Logan Run

21:30  The Book Club

22:30  Ex Agent

23:30  Getdown Services

00:30  Peacelily

Stalls Bar stage

Level 1
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

17:30  STANLÆY

19:00  Reuben’s Daughters

20:00  Yama Warashi

21:00  Zoobers

22:00  Oslo Twins

23:00  Langkamer

00:00  The Rothmans

Terrace stage

Level 3
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

SWU.FM Takeover

18:00  Ruth Royall & Jon Savage

19:00  K Stylz

20:00  Ellis Roberts

21:00  Millicent

22:00  Revrt

23:00  Split Prophets

00:00  Hyroglifics

The venue

Bristol Beacon

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