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Neil Cowley

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Distorted image of a person sat down looking towards the sky. They have short dark hair, opaque glasses, a grey beard, wearing an orange shirt. They appear to be sitting in a greenhouse.

Since disbanding his eponymous trio and becoming a solo artist in 2018, pianist Cowley has introduced elements of ambient, electronic and neoclassical music into his sound, having established himself as an esteemed pianist, composer and producer.

In 2021 came Hall of Mirrors, Cowley’s magnum opus, his first solo album and the truest realisation yet of his unending love affair with the piano. Recorded in Berlin, the album featured piano arrangements filtered through a prism of production tricks, with support from Clash, Mojo and Uncut plus radio support from BBC 6 Music, Radio 1, Radio 2 and Radio 3. Returning to the stage, Neil celebrated the Hall of Mirrors release with a sold-out show at London’s Islington Assembly Hall in May 2021 and ended the year with a two-night residency at London’s Southbank Centre.

With a unique visual backdrop of vintage TV sets, Cowley inhabits his personal musical playspace on stage surrounded by keyboards and electronics, in a captivating display of artistry and showmanship.

Presented by Bristol Beacon

Seated show

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

Doors: 19.30
Start time: 20.00

“Like slow-motion hymns, working within deliberately constricted melodic phrases but always wringing out a quiet grandeur and a beautiful sadness.”

The Guardian

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Follow The Sun

Bath-based artist and multi-instrumentalist James Thornton creates sweeping, cinematic soundscapes under the moniker Follow The Sun – where distant swells of coarse lo-fi ambience hark back to Thornton’s hazy childhood memories of the Jurassic coastlines of Dorset where he grew up.

Thornton’s breakthrough track, ‘Open Skies’ has cemented Follow The Sun as a staple of the experimental scene in the South West – rich with lysergic guitar and warped, hypnotic rhythms. The song moves at a glacial pace as it descends further and further into abrasive psychedelia – culminating in a live experience that provides anyone willing to listen with a means of escapism.

The venue


at Bristol Beacon

Our foyer space located within Bristol Beacon where we host events, performances and conferences.

Getting to the venue

Location: Bridgehouse is located within Bristol Beacon with entrances on Colston Street and Trenchard Street.

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 50m 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.


The city centre bus stop is 250m from Bristol Beacon where most bus services stop.

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Bridgehouse has level access from street level with lifts to all levels. For unallocated seated performances, seats can easily be removed to accommodate wheelchairs.

Assistance Dogs

Registered assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the venue.

Hearing Facility

There is an induction loop at the box office. You can use this by adjusting your hearing aid to the ‘T’ setting. There is no hearing loop facility for the foyer stage.

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