Our opening celebration
After our huge transformation, we’re celebrating the reopening of Bristol Beacon, with a huge FREE day-to-night party, created by Bristol, for Bristol.
The Housewarming will showcase the colourful spectrum of Bristol’s creative community. With over 60 acts, from grassroots groups to well-known faces, there’s something for everyone.
Every corner of Bristol Beacon will come alive with performances, to celebrate its rebirth with light, sound and of course, music.
Curious? Now is your chance to have a snoop around every room in the house:
- Beacon Hall – Our largest performance space will be buzzing all day with pop, jazz, funk, orchestral, mass singing and DJs with a few surprises thrown in too!
- Lantern Hall – Space to dance with the stage set for Bristol’s alternative scene, local legends and community voices.
- Cellars – Head underground into our new intimate Weston Stage, with a daytime youth takeover, and a night of emerging acts, grime, rap, pop and R&B.
- Bridgehouse – Explore all five floors of the foyer space, with kids activities, poetry, dance, DJs and music of all genres around every corner.
Like all good housewarming parties, everyone is welcome: friends and neighbours, old and new. The doors are open, so come along – dig out your sequins, grab your dancing shoes, we’d love to see you at our new gaff for a massive Bristol party to remember.
Presented by Bristol Beacon
Opening celebration event with performances across various stages and spaces at Bristol Beacon.
Format: Standing, unreserved seating available
Age: Suitable for all ages
No tickets are required, the doors will be open. RSVP for updates.
Doors open: 10.30
Event start: 11:00
Event finish: 02:00
All times are approximate and subject to change.
This event is supported by PRS Foundation
Stages & Times
Intense flashing lights and strobe
Beacon Hall stage times
12.00 – Reggae Orchestra & Windrush Choir
13.30 – Chamber Orchestra & Concert Band
14.45 – Bridge Orchestra, Junior String Orchestra & Junior Wind Band
16.30 – The Big Sing with Gena Rose and Melody Makers Choir, Bristol Fashion Chorus, She Choir, Break Out Voices, Fly-By Choir and Bristol Choral Society
17.30 – Elles Bailey
19.00 – Da Fuchaman & his Fireblaze Band
20.30 – Ishmael Ensemble
21.20 – Funk Supreme
22.00 – Doreen Doreen
23.15 – Krust
Lantern Hall stage times
12.00 – Jazz Ambassadors & Jazz Blueprints
13.15 – BDP Recovery Orchestra and Rising Voices choir
14.45 – Fantasy Orchestra
16.15 – Solomon O.B & Deems Experiment
17.30 – Lawi Anywar
18.30 – Lady Nade
19.30 – Ladye
20.30 – wych elm
21.30 – Knives
22.30 – Tlya X An
23.30 – BUFFEE
00.15 – Bristol Ballroom Community Mini Ball
Weston Stage stage times
12.00 – Bristol Youth Studios feat. Sennen Uma, Edith, Joe McNamara, Jayemm, DJ Lucas, DJ Kardi, Fear B
13.30 – DJ Jemz ft Bandyt
14.15 – ACE 16-21 yr olds – feat. A.M.I.LI, Sanity, Dreamz
15.15 – The Second Chance: Hope Creatives
17.00 – AUGUST
17.45 – Badliana
18.30 – Kray-Z Legz
19.15 – Whiske XMP
20.00 – Jay0117
20.45 – Chikaya
21.30 – Javeon & Operate
22.30 – Josephine Gyasi
23.30 – The Yard Woman
00.30 – Bruce
Bridgehouse Stage stage times
11.00 – Opening Ceremony
11.45 – ICHI
12.45 – Monica Wat
13.45 – Vilk Collective
14.45 – Baila La Cumbia
15.45 – Sisters of Swing
17.00 – Future Proof artists hosted by Jazpa One:
17:00 – xyzelle.
17.25 – B3nji
17:50 – Melissa Fear
18:15 – x-o1
18:40 – Mallavora
19.30 – Suntou Susso
20.30 – Joe Yorke
21:45 – RSVP Bhangra
23.00 – Up, Bustle and Out
00.15 – Simon Panrucker
01.00 – Ngaio’s House Party
Terrace stage times
11.30 – Sparkles Glitter tattoos
12.15 – Bird Making
13.30 – Junk Percussion making
18.00 – John Stapleton
19.00 – SPICYIVY
20.00 – Queen Bee
21.00 – She Is El Capo
22.00 – Yusuf Suave
Sound Lounge stage times
12.15 – Misfits poems
13.15 – A Hero Like Me: Jen Reid storytelling
14.15 – Travelling Light Youth Theatre
15.15 – Jumpstreet Band Family Jam feat. Ayahuasca
16.15 – U-Can-Lele!
16.45 – Senior Percussion Ensemble
Ayahuasca Dance Group
Baila La Cumbia
Break Out Voices
Bristol Ballroom Community
Bristol Beacon Youth Ensembles & Community Groups
BDP Creative Communities: Recovery Orchestra & Rising Voices Choir
Bristol Choral Society
Bristol Fashion Chorus
Bristol Reggae Orchestra & Windrush Choir
Bruce (DJ Set)
Da Fuchaman & his Fireblaze band
DJ Jemz ft Bandyt
Javeon & Operate
Jumpstreet Band Jam
Melody Makers Choir
Misfits Theatre Company
Ngaio’s House Party
She is El Capo
Sisters of Swing
Solomon O.B & Deems Experiment
STARE: a new exhibition of self portraits by Big Jeff Johns Art
The Yard Woman
Tlya X An
Travelling Light Youth Theatre
Ujima Radio broadcasting live
Up, Bustle & Out
Young City Poets: Altoma Elwasila & Nara Pring
Kids area featuring glitter tattoos, big games, craft activities and lots more to discover on the day.
Access and experience information
All performances feature amplified sound, and may include sudden lighting changes and flashing lights.
Intense flashing lights and strobe
This event includes performances that has intense flashing lights and strobing that may not be suitable for some attendees.
Our The Housewarming Schedule and Programme includes information on which performances include flashing lights.
This event will include:
For further details of the experience, please refer to our detailed access and experience guidance.
View our Social Story for visitors to the The Housewarming with clear and easy to read information about what to expect.
Schedule and programme
There are over 100 artists performing at The Housewarming. View our schedule and programme which includes information about performances including:
- Family friendly
- BSL signed
- Explicit content
- Intense flashing lights and strobe
We firmly believe that music should be shared by everyone. Please consider joining our Access Register to help us help you have the most comfortable experience possible.
There is one main entrance for audiences, please enter via the Bridgehouse entrance on Colston Street.
Queues are likely. We recommend you arrive early to avoid disappointment.
Please note that completing the RSVP form does not guarantee you entry.
We may ask to check your bag on entry to ensure your safety and the safety of others. Please cooperate with our security team if your bag is requested to be checked.
Large luggage items are not permitted at this event (larger than a small backpack).
There will not be a cloakroom at this event.
You are welcome to come and go as you please during the Housewarming. If there is a queue when you return to the event you will need to re-join it.
There is no cloakroom available at this event. Please keep your belongings with you.
There will be a buggy parking area on Level 3, Bridge E until 16:00.
Ear plugs will be available on request from the box office or if you ask a Bristol Beacon Steward. We recommend the use of these for ages 12 upwards. For those with little ears requiring ear defenders rather than plugs, it is the responsibility of the parent or guardian to bring their own ear protection.
Bristol Beacon is a non-smoking building. For this event there is a designated smoking area on the concourse available from 5pm.
No smoking is allowed on the terrace on Level 3. Electronic cigarettes or cigarettes are not allowed anywhere inside the building.
Children under 18
This event can be attended by all ages. Children under 16 must be accompanied by an adult.
Please be aware this event features lively performances with loud amplified music. We expect all performance spaces to be very busy, with standing room only.
We advise families and caregivers of children under 18 to take responsibility for their young people’s safety, particularly in the evening hours of the event. There will not be a creche at The Housewarming.
If you are lost during the event, or have lost a friend or family member, please speak to a steward or a member of our Front Of House team who will help you.
If you have lost someone during the event please tell a steward or report to box office on the ground floor.
There will be a medic on site during The Housewarming to support anyone who may need medical attention. They will be based in a welfare room in Bridgehouse. If you need help, please speak to a steward or a member of our Front Of House team.
If you would like a break from the noise during The Housewarming, Meeting Room 2 room in Bridgehouse will be open and available as a quiet room.
This space is intentionally left clear (apart from furniture) for anyone in need of some quiet time, and we ask that you only use this room as such.
Please report any lost items to our box office team: 0117 203 4040 or firstname.lastname@example.org
We provide recycling bins throughout our buildings which are regularly cleaned by our team. Please use the right bin to enable your waste to go into the correct recycling stream and not into landfill.
There are water refill stations in Bridgehouse. Feel free to bring your own reusable water bottle.
Food and Drink
We have 4 bars that will be serving drinks from 11.00-01:30.
Bristol Loaf will be serving a selection of hot and cold food until 19.00. Snacks and sandwiches will be available at all other bars throughout the event.
Please do not bring your own alcohol into the venue.
Reusable plastic glasses will be used at this event. There is a £1 deposit for plastic glasses.
Our box office will be open until 5pm during The Housewarming. You will be able to buy tickets for future events.
There are toilets on every level of Bristol Beacon.
A changing places toilet is available on the Lower Ground Floor of the venue.
Baby changing facilities are available in toilets throughout the venue.
We have Toilets for Everyone available and signposted on all levels of the venue. Toilets for Everyone are for all genders to use. Please do not assume anyone’s gender when using our facilities.
Photography and videography
There will be professional event photography and videography taking place at this event. If you do not wish to be photographed, please speak to a steward.
Safer Spaces & Anti Sexual Harassment
The Housewarming is a place for everyone to celebrate the opening of Bristol Beacon, and we all deserve to feel comfortable and welcome in our venue.
Bristol Beacon will not tolerate any forms of discrimination, harassment, violence or any other kind of offensive behaviour. If you feel unsafe or uncomfortable at any point during the festival, or witness any offensive behaviour, please speak to a member of staff or steward, who will believe you and make sure you are safe.
Getting to the venue
Location: Bristol Beacon is located in the city centre with entrances on Colston Street and Trenchard Street.
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.
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.
Let us know you’re coming
RSVP and we’ll keep you updated with the latest line-up announcements, stage times and everything you need to know about The Housewarming.
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