Without these independent venues the live music scene in the UK will die. These grassroots venues play a crucial role in the development of British music, nurturing local talent, providing a platform for artists to build their careers and develop their music and their performance skills. These venues also play a vital role in the cultural and economic vibrancy of any village, town or city.
On Saturday 23 May, from 3pm - 12am Colston Hall Presents the online takeover, a digital festival in partnership with Music Venue Trust’s Save Our Venues campaign and hosted by BBC Introducing in the West.
Bristol Takeover Online is hosted by BBC Introducing in the West presenters Richard Pitt and Sam Bonham and will feature the likes of Adrian Utley of the band Portishead, The Allergies, Ishmael Ensemble, Melt Yourself Down, No Go Stop, Pictish Trail, Rachael Dadd, Run Logan Run, Three Cane Whale, artists on the Saffron Records roster and many more.
The festival will be live streamed for free via YouTube, however organisers are asking that viewers donate what they would normally spend on a gig ticket via the event’s CrowdFunder page. All donations will be split 50/50 to support participating artists and music venues in collaboration with Music Venue Trust.
Music Venue Trust are aiming to ensure no music venue goes under because of the disruption caused by the Coronavirus outbreak, and Save Our Venues is a new national campaign to save hundreds of grassroots music venues at imminent risk. Speaking of the need for support, organisers state that the impact of the outbreak is likely to last a long time for artists and venues as it will take time to move safely back towards live events.
A full line-up and running times for the festival will be announced in the lead up to the event. The broadcast will be available to view on-demand for one week after the event.
Visit https://www.colstonhall.org/bristol-takeover-online for info on how to watch and donate.
The Allergies / Adrian Utley (Portishead) /
Bridges / Fantasy Orchestra / Ishmael Ensemble
/ Kate Stapley / Martin Green (Lau) / Melt
Yourself Down / Memotone / Nicholson Heal /
No Go Stop / Paper Dragon / Pictish Trail /
Rachael Dadd / Run Logan Run / Saffron Records
ft. Ana Lisa, Grove, HANAH / Sebastian Plano /
SK Shlomo / Tamu Massif / Tazeta / Three Cane
Whale / Tropical Tea Party / Waldo’s Gift
+ More TBA