A collection of Bristol’s music artists and venues, plus some specially invited guests, have teamed up for an online festival on Saturday 23 May, from 3pm – 12am, to support the live music scene in the city. Bristol Takeover Online sees nine hours of back to back music live-streamed from the homes and studios of 30+ acts.
New additions to the line-up announced today include beatboxer Beardyman; multi-instrumentalists Bethany Roberts and Rowan Elliott; Bristol’s The Desert; Isle-of-White based band Plastic Mermaids and Bristol sound artist Sean Addicott.
Additionally, on what would have been a 15-year milestone for Dot to Dot Festival, which has a reputation for bringing the hottest new talent to stages across the UK, there will be a takeover of the stream by the festival featuring sets from BIMM Bristol graduates Bridges, Bristol-based singer-songwriter Kate Stapley, and soulful beat-maker and singer Tamu Massif. Plus, to celebrate 15 years of the festival, the broadcast will include archive sets from major acts Wolf Alice, Slaves, Fat White Family, Kagoule & PINS.
Following on from Colston Hall’s Bristol Takeover events in 2017 and 2019, the 2020 edition comes with the lockdown twist of being live streamed online, and features a powerful line-up of fresh new talent and special guests programmed in partnership with some of the city’s renowned grass roots venues including The Louisiana, Thekla, The Fleece, Exchange, St George’s Bristol, Trinity, The Old England, O2 Academy, Rough Trade, Crofters Rights and more.
The festivalwill 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 Bristol music venues in collaboration with Music Venue Trust’s Save Our Venues campaign.
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.
Todd Wills, Artistic Director at Colston Hall, said: “The Bristol Takeover is our annual event to spotlight the incredible music scene we’re fortunate enough to be a part of here in Bristol, and with the Coronavirus outbreak we wanted to move it online to keep celebrating and supporting live music in our city.
“What’s more, new talent is the lifeblood of our industry and without grassroots venues like The Louisiana and Exchange and many others, we wouldn’t see these new artists develop. It’s an uncertain time for both venues and artists, so working together and with Music Venue Trust on their Save Our Venues campaign, we hope to raise the funds that will ensure we still have a vibrant live music scene to return to.”
Beverley Whitrick, Strategic Director of Music Venue Trust, said: “Grassroots Music Venues are an important part of the music ecosystem so MVT are always excited to see them championed by artists and other music industry professionals. Colston Hall’s recognition and inclusion of Bristol’s fantastic venues in their festival is very welcome – together we can Save Our Venues!”
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.