Favourite Bristol music venue Thekla ready to return following renovations

Favourite Bristol music venue Thekla ready to return following renovations

Posted on: 05 Sep 2019

Bristol's favourite water-borne music venue is ready for a triumphant return next week following a successful £1m renovation project to secure its future for years to come.

Work on the Thekla boat is now complete. Image: David Jeffery-Hughes

Built in 1958 and having started to show its age, the Thekla boat has spent the past few months in Albion Dry Dock where a team of experienced craftsmen worked to carry out essential repairs and refurbishment.


The vessel now has a new steel hull welded in place around the outside of the existing hull as well as a brand-new dancefloor in the main room of the venue, new flooring in the toilets and new outside decking.


Thekla will be returning to its old location on Bristol's East Mud Dock on Monday 9 September, with the much-loved Pressure student night taking the reigns for the venue's first event of the new season on Thursday 12. 


Funk & Soul aficionados Funk The Boat will be hosting their latest event on the following night, Friday 13th, before renowned local label Breakfast Records take over the Thekla boat on Saturday 14th September with Beakfest - an all-day celebration of some of the very best live music coming out of Bristol right now.

BREAKFEST at Thekla // Saturday 14th September

Thekla's live schedule will be back up and running on Sunday 15th September with acclaimed folk-punk outfit Ferocious Dog, while the likes of Little Simz, Marika Hackman, Pip Blom, Wasuremono and many more are locked in to perform live on the bottom deck between now and Christmas.


Speaking on the re-opening of the famous venue, Thekla GM Alex Black said “It’s great to be getting our boat back home.


"The work has gone really well in dry dock and it’s fantastic to think DHP’s investment has safeguarded Thekla’s future for the next 50 years. We’re all excited to be relaunching our live and club nights back in our usual home in East Mud Dock.”


For more information on Thekla, to get your tickets for the events mentioned above or to find out what else is coming up in 2019, visit their website or check out their Facebook page.


Header image: David Jeffery-Hughes

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Matt Robson

Having moved to Bristol from Cornwall in 2015, Matt graduated from UWE with a degree in Journalism in 2018. He's keen on a wide variety of musical genres, as well as taking an interest in art and illustration, producing his own work in his spare time. Matt makes the most of Bristol's diverse nightlife and attends gigs and club nights regularly. Get in touch via email at matt@365bristol.com.