Don’t forget: Colston Hall’s digital music festival is happening tomorrow

Don’t forget: Colston Hall’s digital music festival is happening tomorrow

Posted on: 22 May 2020

Don't forget - Bristol Takeover Online is happening tomorrow, Saturday 23 May. 


Colston Hall, in partnership with an array of Bristol music venues, is hosting a digital music festival tomorrow (Saturday 23 May), titled Bristol Takeover Online.


The festival will see over 20 artists perform via live stream, and has been launched as part of Music Venue Trust’s nationwide #SaveOurVenues campaign.


It’s happening over on the Colston Hall YouTube channel tomorrow, from 15:00 until midnight. (Yep, that's a whole nine hours of live streamed performances!) 


Catch Bristol Takeover Online here on Saturday 23 May from 15:00


From Bristol jazz frontrunners Waldo’s Gift and Ishmael Ensemble to lofi indie/electronica artist Tamu Massif, the lineup features acts from across the local music scene.


The lineup also features the likes of Portishead’s Adrian Utley, pop electronica outfit Paper Dragon and singer songwriter Kate Stapley.


Check out the full line-up, and set times, on the Colston Hall website.


Set to be hosted by BBC introducing in the West’s Sam Bonham and Richard Pitt, the digital festival has been launched in partnership with top Bristol music venues including The Louisiana, The Fleece and The Crofters Rights.


The aim? To support and celebrate Bristol music, as part of the nationwide #SaveOurVenues campaign, launched last month by Music Venue Trust.

The festival will be hosted by Sam Bonham (left) and Richard PittBristol Takeover Online will be hosted by Sam Bonham (left) and Richard Pitt


The #SaveOurVenues campaign notes how, due to the obstacles raised by coronavirus, 556 grassroots music venues across the country are at imminent risk of permanent closure.


The campaign, therefore, aims to raise money for venues in need of support, ensuring no music venue goes under because of the pandemic.


A number of Bristol music venues, including The Lousiana, The Old England and The Exchange got behind the campaign upon its launch, and set up individual crowdfunders.


Now Colston Hall has joined the #SaveOurVenues fight with Bristol Takeover Online.



Though the festival is being livestreamed for free, Colston Hall is asking that viewers donate what they might normally spend on a gig ticket to the event’s crowdfunding page.


Half of all donations will support participating artists, and the rest will be donated to Bristol music venues, in collaboration with Music Venue Trust.


Up to now, the festival has raised 15% of its £10,000 fundraising target. 


“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, and we want to ensure the Bristol music scene remains as vibrant as ever,” the festival’s crowdfunding page explains.


Can't make it to the livestream? The broadcast will be available to view on-demand for one week after the event.

Find out more on the Colston Hall website.

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