Bristol Beacon reveal opening date and future event details

Bristol Beacon reveal opening date and future event details

Posted on: 15 Feb 2023

Set to be a cultural highlight of the year, Bristol Beacon’s highly anticipated reopening after a 5-year transformation is scheduled for Thursday 30 November 2023.


The reopening of the historic building later this year will reveal stunning new performance spaces, including the 2,000-capacity Beacon Hall, the 500-capacity Lantern Hall and the all-new 200-capacity Weston Cellar.


Visit the Bristol Beacon website for more information.



Now, with a reopening date for music fans to jot down in their diaries, it’s time to look ahead at what Bristol Beacon has planned for its first few months. 


Ahead of the full programme – which is set to be announced later in the year – some of the first events at the newly refurbished venue have been revealed. Popular multi-disciplinary Bristol festival Simple Things will return for its tenth edition after five years away. 


Previous headliners include experimental hip-hop group Death Grips, California rockers Warpaint, indie pop mainstays Metronomy, shoegaze pioneers Slowdive and partners in rhyme, Skepta and JME. Line-up and ticketing details will be released in the coming month.



Saturday 3 February will see Bristol favourites This Is The Kit head to the Beacon Hall for the first time with their biggest show in the city to date. Kate Staples, the band’s frontwoman, and spiritual leader has long been hailed for her intricate lyrics and unique folk style by radio stations and critics alike.


This week will also see a handful of shows from Bristol Beacon favourites go on sale with loveable TV personality and pianist Jools Holland and renowned cover band Bootleg Beatles both playing shows. 


There will also be a December appearance from Sophie Ellis Bextor and her much-loved kitchen disco at Beacon Hall as well as the acclaimed music collective Penguin Café. The comedy will also return to the venue in the shape of John Robins and Ross Noble.



Speaking about the grand reopening, Louise Mitchell (Chief Executive at Bristol Beacon) has said: 


“We’re delighted to be able finally to confirm the reopening date. The team are busy putting the finishing touches to our opening season, where we will be showcasing a number of commissions and UK Premieres and inviting all of our city’s communities into the Beacon to explore the new spaces, celebrating creativity and inclusivity in a way that only Bristol can. In the meantime, we’re delighted to announce we’ll be welcoming back some fantastic artists and festivals and put our first tickets on sale.”


Bristol Beacon will reopen following a 5-year transformation on Thursday 30 November 2023. Visit the venue’s website for more information.

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Stanley Gray

Stan is a born and bred Bristolian, recently graduated from studying English Literature in Sheffield. His passions are music and literature and he spends the majority of his time in venues all over the city, immersing himself in Bristol’s alternative music scene. A lifelong Bristol City fan, Stan’s Saturdays are spent watching his team both home and away.