Thursday, 30 November 2023, 3.25pm

Bristol Beacon delivers a save the date to the city this Valentines Day, announcing it will reopen after its five year transformation on Thursday 30th November 2023.

Bristol Beacon’s highly anticipated reopening will be a cultural highlight of the year, revealing stunning new performance spaces including the 2000+ capacity Beacon Hall, the 500 capacity Lantern Hall and the brand new 200 capacity Weston Cellar.

Following the staggering transformation of the historic building, it’s time to get the date in the diary for the landmark occasion, with the full reopening programme set to be announced later this year.

Louise Mitchell, Chief Executive of Bristol Beacon explains:

“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.”

Ahead of revealing the full reopening programme, some of the first events to take place in the transformed venue are revealed today, including the return of Simple Things Festival for its 10th edition after a five year hiatus since 2019. The multi-disciplinary festival will be revealing line-up and ticketing details in the coming months.

Thomas Frost, Co-Founder of Simple Things Festival, said “The reopening of Bristol Beacon is one of the most significant moments for the city and it will be great to be back at our spiritual home for our 10th edition. The Beacon will be such an integral part of Bristol’s music scene, championing grassroots and local artists as well as supporting projects and events from every genre of music. We’re working with the team to really utilise every part of the building which will give us a great new dynamic for our tenth anniversary.”

Bristol favourites This Is The Kit will also play their first Beacon Hall concert on Saturday 3 February, marking their biggest show in the city to date. Kate Stables, the brains behind the band, delivers intricate lyrics and plucky strings to create her own brand of folk that has won plaudits from BBC 6 Music and countless critics. The show represents a continuation of the ‘Bristol Beacon presents’ in-house programme that has seen the Beacon work with over 40 venues during the five-year refurbishment.

This week will also see the team put on-sale a handful of shows with familiar artists who have a long-standing relationship with the venue including Jools Holland and Bootleg Beatles, as well as a December show from Sophie Ellis-Bextor, bringing her much-loved kitchen disco to Beacon Hall, and the acclaimed music collective Penguin Cafe. December will also see the return of comedy to the Beacon stage with performances announced from John Robinsand Ross Noble.

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Published by Sophie Jones on 14 February 2023

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