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Venue Guide: Thekla, Bristol

Set sail on a voyage of new music discovery, here's everything you need to know about the Bristol venue...

Address:  Thekla, The Grove, Bristol, BS1 4RB

Telephone Number: 0117 929 3301

Brief History:
Thekla is a cargo ship which houses a music venue of the same name, moored in the Mud Dock area of Bristol’s Floating Harbour, England. Originally brought to Bristol as the Old Profanity Showboat, it was a late 1982 brainchild of novelist Ki Longfellow-Stanshall, the wife of Vivian Stanshall. The showboat was based on the idea of creating, owning, and running a theatre on a sea-going ship and using it to showcase music of every sort (limited only by the size of the hold), including cabaret, comedy, plays, musicals, and poetry events. The ship also contained an art gallery. During the 1990s, under new management, it was run as a rent-a-nightclub. The ship has now been returned to its original working name of Thekla.

How many people does it hold?: 400

Who has played there?
Mumford & Sons, Sia, Anne-Marie, Chvrches, Tom Grennan, Friendly Fires, James Bay, Father John Misty, Laura Marling, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Sundara Karma, Thundercat, The Horrors, Kate Nash, Twenty One Pilots, Stormzy, Slaves, Jake Bugg and thousands more!  

Have there been any “I was there” moments?
Sheffield noise-makers Bring Me The Horizon played a special show at the venue in 2013, exclusively for fans who had pre-ordered their new album Sempiternal

How do I get there?
The venue is just off the main city centre in Bristol and only a short walk from Bristol Temple Meads train station. 

Where should I eat?
Riverstation, Mud Dock and Severnshed are all great eateries, right outside of the venue. The staff at Thekla recommend Three Brothers Burgers.  Take a short walk along welsh back to board another of Bristol’s fine vessels and sample the city’s best burgers.

Where can I stay?
The nearest Hotels are Premier Inn on King Street and Mercure Holland House. The is also a YHA very close.

Ticketweb Tip: 
There is a large balcony overlooking the stage, get there early enough and you’ll have a great uninterrupted view of the action. 

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