Save The Thekla From Closure
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Bristol's most iconic venue for live music has been put at risk of closure due to a planned residential development which is currently seeking approval from the local planning committee. If successful this will force the Thekla to close its doors, leaving a disastrous impact on Bristol nightlife and local subculture.
This is not the first time that Bristol City Council have threatened to put Bristolian live music venues at risk, with the battle to save The Fleece three years ago, it is simply not acceptable to allow the Thekla to undergo the same threat of closure.
Having been an integral part of the city since the 1980s and transformed into a DHP venue in 2006, the Thekla has been home to the best gigs in Bristols' history. From staging today's headliners such as Florence and the Machine, Mumford & Sons, The xx and Ellie Goulding in the past, to continuously showcasing local talent, the Thekla is fundamental to Bristol's vivacity as a music city. The diversity on show makes Thekla more than just a gig venue; with garage, techno and bass nights on offer to satisfy the thousands who have passed into its hull.
Named previously as NME's 'Best Small Venue' in 2011 and 2012, the Thekla claims its fame as a cultural hotspot; local celeb Banksy and BAFTA award winning TV series 'Skins' among many others have made their mark on the boat. It is clear to see how the Thekla has grown to be in our hearts, which will be abandoned if we do not campaign to save it.
Having visited the Thekla for the past four years and as a young music fan, it is incredibly important to me to preserve a platform for upcoming artists who want to engage with the city and its eclectic crowds. The international attraction that Thekla receives with only a 400 person capacity makes it a truly unique experience for music fans. The Thekla has never left me disappointed, especially from the DHP Dot to Dot Festival which is a lifeline for local acts wanting to share the bill with big names. If the Thekla were to close, this would leave Bristol lacking one of its most loved spaces for freedom of expression and support of a thriving creative scene.
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