Event cancellations and update from Bristol Beacon regarding Coronavirus

Following the Government announcements on Monday 22 February 2021 we’re pleased that the steps outlined will allow us to cautiously plan for the return of live music.

On this page you’ll find our most recent updates to the status of Bristol Beacon events and Bristol Plays Music activity, how we’re supporting our musical community, and what you can do to help us.

In 2020 we kept the music alive with online festivals, digital performances, collaborative creative projects, bespoke door-step performances and hundreds of hours of online music tuition with Virtual Academy.

In 2021 we’ll be building on this online programme and working hard to bring live music back to Bristol.

We’d like to say a huge thank you for all of the heartfelt messages of support, the patience of our audiences while we reschedule events and activity, and the generous donations you have made to help us keep music alive.

We will be back as soon as we can to deliver our mission of unity and joy through live music.

Rescheduled and Cancelled events

Last updated: 18:00 Tue 23 Feb 2021

England is currently in a national lockdown

The national lockdown restrictions mean that everyone must stay at home and live music venues are not permitted to open.

All Bristol Beacon Presents events from 23 Feb – 17 May 2021 have been rescheduled or cancelled. All customers for affected events are being contacted to notify them of the status of their event booking.

Our box office phone lines are currently closed, so please avoid trying to contact us directly.

The Government has announced a 4-step plan to ease lockdown in England (Mon 22 Feb 2021). The 4-step COVID-19 Response Plan progressively eases lockdown restrictions at given dates (but not before those dates) providing that four tests are met.

In Step 3 of the plan, live music events can begin to take place with some restrictions. Step 3 will take place no earlier than 17 May 2021, and at least five weeks after Step 2, following a review of data relating to coronavirus and the four tests. For this reason, we have cancelled or rescheduled all events prior to 17 May.

In Step 3 of the plan live music events of up to 1,000 people or 50% of a venue’s capacity, whichever is lower, will be permitted. Outdoor events of up to 4,000 people or 50% of capacity, whichever is lower, will also be permitted.

Our programme of upcoming events after 17 May 2021 will only take place if:

All events after this date may still be required to operate with social distancing measures in place. The status of all events is being reviewed daily with the ongoing changes to coronavirus restrictions.

We will work hard to try and reschedule as many events as possible and update customers as early and as fully as we can.

Please see the FAQs below for more information.


Building closures at Bristol Beacon

Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR is currently closed to the public.

Due to the national lockdown (from 5 Jan 2021) there will be no programmed events, meetings or business events during this period. 

Bristol Beacon will only be open for programmed events if national lockdown restrictions are eased. To find out what’s on please click here. 

We hope to reopen our buildings for socially distanced meetings and business events in the near future. For more information contact [email protected]

When we do open for events, we’ve made some changes to how we operate events at Bristol Beacon to keep you save from coronavirus by following these Government safety measures.

Take a look at our Visit pages or our Coronavirus FAQs pages for more information.

Bristol Plays Music

Our Music Centres at Southmead are closed until at least Monday 19 April 2021.

All in-person music centre activity is cancelled including Bristol Youth Orchestra, Music Centre West and Bristol Centre for Musicians.

Some music centre activities have been moved online. For full details of what activities will continue to take place online, please read the Bristol Plays Music update here.

Individual music tuition has been moved online via our Virtual Academy and NCIE Virtual Academy, which is specifically for disabled young people (age 11-25) and children in care (age 6 -18) in Bristol. Click here for more information.

Current membership holders

All memberships remain valid. If you have any questions surrounding your current membership please contact [email protected]

Supporting our staff and musical community

This is a fast-changing and difficult situation for us all, and we aim to support musicians, staff and our audiences as best as we can. We’d like to thank everybody for their understanding and patience so far.

We are closely following government, NHS and Public Health England advice, and continually reviewing our position as an organisation.

The impact on the music and events industry is significant, as tours and festivals that have had a huge amount of work put into them get cancelled.

We are working closely with our partners, funders and other arts organisations to ensure we are supporting and advocating for the return of this important industry.

In 2020 our online events including two Bristol Takeover online festivals, The Lark Ascending Centenary, and Decks in the Hall with Vibe Roulette, DJ Cheeba and The Allergies raised over £23k for the Music Venues Trust, Feeding in Bristol, local venues and artists.

In 2020 we also lent our voices to national campaigns such as #LetTheMusicPlay to tell the story of the importance of live music. We will continue to support our live music industry wherever we can in 2021 and beyond.

We are doing everything we can to protect those we work with and enable us to be ready to return to our mission of unity and joy through live music.

What you can do to help

Your support at this time is more vital than ever and there are plenty of ways you can help.

The impact of Coronavirus is unprecedented. If you value the arts and music we ask that you consider donating your ticket refund or supporting us.

We are a charity and every penny we receive supports our artistic and education programmes working with hundreds of musicians and practitioners each year, as well as running music programmes across the city for children in care and those facing profound difficulties.

Music enriches all of our lives, and we’ll need it as much as ever in the coming months, so if you can, please consider donating your ticket refund or supporting us via the donation link below. This gesture will make a big difference to our future.

As a thank you, all those who are able to donate during this difficult time will be entered into a prize draw to win one of the following prizes:

  • A Bristol Beacon Presents golden ticket with two free tickets per month for shows of your choice for one year when we’re back up and running
  • A free seat named in the transformed concert hall
  • A free one year membership and priority booking
  • A free Bristol Beacon building tour for you and 3 friends including afternoon tea on the terrace when we’re back up and running


We are grateful for your patience and support during this time and encourage everybody to continue to follow the latest advice from NHS and Public Health England here.

We look forward to sharing the joy of music with you again soon and will update our website with information, announcements and plans as they develop.

With best wishes,

Louise Mitchell
Chief Executive, Bristol Music Trust

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