The Island

The Island

Forward-thinking arts and club venue in central Bristol.


While Bristol promoters have been using the underground space on Bridewell street for a few years now, it's only since 2015 that The Old Police Cells became an official venue. Like the rest of The Island, the basement venue is keen to continue to support an eclectic variety of arts and new emerging artists. As the trading subsidiary that funds and supports vital activities of Artspace Lifespace, a Community Interest Company (CIC) that recycles and repurposes underused and vacant buildings, it's great to see an independent Bristol venue so dedicated to supporting the local arts scene in the threatening face of city developments.

The Island excels as a club venue, touting an industrial yet intimate feel found nowhere else. Having found favour with promoters like Room237 and TimeDance, the cell space has proven its worth amongst techno promoters - however, dance music represents just a fraction of the venue's programme. Experimental, noise and sound art musicians take advantage of The Island's unusual acoustics while performance artists have split the space into multiple micro venues.

Please note that The Island venue is not accessible to wheelchairs and it reserves its right to select its clientele - your ticket does not guarantee entry to the event. Ensure you wear appropriate attire and are familiar with the lineup as you might be asked for this information upon entry. Please note the venue operates a no-camera and zero-tolerance to harassment policy.

Photograph credits: Sidz Photography, Khris Cowley for Here & Now

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Where better for Bristol fringe theatre-makers Toxic Shock to debut new queer crime drama Strapped than in an Edwardian basement lined with police cells? A unique murder mystery/vigilante story that sees drag queens taking the law into their own hands (finally!) FFO subversive c*nt-serving revenge fantasies. A gay man has been murdered while leaving his boyfriend’s flat, and now the local drag queens are ready for war.

Like a shining beacon for the heads and weirdos, SHFTD collides with Music To Come in a 9 hour melding of shifting live electronics and tunnel trip-techno ft. Sandwell District LEGEND Rrose. Head down early for Copper Sounds’ industrial concrète ceramic installations and astral bass-consciousness from Birthmark. MTC & SHFTD team up to host some of Bristol's finest live acts & DJs + headliners Rrose & Rat Section

Is this the first Timedance since Helena Hauff rocked Trinity to the foundations? All hail this illustrious return with Ilian Tape uber-selectress Re:ni and Timedance’s Jabes in a wicked n sweaty annihilation of 140 / broken techno / percussive club norms. Timedance returns to The Island for the first time since 2018

Public Affair’s impeccable taste in sub-heavy antics continues with Dublin’s Woozy heroine EMA, packing deadly 140 hybrids in a b2b madness with Surusinghe’s gritty hard-drum futurism. One for the genre-agnostics who wanna get weird to dembow, IDM, trance, baile and amapiano in a big dancefloor blender. Not one to miss - A b2b set from two trailblazing DJs alongside some solid support

A no-prisoners showdown of flawless clubwise stimulation from the yung Murmur crew's 2nd clubnight! LCY (fka L U C Y)’s mutant bass bangers meets Lee Gamble’s ballistic trap / broken grime / industrial delights in the depths of the Island’s prison cells. We kick off 2024 with a huge line up at The Island