Since the boat was converted to a nightclub in the 90s, the Thekla has earned its place as one of Bristol's most important music venues. Currently the Thekla is equally, if not more important to Bristol's music scene as a live music venue than a club venue.
The Thekla sits alongside The Colston Hall and the o2 Academy as a primary Bristol gig venue. Whats on at the Thekla tends to be more alternative than Colston Hall and debatably more interesting than the o2 Academy.
The main room is found in the ship's hold which has a large capacity and decent size stage for live music events. There's a smaller bar upstairs which clubnights at Thekla usually use as a second room.
A few key clubnights are regularly promoted at the Thekla including the breaks night Blowpop, the Hospitality drum and bass nights and more recently house and techno nights 'Play'.
The Thekla promotes its own weekly clubnights on Mondays (Guerilla Audio) and Saturdays (We Multiply).
Bristol’s premiere grimeware bazaar, Sector 7, unleash the dankest rave Thekla’s ever seen. From Eva808’s jagged, dark and detuned sub bass rumbles to rollicking DJ hyper-tech magic from Giant Swan; 140 / bass bizz and unruly riddims from head honcho Boofy, Josi Devil’s industrial dub dirges + much much more across two (boat) decks. Esssssssential doesn’t cut it!
Celebrating 10 years of the Sector 7 Sounds imprint in our favourite venue.