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Preview: Bristol Takeover Online Part 2

By lowie trevena, Thursday Jun 18, 2020

Bristol Takeover Online returns for a second edition on Saturday, June 20, bringing the freshest talent from across the city together for more than 10 hours of live music.

Normally held at Colston Hall, Bristol Takeover Part 1 took place online on Saturday, May 23 and raised more than £11,500 for the Music Venue Trust.

Following its success, a second festival was announced, again taking place on YouTube and aiming to raise £20,000 for live venues.

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“The first online Bristol Takeover was a huge success, supporting the incredible music scene we’re fortunate enough to be a part of here in Bristol,” says Todd Wills, artistic director of Colston Hall.

“Bristol is a live music city, and we want to make sure it can stay that way.

“New talent is the lifeblood of our industry and without grassroots venues like The Louisiana and Exchange and many others, we wouldn’t see these new artists develop.”

Starting at1pm, the day will be split into 11 venue takeovers.

Colston Hall brings 11 artists to the festival, including Bristol Afrobeat 12-piece No Go Stop, African-dance DJ Afriquoi and Javeon, with strong electronic beats.

Following the postponement of River Town 2020, the roots and American music festival brings the soul and blues sounds of Memphis’ Southern Avenue, country twangs of Bristol-based Elles Bailey and more to the event.

The city’s grassroots venues also bring a stellar lineup to the show. Exchange brings the likes of Special Subject Records-signed DOGEYED, the Louisiana’s includes Latin infused rock from Mutant-Thoughts and the Old England showcases the talents of Suzuki.

DOGEYED self-describe their sound as “sad lounge music”. Photo: DOGEYED

Promoters 1% of One also get involved, with illustrators Jayde Perkin and David McMillan taking the stage for something a bit different, and well as new supergroup Pet Shimmers and Katy J Pearson, with dreamy, hazy guitar sounds .

BIMM Bristol’s lineup is a collection of raw talent, including Charlie T Smith and Jodie Mellor, Eve Appleton and Miss Kill.

From larger venues, look forward to Andy Sheppard, Doreen Doreen, Dizraeli, Lady Nade, Ladysmith Black Mambazo and Seckou Keita.

Like Part 1, the YouTube stream will be free to view, but a donation of the normal price of a gig ticket is encouraged. Money donated will be split equally between artists and the Music Venue Trust.

Main photo of Pet Shimmers: Dominika Scheibinger Photography

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