Discuss how best to protect Bristol’s live music venues by heading down to Thekla tonight, where there will be a discussion on what can be done to safeguard our local venues.

After the news that Thekla itself may be under threat from luxury flats, and only two weeks after The Surrey Vault was forced to close due to (you guessed it) luxury flats, Thekla are holding an open discussion on the issue, starting at 6pm.

Julie Tippins, Head of Compliance at DHP Family and Alan Miller, Chairman of the Bight Time Industries Association (NTIA) will be answering questions from the audience on the situation with Thekla, and how the venue can move forward.

There will then be a panel discussion featuring Tom Paine (Love Saves The Day), Leighton De Burca (Nite Watch Placemaker Bristol) and John Hirst (Bristol BID). The issues surrounding making music venues work and co-exist with urban development will be discussed.

“We are very pleased to be hosting this NTIA event which will focus on a very hot topic for us – the issues venues face with the increasing number of residential development in city centres,” said Julie Tippins. “DHP Family understands the housing pressure the country and particularly young people face and why local authorities are keen to see as much residential development as possible to ease the problem and meet targets set by government.”

She added: “The key is to find ways to work together to overcome the challenges.”

Head along to Thekla tonight (6/12/17) at 6pm to take part in the discussions.