Bristol Ticket Shop has announced its closure.

That’s it. That’s the news. What a shame to read, to acknowledge and to pass on as a piece of 2020-opening hard fact.

That said, what an honour to have had such an institution as part of our city’s music scene, run by such caring people, for so long.

Bristol Ticket Shop’s announcement reads thus:

“After more than 30 years being part of Bristol’s incredible music scene, Bristol Ticket Shop is sadly closing. We recently received the news that a debtor owing a large amount of money was unlikely to be able to pay in a timely manner, this has forced us to cease trading.

“2 years ago the owner, Zoe became very ill. Her health has since deteriorated further, and this has also had a large impact on the resilience of the business and the decision to close.

“All the staff here are devastated. We have loved working here. The history of the business is fascinating, from lines of people queuing all the way down the arcade to get their Glastonbury tickets (in the early days) to more recently having the privilege of selling tickets for Bristol’s biggest Pride event to date. The list of incredible events we have supplied tickets for is overwhelming. There are so many regular customers, old and new, that we have really enjoyed talking to over the years and will miss you all dearly.

“We are working hard to make sure there is as little impact to the customer as possible and are instructing a 3rd party to negotiate with promoters with the aim to honour your tickets for future events. We are hopeful that they can achieve this however if this isn’t the case for any event, we will notify you and will advise you of how and when the tickets will be refunded.

“We want to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all their loyal custom over the years. It’s been a pleasure to be part of this amazing community for so long.

“Thank you Bristol
The BTS Management Team x”

Bristol In Stereo’s Editor-In-Chief, Loki Lillistone, paid tribute to them today:

“We were so lucky to have a place like this for as long as we did – many cities don’t.

“It was a pleasure to work with Bristol Ticket Shop for over a decade and, as someone who’s experienced the same thing, it’s so painful to hear that a large debtor has put the final nail into what has been a challenging couple of years.

“BTS were literally pioneers and fought on right into 2020 in the face of folding customers, big tech, personal challenges, losing a premises and much more that I/we likely never heard about.

“What a fucking achievement, I salute you guys.”