If you’re feeling like 2020 is the year that largely takes but never gives back, pick up your going out mask and socially distance your way down to Temple Meads for The Loco Klub as it returns on November 14th with a big offering, headlined by Ishmael Ensemble. Like all the venues in the city, they shut their doors in March with uncertainty as to when they could throw them open again. It’s heartening to see another Bristol venue come back from quarantined quiet.
In the era of ‘Hands. Face. Space’, they’ve sought to create the right kind of space for a shared moment to happen. Also, to create a space to employ as many people as possible whose professional careers have suffered immensely since lockdown, to enjoy what they do once again, from sound crews to bar staff to security and performers.
The line-up features Ishmael Ensemble alongside Alabaster DePlume and Mermaid Chunky, all putting on their first shows since lockdown.
Set over three areas in The Loco Klub, the audience will be separated into three seated groups of fifty attendees, split over three spaces. Each band will perform a forty-minute set, before the fifty attendees move into the next event space for another performance from a different act. Each of the three rooms will feature its own production to give the audience a different experience in each space. A new kind of gig for these complicated times.
Tickets are sold in groups of 2, 4 or 6 to enable attendees from the same households wherever possible.
See Ishmael Ensemble’s video for ‘Lapwing’ here: