Cash over community and culture threatens to rob Bristol of one of its iconic venues. Thekla, the boat moored in the Mud Dock area of Bristol Harbour faces a challenge to its existence from the proposed development of Redcliffe Wharf, turning three derelict buildings into ‘affordable’ homes, plus business and leisure space.
Thekla is not only a gem in terms of its particular and unusual gig and club setting, but it has been a springboard venue for bands on the way up over many years, hosting wild sell-out shows, like this year’s roof-raising goof-glam slam by The Lemon Twigs. Much as it feels unique in its atmosphere and setting, it is sadly part of a growing trend of music venues threatened by nearby housing development and noise abatement concerns. Let’s hope that they can take a leaf out of the Fleece’s book and fight the plan that threatens to close them.
Organisations such as DHP, UK Music and the Music Venues Trust are all campaigning to stop this property development from scuppering Bristol’s boat that rocks. Mark Davyd of the Music Venues Trust points out that, “Sensible and adequately-planned residential development near to grassroots music venues like the Thekla mean that residents and music lovers can co-exist.” DHP, owners of Thekla, have raised concerns about the quality of the noise assessment carried out by developers and at the prospect of inadequate sound insulation in the building process leading to complaints about noise from residents.
Social media support for Thekla is gathering fast. We stand by them. You can post using #SaveThekla.