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The Louisiana Bristol

The Louisiana events and tickets

Skiddle is an official primary ticket outlet for The Louisiana in Bristol. Find 18 upcoming events below. Tickets can be purchased directly from Skiddle:

Stay Lunar at The Louisiana

Stay Lunar

  • This event has been postponed until 4th Dec 2020
  • The Louisiana Bristol
  • Saturday 27th June
  • Close Up Promotions presents indie pop band Stay Lunar to The Louisiana, Bristol on 28th April 2020 with support TBC
    MAID of ACE / Dee Skusting & The Rodents Louisiana Bristol at The Louisiana

    MAID of ACE / Dee Skusting & The Rodents Louisiana Bristol

    • The Louisiana Bristol
    • Wednesday 22nd July
    • MAID of ACE Return to the Louisiana with a New Album Release.
      Samantha Crain at The Louisiana

      Samantha Crain

      • This event has been cancelled
      • The Louisiana Bristol
      • Friday 24th July
      • DHP Presents: Samantha Crain, live at The Louisiana, Bristol on Friday 24th July 2020, plus Special Guests
        KOKO at The Louisiana

        KOKO

        • The Louisiana Bristol
        • Friday 4th September
        • DHP Present Bristol-based KOKO performing in their home-town at The Louisiana, Bristol on Friday 4th September 2020.
          Planet at The Louisiana

          Planet

          • The Louisiana Bristol
          • Monday 7th September
          • DHP Ticketing presents indie rock quartet Planet live at The Louisiana, Bristol on Monday 7th September 2020
            NICK CORBIN - Plus Guests & DJ's - Bristol at The Louisiana

            NICK CORBIN - Plus Guests & DJ's - Bristol

            • The Louisiana Bristol
            • Friday 18th September
            • NICK CORBIN - Plus Guests & DJ's - Bristol at The Louisiana, with FULL band.
              Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard at The Louisiana

              Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard

              • The Louisiana Bristol
              • Wednesday 23rd September
              • Crosstown Concerts presents Buzzard Buzzard Buzzard + special guests live at The Louisiana Bristol on Wednesday 23rd September 2020
                Matthew Mole: Ghost Album Release tour  at The Louisiana

                Matthew Mole: Ghost Album Release tour

                • The Louisiana Bristol
                • Friday 25th September
                • Matthew Mole heads off on his tour after the release of his much-anticipated album 'Ghost'.
                  Richard Walters at The Louisiana

                  Richard Walters

                  • The Louisiana Bristol
                  • Monday 28th September
                  • English singer-songwriter, Richard Walters, announces new album 'Golden Viens' on May 8th prior to his show at The Louisiana.
                    Anna Burch at The Louisiana

                    Anna Burch

                    • The Louisiana Bristol
                    • Wednesday 7th October
                    • DHP presents Detroit-based indie-pop/folk musician Anna Burch at Bristol The Louisiana!

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                      Review of Dept S present ✰ Andy Crofts Acoustic Set ✰

                      Overall rating: 5 Verified review

                      The Louisiana is a great, intimate venue. An entertaining night both musically and anecdotally.

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                      Would you recommended: Yes

                      Review of Dept S present ✰ Andy Crofts Acoustic Set ✰

                      Overall rating: 4.5 Verified review

                      Great show, Andy Crofts is a very natural talent and a very naturally entertaining storyteller. Highly recommended - his style and music reminded me of some early songs by The La's, with lots of melody and great lyrics.

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                      Would you recommended: Yes

                      Review of Dept S present ✰ Andy Crofts Acoustic Set ✰

                      Overall rating: 5 Verified review

                      Great set by Andy.
                      Intimate venue upstairs at The Louisiana.
                      I thought the sound was good.

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                      Would you recommended: Yes

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                      The Louisiana venue information

                      The Louisiana is a 140 capacity, family run venue that takes pride in putting on the best musicians and giving both them and the audience the perfect communion. This is something we’ve been working on for over 25 years.

                      There was a fire at The Fleece, Bristol in 1996, and two local promoters asked if they could use the room upstairs at The Louisiana instead. We said yes, and in the first week Placebo and Super Furry Animals played here… at the time, we didn’t even have a stage.

                      Gianni built a stage a week later, which was lucky because within weeks more promoters were involved and we were staging gigs on a regular basis. We’d get up-and-coming DJs in only charging people 50p entry; The Chemical Brothers played one of these and we even started doing club nights in the basement at weekends.

                      Over the years, The Louisiana has been seen as a barometer for new bands. The first time The Scissor Sisters played here it was as support to a Bristol band, but by the third time we had to escort them to the stage so they wouldn’t get mobbed. It was the same with Florence and the Machine, and The National – who first played here to 20 people and now they’re playing to 20,000. We’ve always been the first port of call for most new bands doing a national tour.

                      While external promoters book the national bands that perform at The Louisiana, we also make sure the venue is a platform for home grown talent. Lots of local acts approach us, and we try and give them slots as much as possible. If we believe a band has real talent we’ll try and support them as much as we can and recommend them for suitable national support slots and festivals too. We regularly have labels, agents & promoters asking us for tips on the best new music coming through the venue.

                      We always try to look after the bands that play here, local and national, which means they have a good time and want to come back time and time again. We start by giving an unknown act a chance, and then when they go on to become massive they still want to come back to play, even though we are a small venue.

                      It’s great being part of bigger, citywide events too. We’re a fringe venue at the Harbourside Festival, and last year the whole road was closed off as we had a jazz band playing outside and people were jiving in the sunshine. We are also one of the eight venues for Bristol’s Dot-to-Dot Festival every May, which sees the best new bands descend on the city and play back-to-back throughout the day. It’s a music marathon, and the atmosphere is incredible.

                      Despite being a popular venue with artists and audiences alike, keeping The Louisiana going as a live music venue hasn’t been without its challenges.

                      When we started out it was the strongest time in British music history. There were lots of bands coming through and lots of money in the industry, so bands could afford to tour more. We had Coldplay here three times, and Muse took up a residency for six months.

                      For a little while, there was less investment in touring and things were tough, but now the scene is recovering. Smaller record labels are springing up, the internet has been good in giving bands the freedom to set up and get themselves out there without even needing a label.

                      Once again the scene in Bristol is healthy. There are lots of great musicians and songwriters coming through, like George Ezra who developed his style and sound while studying here. It’s also a city that is very supportive of music.

                      You won’t get a better sound, on stage or off, than at the Louis.

                      Venue contact details and info

                      Name: The Louisiana

                      Phone: 0117 9265978

                      Venue short url: https://www.skiddle.com/venues/8330/

                      Music Policy: Live Music Venue.

                      Drinks served: Yes

                      Parking: Street and parking available

                      Address: Wapping Street, Bathurst Terrace, Bristol, BS1 6UA

                      Website: https://www.thelouisiana.net

                      Capacity: 140

                      Type of venue: Live

                      Food served: Yes

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