Thekla

Thekla

Celebrating 40 years on the harbourside, the Thekla stage is programming three performance areas to this year's Bristol Harbour Festival.  Bringing their iconic Silent Disco on the top deck, you'll also find the Thekla Cargo Hold Stage and Thekla Dock Stage hosting a range of grassroots sounds from the likes of rock band Piratitude, The 789s and a special DJ set from Bristol legend Jayde Adams.

Man playing guitar on stage dockside. Photo taken by Paul BoxPink boat on waves

Thekla Dockside Stage

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Sam Paul

Sam Paul is a Bristol based singer songwriter who plays songs written with strong influences from blues, rock, indie and folk bringing unforgettable melodies, catchy choruses and foot tapping rhythms with an eccentric presence.

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Danny Mcmahon

Danny McMahon blends the authenticity charm of Country story telling with a modern and fresh Pop Production. Country/Pop Artist Danny McMahon’s last EP “Senses” charted Top ten all genre in the UK iTunes album charts. This was swiftly followed by a UK Tour.

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Sunday Sweethearts

Performing trio dedicated to sharing music from the 40s, 50s, and 60s!

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John Mouse

John Mouse has been touring since 2005. In that period he has built a loyal, but small following and would like to develop this. He has played GreenMan Festival 3 times, The Far out tent, the Walled Garden and most recently in 2022 on the Mountain Stage, alongside other UK festivals. 6 Music has been a big champion, every song released played across the schedule, Lamacq, Huw Stephens, Gideon Coe, Mary Ann Hobbs, Stuart Mcconie

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Belishas

Bristol’s new jank-pop band tread a grey area between fragile melancholy and visceral catharsis. Belishas is a project based on duality. Since 2019 the group have morphed through many stages and interpretations of itself, landing upon a mixture of scratchy alt rock and modern left field influences.

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The Sneak Eazies

The Sneak Eazies are a Bristol-based 8-piece, playing thumping, horn-fuelled ska to get crowds bouncing across the UK, from festival stages to late night clubs.

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Piratitude

Piratitude plays romping, rootsy, folk-rock, shanties and singalongs, plus some affectionate and entertaining reinventions of classic tunes, and our own pirate-material. Songs of the sea, of love, loss, travel, transportation, rum, voyages, battles, bravery, and the joys of drinking. All delivered with style, musicality, audience participation, and bags of piratitude.

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Thekla Dockside Stage

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Eve Appleton Band

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Fantastic Stranger

Fantastic Stranger is an explosive experimental jazz trio formed by Bristol based drummer, Ollie Grant. His compositions are brought to life by the talents and dedication of Dave Colebourn (Sax) and Zach Bartlett (Bass) Expect sweet and tender melodies, ferocious riffs and a heavy dose of improvisation.

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Kirris Rivere and The Delta du Bruit

Hailing from the vibrant blues scene in Bristol, this talented band has quickly gained recognition for their soulful sound, electrifying performances, and an acclaimed debut album released last November.

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The Keepsakes

Bristol based original Chicago blues and 60s garage rock.

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Hicktown Breakout

Passionate about Country, Rock and Americana, Hicktown Breakout bring a fresh, upbeat vibe to their unique style of Country Rock music

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The 789s

All your favourite floor fillers covered by local legends.

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Thekla Cargo Hold Stage 18+

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Sarah Tonin and the Whore Moans

Sarah Tonin and the Whore Moans describe themselves as 'your local qweirdos', Sarah Tonin explore queer art through music.

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Chasing Kites

Originally the solo project of frontman Matt Donnelly, Chasing Kites are an exciting indie band hailing from Bristol. Recently named as a BBC Big New Sound, the group intertwine dynamic hooks, 80s synth textures and vivid narratives, capturing reflections on the stories of Donnelly’s youth. With echoes of Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Verve and The 1975, the band have already conjured an arena-ready sound at a tender age.

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Sober Sundays

Sober Sundays are the sound of imperfect adolescence. Flooding their flat with the noise of King Krule, Mac Miller, and Easy Life, the band invites you to listen to frontman Finn Hustler depict scenes of the night before, the morning after.

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Dreamwave

Self-described as 'post-punk psych junk', Dreamwave bring a kaleidoscopical fusion of dreampop & psychedelia.

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OK Ewan

Ok Ewan is a 22 year old lyricist/artist based in Bristol, experimenting and bending genres to create his intoxicating Bedroom Rap sound. Ewan speaks openly about his day to day struggles with his sexuality, love and his mental health issues all while delivering a unique sound full of gorgeous melodic chord progressions and catchy bars that are sure to stick.

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Gurl

Alt rock barely comes close to describing Gürl. Bubblegum razorblades, butcher knife Froot Loops, Katy Perry meets Sleep Token: Gürl are antipop. Their music—a riotous blend of heavy alt rock, peppered with scandalous lyrics, diva-worthy choruses, and stadium-sized guitars, all stitched together with the sleek, trap production.

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Have a Good Afternoon

With Pop-Punk at the soul of the band, Have A Good Afternoon push the boundaries of what you've heard...Distorted tones and handcrafted melodies to move your body, vocals that sing you to sleep only to wake you up in a twisted reality... You want a journey? Come and Have A Good Afternoon.

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M/X

PUNK ROCK FOR FANS OF: The Chats, Viagra Boys, British Punk “THEY LIVE AND BREATHE PUNK, DEFYING STEREOTYPES WITH THEIR ALL-QUEER LINE-UP AND ALL-FEMALE BACKLINE” - Resonate Magazine

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Thekla Cargo Hold Stage 18+

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Tokyo Toy Company

Tokyo Toy Company describe themselves as an indie band with elements of math rock and punk, with catchy riffs, huge energy and complex dancy drums. All those adjectives are true and more.

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LUNDA

With origins deeply rooted in France and Congo, Lunda brings an alt-indie sound fused with soul.

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MLY

MLY is the long-awaited solo project of Molly Davies. Self-described as “sad girl campfire bullshit turned alt-pop bangers”, Molly’s songs are born from her diary entries, making the tracks personal and vulnerable.

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Blacklist

Bristol based Alt-rock trio for fans of Muse, Foo Fighters and Royal Blood.

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Tyla X An

TYLA X An (TXN) is an enigmatic Alt/Pop producer, vocalist and visual artist known for her raw and captivating style. Her music has received support from renowned artists and stations/publications, including yeule, AR/CO, Haru Nemuri, plus BBC Radio 1 (Future Artists +), BBC 6 Music (Mary Ann Hobbs +), METAL magazine, Crack Magazine and more. With new releases out this Spring/Summer and upcoming live dates, Tlya is solidifying her position as an unstoppable rising star, fueling her drive to leave an indelible impact on the world stage.

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Sonotto

Dubbed as ‘Bristol's answer to Ziggy Stardust’, Sonotto fuses elements of glam rock, synth-pop, and electronica.

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Beware of Leopards

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The Family Battenberg

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Thekla Top Deck 18+

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Thekla Silent Disco: Pressure vs Pop Confessional

Silent disco featuring music from Thekla's two biggest weekly club nights, head-to-head in the ultimate showdown. Pressure brings you indie hits and Pop Confessional is flying the flag for all things pop. Expect current hits right back to retro bangers from both DJs. Grab your headset and choose your channel!

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Thekla Top Deck 18+

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Performers to be announced soon

Our other stages

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Millennium Square

The Amphitheatre became Harbour View - a great spot to enjoy a bite from the Food Court with music from Access Creative College, Ujima Radio and BCFM Radio.

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View Stage
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On the Water

On the Water entertainment returns to the Bristol Harbour Festival, bringing the water to the forefront of the celebrations with activities guaranteed to make a splash.

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View Stage