A crowdfunder has been launched for a new 330-capacity music venue and late night cafe-bar in Bristol City Centre.
Strange Brew will be a multi-functional space, operating as a cafe-bar and exhibition gallery during the day, a gig venue in the evenings, and as a European-style bar at night. It will play host to a wide programme of events including live music and DJ performances, art exhibitions, workshops, talks, plays, film screenings and other performances.
The venue will be tucked down a side street in Broadmead, in a large shop that has sat empty for nearly ten years. This video, launched alongside the crowdfunder, shows the building in its raw state and a 3D visualisation of how it will be transformed into two event rooms – one 300-capacity main room, complete with stage, table seating, DJ booth and bar, and a smaller warehouse-style space to be used for occasional club nights and art installations.
Strange Brew is from the team behind Dirtytalk, a nightclub promotions team popular among Bristol’s underground music community for putting on some of the world’s most cutting-edge DJs in off-the-radar venues. Dirtytalk tickets are notoriously hard to get hold of, with partygoers often queuing outside ticket shops hours before opening.
Despite their background in club music, the venue will play host to a more varied range of genres, with a focus on experimental forms of electronic music, world, jazz, punk, and rock. The focus will be on cultivating local underground talent and showcasing the most exciting up-and-coming international artists.
The interior has been designed by Woody Slucutt in conjunction with Dirtytalk. Woody is a New York-based artist formerly based in Bristol, and one of the team behind the Motorcycle Showroom, a former art studio and events space on Stokes Croft.
During the day Strange Brew will serve a carefully selected range of coffees, teas and food, turning into a bar in the evenings offering locally-sourced beers, wines, spirits and cocktails. Bristol-based Wiper and True have been enlisted in designing and supplying the bar, and exclusive ales will be available.
Licensed until 3am on weekend and 1am in the week. Strange Brew will be a welcome addition to Bristol’s night-time economy at a time when many music venues and clubs are shutting down or under threat from development. Dirtytalk say that Bristol music culture is suffering and this location might be the only one in the city centre where a small, independent operator such as them can open a new venue.
Now that planning and licensing are in place, a lot of work is needed to get the building into shape. The team cannot afford to go it alone and say they need to raise at least £45,000 towards essential work such as toilet and bar installation, electricity and construction works. In exchange for their contributions, donors are offered exclusive access to advance ticket releases and a launch party, t-shirts, and art prints.
Once the crowdfunder is complete, the project will go into construction before opening in winter 2019.
For more details and to view the plans in full, visit Dirtytalk’s crowdfunder page at crowdfunder.co.uk/strange-brew-a-new-music-arts-venue-for-bristol