8th January 2013

Hit The Deck Festival 2013 - 20.04.13


Hit The Deck comes to Bristol for the first time, following a number of successful, sell-out years in Nottingham!

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Current line up:


Bleeding Through ♣ Title Fight ♣ Mallory Knox ♣ Pure Love ♣ Attack Attack! (US) ♣ Sonic Boom Six ♣

Army Of Freshmen ♥ Attention Thieves ♥ Black Dogs ♥ Blackeye ♥ Bleed From Within ♥ Bossk ♥ Canterbury ♥ Dead End Path ♥ Decade ♥ Dingus Khan ♥ Empress ♥ Evarose ♥ Fearless Vampire Killers ♥ Feed The Rhino ♥ Fort Hope ♥ The Front Bottoms ♥ Gnarwolves ♥ Great Cynics ♥ Hand Of Mercy ♥ Heart Of a Coward ♥ Idiom ♥ The James Cleaver Quintet ♥ Landscapes ♥ Max Raptor ♥ Maybeshewill ♥ Natives ♥ Rolo Tomassi ♥ Run From Robots ♥ Show It Off ♥ Summerlin ♥ This or the Apocalypse ♥ Whirr.

Acoustic Stage: Walter Schreifels ♦ Vinnie Caruana.

+ Lots more TBC


O2 Academy 1 and 2 / Thekla / The Fleece / Exchange

Saturday 20th April 2013
Doors 12pm
Ages 14+


TICKETS ON SALE NOW: www.bit.ly/htdtix

£20+bf Standard ticket (14+)
£25+bf Standard ticket + Aftershow (18+)

Also available from Bristol Ticket Shop, www.gigantic.com and all good ticket vendors.

More local outlets to be added soon...





Hit The Deck takes place across four venues in Nottingham – Rock City, The Rescue Rooms, Steath, and the Forum – on Sunday April 21st 2013, and in Bristol at the O2 Academy, The Thekla, The Fleece and The Exchange, on Saturday April 20th 2013.

Wristband Exchange

You’ll be able to exchange your ticket for a festival wristband from 10am at Rock City in Nottingham and at The Thekla in Bristol. Hit The Deck starts at 12pm but we advise you to collect your wristband early to avoid long queuing times!

Please note: you will not be able to gain entry to other venues without having collected your wristband first.

Room Capacity

Each stage has a specific capacity and when this is reached entry to that stage will be limited, so if you are wanting to see a specific band please arrive early so you don’t miss out!

Underage Drinking

Hit The Deck operates a no tolerance policy on underage drinking. If anyone under the age of 18 is found drinking alcohol or attempting to purchase alcohol, or if anyone over the age of 18 is found to be obtaining alcohol for anyone underage they will be removed from the festival and have their wristband confiscated.

8th January 2013

Dot To Dot Festival 2013 - 25.05.13


Dot To Dot returns for 2013 ready to take over Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham yet again.

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Dry The River^
Tom Odell
Benjamin Francis Leftwich^
Lucy Rose^

Beans on Toast
Bo Ningen
Chapel Club
Deap Vally
Little Green Cars
London Grammar

Ruen Brothers
Swim Deep
Wave Machines

A Plastic Rose
Bear's Den
Best Friends
Black Books
Bipolar Sunshine
Blue Hawai
The Bots
Sam Bradley
Candy Says
Catfish & Bottleman
Dan Croll
The Family Rain
Golden Fable
Hawk Eyes
Chlöe Howl
In The Valley Below
Gavin James
Alice Jemina
Kappa Gamma
Likely Lads
Billy Lockett
Matthew & Me
Middle Class Rut
Misty Miller
Night Engine
Only Real
Random Impulse
Ellie Rose
Saint Raymond
Satellite Stories
Six 60
Story Books
Ady Suleiman
To Kill A King
Wolf Alice

Plus many more artists TBA!


Dot To Dot returns for 2013 ready to take over Manchester, Bristol and Nottingham yet again.

• “One of the UK’s fastest rising festivals” - NME

• “An eclectic mix of innovative, ground-breaking acts manage to secure the festival’s spirit and provide the musical kudos”. - Virtual Festivals

• “With a stunning bill and venues within yards of one another we’ll leave you to join the dots.” - Clash


The festival, which spans three cities over one weekend, has long been the barometer for acts that are about to break and 2012’s event was no exception. The line-up for last summer’s event speaks for itself with Jake Bugg, Bastille, Peace and Dog is Dead (to name but a few) all subsequently achieving huge success.

Previous line-ups have also included The xx, Florence & The Machine, The Naked and Famous, Friendly Fires, Laura Marling, Mumford & Sons, Mystery Jets, Beach House, The Cribs, Wild Beasts, The Joy Formiddable, SBTRKT, Benjamin Francis Leftwich and many, many more.

We pride ourselves on bringing thousands of music fans an eclectic mix of innovative, exciting and ground-breaking acts in intimate settings we feel compliment the artists.


O2 Academy / Thekla / The Fleece / Exchange / The Louisiana / Trinity Centre / Start The Bus

Saturday 25th May 2013
1pm - 4am

Ages 14+
Please note under 18s will only have access to O2 Academy and Trinity Centre - bands marked with ^ are guaranteed to be performing at 14+ venues.


TICKETS ONLY £20 ON SALE NOW: www.bit.ly/d2d2013

Also available from Bristol Ticket Shop, www.gigantic.com and all other good ticket vendors.


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24th July 2012

Welcome Toilet Graffiti

The gang over at Weapon Of Choice came down last week to give our toilets a lick of paint, and they did a fine job. Check out some photos below, and make sure you come and spend a penny with us soon to see it in real life.

Weapon Of Choice Thekla Toilet Graffiti

Weapon Of Choice Thekla Toilet Graffiti

Weapon Of Choice Thekla Toilet Graffiti

Weapon Of Choice Thekla Toilet Graffiti

Weapon Of Choice Thekla Toilet Graffiti

Weapon Of Choice Thekla Toilet Graffiti

Weapon Of Choice Thekla Toilet Graffiti

Weapon Of Choice Thekla Toilet Graffiti

Weapon Of Choice Thekla Toilet Graffiti

3rd May 2012

NME's "Britain's Best Small Venue" Shortlist Announced

The shortlist in NME's search to find Britain's Best Small Venue has been revealed, and we are pleased to announce that the Thekla has topped the South West category for the second year running.

Thousands of votes were cast for hundreds of venues across the country, but the list has now been whittled down to just eight. The shortlist will now be put to a panel of judges, with the winner revealed on 8th May.

The judges for this year's search to find Britain's Best Small Venue are Frank Turner, T In The Park and Glasgow King Tuts Wah Wah Hut promoter Geoff Ellis, Reading And Leeds Festivals mainman Melvin Benn, Jo Dipple, head of UK Music, Radio 1's Huw Stephens and NME's own Krissi Murison, Mike Williams and Luke Lewis.

The shortlist for Britain's Best Small Venue is as follows:

South East: Tunbridge Wells Forum
South West: Bristol Thekla
Wales: Bridgend Hobos
Midlands: Stoke Sugarmill
London: 100 Club
East Anglia: Norwich Arts Centre
North East: Leeds Brudenell Social Club
North West: Hebden Bridge Trades Club
Scotland: Cabaret Voltaire in Edinburgh
Northern Ireland: Belfast Limelight