20th August 2015

Technical Manager Wanted

Now Hiring


Technical Manager – Thekla (Bristol)

DHP Family Ltd

Bristol, BS1

Competitive salary

About us:

DHP Family is one of the UK’s most exciting and creative entertainment companies – a leading player in the music and night life entertainment sector. We have been operating venues and organising concerts for 30 years and since then our ever growing family has expanded to also run its own ticketing, festivals and band management operations.

If you have experience of technical production in a live music venue, are familiar with and can operate digital FOH desks (preferably Vi1), lighting desks and DJ equipment, we have an exciting role for you based at our unique Thekla venue in Bristol.

Main Purpose of the Role:

The successful candidate will be ultimately responsible for all aspects of the venue’s PA, lighting and audio-visual systems. You will supervise, coordinate, maintain and operate all sound and concert/club lighting and visual equipment used in Thekla.

Key Responsibilities:

  • Technical Services for both Live Shows and Club Events
  • Equipment Maintenance
  • Ensure that all Health & Safety requirements are fully met
  • Staff Supervision
  • Liaise with the Production Manager to make sure all touring production needs are met where practicable
  • Set up and run live concerts including mixing the sound FOH, mixing the “on stage” sound in the Monitors and programming and operating light shows
  • Stage management during live shows including assisting with change over and ensuring the gig runs on time, and performing the role of systems technician to the visiting engineers
  • Recruitment and management of casual staff and contracted engineers for sound and lights provisions at live and club events.

Required Skills & Knowledge:

  • Able to mix sound to a high standard for national touring bands
  • Able to operate lighting desk for live and club events
  • Able to maintain and develop venue sound and light systems
  • Able to supervise casual technical staff and train where needed in sound and light skills specific to the venue.
  • Understands health and safety requirements for lights and sound operation in similar venues.

Due to the nature of the industry, it is a requirement that you must be available to work un-sociable hours as this role involves many late night, weekend and Bank Holiday shifts.


We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome applications from all suitably qualified persons regardless of their race, sex, disability, religion/belief, sexual orientation or age.

In line with the requirements of the Asylum and Immigration Act 1996, all applicants must be eligible to live and work in the UK. As part of the recruitment process, you will be asked to provide documented evidence of eligibility.

If this role excites you and you are interested in developing a career with an award winning industry leader, then please email your Covering Letter and CV to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .


16th August 2015

Thekla Recruitment Day 2015

If you're looking for bar work or promotional work, we are recruiting here at Thekla Bristol, ready for the new season of live music and club events, starting this September.

If you have a passion for music, great people and customer service skills and are keen to work in Bristol's most iconic venue, bring your sea legs to our Recruitment Day this Bank Holiday Sunday!


Bank Holiday Sunday 30th August 2015
at Thekla, The Grove, Bristol BS1 4RB
Find us here: goo.gl/hbvaXJ

Sessions are taking place at 12pm and at 3pm on the day.

Please bring along a copy of your current C.V. and a sense of humour!

Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information.

27th July 2015


A new piece of street art appeared on the hull of the ship this weekend, we believe courtesy of Bristol's own John Do'h. We're guessing this was part of the mighty Upfest!

Take a look at a quick pic below:


Someone was busy at Upfest - The Urban Paint Festival this weekend - there's a new addition to our hull: it's only Homer...

Posted by Thekla Bristol on Monday, 27 July 2015

31st March 2015

Hit The Deck T-Shirt Give Away!

FREE T-SHIRT: For a very limited time only you can bag yourself a free Hit The Deck Festival t-shirt when you book a ticket for Hit The Deck 2015 in Bristol or Nottingham for this April! Grab yours while you can: http://bit.ly/1Dd45pj

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30th October 2014

Thekla Makes Britain's Best Small Venue Shortlist

We are incredibly proud to have made it to the final shortlist in NME's search for Britain's Best Small Venue of 2014.

Please continue to #VOTETHEKLA until the closing date on 6th November - www.nme.com/smallvenues/vote

Read more about two shortlisted venues on the NME blog here - www.nme.com/blogs/nme-blogs/britains-best-small-venues-get-to-know-the-shortlist-dunfermline-bristol

- #TeamThekla x

17th October 2014

Thekla Wins "Best Venue Teamwork" at Live UK Music Business Awards

Thekla are very proud to have "Best Venue Teamwork" for a club under 800 capacity at the Live Music Business Awards held last night (Thursday 16 October) at a Gala Ceremony in London’s West End.

At the Radisson Blu hotel on Portman Square and in front of a full-house of industry heavyweights, the Thekla team and our brothers from DHP Family in Nottingham collected awards for two of our iconic venues: Thekla in Bristol and Rock City in Nottingham.

The venues won the Best Teamwork award, which recognises the best in-house teams working on live music events at clubs, in two size categories. Bristol’s Thekla collected the award for venues with a capacity of below 800 while Nottingham’s Rock City won the award for venues with a capacity of above 800.

“To win two major awards like this is a fantastic tribute to the hard work and dedication the DHP team has put into Thekla and Rock City. Both venues have had major upgrades and investment over the past year and its great to see that recognised by the live music industry,” said Bart Easter.

Following a £500,000 refurbishment and 13 weeks in dry dock, the Thekla reopened in Bristol’s East Mud Dock on September 18. Work included a complete paint job outside; reconfiguration of the dance floor to improve circulation; the addition of new toilets; soundproofing; new outside seating and a new entrance to improve the traffic flow.

The internationally renowned Rock City has benefited from a £250,000 upgrade to its sound system and facilities over the last 12 months. As the first DHP-owned music and club venue it has seen some of the biggest names in the world perform on its stage over the past 30 years including David Bowie, Nirvana and Ed Sheeran.

Last night’s two new awards underline DHP Family’s growing influence on live music in the UK. At the Live Music Business Awards in 2012 and in 2013 we won National Promoter of the Year but were unable to enter the category this year due to a ‘two successive wins’ rule.

Earlier in the day two of our senior managers joined the Live Music summit of the industry’s biggest players including AEG Live and Ticketmaster. Promotions Director Anton Lockwood and Head of Marketing Mark Dennis took leading roles in addressing issues such as the latest developments in live entertainment, the impact of social media and what makes a successful live venue.

Now in its fifth year, the Live Music Business awards recognise the business people who drive the country’s contemporary live music industry. The Awards were created by the publisher of LIVE UK – the only magazine dedicated to the companies and individuals working in this sector of the creative industries – and winners are voted for by the magazine’s readers.

The awards continue a great year for us, during which we havee promoted more than 1200 live performances across the country by artists from Lana del Rey to Ed Sheeran and New Order, repeated our success with Thekla and Rock City by opening Oslo in Hackney to rave reviews and launched the 10,000 plus capacity ‘No Tomorrow’ with headliners London Grammar to add to our roster of successful festivals including Splendour, Hit the Deck, Dot to Dot, Gathering and Everywhere.

10th October 2014

Thekla Nominated For NME's Best Small Venue

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The Thekla has been shortlisted once again for the NME Best Small Venue in the UK award. The venue on a boat topped the South West’s poll for the second year running.  The award is initially voted for by NME readers until it reaches the shortlisting stage where judges from the music industry finally decide which venue in the UK with a capacity of 400 and under is deemed the best.

2014’s judges include musician Frank Turner, now playing arenas but a man who did his time on the small venues circuit. T In The Park and Glasgow’s King Tuts Wah Wah Hut promoter Geoff Ellis, Reading And Leeds Festival promoter Melvin Benn, Jo Dipple, head of UK Music, Radio 1's Huw Stephens and NME’s editor Krissi Murison,and writers Mike Williams and Luke Lewis.

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.

Thekla Manager Michele Phillips said: "We are delighted that the boat has been voted as best small venue in the South West by so many people. We do our utmost to ensure that everyone who comes to the Thekla has the best time possible and following the refit they’ll be able to do this in much nicer surroundings. This shortlisting is a nice pat on the back from the people who matter the gig goers and clubbers who come to the Thekla."

#VOTETHEKLA here: www.nme.com/smallvenues/vote

14th September 2014

Thekla Returns to Mud Dock

Today, Thekla returned to her mooring at East Mud Dock following a thorough "check-up" and refurbishment across all public decks of the vessel. We've been well looked after in the dry dock by the chaps at Albion Dockyard, but we're pleased to be home.

We open this coming Thursday for Pressure - check listings for more event information.

- Team Thekla x

9th September 2014

Thekla Relaunch Weekend

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The Thekla returns to it's mooring at East Mud Dock over the weekend, with a full club event programmed for it's relaunch opening next weekend. Here's what's in store:

Wednesday 17th September
Private VIP Relaunch Event

Thursday 18th September
Pressure & The Lock In - Bristol's best indie and alternative club night

Friday 19th September [SOLD OUT]
Edible - a party by Eats Everything

Saturday 20th September
Pop Confessional - playing all your favourite guilty pop plasures

We hope that you can join us at one of our relaunch events.

- Team Thekla x


14th August 2014

Thekla Recruitment Day

If you're looking for bar work or promotional work, we are recruiting here at Thekla, ready for our relaunch this September.

If you have a passion for live music and club events, great people and customer service skills and are keen to work in Bristol's most iconic venue, bring your sea legs to our Recruitment Day this Bank Holiday!

Recruitment Day


Bank Holiday Monday 25th August 2014
at #THEKLAPOPUP (aka Basement 45) - find us here: www.goo.gl/GbRGRS

Sessions are taking place at 3pm and at 7pm on the day

Please bring along a copy of your C.V. and a sense of humour!
Email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for further information