The Croft Bristol

Bristol Venue The Croft Set to Close in MayLegendary Bristol venue The Croft announced today via Facebook that it’s days are numbered. The venue, home to many a Louder Than War review over the years, has less than a month to run as a working live music venue with the final show scheduled to take place on 12th May.

The Croft’s always been at the heart of the cities music scene & no venue’s been more supportive of it. Music wise The Croft’s always been at the forefront of all the cities disparate scenes. Thanks to it’s partnership with the Subloaded team it was hosting dubstep nights before the genre was even a twinkle in the club DMZ DJ’s eyes & more recently it’s been the host to most of the shows organised by the cities burgeoning hardcore scene – yeah, despite the fact that most of the kids won’t be spending any money on alcohol for obvious straight edge reasons.

It’s a venue that’s always personally been my favourite in the city and although the guys who run the operation are moving all operations / already booked gigs to The Exchange in the Old Market area of the city it won’t be the same. Talking of which, neither will a Stokes Croft bereft of The Croft be the same either.

The full statement can be read below. The venue also dropped the following statements onto Facebook:

“We want to try and get @AndrewWK to play our last ever night, please retweet if you want the same! #andrewwklastpartyatthecroft.”

“Andrew W.K. is in EU at this time anyway and has the 13th off, guess we could open one additional night if we could convince him to do it.”

…so lets get tweeting & make this happen eh?

Here are a selection of the reviews from The Croft we’ve featured, the first of which being quite possibly my favourite night there (if we take out the Fucked Up show during which local legend & gig going hero Big Jeff was called upon to give Damon a piggyback ride mid song).

Trash Talk: The Croft, Bristol

Fishy! Hardcore Legends Flipper Live in Bristol

Weekend Nachos, The Weeknd Gentlemen, Pariso, The Long Haul & more.

Castrovalva, The Hysterical Injury, Big Naturals and We Are Romans

The full statement was as follows:

We are sad to announce that The Croft will be closing on Sunday 12th May.

We have decided to sell our lease on for a variety of reasons that we will discuss in more detail at a later date. Having been involved with the venue for over eleven years this was a difficult decision to make, but we have had lots of good times and put on some great bands and club nights. We are confident that those of you who have worked with us in the past will know how emotionally attached we are to The Croft and that we wouldn’t make a decision like this without good reason.

At this moment in time we are not at liberty to discuss the future of the building, but it will no longer be known as The Croft.

As we look to the future we will continue to support the local, national and international music scene at our new venue, Exchange.

The majority of gigs that were booked into happen after 12th May will be moved to Exchange, all tickets remain valid. Look out for some amazing events in our closing weeks.

If you are interested in playing one last time then please email us at and we will try and fit you in.

Meanwhile make sure you keep abreast of what’s going on at Exchange. They’re website’s here & they can be found on both Facebook & Twitter.

All words Guy Manchester. More words by Guy can be read here. He tweets as @guid0man & uses Tumblr.

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Guy is a former full time member of the Louder Than War editorial team, who's since moved on to pastures new. Music's been a large part of his life since he first stumbled across Peel on his tranny as a fifteen year old. His whole approach to music was learnt from Peel in fact, which includes having as inclusive a taste in music as possible. Guy devotes most of his time looking for new music & although he's been known to say "the only good music is new music" he pretty much accepts this is bollocks. Favourite band The Minutemen.


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