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Hull overhaul for Bristol’s Thekla

12 April 2019

BRISTOL’S 600-capacity floating venue Thekla is to be given a £1 million overhaul this summer.

One of DHP Family’s flagship venues, Thekla, located in the city’s harbour, will be taken into dry dock at the beginning of June for a major refurbishment.

At more than 50 metres in length, Thekla is one of the longest vessels in Bristol’s Floating Harbour.

While the majority of the money will go on the hull. other improvements and repairs will also take place, with the venue due to reopen in September.

DHP director of live Dan Ealam tells LIVE UK the slowdown in live shows over the summer means it is the ideal time to carry out for the work.

“As a promoter I love the feeling when an artiste pulls up outside the Thekla and realise that are actually playing on a boat in the water – it’s a memorable show for any act, especially as the venue is so well spec’d on top of its external features,” he says.

“The Bristol music scene is so strong, the people have great taste in music and you can see their passion for the venue with the recent #SaveThekla campaign, when the venue was under threat to a nearby housing development.”

Acts to have performed at the venue, which hosts around 180 concerts shows a year, include Florence + the Machine, White Denim, Mumford & Sons and Ellie Goulding.

DHP MD George Akins adds, “We’re committed to preserving that heritage and that’s why we’re getting the new hull fitted – we need to make sure that Thekla continues to be a great night out for the next 50 years.”

The boat, operated as a venue by DHP since 2006, was built in 1958 and will have a new, steel offset hull welded into place around the whole of the existing hull. Although the vessel undergoes regular inspection and repair, a detailed survey showed that the existing hull is near the end of its life.

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