Owners of Bristol’s iconic floating music venue and nightclub the Thekla have appealed for support as its future could be under threat from a planning application.
Bosses at the famous boat, which has sat in Bristol’s Floating Harbour since the early 1980’s, could face an uncertain future if the Redcliffe Wharf development goes ahead.
The development, across the water from the Thekla, has been recommended for approval by planning officers and goes in front of a planning committee at City Hall on Wednesday, November 8th. If rubber stamped, it would see three derelict buildings become affordable homes, office and leisure space.
There is a lengthy history of new developments near music venues causing issues once they are occupied, and The Fleece in Bristol faced a similar challenge in recent years.
As well as hosting regular clubs nights, the Thekla has welcomed many famous names down the years including Massive Attack, Portishead, Pete Doherty and Franz Ferdinand.
The Thekla’s parent company DHP, along with UK Music and Music Venues Trust are now campaigning to fight off any threat to the venue, and anyone wanting to show their support is being invited to post on social media using #SaveThekla
Bristol’s legendary drum n’ bass DJ Roni Size is among many musicians who have already lent their support to the campaign.