Only six years into our tenure at the Thekla, we have already played host to a variety of excellent live bands and club events as well as scooping the title of "Best Small Venue" in the South West region from the NME in 2011 and 2012.
Bands to have graced our stage include: The Magic Numbers, Edan, Metronomy, Emmy The Great, Thomas Truax, Ed Harcourt, Young Knives, Camera Obscura, Jamie T, The Long Blondes, Son Of Dave, Misty's Big Adventure, The Puppini Sisters, The Spinto Band, Parts & Labor, Maps, The Duke Spirit, Two Gallants, The Aliens, Arab Strap, Rumble Strips, Prinzhorn Dance School, Van She, Late Of The Pier, Karine Polwart, The Bees, Josh T Pearson, Just Jack, Kubichek, Men Women & Children, Joan As Policewoman, Black Wire, Babyhead, Now It's Overhead, Rose Kemp, Underground Railroad, Nightmare Of You, Pop Levi, Califone, The Hours, Fionn Regan, Dan Sartain, Frank Turner, Kate Walsh, Patrick Wolf, Five O'Clock Heroes, The Holloways, Micah P Hinson, The Twilight Sad, The Noisettes, And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of Dead, Matt Berry, Shy Child, Junior Boys, Bat For Lashes, The Broken Family Band, Angus & Julia Stone, 1990s, The Earlies, The Pigeon Detectives, Bromhead's Jacket, Underground Heroes, Malcolm Middleton, Good Shoes, Vincent Vincent & The Villains, Kid Harpoon, !!!, The Horrors, Neil's Children, The Blood Arm, The Victorian English Gentlemen's Club, Thunderbirds Are Now, Lovvers, T-Model Ford, Switches, Yann Tiersen, Electric Soft Parade, Bobby Conn, Miles Hunt, Money Mark, Gravenhurst, Chow Chow, Mumm-ra, Teitur, Saturday Look Good To Me, Stephen Fretwell, Ghosts, Tiny Dancers, Unklejam, Mr Hudson & The Library, Simple Kid, Datarock, Crystal Castles, Tunng, Scout Niblett, The Besnard Lakes, Bonde Do Role, Chromeo, New Young Pony Club, Kate Nash, Architecture In Helsinki, Annuals, Emma Pollock, Blonde Redhead, Hot Club De Paris, Kris Drever, The Black Lips, Dragons, Calvin Harris, Electric Six, Kula Shaker, The Sea & Cake, Slow Club, Clipse, Cherry Ghost, Jason Mraz, Morning Runner, Sick Of It All, The Slackers, Fujiya & Miyagi, Jack Penate, Napalm Death, Ben Westbeech, The Bravery, Winterkids, Elle Milano, Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, The Dead 60s, Dan Deacon, Alela Diane, Bedouin Soundclash, Dead Meadow, Big Country, Tokyo Police Club, Voxtrot, Hoodoo Gurus, Evan Dando, I'm From Barcelona, Jeremy Warmsley, Mice Parade, King Creosote, Ben's Brother, Herman Dune, The Jeffrey Lewis Band, Euros Childs, Ozric Tentacles, No Means No, Foals, Los Campesinos, You Say Party We Say Die, Sky Larkin, Cage The Elephant, Babyshambles, Broken Social Scene, Forward Russia, Pull Tiger Tail, Help She Can't Swim, Robots In Disguise, The Whip, Pete & The Pirates, Y&T, The Hoosiers, British Sea Power, Mark Ronson, We Smoke Fags, Qui, Efterklang, Man Like Me, Mystery Jets, Esser, Caribou, New Model Army, Liars, HTRK, The Heavy, Sia, Young Galaxy, Kyte, The Damned, Emily Breeze, The Mae Shi, Wave Pictures, Let's Wrestle, Stars, The Courteeners, Noah & The Whale, Laura Viers, Yeti, Darren Hayes, The Blessing, Sons & Daughters, Black Kids, Simian Mobile Disco, Roni Size Reprazent, Duffy, Islands, Sandi Thom, The Von Bondies, Fight Like Apes, Band Of Horses, The Cave Singers, Robyn, Florence & The Machine, Menomena, Example, Magnetic Man, Buck 65, Team Waterpolo, Does It Offend You Yeah, The Subways, Be Your Own Pet, Damn Shames, Midnight Juggernauts, The Ghost Of A Thousand, Holy Fuck, Free Blood, Dan Le Sac vs Scroobius Pip, The Teenagers, The Apples, Clinic, Threatmantics, 65daysofstatic, Gay For Johnny Depp, Andy Yorke, Blood Red Shoes, Low, Sway, Ted Leo & The Pharmacists, Errors, Nizlopi, The Maccabees, White Rabbits, Friendly Fires, White Lies, Eliza Carthy, Jim Moray, Shapeshifter, DJ Yoda, Kimya Dawson, No Age, The New Amsterdams, Telepathe Pivot, Santigold, Buraka Som Sistema, Cutting Pink With Knives, The Voluntary Butler Scheme, Feeder, Beth Rowley, The Rascals, Adem, Johnny Foreigner, Tokyo Police Club, Melt Banana, Rolo Tomassi, Atmosphere, Brother Ali, The Presets, Heartbreak, The Wonder Stuff, So So Modern, Lyrics Born, Magistrates, Stephen Malkmus, Maths Class, The Faint, Hercules & Love Affair, Gotye, American Music Club, Bob Log III, The Dodos, Sun Kil Moon, Iglu & Hartly, Two Door Cinema Club, Heavy Trash, Cajun Dance Party, Swanton Bombs, Little Boots, The Joy Formidable, Tellison, Longview, Lykke Li, Gabriella Cilmi, Kano, CSS, Natty, JME, Gemma Ray, The Rifles, John Power, The Walkmen, Chew Lips, The Black Seeds, Built To Spill, PNAU, We Have Band, The Notwist, Sneaky Soundsystem, The View, Those Dancing Days, Dark Captain Light Captain, Ida Maria, VV Brown, Hell Is For Heroes, Flipron, Tina Dico, zZz, Imelda May, The Coast, Secret Machines, Filthy Dukes, Joss Stone, Das Pop, Finley Quaye, The Beat, Jeffree Star, The Boxer Rebellion, Grammatics, Supersuckers, Nashville Pussy, The Virgins, La Roux, The Chapman Family, Mumford & Sons, Art Brut, Dan Michaelson & The Coastguards, Graham Coxon, Metric, Kid British, Crystal Antlers, Kissy Sell Out, Baddies, Dan Black, Duchess Says, Naive New Beaters, Pulled Apart By Horses, The xx, Plugs, Twisted Wheel, Holly Golightly & The Brokeoffs, Broken Records, The Thermals, Silversun Pickups, Animal Kingdom, Nine Black Alps, St Vincent, White Denim, The Leisure Society, Ash, Cornershop, Three Trapped Tigers, Gold Panda, Bill Callahan, Spinnerette, The Pastels, Hockey, Little Comets, Mando Diao, Charlotte Hatherley, The Temper Trap, Everything Everything, Wild Beasts, Easy Star All-Stars, Golden Silvers, Local Natives, Brendan Benson, Therapy, The Hot Rats, Alphabeat, Frankmusik, Hundred Reasons, The Field, Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears, Dreadzone, Wavves, Codeine Velvet Club, Rogues, Nneka, Pama International, The Pains Of Being Pure At Heart, Har Mar Superstar, Chali 2na, Future Of The Left, Tubelord, Delphic, Mirrors, Zico Chain, To The Bones, Miike Snow, Fanfarlo, Jesca Hoop, Race Horses, Band Of Skulls, Fenech Soler, Yeasayer, Javelin, Islet, Idlewild, Hadouken, Unicorn Kid, Frightened Rabbit, Flying Lotus, Imperial Leisure, Is Tropical, Why, The Album Leaf, The Jim Jones Revue, Ellie Goulding, Primary 1, The Automatic, White Belt Yellow Tag, Archie Bronson Outfit, Sons Of Noel & Adrian, Russian Circles, These New Puritans, LoneLady, Joshua Radin, Lissie, The Bluetones, The Duke & The King, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Hudson Mohawke, The Bronx, Surfer Blood, Hurts, Darwin Deez, The Futureheads, Real Estate, Chrome Hoof, Johnny Flynn & more!
Thekla is a cargo ship which houses a music venue of the same name, moored in the Mud Dock area of Bristol's Floating Harbour, England. Originally brought to Bristol as the Old Profanity Showboat, it was a late 1982 brainchild of novelist Ki Longfellow-Stanshall, the wife of Vivian Stanshall. The showboat was based on the idea of creating, owning, and running a theatre on a sea-going ship and using it to showcase music of every sort (limited only by the size of the hold), including cabaret, comedy, plays, musicals, and poetry events. The ship also contained an art gallery. During the 1990s, under new management, it was run as a rent-a-nightclub. The ship has now been returned to its original working name of Thekla.