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Bristol music venue shuts its doors

The owners of The Croft in Bristol have announced the legendary live music venue will be closing on 12 May.

The Stokes Croft haunt - which has seen a wide range of reggae, dub and ska acts perform over the years including DJ DEREK, LAID BLAK and KING TUTS REVENGE - will host one last show called the ‘End Of The Croft’ on 12 May.

Here’s the official statement:

“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.”