Like many in the local music industry we were shocked and saddened to hear that Bristol Ticket Shop would be shutting after serving gig-goers of Bristol for over 30 years. Like many other promoters and venues we have been working with Zoe and her family for years and before we were part of the 'industry' we remember buying our first tickets.
Looking at the comments that followed the announcement, it's both clear and not at all surprising that many others felt the same. It was also clear that from the many comments that people valued the shop enough to want to do something to help.
Alongside other promoters we have been speaking to Sam and it is clear that saving the shop is not something that is possible at this point. That being said, Bristol Ticket Shop have agreed that they are happy for us to raise money in their name to help cover ticket sales for events being organised by fellow independent local organisations - that includes music venues, promoters and bands. They are also understandably keen to help long term staff, some of which have worked at the shop for over 20 years.
We are running a crowdfunder and hope to run a benefit gig at Exchange on 24th January - please contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested in playing - Emily Breeze will be hosting another fundraiser on 25th January at Rough Trade. We would be very happy if anyone else wants to do the same.
All money raised through these activities will be sent directly onto those BTS feel will be most affected. (For the sake of transparency Exchange and Wave Promotions will not be taking any money for their unpaid tickets from this fund).
It seems a fitting way to honour the legacy of Bristol Ticket Shop by continuing to take care of those other independents that create (in the word's of BTS) Bristol's incredible music scene