Venue Space


The Island, Bristol, an independent non commercial arts space situated in the city centre has recently been awarded a license for their basement venue.

Situated in the former cells, outdoor training yard and motorbike car park, the venue has a unique and industrial aesthetic to it and is situated predominantly underground aside from the training yard which acts as an outdoor smoking area for the venue.

As the venue is now licensed, The Island would like to expand it’s current program to host events based around music, film, performance and visual arts. The venue can be used in a formal and informal manner, and has in the past been used for immersive performance, talks, exhibition and nightclub events.

If you are interested in using the venue, please contact for more information and availability.

Photo above:  Max Foster


The Island Venue space is based in the old Police Cells in our basement. The basement is accessible from an alternative entrance where a ramp is located. The Venue space is accessible for wheelchair users.


The Island operates on ‘all welcome’ policy. Our unique blend of music, fantastic crowd and atmosphere that ensures The Island venue space goes from strength to strength, as each week and year goes by. Here at The Island we take pride in looking after our staff, artists and most importantly…you.

We are committed to the Good night out Campaign. Good Night out is an independent campaign working with clubs, bars, pubs and venues around the UK and Ireland to end harassment on nights out.

All staff are fully trained and we select carefully our security officers and contractors.

We’re independent and proud of it and our whole ethos is to provide a vibrant friendly and clean bar, with a selection of natural energy drinks alongside our standard bar selection for the audience who would like to have a non-alcoholic healthy drink. We brew our in house Island ale and offer coconut water behind the bar too.

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Venue details

Location: Nelson street BS1 2LE
Capacity: 250 maximum
Access: Silver street, Bridewell street, Nelson street.
Usage: The venue can accommodate a range of uses.
Fees: The fees for hire of the venue are negotiable based on the nature of event.
Equipment:The venue comes with use of up to 100 foldaway chairs. Some staging and a fully staffed bar.

Promotion:The Island can support on the promotion of your event, through Twitter, Facebook and The Island mailing list.

The Island – Venue T&C


Venue photos