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NTIA teams up with Thekla

The Night Time Industries Association (NTIA) has teamed up with Bristol music venue Thekla to host an event that will explore how the night-time economy can co-exist with urban development.

The move is part of a campaign the venue is leading to safeguard its future following the green light given by the city planners to the Redcliffe Wharf residential site.

The event will explore the issues venues face with the increasing number of residential developments in city centres as planners struggle to meet the demand for new housing.

A Q&A session on Thekla’s future will be followed by a panel discussion on how to achieve a ‘360-degree’ approach where night time industry operators, legislators, police, local planning authorities and residents are all part of the discussion.

Julie Tippins, DHP Family, commented: “DHP Family understands the housing pressure the country and particularly young people face and why local authorities are keen to see as much residential development as possible to ease the problem and meet targets set by the government.

“This should be done in a cooperative way with existing bars, venues and clubs to ensure their future is not jeopardised as a consequence. The key is to find ways to work together to overcome the challenges.”


Planning permission was granted for a residential development of flats on the opposite bank of the river despite serious concerns raised by DHP Family of the lack of an adequate noise survey.

There are fears the Thekla could be forced to close due to potential noise complaints from the Redcliffe Wharf flats if the developer fails to put in enough soundproofing to protect its residents.

Tippins added: “We are pleased that the developer of Redcliffe Wharf has committed to a new noise survey. We wait for them to provide us with the details of when and how this will be carried out so we can assist them in making this a robust evaluation, which can protect both the Thekla and residents in the future.”

The NTIA event will highlight the opportunities as well as some of the challenges to cities of development and the need to have a smart, ambitious and joined up Urban Master Plan.

Thekla, a live music venue and club space, is operated by independent national promoter DHP Family

The Thekla case

Julie Tippins, head of compliance of festival, promoter and venue operator DHP Family, alongside Alan Miller, chairman of NTIA, will discuss the Thekla position.

The panel will discuss how stakeholders can work together to achieve solutions which look to see how music venues and other operators in the 24-hour economy, in Bristol and nationally, can co-exist with urban development.

The night time economy is UK’s fifth biggest industry and accounts for at least eight percent of the UK’s employment and revenues of £66bn per annum, according to the NTIA.

Confirmed panel members include:

  • Tom Paine (Love Saves The Day)
  • Leighton De Burca (Nite Watch Placemaker Bristol)
  • John Hirst (Bristol BID) with further guests to be announced shortly.

NTIA chairman, Alan Miller, commented: “We are very excited to be doing this joint event with Thekla in Bristol. In so many ways, Thekla represents the beating heart of creativity and a part of the special magic that makes up Bristol.

“Bristol, which has given so much in terms of musical and artistic contribution, needs to ensure there is a smart Urban Master Plan so development can happen for much needed new housing while our cultural destinations can continue to flourish together.

“Many have already voiced their opinions, and we look forward to a smart solution of win-win with the developers. However, beyond that, we need to ensure that the ongoing direction for Bristol is one that encourages and champions our fifth biggest industry and one of the vital contributions that Britain makes to the world.”

The event is open to the public. To reserve a place email alex@theklabristol.co.uk with your full name.

Anyone wanting to show their support is invited to post on socials using #savethekla and #savenightlife

Beat The Streets launches in Nottingham

The community of Nottingham will come together for Beat The Streets, a new charity festival to be staged on Sunday 28 January 2018.

The project launches to raise funds to tackle the growing homelessness crisis in the city. Beat The Streets is being delivered by DHP Family in collaboration with local organisations and music groups including I’m Not from London; Farmyard Records; Hockley Hustle and Rough Trade.

More than 80 national and local acts are confirmed to play across over 10 stages in venues across the city centre.

Rock City, Rescue Rooms, The Bodega and Stealth are among the first wave of venues confirmed as taking part and will also be donating their proceeds from the bar take on the day.

Organisers have reported that donations are coming in thick and fast for Beat the Streets. Within a few hours, the event’s JustGiving page had accepted more than £1,200 in donations from the participating music venues, in addition to the revenue raised from the hundreds of tickets sold to date.

DHP’s George Akins, commented: “It is increasingly evident that we have a growing problem once again with homelessness in the city with many people reaching crisis point. The aim with Beat the Streets is to make it a force for positive change, using music to bring together the people of Nottingham to raise funds to help make a difference where it is so desperately needed.”

George Akins

DHP Family owner George Akins

Charity festival

With rough sleeping in the city at an all-time high, the Beat the Streets team is calling on the community of Nottingham to get behind the event. They are on the lookout for more collaborators from the worlds of music, art & design, food, and business, as well as urging people to buy a ticket with all proceeds being donated to the charity.

“We are experiencing record numbers of rough sleeping across the country. In Nottingham we have recently found 49 people sleeping out on one night, which stands at the highest number since our count began,” explained Jason Marriott, manager of Framework’s Street Outreach Team.

Marriott said that despite a great effort between charities and the City Council to assist people who are street homeless the problem is growing.

“Without more preventative help in place and a boost of intensive support when making a transition off the streets, those who end up rough sleeping have a reduced chance of making successful journeys away from them. At Framework, we work hard to provide this help for people in danger or rough sleeping and experiencing it but the winter is a particular time for concern as the number of people living outside increases, our resources are stretched and risk of death increases due to severe weather conditions.”

Live music to the rescue

Local music promoter Will Robinson, I’m Not From London, is putting his weight behind Beat the Streets. “I’m a music lover and I also like to help out community causes and this is a great way of raising money for people who really need it and at the same time giving local bands a big stage to showcase their music. Beat the Streets will be an extremely enjoyable way to kick those January blues away and spread the message of love and support for people who don’t have the luxury and security of a roof over their head.“

Rock City will be one of the Beat the Street venues
Pic courtesy of Framework

Over 10 venues have joined forces to stage Beat The Streets on Sunday 28 January 2018

Sam Allison, Rough Trade, decided to get involved after seeing firsthand the homelessness crisis getting worse with more rough sleepers out on the streets of Hockley particularly at night time.

“It’s not nice seeing people in that way and everything you can do to help might make a difference. As part of the thriving music community in Nottingham, we want to lead the charge to help make things better for these people. I’m excited to see how many people in Nottingham come together to help an important goal for the city.”

No stranger to staging music charity events himself, Tommy Farmyard, the organiser behind Hockley Hustle, is the third collaborator who will be supporting the festival.

“It would be great if with Beat the Streets and other events, we can raise money year on year to eradicate rough sleeping in Nottingham and beyond. I’m looking forward to collaborating with fellow promoters to showcase some brilliant Nottingham music.”

Also on board is Stories of the Streets, the photographic project led by University of Nottingham students which conveys images of homelessness from the perspective of people in Nottingham experiencing it firsthand. The photographs and stories behind them will be on display during Beat the Streets.

Ben Rawson, Stories of the Streets, said: “The homelessness crisis in Nottingham is terrible and set to get worse and it’s getting colder. It’s a crisis we should all be empathetic towards too; with the reality, then anyone can find themselves homeless.”


On Sunday 28 January 2018, over 80 national and local musicians will play across more than ten stages in Nottingham, including Rock City, Rock City Basement, Black Cherry Lounge, Rescue Rooms, Red Room, Rescue Rooms Bar, Stealth rooms 1 & 2, The Bodega and The Bodega Bar.

The Beat the Streets team are working flat out to pull together an amazing line-up of artists both from Nottingham and further afield with the first announcement expected to be made very soon.

“The wholehearted commitment of the Beat the Streets team to make a substantial difference to the lives of the most vulnerable homeless people in Nottingham is inspiring,” explained Framework fundraising manager Chris Senior. “We hope people will be equally inspired to turn out in large numbers to support this magnificent initiative: they can be sure of a great day and of doing good at the same time.”

Senior said Beat the Streets will be an “epic: event which raises substantial funds and awareness to address one of the most pressing social issues of our time. “There is no doubt it will make a tangible difference to the lives of people living on Nottingham’s streets and we at Framework are most grateful for this amazing support,” he concluded.

The money raised from Beat the Streets will go towards improving the effectiveness of Framework’s Street Outreach Team. This includes putting qualified social workers in place to start assessments on the streets, towards emergency accommodation to protect people in below zero conditions and towards resettlement workers who enable smooth transitions from the street to a tenancy.

Thekla: second noise assessment is crucial

DHP Family, the festival organiser and operator of live music venues in the UK, has confirmed its campaign to protect Thekla, the floating venue in Bristol Harbour.

Thekla is at risk of closure after Bristol City Council planners gave the go-ahead to a new residential development. The decision was made despite major concerns about the impact on the iconic venue.

There are fears the Thekla could be forced to close due to potential noise complaints from the Redcliffe Wharf flats if the developer fails to put in enough soundproofing to protect its residents.

Julie Tippins, head of compliance at DHP Family, told Access that a new noise development assessment should be carried out as the developer submitted to the authorities a report with significant flaws.

At the planning meeting (Wednesday 8 November), assurances were given by the developer that a new and more comprehensive noise assessment would be carried out.

However, despite DHP calling for the planning decision to be deferred until this had taken place, the developer was given the green light.

Thekla is now calling on its supporters to get behind the next stage of the #savethekla campaign to make sure all the commitments made by the developer to carry out a proper noise survey are honoured.

“We appeal to the developer to keep to their promise to work with us on a new noise survey and improved sound insulation scheme to protect Thekla and the future residents from noise problems,” commented Julie Tippins, head of compliance, DHP Family.

Tippins said the organiser expects the Council to follow up on the assurances and that the councillors will only give the go ahead once they were satisfied the Thekla would be protected from future noise complaints from residents of the development.

“This is certainly not the end of the fight to protect the Thekla as we have to ensure that all parties keep to the commitments they have given. We urge our supporters to contact their local councillors and MPs to ensure the Council does all it can to protect the future of the Thekla,” Tippins said.

DHP Family has said it is grateful for the support received so far to persuade the committee to consider the merits in our argument.


Thekla owner DHP Family has reported yearly turnover of £1.7m and 115,000 footfall

Music business

DHP Family is deeply involved in the live music industry. Its business portfolio comprises festivals, tour promotion, band management and ticketing.

Rock City was DHP first launch, and has since added Rescue Rooms, Stealth and The Bodega in Nottingham, The Thekla in Bristol; Oslo in Hackney and relaunched Borderline in Soho and The Garage in Highbury in 2017. DHP also runs Manchester Cathedral’s music programme.

The business at Thekla is booming. The organiser has reported yearly turnover of £1.7m, and that its footfall is 115,000. The venue in Bristol employs 39 staff.

Data from Wish You Were Here 2017 – the latest research by UK Music – revealed the economic contribution of live music to the UK economy, in 2016.

The document showed music tourists visiting small venues in the UK generated £367m and £202m direct spend generated by music tourists visiting smaller venues.

The hospitality business provides nine per cent of UK employment, making it the third largest employer. The industry contributes to five per cent of the UK GDP.

Thekla, alongside live music venues and nightclubs, are part of an industry that makes one per cent of UK business sector, and generates £63bn turnover.

The hospitality industry has grown 605 per cent since 2010, and currently employs 1.6m people, an 18 per cent increase since 2010.

The UK Music research forecasted that the sector is set to create c.23,000 more jobs by 2020, and estimated a 5.5 per cent growth per annum, which will equate to £6bn more in GVA and £3bn more paid in taxes.

Commenting on the risk of closure Thekla is facing, Mark Davyd, Music Venue Trust, commented: “Sensible and adequately planned residential developments near to grassroots music venues like the Thekla mean that residents and music lovers can happily co-exist. That outcome starts at the planning application stage when a good developer recognises the cultural value of the existing music venue and takes steps to protect it.

“Recognising the existence of an iconic music venue like Thekla starts with a thorough environmental impact study that specifically understands the noise in the area. Properly understanding noise and activity result in great design for any refurbishment or new building, ensuring noise is managed and controlled.”

DHP Family set sights on Birmingham

Live events promoter, DHP Family, is set to expand its operations in Birmingham as it reveals plans to open a new live music venue in the city centre for 2018.

The development in Birmingham will forward a number of shows DHP promotes in the city, ahead of the opening of the new venue on John Bright Street.

The owner and operator of several of the UK’s leading live music and club venues has acquired the freehold unit on John Bright Street, a prime city centre location adjacent to the re-developed New Street Station and Grand Central Birmingham.

“Opening the venue in Birmingham is part of a strategic move to develop the DHP brand in this key region,” said DHP Family owner George Akins. “We think it’s an area that’s very strong at arena level, but presents an opportunity for growth at the small-to-medium end of the market.”

George added: “Birmingham is the UK’s second city, and has a rich musical heritage – but the city centre has lacked a characterful and creative venue for a long time. We believe with the revitalisation of the area around New Street Station that the time is right to create a place that the music fans of Birmingham will welcome.”

Plans are now being drawn up for a complete refurbishment of the premises – which has been operated as a bar previously – due for completion in 2018.

The template has worked well for DHP Family with its Nordic inspired venue Oslo in Hackney praised for the quality of its offer for gig goers, clubbers, diners and casual drinkers.

“We plan to use the skills and knowledge we’ve gained from award winning venues like Rock City, Oslo, Thekla and Rescue Rooms to deliver something exciting that echoes the DHP values and standards, but is also a unique experience to Birmingham,” said Anton Lockwood, DHP’s director of promotions.