Venue Space – Lockdown

Lockdown at The Island is an arts and club venue in central Bristol supporting an eclectic variety of arts. It’s industrial yet intimate feel found nowhere else in the city and is particularly popular with electronic music and techno.

Situated in the former police cells, outdoor training yard and motorbike car park, the venue has a unique and industrial aesthetic to it and is literally an underground venue. The adjoining former training yard acts as an outdoor smoking area for the venue.

The licensed venue is available to host 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 Lockdown Venue space based in the old Police Cells in our basement and is unfortunately not an accessible venue for wheelchair users. The basement may be accessible from an alternative entrance where a ramp is located but please note there is a steep gradient and the venue cannot be accessed unassisted and there are no wheelchair-accessible toilets in the venue. We are happy to arrange for free tickets for your personal assistant to help you access our venue. Please contact us and we will do all we can to make your night out accessible.


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. Artspace Lifespace and The Invisible Circus Inclusion officers championed a Halt Harassment consultation in 2019 and will be running a Halt Harassment campaign in 2020.

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 have purchased stainless steel pint and half-pint cups for the venue.  We ask for a £3 deposit for every cup used when buying a drink from the bar. When you have finished using your cup you can return it to the bar and we will refund your £3 deposit. You are most welcome to bring your own reusable cup.

The Island pave the way for sustainable nightlife in Bristol. 

Venue details

Location: 5-7 Bridewell Street, Bristol, BS1 2QD
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. We work with Amber Audio to provide high quality sound for clubnights. For more intimate events and performances we can supply an in-house PA.

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

The Island – Venue T&C


Venue photos