Welcome to Cotham Club

Community Through Music | Great Global Sounds

Cotham Club: a brilliant, eclectic monthly live global music club with a passion for community at its core.

Music, with all its subtlety and spirit, has immense power to unite people. It is the universal language of mankind.

The sounds of Africa, America, Eurasia and Oceania have always found a home in Bristol and there are few better examples of the city’s cultural cross-pollination than Cotham Club, a celebration in sound of what unites rather than divides. Each month we showcase some of the most diverse and brilliant musicians from Bristol and beyond, linking audiences to great music and to each other.

Cotham Club: not only music, a community, a sense of having a place to belong.

‘Community-focused gigs welcoming an array of global musicians and gig-goers of all ages, genders, neurotypes and ethnicities.’
Bristol 24/7

epic gigs + grassroots vibes + warmest crowds in brilliant space w/ unique atmosphere + intimate feel = great night out


Friday 28 June 2024 7.30pm
Eastern Strings + Özcan Ateş
£12 in advance | £15 on the door | £5 conc. | £2 under-18s
BOOK NOW: hdfst.uk/E100632

Thrilling Kurdish/Middle Eastern sounds.

Rich, distinctive, and heartfelt music; a tapestry of Turkish Kurd songs by Özcan Ateş and striking Middle Eastern sound worlds by Daphna Sadeh and Knud Stüwe.

All Music

Özcan Ateş: bağlama, vocals
Knud Stüwe: oud
Daphna Sadeh: double bass
Jenny Glester: violin
Chas Whitaker: percussion

The playing of Bristol-based duo Eastern Strings (Daphna Sadeh, double bass, and Knud Stüwe, oud) combines classical precision, world music energy, and characterful jazz improvisation. Their instrumental music is distinctive and exquisite, drawing together a tapestry of musical cultures from across the Middle East. The formidable accompaniment of outstanding violinist Jenny Glester and master percussionist Chas Whitaker elevates the larger ensemble.

Special guest, the Turkish Kurd singer and musician Özcan Ateş, is an exponent of the ear-catching traditional bağlama, a seven-stringed, long-necked lute originally used to accompany Alevi poetry recitals. His playing is intense and musically enriching; his vocals are lyrical, emotional, versatile.

Currently in exile and living in Bristol, Özcan is a gifted member of the new generation of Turkish bağlama players following in the footsteps of celebrated artists such as fretless guitar pioneer Erkan Oğur and folk poet Âşık Veysel. He is an active member of the Dovetail Orchestra, an inspirational and adventurous ensemble of refugees and asylum-seekers.

Together, Özcan Ateş and the Eastern Strings’ intricate and eclectic mix of Kurdish, Turkish, and Middle Eastern traditional songs and contemporary originals is viscerally gorgeous, full of surprise and delight, magical, and transporting. High class.

‘Brilliant and hypnotic … seductive and powerful music.’
All About Jazz



Friday 19 July 2024 7.30pm
£12 in advance | £15 on the door | £5 conc. | £2 under-18s
BOOK NOW: hdfst.uk/E100637

Unique and vibrant Zulu-jazz.

A joyous sonic force uniting glorious Isigqi-traditional Zulu harmony singing, vibrant Afro-pop and dynamic jazz.

Friday 27 September 2024 7.30pm
Azhaar Saffar Ensemble
£12 in advance | £15 on the door | £5 conc. | £2 under-18s
BOOK NOW: hdfst.uk/E100638

Superb ‘tropical sunshine’ world-jazz.

A vibrant, irreverent hybrid of jazz energy, tropical warmth, global rhythms, and infectious funk grooves.




Book tickets
standard ticket prices (unless otherwise indicated): £12 in advance | £15 on the door | £5 concessions | £2 under-18s

in advance:
from Headfirst Bristol online ticket shop: hdfst.uk/cotham-club

all tickets bought online should be printed or presented on your mobile phone/device

on the door:
tickets available in person from 7pm
(subject to availability)

● £5 concession tickets are available for: recipients of Universal and Pension Credit or Jobseekers Allowance; full time students (NUS or valid student ID card); people with registered disabilities; and members of the Musicians’ Union (The MU)
● £2 concession tickets are available for: accompanied under-18s
● free tickets are available for: asylum seekers/refugees; personal/care assistants or essential companions; and accompanied under-5s

pay it forward:
if you’re feeling generous and you have the means, please consider choosing this rate | each Pay It Forward ticket helps to subsidise concession tickets, and enables us to engage all communities of Bristol, helping more people experience the delight of watching live music

Venue address
Cotham Parish Church
Cotham Road
( top of St Michael’s Hill )

Running times
doors: 7.00pm
start: 7.30pm
finish: 10pm

Cross-generational events
we offer accessible and inspiring experiences for all ages | the atmosphere is relaxed and pleasurable, and generally people are allowed to enter and leave their seating freely | there is an open attitude towards audience noise and movement, and dancing is encouraged

Unreserved seating
our venue operates unreserved seating | please arrive early if you have preferred seats | audience members with specific access or seating requirements should purchase a ticket and then contact us directly at cothamclub@gmail.com so that we can reserve a suitable space for you in the auditorium | essential companions do not need a ticket, however you must contact us in advance at cothamclub@gmail.com if they will be accompanying you | Front Of House staff and volunteer stewards are on hand to provide assistance

latecomers may enter at any time | you may exit and re-enter the venue at any time


Eat & drink
the bar opens pre-show from doors time and during the interval; the bar closes after the interval | choose from a selection of alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages (including wine, beer, and cider), hot drinks, soft drinks and snacks | free nibbles/sweet treats available at selected events | drinks may be consumed in the auditorium | no externally purchased food, soft drinks or alcohol may be brought into the venue | no controlled substances may be brought into the venue | Cotham Parish Church is an entirely no smoking venue

level access from street to foyer, box office, auditorium, bar and toilets

accessible/wheelchair accessible toilets available | toilets are sign marked | please ask our volunteer stewards if you require directions

stage lighting, which can include LED lighting, will be used for all concerts | tealights (small electric candles) are also used around the auditorium for all concerts

we encourage our guests to use the many nearby public transport options or book cabs to attend our venue | for detailed travel planning information, please visit the Travelwest journey planner: travelwest.info

Firstbus service 72 (Bristol Temple Meads Station to UWE Frenchay Campus): firstbus.co.uk

10 minute walk from Clifton Down Train Station: gwr.com | 15 minute walk from Redland Train Station: gwr.com

15 minute walk up St Michael’s Hill from Christmas Steps | 10 minute walk from Everyman Cinema, Whiteladies Road | 15 minute walk from The Arches, Cheltenham Road

Car parking
on-street parking available | limited on-site accessible parking available for Blue Badge holders

photography on mobile phones and compact cameras is permitted, without flash and for personal use | we ask our audiences to respect others around them, as photos and filming can be distracting for those around you

Dogs/animals policy
service animals only in the auditorium


Zero tolerance
Cotham Club is a place of safety and respect for everyone who visits our events or who works here | we expect you to be a part of that by understanding and upholding inclusive behaviours as part of our community

Safety & security
the safety and security of our visitors, staff, and artists is paramount | our Front Of House team and volunteer stewards are here to assist you and enhance your experience – they are here to provide a safe and welcoming environment for everyone | please cooperate fully with all requests and support these vital members of our team as they carry out important work to keep us all safe



we seek to partner with organisations to extend our welcome, at low or zero cost, to people who wouldn’t otherwise get to a live concert in Cotham | to this end we are active in our outreach to refugee organisations, schools, and community organisations across Bristol, and we will help arrange transport if necessary | if this sounds like you then please get in touch: cothamclub@gmail.com