Anson Rooms

University of Bristol Students' Union
BS8 1LN Tel: 01173318663
E-mail: bristolsu-event[email protected]

Total Capacity:


Audience Capacity:


Suitable for:

  • Dance
  • Performance with an Audience
  • Rehearsal

Opening Hours

09.00 - 23.00

Booking Info

Costs & Terms of Hire:

Please email: [email protected] for availability and rates

Contact Name:

Bristol SU Events Team

Email Address:

[email protected]

Telephone Number:



Bristol Students’ Union is home to the Anson Rooms, a 1150 capacity gig venue that throughout its 50 year history has played host to some of music’s biggest names. The likes of Amy Winehouse, Radiohead, David Bowie, Ed Sheeran and Bristol legends Massive Attack and Roni Size have all played here since it opened its doors over 50 years ago.

When it is not being used for gigs and public events, the Anson Rooms can be used as a large, versatile, blank canvas space for private events. Whether it be for a conference, wedding, exhibition or party, this is the perfect venue for you.

Benefiting from copious natural light, the Anson Rooms is flexible, accommodating various layouts. Days can be booked on a full day or half day rate and our current client list includes University of Bristol, BBC, OVO Energy, Bristol media and NUS.

The Event Space has an exciting after dark atmosphere and we’ve hosted countless award ceremonies, formals and gigs in recent years.

The Anson Rooms can be combined with other facilities we have to accommodate larger events.


  • Accessible Entrance:Yes
  • Accessible Toilet: Yes
  • Induction Loop Available: Yes
  • Blue Badge Parking Available: No/Unknown

For more detailed building accessibility information, visit this venue on the DisabledGo website (opens in a new window).

More Accessibility Information:

The Richmond Building that houses the Anson Rooms is fully accessible. We have disabled and gender-neutral toilets on-site.

We will shortly be able to offer disabled access on to the main Anson Rooms stage.

For gigs, we can also provide a raised platform.

Parking Details:

There is no on-site parking for guests. There is paid on-street parking available, and the nearest multi-storey car park is the West End car park, just off Clifton Triangle (

For load-in clients have access to our tour bus parking area and loading bay.


  • Dressing Room
  • Shower
  • Kitchen
  • Toilets


  • Height: 5m
  • Width: 14m
  • Length: 26m

Technical Info

Floor Description:

Sprung floor

Physical description:

Multi purpose space with sprung floor and partitions to divide into smaller spaces.

Power Supply:

1 125 amp 3φCeeform (normally used for the truss motor
hoist. Can be used instead of or power can be split using
appropriate distro. Not supplied)
2 63 amp 3φCeeform (Dimmer supply)
3 32 amp 1φCeeform
1 200 amp 3φ Powerlock

Clean Power:
1 63 amp 3φCeeform
6 32 amp 1φCeeform

Power and Lighting Details:

1 Avolites Tiger Touch Pro
Dimming: 2 Avolites ART200 Powercube
(18 dimming channels each = 36 ways
Fixtures: 20 PAR64 1000w
10 Chauvet SlimPAR Pro RGBA LED Wash
10 Showtec 5000 RBG Moving Head
2 Martin MAC 350 Entour
2 Robe Clubspot 300
2 Chauvet Legend 230SR
6 Chauvet Nexus 4 x 4 LED Panels

1 Martin JEM K1 Hazer

2 Chauvet Geyser P7 smoke jets

1 Epson EB-4770W Projector

Lighting plan available on request.

Rigging Information:

Stage: Height 1.2m, Width 10m, Depth 7m
From stage to Truss grid Height 3.9m
Truss Grid: 800 kg per point to a maximum of 2400 kg UDL.
Advance Truss: 600 kg per point to a maximum of 1000 kg

All other points have a max 600 kg load



Blackout Details:

Floor to ceiling window panels which can be put in multiple configurations. Partitions halfway down the space can also be shut to reduce space and increase blackout.