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Exploring Document: Bristol's new 3,000 capacity venue

In a new venture for the team behind Bristol's beloved club Motion, Document is the city's largest and newest events venue. Epigram was there for its opening night.

By Jake Paterson, Music Editor

Continuing a passion for building underground communities and scenes in former industrial spaces, the team behind Motion and Marble Factory have given a former 90s document storage facility new life as Document - Bristol's latest creative hub, music venue and art space.

Far from just a live events space, the venue contains a recording studio, gallery, and artist studio where local creatives and artists can practice their craft. When we were on our way to the opening event, we were mistaken by security as artists who were also doing a private viewing of their new exhibition.

At its heart, however, is the impressive 3,000 capacity space Facility, with a full programme of live music and electronic events promised for 2023 and 2024. The space is expansive and almost arena-like but for a low ceiling which gives the impression of togetherness and intimacy despite the magnitude of the artists that are set to take to the venue.

Boasting two rooms, one not dissimilar from The Fleece with its industrial beams separating out the crowd, and the other a wide reaching area capable of being a true party starter.

For its opening night, the longstanding In:Motion club series continued, which has previously seen the likes of Bicep play, with a stellar lineup including Clipz, Special Request and p-rallel.

As the space filled slowly it became clear that whether pounding techno or skittish jungle was coming out of the speakers, the venue tied the audience as one. En mass, it has never been easier to get lost in the crowd and become whoever you'd like for the night.

As the venue has just begun to get started, we can't wait to see what they have in store for the near future.

Featured Image: Jake Paterson

Will you check out Document?