Experience the joy of live events, sober.

We host regular events for anyone who wants to enjoy live performances without the effects of alcohol or drugs.

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Only good vibes

We believe in the connecting power of sober events. By choosing to attend our events, you’ll be part of an emerging, exciting scene and meet new people in a safe environment.

A substance-free buzz from natural endorphins

No hangover

Save money

Meet like-minded people

Experience exciting live performances with a clear head (and remember it)

Artists can perform to warm, friendly sober crowds

Meaningful moments with real impact

Read what our community has to say about our events.

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It was such a privilege to perform with sober spaces and be a part of a process in which people are sharing their unique musical gufts in a space that is a supportive and caring of everyone's journey in life.

Alice

The Sober Spaces Open Mic attracted a rich range of local talent which surpassed any of my expectations. It was my absolutely pleasure to enjoy the performances and a delight to also be able to take part.

AJ

It was brilliant to work in an atmosphere with such a vibe that was created by the passion of the Sober Spaces team for music and events. There's always a lot to do from a technical point of view, and working with Bristol Sober Spaces was a breeze from start to finish. Engineering the sound for the artists they had chosen was also a delight, and really highlighted the creativity from each of them.

James

We need so much more of this in Bristol. Live music and dancing is what every sober person I meet worries about - it’s fantastic to have a safe space to get involved.

Samantha

Welcoming, upbeat, and markedly free from the anxiety of the unpredictability which comes with intoxication.

Audience Member

It was such an honour to be part of the Sober Spaces event. It felt like a really valuable gathering for people supporting eachother in a new wat of life. I feel passionately about being part of the sober community and the night we put on was full, and buzzing with positive energy. Keep these gatherings going!

Emmy

Upcoming sober events in Bristol

Plan some warming musical evenings to fill your diary

August 9, 2024
Orchard Cafe, 20 Clouds Hill Rd, Bristol BS5 7LA

Monthly Sober Open Mic

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We host monthly open mic nights on the second Friday of every month, where musicians and spoken word artists can try things out in an inclusive, supportive and sober environment. Drop by on the night or sign up in advance. Orchard Cafe has a café serving up delicious alcohol free drinks, and homemade food. Second Friday of every month.
August 31, 2024
Basement 45, 8 Frogmore St, Bristol BS1 5NA

Club Night: Nicky Blackmarket | Anonymous Dub Sound | DJ JEZELDER | Dazee + MC Joe Peng

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We’ve been planning this one for a while, and can finally announce our second ever Sober Club Night - packed with legendary DJs all at an affordable price.

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FAQs

Find answers to common questions about the events and our community.

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What are the events?

Our mission is simple - to host regular, high quality and affordable live events that are drug and alcohol free. BSS is a collaboration between BDP, Not Saints, and the broader Bristol recovery and sober communities. We are supported by the National Lottery, Not Saints, BDP and Bristol City Council.

Who can attend?

Our events are for anyone who wants go to a sober event, for whatever reason. Whether you've chosen a sober life, are in recovery, don’t drink for cultural, religious or health reasons, or if you're just not fussed if there’s alcohol on sale, then Sober Spaces is here for you.

Why Sober Spaces?

We are part of a growing world wide movement towards normalising drug and alcohol free events. Since 2020, there has been a huge rise in the low to no alcohol drinks market, coinciding with more awareness of the need for safe and inclusive spaces, and the rise of the sober curious movement.

Our events are great nights out in themselves, with the added benefits of not having a hangover, saving money, engaging with music and performance with a straight head, and feeling connected to a supportive community.

How can I get involved?

If you're interested in getting involved with our community, you can attend our events, sign up for our newsletter, perform at an event, or get involved behind the scenes.

Still have questions?

If you still have questions or need more information, please don't hesitate to reach out to us. We're here to make connections!

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Recent Press

Views, news, and reviews about Bristol Sober Spaces

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Bristol 24/7

Review: Sober Spaces, The Forge – 'A focus on the curative ability of art'
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Bristol 24/7

Bristol Sober Spaces announce night of live music as part of their sober event series
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Bristol Post

“I tried Bristol's new 'Sober Spaces' night out and felt great the next day”
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Get involved in Bristol Sober Spaces

We are always on the lookout for collaborations and funding opportunities, as well as volunteers and performers.

Funding

We’re 100% supported by funding and donations, and are always looking for new ways to make our events and community bigger and better. If you can help, drop us a line to find out more.

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Volunteering

If you’re looking for a fun way to give something back, have experience with live events or just want to know how you can lend a helping hand, we’d love to hear from you.

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Performing

We’re always on the lookout for performers, artists and bands to fuel our events. If you’re interested in getting in front of a lively, friendly and sober crowd please get in touch.

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Bristol Sober Spaces is a project by Bristol Drugs Project

We’re grateful to be supported by and affiliated with these wonderful organisations