Venue of the month: Motion Bristol

The must-go rave venue of the South West

At the heart of Bristol, Motion has become an iconic venue for the South West and is ranked at the 14th best nightclub in the world by DJ Mag. Opening its doors in 2006, Motion was originally a skate-park, with ramps forming part of the dance floor until 2015 when the venue turned into a full-time night club.


There are two main areas to the warehouses – Motion and Marble Factory, alongside five other rooms. Motion recently underwent a £1m+ refurb, which included installing a mezzanine and a central stage positioned DJ booth sat just above crowd level. Topped off by a jaw-dropping display of visual effects and laser lights to match the energetic music and complement the venue’s natural rave-aesthetic.

The Marble Factory, the newest addition, has been completely redeveloped to host various live music, club nights and more. With a generous capacity for 1650 ravers, it delivers a wide variety of events. Its immersive 360-degree mezzanine combined with an L-Acoustics sound system offers an impressive experience. Live acts often perform in this space also.

The Marble Factory in full swing

One of the first rooms upon arrival, Small Club offers an intimate space between Motion and the Marble Factory. With a capacity of 600, low ceilings and dark walls, it’s a great low-key entrance.

Another low-lit room, The Tunnel, allows for an exclusive opportunity to get close and personal with some of the latest DJs. The capacity is 200.

Motion’s intimate hotspot – The Tunnel

The other entry-point area is the the Container Yard, home to the Motion’s iconic open-air events and summer day parties. With room for 1600 party-goers, the Container Yard delivers festival vibes alongside two bars and a burger van.

Away from the other warehouses, the Crane Yard is another outdoor location, surrounded by high bamboo walls and old bricks with a capacity of 500. Perfect if you need a change of scenery.

One of the many outdoor spaces – Crane Yard

Overlooking the River Avon, the Lock Yard is a mash-up of Motion’s indoor and outdoor venues. The area is outdoors packed with a DJ booth, a stage and plenty of disco balls ready for day and night parties. It’s an intimate space, with a capacity of just 200 people


There’s a variety of drink options, and free drinking water is available on request.

Payment Method: card and contactless only.

Events and Times

Resident DJs include Eats Everything, My NuLeng and Chimpo.

Amelie Lens, Bicep and Andy C have all been frequent performers at the venue too.

“Motion is a very special place for me”

Eats Everything

“There are only a few venues we have played in every room as our parties have slowly got bigger over the years. Motion is one of them”

My Nu Leng

A wide variety of events are hosted at Motion each year also, such as events by Hospitality, Boiler Room and Open Air Club.



Rooms within Motion are wheelchair accessible, with disabled alarmed toilets situated at two separate locations. Access is street-level. Additionally, all personal carers/support workers are allowed free access to the venue – although this needs to be arranged in advance.

Dress Code

“Wear whatever you wish!”


Motion doesn’t have a dress code, although it warns against some items of fancy dress may be confiscated if they are deemed to be dangerous.

The venue also offers a cloakroom and charges £2.50 per item.

Getting To Motion

Motion is just a few minutes walk away from the centre of Bristol. The majority of buses travelling to the city stop at or close to Bristol Temple Meads train station, where it’s just a short walk to the venue.

Upcoming Events

As Motion and Marble Factory have the benefit of both indoor and outdoor spaces, they have a wide variety of events which are almost certain to go ahead this summer. You can find more here.

Some iconic music moments from Motion:

Words: Elle Farrell-Kingsley

Header: Motion

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