Tens of thousands of Arctic Monkeys fans are set to descend on Bristol for the band’s sell-out concert at Ashton Gate Stadium. The legendary indie-rock outfit are playing the huge venue on Winterstoke Road on Bank Holiday Monday as part of their most recent tour.
Arctic Monkeys have released seven studio albums since they broke out in 2006, becoming a cult favourite across the UK indie scene and beyond. Their most recent serving, The Car, arrived in October 2022 and is being supported with a UK and Ireland stadium tour this summer.
The show will be a mammoth operation with around 30,000 fans expected to attend. Here’s everything you need to know including details on the event’s shuttle bus service, which fans are encouraged to book early.
When and where are Arctic Monkeys playing in Bristol?
The Arctic Monkeys will play a show at Ashton Gate Stadium, Ashton Rd, Bristol BS3 2EJ on Bank Holiday Monday (May 29 2023). The fan village which offers a variety of food outlets and pre-concert entertainment will open at 3pm, with the first support act (The Hives and The Mysterines) due on stage at 6.40pm.
The concert is expected to end at 10.30pm. However, organisers have warned they do not have the exact time that the Arctic Monkeys will be on stage so are unable to confirm this for sure.
How to get to Ashton Gate Stadium including shuttle bus information
A shuttle bus service, which is available by pre-booking only, is being offered to get fans to Ashton Gate Stadium from certain locations around Bristol safely. The services include free parking, excluding Route 3.
The shuttle buses will be operated by First West of England frequently between 3pm and 7pm on May 29. The routes to and from the stadium are as follows:
- ROUTE 1: Portway Park & Ride
- ROUTE 2: Brislington Park & Ride
- ROUTE 3: Temple Meads and the City Centre
- ROUTE 4: The Mall, Cribbs Causeway
Post-event shuttle buses will depart from near the stadium on Winterstoke Road when full and return to collect any remaining passengers. Shuttle buses get priority once the concert finishes and are the only vehicles allowed inside the road closures, so tickets are expected to sell out quicky.
Parking at the shuttle bus terminals is free except for Route 3 (Temple Meads and the City Centre) - you just need to pay for the bus journey. You can book shuttle bus tickets on the Ashton Gate Stadium website.
Big Green Coach is also operating a coach only return service from Bath, Birmingham, Cheltenham, Exeter, Gloucester, Plymouth, Taunton and Worcester while Bakers Dolphin is providing a coach only return service from Bridgwater, Burnham-on-Sea, Clevedon, Gordano Services, Highbridge, Nailsea, Weston super Mare and Worle.
Additionally, National Express is operating a coach only return service from Birmingham, Cardiff, Cheltenham, Exeter, Gloucester, Newport, Plymouth, Swansea, Taunton and Worcester. All three companies have drop-off and departure points close to Ashton Gate with special access through roads which are closed to the public.
Full information on shuttle buses, inter-city coach travel, rail, road closures and pick-up points can be found on the Ashton Gate Stadium website.
Can I park at Ashton Gate Stadium?
Resident Parking Schemes (RPS), road closures and parking suspensions will be in force, so there is no parking near the stadium. Bristol’s Clean Air Zone also means cars may be charged to use many roads near Ashton Gate Stadium. However, free parking is included within Event Special Shuttle Buses.
Fans being dropped off and collected are encouraged to do so at least half a mile from the stadium where it is safe and legal to do so. Limited accessible parking at Pattersons (BS3 2NA) is available to book by calling Supporters Services on 0117 963 0600.
List of banned items
All bags will be searched on entry and anything larger than A4 size will not be permitted. The following is a list of prohibited items:
- Glass, cans, bottles or thermos flasks of any kind
- Flammable liquids and aerosols (including perfume, hairspray etc)
- Laser pens/pointers
- Laptops, iPads, professional cameras/video equipment
- Food and drink, unless for medicinal purposes
- Signs, banners, flags, inflatables, selfie sticks
- Air horns, whistles or other noise making devices
- Knives or weapons, fireworks, confetti, glitter bombs or sprays
- Your own alcohol