Our response to the new 6 person limit

Work Not Play

Our response to the new 6 person limit

Firebird Studios

The new limits that have been set out for social gatherings are quite severe, but we are of the opinion that they do not apply to us. Musicians come here to practice their craft and prepare for paid engagements and with that in mind, we consider our studios a place of work. We are also fortunate that a lot of the bands that use us fall under the 6 person limit anyway and as such, they are not subject to this new law.

In any case, we will be carrying on as normal, as, we hope, will the musicians who are using us. We have set out in detail on our website the things we are doing to keep everyone safe – wiping down all equipment, touch points and surfaces, and booking bands in to rooms that incorporate them safely and allow for the 2m social distancing.

Saturday Music Club

As Saturday Music Club has an education purpose, we are exempt from the new law and will be carrying on as normal. We have already put in place new measures to ensure that children and their parents are safe whilst on site and given the size of classes, again, these measures wouldn’t affect us even if the education exemption didn’t exist.

Studio re-opening update

Hi everyone, we thought we’d give you a quick update on what’s going on here and how we’re preparing to welcome you back to the studios. We know it’s been a crazy few months and we hope that Covid hasn’t impacted your lives too greatly.

Latest Updates!!

Given the latest updates from the government, we’re asking all bands to wear masks around the communal areas of the studios and, where possible, in the rooms as well. We want to help drive down the R number in any way that we can. We’ve also put up posters with a QR code which allows you to check in via the government’s world beating track and trace app.

Follow the latest Government advice

Please remember to follow the latest advice from the government and if you do have any symptoms, do not come to the studios. We will still allow last minute cancellations due to band members becoming symptomatic on the day of rehearsals without any charge. No shows will be charged for the room as per usual.

Room sizes

Given the need for social distancing measures at the moment, there will need to be a maximum number of people we can safely allow into each room. Rooms 1 – 4 will be used for bands of up to 3 people. Rooms 5 & 6 will be for 4 piece bands. For bands bigger than 4 people, we’ll be using our new sister space The Engine Room, which is opposite the main studios. You can book all spaces as per usual through our booking form.

Timed Entry & Breaks

We are going to have timed entries for the bands in the evening starting at 6pm, this will be the start time for your rehearsal so that people with the 6pm arrival time would be finishing at 10pm, 6:20pm at 10:20pm and so on. Please let us know the earliest you can arrive at the studio when booking your rehearsal and you’ll be given a 20 minute window for your band to load in to your room. If you arrive late, please call the studio and wait in your car and we’ll try to get you in as quickly as possible.

We’ll also be giving each band a timed break when it’s raining, as we can only have two bands in reception at any one time. At times when it is good weather, we can have a more relaxed situation as bands can use the car park.

Musical Equipment

To begin with, we’ll be asking wherever possible for you to bring your own equipment in. We will still hire out items, but would prefer to keep this to the bare minimum. We will also be using a UV system to bathe the microphones in UV light as this has been shown to eradicate viruses within 10 minutes. We will be wiping down the rooms, all equipment and cables after every rehearsal.

Cleaning and hygiene

We will be deep cleaning the studios so that when you’re finally able to come back, everything will be good as new. We have repainted all the rooms and upgraded some. We are installing a hand sanitiser station at the entrance of the studios, so that you can clean your hands before you come in. We’re upgrading the toilets with new floor, new sinks and undercounter water boiler for hot water.

Contactless payment

We will only be taking contactless payment or bank transfers for all bookings and will be providing payment details on all bookings going forward. If making payments via bank transfer, please use the rehearsal date and band name as reference so we can keep track of payments. We can also send invoices that can be paid online by direct debit or bank card as well.

Everything changes but you…

This is obviously a very fluid situation and things seem to be changing week to week. We will endeavour to keep up with current guidelines and will make changes where we have to. Hopefully with the R number going down in Bristol again, we will be able to get back to normal sooner rather than later but please bear with us whilst we try to get everything back up and running. We’ve really missed having bands around the place and hope to hear some of you rocking out very soon.

Charlie, Naomi, Lucy and the team x

Coronavirus precautions

Coronavirus Precautions

Due to the raising of the risk level by the government to high, we are now having to put in place the following measures to try and ensure that everyone who comes to our studios, feels as safe as possible:

Read the latest advice

Please take a look at the latest government advice on steps to reduce the risk of transmission. This includes tips on the best way to wash your hands (it’s a lot more involved than you’d think!) and will change depending on how the virus progresses in the UK and abroad.

Recent travel

If you have recently travelled from an affected area up to 14 days before you come to the studio, please don’t come to the studio. Let us know, and we’ll either move or cancel your rehearsal.

If you develop symptoms

If you start to develop symptoms (these include a persistent cough and high temperature) and you’ve been to the studio in the past three days, please let us know. That way we can take appropriate actions to clean any spaces that you have been in and notify people.

The likelihood is that we would have to notify the Public Health England and the studios would then be shut for two weeks to try and minimise the damage.

If you start to develop symptoms and have a rehearsal booked with us – even if it is within the 48 hour cancellation period – please do not come to the studios. Let us know and we’ll cancel your rehearsal free of charge regardless of timescale.

Don’t be selfish

If we feel that anyone is flouting the advice and has knowingly brought Coronavirus into our studios, they will be asked to leave immediately and will be charged for their rehearsal.

General precautions

We will be cleaning all door handles, light switches, mixers, microphones, amplifiers, drum kits, keyboards and anything else we can think of that could be a possible source of transmission. We are currently still going to be using reusable cups on site, but will ask you not to bring your own with you.

We have plenty of hand soap, paper towels and a hand dryer for you to use whilst you are at the studios. We do not have hand sanitiser as standard, so we will ask everyone to visit the toilets and wash their hands when they enter the studios. When possible, we will put hand sanitiser out at the front of the studios. If you have your own, please bring it along.

From now on we will only be taking card payments for all transactions. Where possible, could you please ensure that any small payments are paid for together (anything under £2 as a guide). We can also issue invoices for rehearsals, which you can pay online. Hopefully this will avoid the need to take any cash payments on the day.


Please could you bring microphones and cables to the studio if you have them. We will continue to give out microphones, but any help in reducing the amount of cleaning and sterilising we have to do will be appreciated.

Saturday Music Club

We’re happy to see that children seem to be the least affected by this virus, but we will ask you not to attend if you have travelled from an affected area or your child’s school has been shut down due to an infection on-site.

Staff & Teachers

All staff and teachers will be subject to the same guidelines and precautions outlined here. If we feel that any of our staff are a potential risk, they will be asked not to work at the studio during this time.

RSL Awards Graded Music Exam Centre

RSL Awards Header

We’re very proud to announce that we are now an RSL Awards Graded Music Exam Centre. Today was our first session with students coming along and taking exams in Guitar, Piano, Drums, Vocals and more.

If you don’t know who RSL Awards are, then you might know them as Rockschool. They provide graded exams in contemporary music and were the first exam board to do so. Having started in 1991 with a guitar, bass and drums syllabus, they have now grown into a worldwide music education institution. They provide exams, diplomas, vocational qualifications in all aspects of music and the creative industry.

To find out more about them, you can visit their website: https://rslawards.com.

Firebird Festival

Naomi and Lucy

We can’t believe our 5th birthday and festival was already a couple weeks ago! It was such a brilliant day – the sun shone all day long, the Lost & Grounded beer flowed, the I Scream Tacos tacos were delicious and the music was all so good!

The Publicans
The Minke Whales

Things kicked off with The Publicans whose Celtic stompers got everyone’s toes tapping. They were followed by The Minke Whales whose stomping folk-led tunes got people dancing.

Waldo's Gift
White Parker

Waldo’s Gift played a chilled set of the improvised jazz inspired melodies and then Hot Contents got people back up on their feet with their funk led covers set. Pure rock followed with White Parker and then some fun covers medleys from Fake Plastic Chairs.

Fake Plastic Chairs
Hot Contents

Firebird Studios violin teacher and brilliant rapping violinist Mike Dennis played a beautiful set as the sun started to go down and the day closed with one of our favourite bands, The Travis Waltons.

Mike Dennis
The Travis Waltons
Recycled Percussion

As well as all the live music, there were free ukelele workshops for kids, a toddler musical play room, a jamming room for all ages and a brilliant pallet instrument made from recycled bike wheels by litterARTI and other materials in our new studio space for everyone to enjoy. It was our busiest festival yet and we loved every minute. Thank you to all of you who came out to support us and celebrate with us and to all the amazing bands that rehearse here and whose music is what doing this is all about!

Lost & Grounded beers at Firebird Festival

Lost & Grounded Firebird Festival

We’re excited to share that Lost & Grounded Brewery here in BS4 will be providing kegs of their brilliant, locally brewed beer for our festival. We had the tough job of tasting the full range to decide which ones we wanted for the day. They’re all very tasty, but we’ve gone for the popular Keller Pils hop bitter lager beer and the Hop Hand Fallacy which is their take on a farmhouse ale to have on tap as they are two lovely and easy-drinking festival beers! We are going to have a few cans of No Rest For Dancers too (for the name especially!) which is a delicious fruity and hoppy red ale. There will be plenty of cider, wine and cocktails available too as well as our locally roasted coffee, teas and soft drinks.

Pete Riley – Drummer’s Odyssey Teachers Profile

Pete Riley drummer

Pete Riley has been a rising force in drums for the past 20 years. His explosive technique and ability to switch hands and feet with apparent ease is the reason why he has been asked to play for the likes of Guthrie Govan, Phil Hilbourne and Republica.

Recently he retired as tutor at ACM, where, for the past 21 years, he has given students the benefit of seeing his incredible technical prowess up close and shown them first hand what it takes to be a session drummer.

Come and learn up close with one of the best drummers in the UK, you won't regret it!

Emmanuelle Caplette – Drummer’s Odyssey Teachers Profile

Emmanuelle Caplette drummer

Emmanuelle Caplette has risen to fame in her native Canada, winning Office Franco Québécois Pour La Jeunesse whilst at college and opened the Montreal Jazz festival the following year! She has now played at major music events all over the world (Musikmesse, Uk Drum Show 2017, Switzerland Drum Festival), toured with Andy Summers as part of his Circa Zero band and also appeared on Late Night With Seth Meyers and performed a 24 snare drum solo!

She is currently endorsed by Sabian, Sonor, Vic Firth and Evans and has some of the most amazing practice pad rudiment videos I've seen on Youtube!

At the Drummer's Odyssey Camp 2018, at Firebird Studios, you'll be learning up close with Emmanuelle and getting to see why she is seen as one of the leading drum educators in the world right now.

Drummer’s Odyssey camp 2018

Drummers Odyssey camp

Coming to Firebird Studios in October, our resident drum teacher AJ Rousell has put together the very first drum camp in Bristol. Twenty four lucky drummers will have a chance to study with some of the world's premiere drummers.

He's also teamed up with several great drum and percussion manufacturers to provide great goodie bags for everyone who attends. Brands including Hardcase, Vic Firth, Evans, Protection Racket, Vater, Code, Cosmic Ears are already involved, with more being announced all the time.

You do not get the chance to study with teachers like this very often and in our humble opinion, you'd be mad not to come along and get an intense learning experience that will take your playing to a new level!

THE DRUMMER'S ODYSSEY CAMP is an intensive weekend of drumming education, hosted in Bristol (UK) on the 27th & 28th of October 2018. Each year will see a different Trio of incredible drummers being brought to TDOC, who will give inspiration, education and guidance for all attendees who are looking to push their drumming.

The line up for TDOC 2018 features:

Emmanuelle Caplette drummer

Emmanuelle Caplette

  • Judge for 'Hit like a Girl' Competition,
  • Main Stage artist at UK Drum Show 2017,
  • Guest Drummer for 'Late with Seth Myers',
  • Internationally renowned educator, highly in demand session drummer.

Pete Cater

  • Voted one of the top 5 jazz drummers in Modern Drummer Magazine Poll 2015
  • Band Leader for 'The Pete Cater Big Band', Main Stage artist at London Drum Show 2016 & 2018.
Pete Cater jazz drums
Pete Riley drummer

Pete Riley

  • Main contributor for Rhythm Magazine,
  • Head of drums at the Academy of Contemporary Music,
  • Highly sought after Session Drummer (Guthrie Govan & Republica)


On the 27th/28th October, students will receive a 2 hour session with each tutor on both the Saturday and Sunday. Resulting in 12 hours worth of lessons, within intimate groups of 8 students max.  There is a buffet lunch provided on both days, and also a Camp Goodie Bag for each attendee.

Drummers Odyssey Goody bag


Price for the whole weekend is £330, which works out at less than £30/hour with teachers that would typically charge double for a private lesson!

To book a place, fill in your details on the booking form below: