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Rod Stewart at Bristol’s Ashton Gate - start time, travel advice and banned items

Rod Stewart will kick off his UK tour with a concert at Bristol's Ashton Gate. Credit: PA

Legendary rockstar Rod Stewart will kick off the UK leg of his European tour in Bristol tonight.

The gig - Rod’s first in the UK for three years - will take place at Ashton Gate, the home of Bristol City.

It promises to be a special night for fans, with thousands from across the West Country expected to attend.

If you are lucky enough to have tickets, here’s everything you need to know about how to get there, where to park, what to take and when it is likely to finish.

How do I get to Ashton Gate?

Ashton Gate. Credit: PA

By bus

Parking restrictions and road closures mean that shuttle buses are the best way to the concert. Services will run from four sites with free parking around Bristol:

  • Portway P&R
  • Brislington P&R
  • Bristol Temple Meads (no free parking)
  • The Mall, Cribbs Causeway

Guests are advised to pre-book these services on the Ashton Gate website. Shuttles will run frequently between 3pm - 7.15pm and for one hour after the event.

Public buses are also available, including:

  • M1
  • 24
  • X1, X3a & X8
  • 75 & 76
  • 90
Rod Stewart in concert. Credit: PA

By car

Ashton Road will be closed from 1pm-2am, while Winterstoke Road will be closed from 9pm-12am.

There is no public parking around Ashton Gate for cars or motorbikes and all blue badge spaces have now sold out.

By taxi

Anyone taking a taxi is advised to travel via the following locations:

  • Pre-event: Wickes, Winterstoke Road
  • Post-event: Sainsbury’s Car Park, Winterstoke Road

What time does the concert start?

A view of Ashton Gate in south Bristol. Credit: PA

Ashton Gates opens from 3pm, along with its food and drink outlets. The concert begins at 7pm and will finish by 11pm.

The venue has three entry points: Gates 1, 2 and 3. Guests are advised to check their tickets to see which entrance they should use.

Can I buy food and drink at the venue?

Yes, food and drink will be served at a number of outlets within the ground, including:

  • The Thatcher’s Rose Bar
  • The Gin Club & The Cocktail Bar
  • Viva Mexico
  • Feed the Goat by Tastaragga
Rod Stewart will tour the UK until December. Credit: PA

Vegan and vegetarian options will be available and Rod Stewart’s merchandise will also be up for sale.

Concert-goers are advised there are no cash machines on-site but most vendors will accept card payment.

What items can will I NOT be allowed to take in with me?

Bags bigger than an A4 size will not be allowed and guests can only bring in a 500ml bottle of water.

The following items are also forbidden:

  • Glass, cans or flasks
  • Flammable liquids
  • Laser pens and pointers
  • Laptops, iPads and professional cameras
  • Food and drink
  • Umbrellas, signs, flags and inflatables
  • Selfie sticks
  • Air horns and whistles
  • Weapons, fireworks or sprays

Anyone under 16 must be accompanied by an adult and Ashton Gate operates a Challenge 25 policy on all sales of alcohol.