Colston Hall – Bristol’s home of music since 1867 – turned 150 in September 2017.
A landmark venue and historic meeting place for the city, the Hall has embraced challenge and change with one thing in mind: to keep amazing live music playing.
Twice ravaged by fire and remodelled four times, we have nevertheless continued to connect generations of artists with thousands of audiences for millions of unforgettable musical encounters.
Our story is bound up with the story of music itself: the seismic shifts in sounds and styles that have defined modern culture have played out – in spectacular fashion – on our stage. From grand choirs and orchestras to grandees of the swing age, from the pioneers of rock ‘n’ roll to the great family tree of genres they inspired. You name it, we’ve been moved by it: from punk and reggae innovators to indie heroes and the Bristol sound, from globe-trotting pop stars to global rhythms and folk traditions, from screaming Beatlemania to the Starman and beyond!
First gigs and first dances – perhaps even first kisses – millions of timeless moments inspired by the music that has come alive in Colston Hall. Legends have given their all for us but it is you, our audiences, that have made so many moments to remember.
We invited you to share your memories – and make a few more – at our special birthday celebration and programme of events, as we officially hit the big 1-5-0.
We opened our doors to all of Bristol to join us for our free 150th Birthday Bash on Wednesday 20 September, as friends from across the city and the country helped us celebrate with an evening of pop-up performances throughout the building to create a unique party atmosphere – scroll down to find out more. Plus, throughout August, September and October there was a special programme of events at which to don your dancing shoes and join the party.
Before all that, we began our festivities in July with a city-wide golden ticket giveaway and a sold out outdoor party of orchestral proportions as Outlook Orchestra + Roots Manuva (Live) took to the Harbourside for a celebration of Sound System Culture in collaboration with Outlook Festival. Relive it by checking out the photos and video below.
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Scroll down to the What’s On section to find out more about the anniversary programme.
We celebrate our 150th year with ambitious plans now under way to transform the venue into a world class concert hall by 2021.
For more on our history and the legendary acts that have performed here, please visit www.colstonhall.org/history