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Bristol took over!

What better way to celebrate Colston Hall’s 150th birthday than to fill every corner of it with music? Five stages spread throughout the Hall shouldered the hefty honour of holding up more than 30 much-loved musical acts from Bristol and beyond. Each room was filled with the city’s most ardent music fans and the building buzzed for almost eleven hours with electrifying back-to-back performances from right across the musical spectrum.

This Is The Kit packed out the Main Hall, squeezing the mighty forces of The Fantasy Orchestra alongside her remarkable band before the Orchestra’s own glorious tribute to the Hall’s history. Legendary psychedelic tribe Moonflowers transported a rammed Foyer back to the anarchic euphoria of Ashton Court Festival’s much-missed glory days. The Lantern hosted a fascinating panel discussion and showcase courtesy of Multi-Track, followed later by a spectacularly atmospheric set from Invisible Cloaks, poet Solomon O.B. wowed the Stalls Bar with a surprise beatboxing moment and the Old Box Office resonated with the deep grooves of Smith & Mighty, OM Unit and the rest of the SWU.fm family – and that’s just a tiny slice of the day’s happenings.

The Bristol Takeover was a loud, joyful shout proclaiming Bristol’s love for music both old and new. Colston Hall has been hosting that passion for 150 years now, and it was an honour to celebrate our birthday alongside so many fans and artists from its past, present and future.

Check out some of our favourite photos from the day below. All photography © Dominika Scheibinger 2017.

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