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Give the gift of live entertainment this Christmas

Time’s ticking away to find those perfect pressies for your nearest and dearest.  But this year, to save you from tears, we’ve put a handy list together of our top shows to give that someone special in your life the gift of fine entertainment, with tickets delivered straight to your door in time for the big day.

Order by Friday 16 December to be in good time for delivery before 25 December.

From the cinephile to the hip-hopper, we’ve got something for everyone…

For the film buff…

There Will Be Blood: Live with London Contemporary Orchestra

“Sparse and at times just plain peculiar – but in a brilliantly original way. It’s magnificent.” ★★★★★ The Independent

After the festive cheer of Christmas, some people just want to sit quietly in a darkened room, and what better way to do that than by taking “a singular audio-visual journey into the heart of darkness” (The Times) with the now iconic 2007 film, There Will Be Blood. Jonny Greenwood’s dramatic score is realised in a special performance edition by the London Contemporary Orchestra, conducted by Hugh Brunt.

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For the classical lover…

Monteverdi 450

2017 sees a landmark anniversary in Classical music history: the birth of Claudio Monteverdi, who is generally considered to be the founder of opera as we know it today. There is no-one better to spearhead the international celebrations that Sir John Eliot Gardiner, one of the world’s greatest living conductors who has lived with Monteverdi’s music since he was a child. Over three nights in 2017 he brings his lauded Monteverdi Choir, English Baroque Soloists and a cast of internationally acclaimed singers to Colston Hall to perform Monteverdi’s three surviving operas. Bristol has been chosen as the only English city to host the tour, ranking alongside Berlin, Paris, Lucerne and Venice, so if you know someone who loves classical, a ticket to one of the operas is a perfect Christmas gift.

If you want to make the experience extra special, premium tickets with champagne reception included are available.

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For the jazzer…

Neil Cowley Trio

The Trio’s 2016 release, Spacebound Apes, “might just be the finest album of Cowley’s career to date”, say All About Jazz. Not just limited to a simple CD and download, you’ll find a website, series of blogs and animated sheet music book telling the story of an ape who goes galactic to face his fears. Sounds pretty out there, but Drowned in Sound says that “the music itself …is breathtaking”.

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Bill Laurance Group

Space must be the place in the Jazz world at the moment, because two-time Grammy Award-winner Bill Laurance also has the heavenly bodies on his mind on latest studio album Aftersun, a tribute to space exploration and life in the cosmos. With flavours of dance music and African percussion, it combines deep world grooves with Laurance’s signature genre-bending exploration.

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And of course in March, Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival is back with a great line-up including headline artist Macy Gray and tributes to Jimi Hendrix and Dizzy Gillespie.

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For the muso…

Shirley Collins presents Lodestar Live

One of the driving forces behind the English folk revival of the 1960s and 1970s, Shirley Collins’ influence on this isle’s musical development cannot be understated. However, it has been a long time since we’ve heard her voice – 38 years in fact! It is with her first album since the late 70s, Lodestar, that Collins returns, featuring a spellbinding collection of her favourite songs dating from the 16th century to the 1950s.

Widespread acclaim and a clamour of interest in Shirley’s career, work and life have accompanied the release of Lodestar and the handful of live dates she has announced, including this date at Colston Hall. The perfect Christmas gift for that true muso in your life.

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For the country-phile…

We’ve got tons of shows with an Americana flavour coming up in the new year – below are some of the shows we’ve got in the Lantern, but we’ve also got a couple of shows outside of the venue too, including The White Buffalo at Trinity Centre and Karl Blau at the Louisiana.

Hurray for the Riff Raff

Lead singer Alynda Lee Segarra, fiddle player Yosi Perlstein and a selection of New Orleans musicians give us “easy-going country laments … harmonicas, a blues or three and even a doo-wop number, all doffing hats to traditions” (The Guardian) taken from their most recent album, Small Town Heroes.

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Chatham County Line

This “bonafide bluegrass band” has “warmth and authenticity … [that] rings as true on the stage as it does on their record outputs” (PopMatters). Latest offering Autumn is “replete with gentle guitar picking, woody mandolin, muted banjo, occasional piano and a robust vocal blend to evoke the wistful changing of the season” (AllMusic).

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The Grahams

The Grahams are a treat for all fans of American folk music. In the summer of 2014, husband-and-wife duo Doug and Alyssa travelled around the US by train, arriving in Memphis with songs inspired by their adventures. Tonight’s show will feature a screening of Rattle the Hocks, a documentary of their travels, and will be followed by a live performance by the duo.

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For the soul-shaker…

St Paul and the Broken Bones

One thing’s for sure – Paul ‘St. Paul’ Janeway knows how to put on a live show. When we put on St Paul and the Broken Bones last year at Trinity Centre, just before they played Glastonbury, they played to a not-sold out, but mightily enthusiastic, crowd. It seems like some of his preacher-style evangelism must have rubbed off on their fans over the last six months, as the band sold out Trinity this time around within weeks, and we’ve moved this gig to the Colston Hall main auditorium to cope with demand. The way sales are going, tickets aren’t going to be easy to come by very soon…

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For the hopeless romantic…

Alexander O’Neal

Get ahead of the game and earn double brownie points with this Valentines Day treat.  Joined by a nine-piece all-star band, iconic R&B performer Alexander O’Neal performs his 1987 masterpiece live. Hearsay spent two years in the UK album charts and launched seven charting singles including Fake and Criticize. “Hearsay will always be Alexander O’Neal’s high-water mark … [it] is very much of its time, but that doesn’t mean it has dated. It sounds as fresh now as it did then” (BBC Music).

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For the bedroom producer…

Producer Uncovered: Ableton Live Beginners and Logic Pro Beginners

The Uncovered Series of music production workshops for adults is the perfect gift for those wanting to take their first steps in production. In these hands-on, ten-week courses for beginners starting in February, music professionals give participants the grounding they need in these innovative packages to start creating their own music. Attendees to the Ableton Live course also get an awesome discount of  €140 off the Ableton software, so it’s a double winner!

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For the gag-hag…

We’ve got tons of comedy on offer – check out the full listings here.

Greg Davies

The Taskmaster returns to Colston Hall for three dates next December, two of which have already sold out. But there’s still tickets available for the third night. Don’t miss this magnificent comedy beast live.

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For the hip-hopper…

De La Soul

“Few acts within the genre have retained the kind of widespread respect and enduring credibility enjoyed by Posdnous, Dave and Maseo” (The Independent). Still “partying like it’s 1989” (The Telegraph), the Grammy-winning legends visit  Bristol following the release of their Kickstarter-funded And the Anonymous Nobody. “Their greatest strength has always been not caring what hip-hop is supposed to sound like” (Rolling Stone).

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Can’t decide?

Gift Vouchers

Know someone who will love the shows at Colston Hall, but not sure which ones? We sell gift vouchers in a range of values, so you can relax knowing that they’ll be spent on a show they really want to see. Gift vouchers are available online and via the Box Office on 0844 887 1500.

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For the live entertainment addict…

Know someone who just has to be first in the queue for live tickets? Then Colston Hall membership is the perfect present for them. With a membership they’ll get to jump the queue with priority booking on the must-see shows, plus exclusive deals and bar discounts – it’s the gift that keeps on giving!

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