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Colston Hall release limited edition gig posters

To celebrate Colston Hall’s 150th anniversary year as Bristol’s home of music, we have collaborated with world renowned Bristol design and screen-printing company Jacknife Prints on a limited edition range of iconic gig posters.

Picking a handful of key performances at the venue, the posters have been hand-screenprinted by Jacknife in their Bristol studios.

The first posters to be unveiled celebrate Iggy Pop’s visit to the Hall on the Lust for Life tour in 1977 and Joy Division’s performance in 1979, just 6 months before Ian Curtis tragically took his own life.

Each design has had a limited edition run of 375 posters, which have been hand-screenprinted, numbered and signed by designer Chris Hopewell.

Jacknife are acclaimed for creating highly collectible, limited edition posters for the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Seasick Steve and The Who, as well as their work on music videos for Radiohead and many others.

Chris Hopewell, head designer and founder of Jacknife, said: “We were incredibly excited when Colston Hall approached us to help celebrate their 150th anniversary year, and we soon hit on this idea of creating posters for historic gigs, but giving them our own twist. We imagined what we would do if we had been asked now to create a design for Joy Division or Iggy.”

“We have worked with some incredible artists, but this is such a unique concept – being able to time travel and create artworks for some of our favourite acts; celebrating a seminal point in their careers and the moment they came to Bristol – it’s been a real passion project.”

Todd Wills, Artistic Director at Colston Hall, said: “Colston Hall’s 150th anniversary is a unique moment to celebrate the history of the venue, which is really centred on the amazing artists that have graced our stage and the incredible moments audiences have shared with us here.”

“Jacknife are a Bristol institution; they’re known the world over and we’re big fans of their work. It’s also been immensely gratifying that the artists we have on board so far love the concept and have been incredibly supportive. It’s a fantastic opportunity to collaborate on something really special and creative that people could keep for years to come – and what more iconic music collectible is there than the rock gig poster?”

The perfect Christmas gift for the gig-goer in your life, orders placed by Wednesday 13 December will be posted in time for the big day. More posters are set to be unveiled soon.

The posters are A2 in size and on sale from Friday 1 December at www.colstonhall.org/shop and at the Made in Bristol Gift Fairs on Saturday 2 December, Saturday 9 December, Sunday 16 December.

The posters cost £35 including postage and packaging. They will be allocated in numerical order by purchase.

Watch a video of the posters being made below.

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