Colston Hall’s Spring Highlights.

We’ve got a heck of a lot coming up in the next couple’s months, hopefully with some sun on our side! Here’s a preview of some of what we’re looking forward to…


Atomic Bomb – Who is William Onyeabor? – 2nd April.

With only 2 shows in the whole entire world and a line up consisting of Alexis Taylor (of Hot Chip), Pat Mahoney (LCD Soundsystem), Kele Okereke (Bloc Party) as well as a few more to be announced, this is a truly must see event. William Onyeabor is the great synth pioneer who self released 8 nearly impossibly albums to find between ’78’-85 in south-eastern Nigeria. He then became a Born-Again Christian and refused to speak about himself or his music. So the question is, Who is William Onyeabor?

Benjamin Clementine – 9th April.

With his breakthrough EP ‘Cornerstone’ and currently on the rise it really will be a delight to see Benjamin in such an intimate space that will be  The Lantern. With his voice crafted and his stunning technique. It’ll be just lovely.

Psycho Live! – 10th April.

It’s will be quite an experience seeing Hitchcock’s 160 masterpiece on such a big screen for the first time in 50 years along with a renowned live orchestra performing Bernard Herrmann’s spine-tingling score. One of the most iconic scores in cinema history. Not for the faint hearted…

Suzy Bogguss – 17th April.

This American country singer will be gracing us with her presence at The Lantern Performing her new album as well as her hits that got her her early success in the 90’s.

More Like Trees – 19th April.

This raucous bunch will be hitting the stage at The Lantern on Saturday 19th April. Expect liveliness with a mix of hip hop, flamenco, dubstep and their unique sound they use themselves “strum and bass”.

Angie Stone – 23rd April.

PHOWARRRR are we excited for this one! Renowned for her smokey yet up front voice, prolific Angie Stone is coming to our intimate Lantern space. Singing tracks from all five of her platinum selling albums she is going to hit the roof. See you at the front, otherwise we’ll be Wishing We Didn’t Miss You ;)

Joe Driscoll & Sekou Kouyate – 24th April.

Coming back to us a year later last year was described as “A lesson in innovation” (This Is Somerset). They duo just seem to seamlessly fuse hip-hop/folk sounds with inspired kora improvisation from Kouyate. They can’t help but draw you in.

Chet Faker – 28th April

Although now sold out, pretty much an overnight sensation by just covering a song for one of his mates, he’s coming to Bristol. He’s been garnering praise from every corner, including from the likes of Zane Lowe and Rob Da Bank as well as supporting Bonobo on his US tour. He’ll be debuting his new album ‘Built on Glass’ which brings together all his influences from house to RnB and fuses it together with his smokey vocals. Lush.


Frank Skinner – 2nd + 3rd May

Frank Skinner,  Man In A Suit. He’s smartening up his act losing the filth in favour of more sophisticated subject matters. and coming to us with not one but two of his great stand up shows. Cheers Frank!

Oliver Wilde – 9th May.

On the rise Oliver Wilde is coming to the Lantern upon the release of his new album “Red Tide Opal In The Loose End Womb” out on the 5th May. Featuring the single “Stomach Full Of Cats”. His debut album is one of the best we’ve heard so far this year”  The Guardian – So if that’s anything to go by this one is going to be a corker.

Moscow Philharmonic – 14th May.

Honoured to be conducted by Yuri Simonov and with Natasha Paremski on piano and the orchestra performing the iconic pieces that are Shostakovich Symphony No. 9, Rachmaninov Piano Concerto No. 2 and Shostakovich Symphony No. 10. It will be quite the watch.

Hauschka – 15th May.

At the age of 18, Volker Bertelmann had already composed his first film score, and having picked up a deal with Sony Music in 1994. Composer and pianist on stage known as Hauschka is best known for his compositions for prepared piano. He’ll be performing work from his new album. Nice.

Phronesis – 23rd May.

Scandinavian/British jazz trio Phronesis excite, inspire and move people in a way that few jazz bands are able to do. we’ll sure be up on our feet in the Lantern.

Bristol Acoustic Music Fest – 25th May.

This 11th annual event is back presented by Bristol label Jelli Records presents a platter of local music acts and national names, including BAFTA-nominated comedian Richard Digance as well as headliner Thea Gilmore and the Bristol loved Beth Rowley.

Emmylou Harris – 26th May.

Emmylou Harris visits Colston Hall to celebrate the reissue of her groundbreaking  album, Wrecking Ball with Daniel Lanois, Steven Nistor and Jim Wilson. It will be a great night of country music in Bristol!

Matmos – 29th May.

Baltimore duo Matmos the raw materials they play are manipulated into surprisingly accessible forms, and often supplemented by traditional musical instruments. Experimental and conceptual. Yes, yes indeed.

Breakin’ Convention – 31st May.

This international festival of hip hop dance theatre, returns with another line-up of jaw-dropping performances. With local and international dance crews taking over the Hall. It’s going to be spectacular.

Ooooh and also… 

June 6th brings us Flying Lotus & Thundercat. “This one will blow your head apart,” says NME… Need we say anymore…

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