Ho, ho, how’s the Christmas shopping going?

The gluhwein is flowing, you’ve got the decs up and the Christmas jumper’s getting a bit too much wear if we’re honest. Either that, or you’re holed up in the Winchester waiting for the whole thing to blow over.

But whether you’re a  Christmas buyer or a Christmas denier, there’s a nagging worry that’s growing by the day… time’s running out for the present buying.


But don’t worry: treat your nearest and dearest to the finest entertainment in Bristol Land, with tickets delivered straight to your door in time for the big day. Order by Friday 18 December to guarantee delivery before 25 December.

We’ve got something for everyone…

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 teenage music star…

Remix Collectives

MixRadio Remix Academy. is where young musicians aged 13-17 can explore their inspirations, develop skills and create music which they can then record and perform, all with the support of professional mentors. Whether into singing or MCing, drums, piano or guitar, music production or DJing , young musicians get the support they need at the MixRadio Remix Academy.

There’s three collectives – Digital, Vocal and Instrumental. Help them discover their future in music!

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For the classical lover…

English Baroque Soloists with Sir John Eliot Gardiner: The Majesty of Mozart

Sir John Eliot Gardiner is one of the greatest living conductors in the world, and in January he comes to Colston Hall to conduct his English Baroque Soloists in Mozart’s final three symphonies. Although taking place early in the year, it’s likely to be one of the highlights of Bristol’s classical calendar in 2016, so if you know someone who loves classical, make sure they don’t miss it. Concluding with the Jupiter Symphony, this Mozart trilogy is out of this world!

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For the naturalist…

Philharmonia Orchestra: Planet Earth in Concert

The BBC’s landmark documentary Planet Earth tells an astonishing story. Emmy award-winning British composer George Fenton scored the series and tonight conducts the Philharmonia Orchestra and special guest soloist Haley Glennie-Smith in a stunning performance that combines emotional and evocative live orchestral music with awe-inspiring reworked HD footage from the BBC series.

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For the experimental audiophile…

Max Richter Ensemble

For those who love their cutting-edge new music, our contemporary classical weekend featuring Max Richter and Kronos Quartet is a must.  On the Friday, Max Richter and his ensemble will perform new piece From Sleep, and The Blue Notebooks – a work in which this highly influential artist fuses dance music idioms with classical styles.

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Kronos Quartet

On Saturday, Kronos Quartet, one of the world’s most forward-thinking ensembles over the last 40 years, returns to Colston Hall with a world premiere of a new piece by Martin Green of Lau,  as well as  Terry Riley’s One Earth, One People, One Love. Not only that, but there’s also no less than three UK preimeres of works written especially for them. In Kronos’s case, the term ground-breaking reaches its fullest potential.

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Joint ticket offer

Tickets can be bought separately for both events, or for the die-hard contemporary music fan, you can get a joint ticket for £43 incl. booking fee: Available here

For the soul seeker…

Charles Bradley & His Extraordinaires

It’s got to be said, we’re particularly excited about this one, and it seems the rest of Bristol is too. The incredible soul singer Charles Bradley didn’t get his break until he was 62, before which he had endured homelessness, grinding poverty a near-fatal illness and the murder of his brother. But when Daptone label boss Gabe Roth heard him singing, things turned around. “Bradley has a rare gift of being a singer worth hearing regardless of the material, and this alone is worth the price of admission”, says Pitchfork.

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Find out more about Charles’ incredible story in the documentary, Charles Bradley: Soul of America. Watch it here.

For the sci-fi fan…

…except you don’t have to be a Trekkie to enjoy these shows.

Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra: Heroes and Aliens – Epic Galactic Soundtracks

In March, join the BSO and boldly go where no orchestra has gone before in another blockbuster concert featuring music from some of the most iconic and successful space movies of all time, including Apollo 13, Star Wars, Star Trek, ET, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Avatar and War of the Worlds, plus many more.

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Royal Philharmonic Orchestra: The Planets – An HD Odyssey

In June, The Royal Philharmonic Orchestra land at Colston Hall to present an incredible programme of sci-fi and space -themed music, which includes music from Star Wars and Holst’s evocative suite, The Planets. The music is docked with stunning HD visuals, as well as interviews with NASA scientists. Houston, we may have a sell-out concert – so make sure you get your seats.

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For the gag-hag…

Katherine Ryan

Or Kathbum, according to her Twitter handle and show title. Ryan’s star has risen stratospherically over the last few years, and after several sell-out shows in The Lantern, she’s graduated to our main stage for the first time. Her lightning-fast, biting wit has been showcased everywhere on the box from QI to 8 out of 10 Cats, and in this show her targets include Bill Cosby, David Cameron and Taylor Swift.

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For the hip-hopper…

Slum Village

Co-founded by the legendary hip-hop producer the late J Dilla, Slum Village are Hip Hop veterans. Founding member T3 continues to carry the torch along with Young RJ, and have recently released YES, a collection of previously unreleased material featuring  appearances from De La Soul, Phife Dawg from A Tribe Called Quest among others. Slum Village’s last show in Bristol was a sell-out and this one is showing all the signs of doing so again.

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For the worldy-wise…

Baaba Maal

Senegalese superstar Baaba Maal is one of Africa’s best known musicians with a career spanning over 25 years. Pioneering a fusion of Senegalese sounds with pop, hip-hop and even salsa, Maal has brought West African music to a whole new audience with his genre-smashing style. For this show, expect African roots sounds mixed with cutting-edge Western electro from his latest release, The Traveller.

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For the jazz aficionado…

GoGo Penguin

Since they last played The Lantern, GoGo Penguin have been nominated for the Mercury Music Prize and signed a deal with Blue Note Records. With influences that range from Massive Attack to Aphex Twin, Brian Eno to John Cage, this acoustic-electronica three piece definitely cross boundaries – “GoGo Penguin perform strange operations on jazz”, says Clash Magazine. This one’s going to to sell out so grab a ticket now if you’re keen.

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And in March, Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival is back with another huge line-up including Courteney Pine, Maceo Parker, Lisa Simone and Melody Gardot – for the seasoned jazzer there’s bound to be something up their street.

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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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