The shows must go on!

We’re incredibly grateful to audiences who attended Mercury Rev with Royal Northern Sinfonia last night at the O2 Academy and Gurt Lush Choir’s concert at the Wills Memorial Building last Saturday for their understanding and cooperation with the change of venue following unexpected and unforeseeable remedial work at Colston Hall.

This weekend we are due to host the third annual Bristol Americana Weekend under its new banner ‘River Town’.

Moving this weekend’s concerts from Colston Hall’s main hall to the O2 Academy was a last resort to ensure that the weekend of events which features over 20 acts can go ahead.

The huge amount of hard work that has gone into putting these events on would have been wasted if we had cancelled entirely, which would have been the only other option to us given the scale of the line-up.

While we completely understand that the move from a seated to a standing venue is far from ideal for many customers, we would much rather find an alternative than give up altogether.

We have an amazing line-up of free music in the foyer of Colston Hall throughout the weekend which is open to all, with tickets to most events also still available, and we hope that as many people as possible will still join us to experience the joyful, soulful sounds of River Town.

Once again our thanks go to the O2 Academy and Bristol University for their assistance at such short notice.

For more information about River Town: Bristol’s Americana Weekend, please visit:

For further information, please read our initial statement on concert relocations from Colston Hall published on Wed 12 Jul.

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