Colston Hall is in important part of Bristol’s distinctive reputation as a vibrant, exciting city. We’re a driving force behind our city’s arts and culture economy.
300,000 people visit us each year to enjoy an incredible variety of artists, from big stars like Jimmy Carr and Russell Brand to Stereophonics and Sam Smith, events such as the Bristol International Classical Season and Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival, as well as the programming in The Lantern with rising stars such as Kamasi Washington and Benjamin Clementine.
Colston Hall programs across all genres and is unique for bringing events to the city that couldn’t happen anywhere else, such as Goldie and the Heritage Orchestra in the Harbourside, John Grant with the Royal Northern Sinfonia and Fast Forward Festival. We also give unparalleled opportunity for emerging artists to bring their talent to wider audiences.
Our sister organisation, Bristol Plays Music, is the first education music hub in the UK to be based at a major concert venue. We owe it to our audiences, performers and the 15,000 local schoolchildren at 130 schools whose music education is supported by the hub to redevelop our facilities and ensure they are fit for purpose.