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Transformation Podcast Ep.6 – Uncovering our heritage

In episode 6 of our Transformation podcast we focus on the heritage that is being uncovered at the Hall during the redevelopment. Funded by the National Lottery Heritage Fund, our heritage projects are revealing and bringing to life the history of the Hall. We hear from NLHF Project Co-Ordinator Ella Kenny about the musical heritage of the venue and how we’re asking families and communities to share their memories, as…

Heritage Playlist: 2 Tone

2019 marks the 40th anniversary of legendary and influential record label 2 Tone. Founded by Jerry Dammers of The Specials, the label gave a platform to bands including The Selecter, The Beat and Elvis Costello whose infusion of ska and punk embodied the political anxieties of a polarised nation and whose music led an ambition to transcend and defuse racial tensions in Thatcher-era Britain. Ahead of The Specials return to Bristol’s Harbourside on 19 July 2019…

Significant progress in works to transform Colston Hall

Today, work on the transformation of Colston Hall shows significant progress with the Main Hall unrecognisable in its stripped back shape. Work to create the world-class concert hall is well underway, however as works have progressed the team has uncovered the delicate structure of the Victorian building and it has become clear that works will take longer than initially planned. The aim is to now open the new Hall in…