The Colston Hall opened to the public in 1867 and has not just been a part of the music scene but a significant landmark in the history of Bristol itself. Having survived two devastating fires, the hall has had quite a few aesthetic makeovers. The most recent has seen a complete overhaul of the main entrance, turning it into more of a multimedia centre. It now has a modern bar, big screen televisions showing some sporting fixtures, and a light and airy reception area with comfortable seating. The venue itself is constructed like a traditional music hall. At the front there is a huge stage which can be altered for different types of events (up until 2003 they used hold wrestling matches here). The rest is tiered with removable seats at the front for general admission shows and an extensive balcony. it has a maximum capacity of around 2000.
Acts that have played here include; Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Stones, David Bowie, Elton John, Thin Lizzy, Roxy Music, Bob Marley, Lou Reed, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Halle Orchestra. My personal favourite however was PJ & Duncan.
THE FOYER PERFORMANCE SPACE
The new foyer is a light and airy space, perfect for our Friday and Saturday evening free performances. The foyer was built in 2009 and offers meeting and conference spaces available to hire.