Bristol’s largest concert venue will be programming a host of established and emerging artists in venues across Bristol, and beyond, as part of its Colston Hall Presents programme.
The historic venue is undergoing a £48.8m transformation starting in June, from which the Colston Hall’s main hall and Lantern performance spaces will be out of action.
As part of Colston Hall Presents, the eclectic programme from the team will be presented in a diverse selection of venues. Shows have now been confirmed at Crofters Rights, Thekla, The Station, The Exchange, Trinity Centre, The Folk House, The Wardrobe Theatre, Anson Rooms, Bristol Hippodrome, O2 Academy and now also Bath Forum.
In perhaps the most dramatic news, the Colston Hall’s influence will extend to the Bath Forum on 27th Forum, when the venue will present a show from BAFTA-winning Icelandic musician Ólafur Arnalds, known for TV scores such as Broadchurch and Philip K. Dick’s Electric Dreams. Previously announced dates on the tour have already sold out, including a concert at The Royal Albert Hall.
Speaking about the programme Todd Wills, Artistic Director at Colston Hall, said: “We have been presenting great shows for the last 150 years, so we’re determined to continue to bring international artists and fantastic entertainment to the region while our building is being transformed into a world class music venue. We’re excited to be taking our programme into venues across Bristol and Bath.
“Alongside some big shows like José González at the O2 Academy, and Jurassic Park with live Orchestra at Bristol Hippodrome as well as more concerts in Bristol’s large outdoor spaces, we’re delighted to be working closely with Bristol’s best independent venues. Without a vibrant grassroots music scene in the city, we couldn’t deliver the programme we do.”
As a PRSF Talent Development Partner, ‘Colston Hall Presents’ will support a range of grassroots British talent as well as presenting established acts, giving concert goers the chance to catch artists tipped for success at the start of their careers. Upcoming gigs include singer-songwriter Laucan (3rd April) at The Crofters Rights.
Colston Hall is used to spotting emerging talent before artists make it big. One such success story is that of 2015 Mercury Music Prize winner Benjamin Clementine, who in 2014 played the venue’s smaller hall The Lantern. Fast forward to 2017, Clementine headlined Colston Hall’s main stage, treading the same boards as David Bowie, The Rolling Stones and Louis Armstrong, and joining the ranks of artists to have played Bristol’s historic concert hall.
Tickets for Ólafur Arnalds go on sale on Wednesday 7th March at 10am. For a full line up of Colston Hall Presents events and to buy tickets, visit: www.colstonhall.org or call the box office on 0117 203 4040.