Event cancellations and update from Bristol Music Trust regarding Coronavirus

First, we want you to know that although our venues may be silent for now, our music has continued throughout this difficult time.

We have spent the past few months curating two online festivals and broadcasting some classic Colston Hall gigs for your listening pleasure, as well as raising awareness and money for the Music Venues Trust and Bristol’s local artists and venues. We hope to continue to provide this content in the coming months. You can find out more about our online content here.

We are also working very hard to bring live music back to Bristol, including keeping communication open with our local venues, artists and promoters. More information on this is below.

We will be back as soon as we can to deliver our mission of unity and joy through live music.

Postponed events

Last updated: 10:00 Mon 6 July 2020

Due the Covid-19 outbreak and the subsequent closure of music venues, all of our Colston Hall Presents concerts until 1st September 2020 have been rescheduled or cancelled. This includes rescheduling our Colston Hall Presents Harbourside shows with Nile Rodgers & CHIC to Wed 14 and Thu 15 July 2021, and Belle & Sebastian who will now play on Fri 16 July 2021.

As the government advice changes it is likely that we will need to push back some of our rescheduled concerts into 2021. We are working to reschedule these dates as soon as we can.

We will be contacting all customers directly to advise of this situation.

We ask customers to please retain their tickets and wait for information on rescheduled dates before requesting a refund, and thank you for your patience at this time.

It will inevitably take us a little while to work through contacting everybody. Our box office phone lines are currently closed, so please avoid trying to contact us directly. Rest assured, you will hear from us. Please see the FAQs below for more information.



Current membership holders

All memberships remain valid. If you have any questions surrounding your current membership please contact

Colston Hall Presents

All Colston Hall Presents events taking place prior to 1 September 2020 have been cancelled or postponed.

Our Harbourside shows with Nile Rodgers & CHIC (Wed 16 and Thu 17 Jul) have been rescheduled to Wed 14 & Thu 15 July 2021. Belle & Sebastian (Fri 17 Jul) has been postponed until Fri 16 Jul 2021.

The status of all events onwards will be reviewed on a daily basis and we will update customers as early and as fully as we can.

We will work hard to try and reschedule as many events as possible.

For updates on refunds, the status of shows and FAQs, please visit our Coronavirus FAQ page here.

Building Closures

Colston Hall is currently closed to the public until at least Tuesday 1st September.

Our Bristol Plays Music site in Southmead is closed to the public until at least Tuesday 1st September.

We are working on plans to reopen our buildings, including looking at how we can use our larger spaces for socially distanced meetings and business events. For more information contact

Bristol Plays Music

All Bristol Plays Music events, including individual music tuition are cancelled.

This includes our ensemble work in Music Centres, Bristol Youth Choir, Bristol Youth Orchestra, our spring concerts and our talent development projects Home Grown Heat and Multi-Track. We are contacting parents, staff and participants directly as far as possible.

However we have moved our music tuition online, and are offering online music lessons via our Virtual Academy and NCIE Virtual Academy, which is specifically for disabled young people (age 11-25) and children in care (age 6 -18) in Bristol. Click here for more information.

For updates on the status of Bristol Plays Music events and FAQs, please visit our Coronavirus FAQ page here.

Supporting our staff and musical community

This is a fast-changing and difficult situation for us all, and we aim to support musicians, staff and our audiences as best as we can. We’d like to thank everybody for their understanding and patience so far.

We are closely following government, NHS and Public Health England advice, and continually reviewing our position as an organisation.

The impact on the music and events industry is significant, as tours and festivals that have had a huge amount of work put into them get cancelled.

We are working closely with our partners, funders and other arts organisations to ensure we are supporting and advocating for the return of this important industry. Our two Bristol Takeover online festivals have raised over £16k for the Music Venues Trust and local venues and artists and we are lending our voices to national campaigns such as #Letthemusicplay to tell the story of the importance of live music.

We are doing everything we can to protect those we work with and enable us to be ready to return to our mission of unity and joy through live music.

What you can do to help

Your support at this time is more vital than ever and there are plenty of ways you can help.

The impact of Coronavirus is unprecedented. If you value the arts and music we ask that you consider donating your ticket refund or supporting us.

We are a charity and every penny we receive supports our artistic and education programmes working with hundreds of musicians and practitioners each year, as well as running music programmes across the city for children in care and those facing profound difficulties.

Music enriches all of our lives, and we’ll need it as much as ever in the coming months, so if you can, please consider donating your ticket refund or supporting us via the donation link below. This gesture will make a big difference to our future.

As a thank you, all those who are able to donate during this difficult time will be entered into a prize draw to win one of the following prizes:

  • A Colston Hall Presents golden ticket with two free tickets per month for shows of your choice for one year when we’re back up and running
  • A free seat named in the transformed concert hall
  • A free one year membership and priority booking
  • A free Colston Hall building tour for you and 3 friends including afternoon tea on the terrace when we’re back up and running


We are grateful for your patience and support during this time and encourage everybody to continue to follow the latest advice from NHS and Public Health England here.

We look forward to sharing the joy of music with you again soon and will update our website with information, announcements and plans as they develop.

With best wishes,

Louise Mitchell

Chief Executive, Bristol Music Trust

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Our new name is just the first step, it is about more than the sign above our door. Click below to find out more about how we’re changing, watch our name announcement, and discover how we want everyone to share in the joy of live music.

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