Our top 5 highlights of 2013

It’s been a fantastic year at Colston Hall, we’ve had some incredible performances come across our three stages; the main auditorium, The Lantern and our foyer space.

It’s been great to see the whole building coming alive during some of the bigger events this year, and with such diverse audiences – from Adhesive Live at the beginning of the year to the Jazz and Blues Festival in March to Room on the Broom and Simple Things more recently.

There’s almost too many to list, but here are our top five highlights of 2013, as voted for by Colston Hall staff.

Crosby Stills and Nash

With heavenly harmonies that you could almost swim in, Crosby Stills and Nash were wonderful and it was a pleasure to experience this gig in a venue of our size. So often now the only place you can get to hear legends like these is in an arena setting, so it was a great honour to have CSN do their last show of an arena tour at Colston Hall. Having all three of these legendary performers on our stage singing in their unique harmony was a special moment, and it was a privilege to be in the same room as them especially with Graham Nash stating that CH has long been one of his favourite venues.


Live_Transmission – Joy Division re-worked (Heritage Orchestra + Scanner) was an excellent re-imagining of Joy Division’s back catalogue. Simultaneously moving and uplifting, the great music and visuals turned out to be quite an emotional journey for the audience, particularly with the use of the Ian Curtis imagery and lyrics. The end result was an interesting idea perfectly executed and a truly captivating show

Adhesive Live

Adhesive Live in February was a show produced by Jay Wilcox where a number of Bristol musicians such as Roni Size, Joker, Laid Blak and Buggsy were backed by a 20 piece ensemble – the atmosphere was electric and the event brought a new audience into the venue. The cherry on the top for the Colston Team was watching the first ever performance by the Remix Youth Ensemble. Jay Wilcox, and Roni Size had arranged a piece of their music (soundtrack to the video below) which they then performed live in the Foyer space before the main show. They were brilliant and we were so proud of them!!

Simple Things Festival

This year was the first time that the multi-venue festival had been staged at Colston Hall. It was wonderful to see every space being used, from Modeselektor and Nicolas Jaar in the main auditorium, to the Howling Owl takeover in The Lantern, to the terrace party and foyer performances. The atmosphere in the venue was incredible, a snapshot of this you can see in the photos below.


Bright Phoebus

The music for this show was pretty much unknown to the audience in the beginning, as this was a performance reproducing the lost work of folk luminaries, Lal and Mike Waterson. Consequently, the quirkiness and the sheer beauty of the music came as a complete surprise to the audience, and many people walked away saying it was one of the best gigs they’d seen for a very long time.

Other staff Favourites of 2013…

Alexei Sayle // The Light Surgeons // Steve Winwood // Fat Freddie’s Drop // Russell Brand // David Brent and Foregone Conclusion // James // Eliza Carthy and Jim Moray // John Cooper Clarke // Richard Hawley // Robert Plant // Counting Crows // Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival // The Lock In // The Bad Plus // Stewart Lee // Paloma Faith // Bastille // Manic Street Preachers // Joe Driscoll and Sekou Koyoute // Martha Tilston // Jamie Cullum // Lonnie Liston Smith // Ludovico Einaudi // Emeli Sandé

We’re not done yet….

The big event we’re all looking forward to is Bellowhead on New Years Eve with Mayfest’s Blind Tiger in The Lantern. There are just a handful of tickets left for this full venue takeover, which will also see performances from Spiro and Brass Roots. Full information can be found here

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