Magnetic Fields at Colston Hall

Magnetic Fields brought their remarkable musical autobiography 50 Song Memoir live to Bristol’s Colston Hall on 31 Aug & 1 Sep 2017. Framed by an elaborately theatrical structure, frontman Stephen Merritt sat surrounded by household curiosities and eccentric instruments as he laid bare each year of his adventurous life in song. Together, the seven instrument-swapping musicians enthralled an attentive audience with poignant songs shot through with Merritt’s customary dark humour, playing half the album each night in performances that felt intimate and honest.

All photography by Chris Cooper for

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On Wednesday 23 September 2020 Colston Hall changed its name to Bristol Beacon.

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