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Comfort in Chaos

Celebrating the 40th anniversary of 1625 Independent People

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A graphic of a trumpet and books in block colours against a navy blue background.

Comfort in Chaos celebrates the 40th anniversary of the vital Bristol charity 1625 Independent People. This specially commissioned piece is an uncategorisable mash-up of jazz, poetry, contemporary classical and experimental music, with even a hint of the Beatles in its final moments!

Composed and led by leading Bristol musicians Harriet Riley (Paraorchestra, Sonder, Will Gregory Moog Ensemble) and Pete Judge (Get the Blessing, Three Cane Whale) – it fuses jazz, classical and spoken word, with ideas drawn from the work and experience of two young 1625IP poets, Jj and Danni.

They combine with a powerhouse of Bristol’s contemporary music scene, including Georgie Ward (Dua Lipa), Matt Brown (formerly with Run Logan Run, Matt Brown’s 6161), Stevie Toddler (Rum Buffalo), Caelia Luniss (Edward Penfold) and Jo Silverston (The Unthanks, Spindle)

Comfort in Chaos is inspired by, and raises awareness of the charity ‘1625 Independent People’, which supports young people who are homeless, leaving care or at risk of homelessness. With over 40 years of experience 1625 provides safe, stable accommodation, practical and emotional support to ensure vulnerable young people can build healthy relationships, develop independent living abilities and can access jobs and training. 1625 nurtures the existing skills, strengths, and talent in young people, to show them they can believe in themselves, and that they have the capabilities to thrive as independent adults.

Please note: This show has references to mental health issues, which some may find triggering.

Graphic design by Paul Hooper
Presented by Nick Hooper

Unreserved seating show

Age: 16+

Doors: 19.30
Start time: 20.00

All timings are approximate and subject to change

Ticket options

Full price ticket – £18.53 incl. booking fee
Full price ticket including £5 donation to 1625 – £23.98 incl. booking fee
Concession ticket – £13.08 incl. booking fee
Concession ticket including £5 donation to 1625 – £18.53 incl. booking fee

A circular yellow logo that reads '1625 Independent People', '40' and 'supporting young people since 1983'.

“A remarkable suite for a seven piece jazz/classical ensemble…..the defiant power of [the] writing and assured delivery coupled with some exquisite musical writing and playing….. ensured it was a life-affirming celebration”

Bristol 24/7

About Lantern Hall

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The venue

Lantern Hall

at Bristol Beacon

Getting to the venue

Location: Lantern Hall is located within Bristol Beacon. Head to Level 1 and follow signs to find the auditorium.

Address: Bristol Beacon, Trenchard Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR


Bicycle racks can be found in front of the main entrance on Trenchard Street, Colston Street, and on the city centre promenade. Find your nearest cycle routes using Cycle Planner.

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Trenchard Street multi-storey car park is 200m away, directly behind Bristol Beacon.

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Most bus services stop in and around the city centre promenade, 250m from Bristol Beacon.

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Spaces for wheelchair users are available within the first 10 rows on the flat floor of the Hall.

Assistance Dogs

Assistance dogs and emotional support animals are allowed in the performance space. Seats in rows AA-J on the flat floor are most suitable. If you prefer, you can leave your animal with a member of staff during the performance.

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