Colston Hall is Bristol’s largest concert hall, presenting concerts and entertainment by major names in rock, pop, jazz, folk, world and classical music, stand up comedy and light entertainment, as well as local choirs, orchestras and schools.Plan to visit Colston Hall during your Bristol vacation using our convenient Bristol trip planner.
Our audiences have been enjoying music here since 1867 and the building remains at the heart of cultural life in the city.
We have 3 performance spaces at Colston Hall, the Main Hall, The Lantern and the Foyer.
Our main hall was completed in 1951, the Royal Festival auditorium undergone a number of transformations over the years. Some of the world’s biggest music and comedy stars have performed on this stage, including The Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong Motorhead and Bob Dylan. The perfect acoustics in the space have also attracted the world’s leading orchestras and classical soloists. The hall houses our magnificent Harrison and Harrison Pipe organ and has a maximum capacity of 2075.
Situated in the oldest part of the building, The Lantern was built in 1873 and offers a programme of world, folk, jazz, acoustic and new classical music in a quirky and intimate space. In former times the venue was a theatre, and staged performances by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumni including Patrick Stewart and Daniel Day Lewis. The maximum capacity for this venue is 350 standing and 250 seated.
Foyer Performance Space
The new foyer is a light and airy space, perfect for our Friday and Saturday evening free performances. The foyer was built in 2009 and offers meeting and conference spaces available to hire.
Our imposing and iconic foyer has made Colston Hall an architecturally significant and striking addition to Bristol’s skyline and befits the many fantastic performers who play here. With a café bar, roof terrace, conferencing and education facilities, plus disabled access to all floors we offer a top quality experience to all our visitors.
Colston Hall is run by Bristol Music Trust, an independent organisation and registered charity (no. 1140898) created to develop the Hall’s artistic programme and promote music and music making in Bristol.
Launched in May 2011 Bristol Music Trust is an exciting independent venture with two distinct aims:
• The first is to manage the operations of Colston Hall; developing a diverse musical programme, leading a major capital refurbishment programme and securing its commercial success. The Hall presents a wonderful opportunity to build a diverse Music and Arts Centre for the region.
• The second aim is to drive forward music across Bristol; working in partnership with city wide organisations; leading on musical education, commissioning new works, supporting local musicians, and promoting music across all communities to build on the vibrant talent already in the city. We want the Bristol music scene to stand out with its own unique culture and internationally renowned reputation.
For more information about Colston Hall our strategic vision, and our Transformation plans please visit our website.
Colston Hall Reviews
Went to the RAF concert with my 98yr old Dad, we go every year and it is the high light of the year for him. Easy access and good sound for him. more »
Although the outside of the building looks the same they are in fact, gutting the main hall and building a "world class venue" within the existing walls. Goodness knows why the old listed 1950's desig... more »
Venue is big and spacious and has some great gigs on. The lantern room is more intimate for gigs and generally always had a decent time here! Good for a cuppa and chill out too as there is space downstairs to hang out and have a coffee.
As a venue it's very good. Staff are excellent and service is good. Can be too pricey, not always the best selection of concerts on. Bar and cafe are way too expensive
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