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Colston Hall: the Perfect Venue?

JUST love Colston Hall in Bristol. I know I’m a bit behind the times with this (like 3 years since its mega revamp) but it’s so nice having a cool theatre/gig venue slap bang in the heart of the West Country.

It’s like a mini Royal Festival Hall only better, glass staircases and vertigo inducing galleries with laid-back and, most importantly, uncrowded bars – no queues on a sold out Scissor Sisters show, what can this mean? Do the people of Bristol not drink?

The theatre itself is beautiful, the structure true to its original form ( there’s been a theatre on this site since the 1860s) but madeover in contemporary white, all jutting curves and steel girders. No better place to see the Scissor Sisters who filled the relatively small stage with their ramped up disco, frenetic dancing and insane outfits.  Always brilliant performers, they’ve been quiet for a while but last night the new stuff was sounding great. Great to spot Bristol Jeff with his mad shock of white-blonde hair  – a regular punter who is a legend on the SW indie scene; if he doesn’t come to your gig, you’re over, so they say. Colston Hall has hosted some of the greats over the years - Leonard Cohen, The Clash, David Bowie, The Cure, Bob Dylan, BB King, Johnny Cash and Jimi Hendrix to name but a few. And there's a packed calendar for November and December with some really great gigs coming up including Rizzle Kicks, Ben Howard, Rufus Wainwright and the XX - though some are already sold out (find details here). Nerdy to mention it, I know, but you can also park right opposite the theatre. Or maybe it's just time to sell up and move to Bristol.    

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