We shine a spotlight on The Lantern, Colston Hall’s second performance space and noted springboard for upcoming artists and smaller-scale productions

Walk through the entrance to the main stalls of the Colston Hall and you’ll pass a small staircase leading to a set of double doors on your right. Behind those doors is The Lantern, home to a diverse programme of music, comedy and art.

Built in 1873, The Lantern originally staged performances by Bristol Old Vic Theatre, and has seen the likes of Patrick Stewart and Daniel Day Lewis perform in recent years. Now it provides an intimate performance space with a maximum capacity of 350, perfect for rising stars.

Moving on to bigger things

The list of successful musicians who started with The Lantern includes Benjamine Clementine, who went on to win the Mercury Music Prize, The Shires, who are returning to the main hall on 28 November, and Go Go Penguin who are coming back for an appearance at St George’s. Kamasi Washington is returning to the Anson Rooms.

Colston Hall on the Road, a series of shows preparing the city for the temporary closure of the venue for a multi-million pound redevelopment, will also feature Lantern success stories Julia Holter and This is the Kit.

What’s on this autumn

But before the acts take to the road, there’s still a chance to catch some fantastic performances in Colston’s second performance space:

  • 27 October – Austentatious present Jane Austen-inspired improv based on audience suggestions, in a show which has been earning rave reviews
  • 29 October – one of the most talented bands to come out of Brazil in recent years, Nomade Orquestra (featured image), will make their Bristol debut
  • 1 November – Cat’s Eyes, the duo formed by Horrors lead singer Faris Badwan and opera singer Rachel Zeffira, will serve up something unique
  • 2 November – Mock the Week and Good News star Ed Gamble brings his “spontaneously hilarious show” to The Lantern
  • 10 November – Nell Bryden is touring ahead of the release of her second album, to the delight of folk fans
  • 13 November – Bellowhead ‘lynchpin’ Jon Boden will perform his first ever solo show at The Lantern
  • 19 November – Grammy Award-winning jazz artist Robert Glasper takes to the stage
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Bellowhead member Jo Boden goes solo this autumn

For more information and to book tickets, visit colstonhall.org/whats-on/