As part of its 150th anniversary celebrations, Colston Hall is calling on the Bristol public to share their special memories of the iconic venue
Whatever your favourite memory or story – whether you saw your first gig on the famous stage, witnessed your favourite band here, maybe even had your first kiss or met your significant other – the team at Colston Hall want to hear from you at a special drop-in session this Sunday 30 July.
Were you there when Buddy Holly or Chuck Berry graced the stage? Were you in the audience when the Rolling Stones came, or lucky enough to have a seat when the Beach Boys visited in their pomp? Did you see Guns ‘n Roses in 1987 or The Libertines in 2004?
Did you see the Fab Four when The Beatles came to Colston Hall in 1963? Did you come to your first gig this year? Maybe you enjoyed one of the best concerts of your life or sang your heart out in the stalls or even performed on the stage.
There have been thousands of concerts over the years, with tens of thousands of memories created.
On Sunday 30 July there will be an open session for people to drop in, grab a cup of tea or coffee and roll back the years in conversation with the Colston Hall team who are collecting the stories.
The drop-in sessions will begin at 11am and run until 3pm in the Colston Hall Foyer.
If you can’t visit in person, you can e-mail your memories and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org or post on social media tagging @Colston_Hall and using the hashtag #hallofmemories
To mark 150 years of the Colston Hall and celebrate the venue’s vision for the future, which involves an ambitious £48.8m redevelopment, there will be plenty of special events around the official anniversary in September, including a big free birthday bash on Wednesday 20th September exactly 150 years on from when the Hall and historic foyer first opened.
The free event will see a complete takeover of the building, giving people the chance to explore every corner; stumbling across musicians, DJs, installations and projections, as acts pop up to create a unique party atmosphere. Admittance will be from 6.30pm on a first come, first served basis and no ticket is required – just turn up with your party hat on!
Colston Hall first opened its doors to the public on the 20th September 1867, after The Colston Hall Company bought the land from Colston Boy’s School in 1861 to fulfil their vision of building a concert hall in the city. The Hall has seen four iterations in its 60 years, with the fourth and present Colston Hall opening in 1951, and has seen performances from the likes of The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Jimi Hendrix, Ella Fitzgerald and David Bowie.
In addition to the anniversary celebrations, 2017 will also mark a pivotal point in the Hall’s transformation to make the venue one of the best arts and learning facilities in the country.
For more information about the 150th anniversary events, including the 150th Birthday Bash please visit colstonhall.org/colston-hall-150