Bristol Beacon

Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5AR

Tel: +44 (0)117 203 4040

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Colston Hall Foyer - CREDIT AARDMAN


Bristol Beacon's main auditorium will reopen on Thursday 30 November 2023. Until then events will be taking place in foyer and other event spaces.

Bristol Beacon is the city’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.

Audiences have been enjoying music here since 1867 and the building remains at the heart of cultural life in the city. Some of the world’s biggest music and comedy stars have performed on its stage, including The Beatles, David Bowie, Elton John, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, Motorhead and Bob Dylan.

In more recent years it has hosted music from the likes of Emile Sandé, George Ezra, Texas, Robert Plant and Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra; played host to BBC 6 Music Festival; comedy from Ricky Gervais, Jimmy Carr and Sarah Millican; as well as being a key player in many of Bristol’s wider events including the Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival, Simple Things Festival, Slapstick Festival and Doors Open Day. 

Built in 2009, the iconic golden foyer is an architecturally significant and striking addition to Bristol’s skyline and befits the many fantastic performers who have played there. 

Bristol Beacon's historic spaces and auditoriums are currently undergoing a £48.8m transformation, which will turn the venue into one the best performance and music learning spaces in Europe – a modern, accessible, state-of-the-art facility. 

Meanwhile Bristol Beacon continues to bring the best live music to the region through its 'Presents' programme, taking shows to Bristol's finest music venues.

The modern foyer building remains open for business - hire one of its meeting rooms or unique open plan spaces for your next meeting or event, or simply relax with a coffee at Colston Street Bar and Kitchen.


Find out more about Bristol's varied music scene. Or you can see a list of the events coming up at Bristol Beacon below.

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  • All Together Now - Bristol Beacon is open

Opening Times

Open (1 Jan 2023 - 31 Dec 2023)

* Please check events listings for performance times.

Further Information


  • Accessible to Wheelchair Users

Establishment Features

  • Cater for groups
  • Conference facilities
  • Event Venue

Key Features

  • In town/city centre
  • Indoor Attraction

Payment Methods

  • Special group rates - For classical concerts

Specialist Features

  • Family Fun



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    Recent Reviews:

    • SDee92
      Bristol, United Kingdom
      Trip Type:
      RAF concert
      5 of 5 stars
      Saturday, 15th June 2019
      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. Read full review
    • Wayne A
      Weymouth, United Kingdom
      4 of 5 stars
      Wednesday, 17th July 2019
      Hi i saw the Cowboy Junkies there on the 16th july 2019 And they were amazing as always. Now about the venue the bar prices i found to be at a very good price. With free tap water to hand.. The venue... Read full review
    • alexmO9700PG
      1 of 5 stars
      Thursday, 7th September 2023
      An absolute SHAMBOLIC venue who let you book tickets and then flights and hotels only to cancel your order 24hrs later. Will pursue under small claims courts because they have just lied about tickets... Read full review

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