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“Michael Bolton concert”
Review of Colston Hall

Colston Hall
Ranked #42 of 215 things to do in Bristol
Certificate of Excellence
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Reviewed 12 May 2014

Have just returned home after leaving the concert early. Venue was full of people who came to talk not listen to music.
The poor warm up act could not be heard over all the talking. It continued into the main act. The talking going on was unbelievable, and wasn't helped by the amount of drink they had consumed. And guess what was to follow? Lots of trips to the toilet. Does anyone have any respect for the artist on stage? Let alone that they have have payed a lot of money just to come there and yap.
How about there local pub, would be a lot cheaper for them and then the music fans could here the music.
Wasn't helped by the sound crew of mr Bolton , the EQ was sculpted like a u shape. All top,bass and no middle.sounded like a cheep hifi. May be it was the sound they were going for but lack of middle eq was why it was so hard to here over the talking as there was no bodie to the sound.
I've seen so many Concerts at this venue and this was the only one to make me walk. Goldfrapp gig was superb last month.
Be suggestion to the venue, keep drink at bay in the bar and please all future goers, respect the person on stage, you wouldn't like it if the next time you were talking some spoke completely over you like you didn't exist.

Thank Tom S
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colstonhall, Customer Services Manager at Colston Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 19 May 2014

Dear Tom S

Thank you for your feedback and your accompanying email regarding your recent visit to Colston hall. We quite agree with you that people should have more respect for the artists on stage as well as the audience members around them.

With reference to allowing drinks into the auditorium, we did a survey a few years ago and the majority of people wished to take drinks into the concert and this is why it happens, this is also very much in line with other concerts halls and theatres. However, we do take on board comments received for when we review our services.

We are very sorry you felt your evening was ruined but thank you for taking the time to send in your feedback.

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Reviewed 5 May 2014

I went to watch Frank Skinner and if I was reviewing his efforts I would add another 3 stars to the rating. He is very funny, and I recommend it. Try and buy a ticket for one of his other shows.

The venue is shameful, from the outside, and even inside the entrance it looks very modern, very classy and stylish. The overpriced drinks and treats were present.

Yet you entered the hall itself and it was like a throwback to the late 80's early 90's. So out of character with the rest of the venue. And likewise the seats are so uncomfortable. Another example of money first.

Thank h0nestjim
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colstonhall, General Manager at Colston Hall, responded to this reviewResponded 8 May 2014

Hi h0nestjim.

Colston Hall was refurbished by Bristol City Council in 2009 with the addition of customer facilities and the entrance foyer, with a view to further works in the auditorium still to be undertaken. The current auditorium was opened on 7 July 1951, commemorating the Festival of Britain. Colston Hall has been entertaining the public since 1867.

Bristol Music Trust, who took over the tenure of the building in 2011, are continuing to work with architects and potential funders to achieve the ambition of refurbishing the auditorium and give Bristol the concert hall it deserves.

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Reviewed 5 May 2014

I was a regular visitor to the Colston Hall back in the 80s for Metal gigs, saw many a band here, Ozzy, Sabbath, WASP, Manowar, Brizzles own Onslaught in the infamous gig when the place got trashed, and Guns N Roses first UK tour in '87. This is the first time I've been back for over 20 years and a lot has changed, you know longer enter via the old front entrance but use the brand new entrances on the side, very modern and well laid out. New seating has been installed in the venue but that's pretty much it in the Hall, we were in row BB rear stalls and had an excellent view, no real complaints about the place, helpful staff etc, and Frank was a delight!

Thank georgevader
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Reviewed 23 April 2014

I went to see a comedian. The building is a typical modern horror but perfectly ok for its purpose. No reason to go there except for a show. The seats aren't that comfortable

Thank Drayton36
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Reviewed 22 April 2014

Been going to this venue for years though hadn't been since it's modernisation..Went a couple of weeks ago to see FM/Europe & Foreigner..Thankfully the concert hall remains unchanged meaning that wherever you are in the auditorium you are still never far from the stage & the acoustics have remain superb..The outside of the building and the foyer/bar area inside have been updated & modernised..Staff all friendly,food & drink excellent...Still the best venue in the West Country..

Thank Tupperofthetrack
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