HOLY F*CK at Colston Hall / The Lantern Tue 22 August 2017 from 8pm


Canadian electronica band Holy F*ck have always defied categorisation, although describe themselves as ‘hardcore thrift-store found-object punk’. After a six year hiatus, the band returned in 2016 with a new album and a return to their raw, unapologetic roots  – “Holy F*ck have crammed a fistful of heart-racing, adrenaline-pumping club bangers into a blender, and smashed the result through a sieve (with a hammer)” (The Skinny). With an arsenal of low-budget, hi-tech children’s toys and repurposed machines at their disposal, a night with Holy F*ck can sound “as if you’re stuck in the middle of an over-active, post-apocalyptic pinball machine” (Consequence of Sound). However, as brash and frenzied as their sound can be, Holy F*ck remain beat-driven and “as pummelling as they are danceable” (Pitchfork).
Support comes from Scalping, an enthralling and unpredictable live entity from the centre of Bristol’s exciting noise scene.
This is a standing show.

Notes: 16+
Tickets: £13.50   It's too close to the event to buy a ticket online. Please call us.


The Colston Hall opened to the public in 1867 and has not just been a part of the music scene but a significant landmark in the history of Bristol itself. Having survived two devastating fires, the hall has had quite a few aesthetic makeovers. The most recent has seen a complete overhaul of the main entrance, turning it into more of a multimedia centre. It now has a modern bar, big screen televisions showing some sporting fixtures, and a light and airy reception area with comfortable seating. The venue itself is constructed like a traditional music hall. At the front there is a huge stage which can be altered for different types of events (up until 2003 they used hold wrestling matches here). The rest is tiered with removable seats at the front for general admission shows and an extensive balcony. it has a maximum capacity of around 2000.

Acts that have played here include; Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, The Stones, David Bowie, Elton John, Thin Lizzy, Roxy Music, Bob Marley, Lou Reed, Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra, Philharmonia Orchestra and Halle Orchestra. My personal favourite however was PJ & Duncan.

Situated in the oldest part of the building, The Lantern was built in 1873 and offers a programme of world, folk, jazz, acoustic and new classical music in a quirky and intimate space. In former times the venue was a theatre, and staged performances by Bristol Old Vic Theatre School alumni including Patrick Stewart and Daniel Day Lewis. The maximum capacity for this venue is 350 standing and 250 seated.

Address: Colston Hall, Colston Street, Bristol BS1 5AR * Click on the address to launch google maps.