Platform South at Colston Hall

The free foyer performances as part of the Festival have become as much a part of the life and soul of the festival as the incredible international musicians the event brings to the city each year. And, while Colston Hall’s venue spaces are closed for redevelopment and the festival continues its celebration of world-class jazz in venues across the city, we’re continuing to let the spirit of these free foyer performances live on through the Platform South Showcase (Sun 24) and our free stage at Balloon Bar (Anson Rooms Fri 22- Sun 24).

Taking over our foyer on Sunday 24 March (12.30-6.30pm), Platform South celebrates a sample of the best jazz talent from across the south of England. Six bands have been selected to perform, ranging from established EMI recording artists to new bands early in their careers. Highly crafted song-writing, sophisticated instrumental ensembles and edgier improvisation will be the soundtrack of the afternoon.

So if you’re a fan of the festival’s now infamous foyer performance programme, head down for a wonderful afternoon of music with some well-known faces and emerging talent.


The Granite Band - 12:30pm
Hexagonal - 1:30pm
Fourth Page - 2.30pm
We Are Leif (pictured) - 3.30pm
Iain Ballamy Quartet (with dep Huw Warren) -  4.30pm
Sara Colman Band - 5.30pm

Platform South showcase is a collaboration between Jazz South, Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival and Colston Hall. The event is supported by Arts Council England, Ambition For Excellence fund.

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