Limited edition posters for Colston Hall 150th celebration

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The unique posters are being released to celebrate the end of Colston Hall's anniversary year

To celebrate the end of Colston Hall’s 150th anniversary year, a limited edition range of iconic gig posters have been released in collaboration with world-renowned Bristol design and screen-printing company Jacknife Prints.

A handful of key performances throughout history have been selected and the first posters to be released celebrate Iggy Pop’s visit during the Lust for Life tour in 1977 and Joy Division’s performance in 1979, just six months before Ian Curtis tragically took his own life.

Each design has been produced in a limited edition run of 375 posters that have been hand screen-printed and numbered. 

The limited edition A2 posters will go on sale on Friday 1 December and will be available from the Colston Hall website and the Made in Bristol Gift Fairs on Saturday 2 December, Saturday 9 December and Sunday 16 December. 

Jacknife are acclaimed for creating highly collectible, limited edition posters for the likes of Queens of the Stone Age, Foo Fighters, Seasick Steve and The Who, as well as their work on music videos for Radiohead and many others.

Chris Hopewell, head designer and founder of Jacknife, said: “We were incredibly excited when Colston Hall approached us to help celebrate their 150th anniversary year, and we soon hit on this idea of creating posters for historic gigs, but giving them our own twist. We imagined what we would do if we had been asked now to create a design for Joy Division or Iggy.”

“We have worked with some incredible artists, but this is such a unique concept – being able to time travel and create artworks for some of our favourite acts; celebrating a seminal point in their careers and the moment they came to Bristol – it’s been a real passion project.”

Todd Wills, Artistic Director at Colston Hall, said: “Colston Hall’s 150th anniversary is a unique moment to celebrate the history of the venue, which is really centred on the amazing artists that have graced our stage and the incredible moments audiences have shared with us here.”

“Jacknife are a Bristol institution; they’re known the world over and we’re big fans of their work. It’s also been immensely gratifying that the artists we have on board so far love the concept and have been incredibly supportive. It’s a fantastic opportunity to collaborate on something really special and creative that people could keep for years to come – and what more iconic music collectible is there than the rock gig poster?”

Further poster designs will be released over the coming weeks and months and all orders placed before Wednesday 13 December will be dispatched in time for Christmas.

The posters are priced at £35 including postage and packaging. To purchase the posters through the online shop visit www.colstonhall.org/shop

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