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Proper Jokes: December

13 December // Anson Rooms Bar

To round off the Autumn season of the Proper Jokes Comedy Club, we have three of the best known new names in comedy for 2018, including Geoge Lewis, Lulu Popplewell and Bobby Mair.

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Terry the Odd Job Man Live Proper Like

15 DECEMBER // Anson Rooms

Terry the Odd Job Man Live! Proper Like. After a sell-out show this year, Bristolian internet star Terry the Odd Job Man returns to the stage, but this time in a gert big venue mind! The Southmeader, known for his hilarious videos about life in Bristol, will be bringing a show that is a must-see for all Bristolians and West Country folk alike.

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The Christmas Celebration - in aid of 'The BBC Radio Bristol Alive Appeal'

19 DECEMBER // Anson Rooms

Join BBC Radio Bristol for a very special festive evening in aid of 'The BBC Radio Bristol Alive Appeal'. The radio station's presenters will host the night of live music and entertainment from great local talent.

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Avatar + Special Guests

19 January // Anson Rooms

The music is as always, rooted in the extreme, with plenty of melodic sensibility and a lust for experimentation. There is a love for intense double bass drumming, riffing and shredding of timeless dimensions alongside rough edges, slow grooves and epic storytelling for the ages.

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Nish Kumar: It's in your nature to destroy yourselves

07 March // Anson Rooms

Double Edinburgh Comedy Award Nominee Nish Kumar is taking his brand new show on a national tour of the UK! The title is a quote from Terminator 2. There will be jokes about politics, mankind’s capacity for self-destruction, and if this will lead to the end of days. GOOD FUN STUFF.

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David Starkey: A Monarchy of Misfits

12 March // Anson Rooms

David Starkey delivers a talk that traces the radically shifting marriage customs of the British monarchy, from the laxity of the Middle Ages, through the stringencies of the Hanoverians, to the house of Windsor and its sometimes contorted adaptations to the realities of modern family life.

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Hal Cruttenden : Chubster

15 March // Anson Rooms

Hal's literally filled our screens recently on Have I Got News For You, The Apprentice: You're Fired, Bake Off: Extra Slice, and Live at the Apollo. His daughters chose the title of his new stand-up show. He's now on a diet.

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Kendal Mountain Festival UK Tour 2019

17 March // Anson Rooms

Calling all adventure lovers! The award winning Kendal Mountain Festival is back on the road with its UK Tour.

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Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival

22-24 March // Anson Rooms

Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival are back! For the seventh edition, Bristol International Jazz & Blues Festival will be taking over St George’s, the Anson Rooms, and O2 with a programme of jazz and blues from Europe, US and the UK. From swing to funk, bebop to blues, Gypsy jazz to gospel, soul to rock ‘n roll, Bristol Jazz & Blues Festival never fails to surprise and delight music lovers.

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Soft Machine

22 March // Anson Rooms 

As part of the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival the legendary jazz-rock band Soft Machine will take to the stage in the Anson Rooms. With sounds spanning powerful progressive jazz fusion to atmospheric psychedelia and free improvised jazz-rock Soft Machine will deliver an evening of unique and totally contemporary music. 

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Hannah Williams and the Affirmations

22 March // Anson Rooms 

Darlings of the soul scene Hannah Williams and the Affirmations will be joining us as part of the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival. Described as the “Stomp-your-feet and clap-your-hands type of soul music that lit up the 60s and 70s” this is one not to be missed.  

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The Bristol Bluesmen

23 March // Anson Rooms 

In a unique collaboration for the Bristol Jazz and Blues Festival, six of the South West’s premier blues players will recreate the sounds of an era that saw the blues explode into the mainstream, bringing the electric guitar to the fore and changing the face of popular music forever. 

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Rebecca Nash

23 March // Anson Rooms: The Winston Theatre 

Exciting new British band ATLAS, led by pianist Rebecca Nash, bring a fresh sound to the UK music scene and will be joining us for Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival  

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Ant Law Trio

23 March // Anson Rooms: The Winston Theatre 

Described as “An innovator” and “A game changer” by The Guardian, British guitarist Ant lives in London and leads his quintet “An exciting band to hear live” John Fordham.

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Kirk Fletcher Trio

23 March // Anson Rooms 

Described by Joe Bonamassa as “one of the greatest blues guitarists in the world today” Fletcher is one of a new generation of young African-American blues artists. He will be performing in Bristol as part of an increased, by popular demand, blues programme 

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Julian Siegel

23 March // Anson Rooms: The Winston Theatre 

With the Julian Siegel Quartet, the BBC Jazz Award winning saxophonist and composer Julian Siegel has chosen to work with some of this generation’s most distinctive voices to create an in-demand Quartet on the UK and European Jazz scene.

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Ray Gelato & The Giants

23 March // Anson Rooms 

The legendary ‘Godfather of Swing’ and his world class band The Giants deliver a high energy, footstompin’ show that never fails to get a crowd on its feet and leaves them feeling uplifted and inspired. 

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Yazz Ahmed

23 March // Anson Rooms: The Winston Theatre 

Her music, through which she seeks to blur the lines between jazz, electronic sound design and the music of her mixed heritage, has been described as ‘psychedelic Arabic jazz, intoxicating and compelling’.

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The Big Swing feat: Jonny Bruce Big Band

23 March // Anson Rooms 

Dust off your dancing shoes because Bristol’s biggest swing dance is back! With music from the 16-piece Jonny Bruce Big Band playing authentic and classic arrangements from the swing era of the 30’s and 40’s. 

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Josh Smith Trio

24 March // Anson Rooms 

One of the greatest blues guitarists/vocalists on the scene today Josh Smith, even at 14 years old, was “three heartbreaks away from being a true blues genius” by Jimmy Thackery. Several years and several albums later, Smith fulfils that prophecy night after night. See for yourselves with this rare UK visit when Josh and his power trio will raise the roof! 

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Andy Hague Sextet play Kind of Blue

24 March // Anson Rooms: The Winston Theatre 

Hear one of jazz’s most important works played live by a band of Bristol jazz greats! Stalwart Bristol trumpeter/composer Andy Hague leads a stellar cast of local legends through a complete track-by-track re-interpretation of the 1959 Miles Davis classic Kind Of Blue. 

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Ian Siegal

24 March // Anson Rooms 

In 2019 Ian will tour an unplugged presentation of songs from his latest album All The Rage including a beautifully adapted acoustic version of the soul stunner, Sweet Souvenir. Classic Rock tags Siegal “a national treasure,” America’s blues bible “vast talent” and MOJO magazine ranks him  “the cleverest writer and most magnetic blues performer in the UK.” 

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Aynsley Lister

24 March // Anson Rooms 

Award-winning blues-rock aficionado Aynsley Lister continues his ‘Eyes Wide Open Tour’ following the release of his eighth studio album, released on October 7 2016 on Straight Talkin’ Records.   

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Lucky Peterson

24 March // Anson Rooms 

With over 30 albums to his name since his debut in 1969, Peterson is one of the genres true living legends. A rare visit to the UK, and Bristol in particular, is highly anticipated. 

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Soweto Kinch

24 March // Anson Rooms: The Winston Theatre 

Multi-Award winning saxophonist and MC, Kinch has made huge impression in both the jazz and hip-hop community. Now he's coming to Bristol as part of the Bristol International Jazz and Blues Festival 

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Mo Amer & Guz Khan

06 April // Anson Rooms

Mo Amer & Guz Khan join forces to tour the UK!.

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Lefty Scum: Josie Long/ Grace Petrie/ Jonny & The Baptists

09 April // Anson Rooms

Music! Comedy! Revolutionary socialism! Following sell-out tours in 2017 and 2018, Lefty Scum are back on the road for another year: limited dates only, early booking essential. 

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Tommy Tiernan: Paddy Crazy Horse

12 April // Anson Rooms

Back on the road again Tommy Tiernan has a new show, Paddy Crazy Horse. He rants and raves, he dances and acts. He tries to be very silly and very serious at the same time.

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Jay Foreman

19 April // Winston Theatre

Jay Foreman provides a devilishly cheeky hour of songs, poems and comedy for children of all ages in this family friendly show which regularly sells out its entire runs at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe.

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Lost Voice Guy : I'm Only In It For The Parking

19 April // Anson Rooms

Following the unprecedented success of his appearance on the final of Britain’s Got Talent 2018, BBC New Comedy Award winner and star and writer of BBC Radio 4’s comedy series, Ability, Lee Ridley (aka Lost Voice Guy) is setting out on a tour of the UK

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Morgan & West

20 April // Winston Theatre

Time travelling magicians Morgan & West present a jaw dropping, heart stopping, brain busting, opinion adjusting, death defying, mind frying, spirit lifting, paradigm shifting, outlook changing, furniture rearranging magic extravaganza!

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Midge Ure

4 May // Anson Rooms

Midge Ure with support from India Electric Company

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Reginald D Hunter - Facing The Beast

9 May // Anson Rooms

Celebrating his twentieth anniversary as a comedian living and performing in the UK, Reginald D Hunter sets out on a forty date tour of the UK and Ireland in 2019 with his highly anticipated new show.

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Dan Cruickshank: The Road To Palmyra

11 May // Anson Rooms

Earlier this year Dan Cruickshank embarked upon a perilous journey to Syria, in order to discover what had happened to the ancient city of Palmyra during the three years of Islamic State control. The aim was to not only assess the destruction but to reveal the human suffering of those who died protecting the ancient city and its history.

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The Noise Next Door At Sea

06 July // Winston Theatre

The Noise Next Door are the U.K’s premier improv comedy troupe who have taken the comedy world by storm. The boys are back and will once again be delighting family audiences with a shiny new family show THE NOISE NEXT DOOR AT SEA!

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The Noise Next Door - Remix!!!

06 July // Winston Theatre

The Noise Next Door are the U.K’s premier improv comedy troupe who have taken the comedy world by storm. The boys are back with a brand spanking new, full length adult evening show The Noise Next Door – REMIX!!! 

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Ardal O'Hanlon: The Showing Off Must Go On 

6 December 2019 // Anson Rooms

Ardal O’Hanlon, star of Death in Paradise, Father Ted, and My Hero (BBC), continues to tour his acclaimed stand-up shows worldwide. Because he loves it. And it’s a compulsion. And the world is a funny place.

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