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Coffee House Sessions

Wednesdays // Balloon Bar

Every Wednesday Coffee House Sessions takeover the stage at the Balloon Bar to host free pop-up sessions featuring some of the freshest new talent in live music performances. Each week we’ll showcase different up and coming artists.

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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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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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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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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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Idlewild

20 April // Anson Rooms

Having taken a break in 2010 (the previous fifteen years seeing them turn from raucous cult curiosity to chart bothering national treasures) Friendship and the bind of their creativity brought Idlewild back together for 2015’s Everything Ever Written.

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Midge Ure

4 May // Anson Rooms

Midge Ure with support from India Electric Company

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Colston Hall Presents River Town: Jerron Blind Boy Paxton

25 June // Anson Rooms

Although still in his 20s, Jerron "Blind Boy" Paxton has earned a reputation for transporting audiences back to the 1920's and making them wish they could stay there for good. Blind Boy Paxton may be one of the greatest multi-instrumentalists that you have not heard of. Yet. And time is getting short, fast.

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Andy Black + Special Guests

06 July // Anson Rooms

Live Nation presents Andy Black plus special guests ahead of the release of his The Ghost of Ohio album.

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Palace + Special Guests

2 November // Anson Rooms

With their sublime second album, Palace have pulled off a rare pop trick. Songs steeped in darkness emerge in to light, from bleak situations spring fresh starts. Bathed in the band’s atmospheric alt-rock, the future feels brighter and more optimistic.

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Hawkwind: 50th Anniversary Tour

19 November // Anson Rooms

Hawkwind have announced a 50th Anniversary tour to accompany their concert at the world famous Royal Albert Hall, London in November. The legendary pioneers of space rock will be performing across the UK in celebration of half a century of their musical journey so far.

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