Colston Hall has been recognised for its work in creating a venue that provides ‘innovative’ access to deaf and disabled audiences. The Outstanding Attitude Awards celebrate those venues that put the extra effort into making the live music experience of deaf and disabled audience members the best it can be, and are awarded by Attitude is Everything, a charity that specialises in bringing deaf and disabled people to venues for shows.

The Bristol venue has been recognised specifically for it’s Fast Forward Festival, a conference and series of performances that puts ‘music-making centre stage’. Other winners include Nottingham’s Motorpoint Arena and Reading Festival.

Christine Swain, Head of Customer Service at Colston Hall added: “Bristol Music Trust and Colston Hall are thrilled to be recognised by Attitude is Everything for our Fast Forward Festival, in which we had to make huge organisational step-changes in order to put accessible music making centre stage. We are committed to improving access to all of our concerts and education events and this award shows that, with the help of organisations like Attitude is Everything, we are heading in the right direction to becoming a completely accessible building.”

The winners were drawn from venues that signed up to Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice.

Watch footage of the recent John Carpenter show at Colston Hall below