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Bristol Hippodrome Motown Memories

Bristol Hippodrome Motown Memories:
A chance to win a VIP Motown Music Experience

Bristol Motown fans are being asked to share their music memories for the chance to win a special VIP experience celebrating 60 years of Motown music.

It will be the 60th anniversary of Barry Gordy’s Motown record label on 12 January 2019. The label paved the way for stars including The Jackson 5, Diana Ross and the Supremes and Stevie Wonder.

Motown The Musical will be coming the Bristol Hippodrome in January as part of a UK tour

The anniversary also coincides with West End hit Motown The Musical, running at the Bristol Hippodrome from 10 January – 02 February 2019.

Motown legends Martha Reeves and The Vandellas, Smokey Robinson and a 15-year-old Stevie Wonder all performed at the Colston Hall in March 1965, shortly before bursting onto the UK music scene and becoming much loved household names.

The Colston Hall, Motown The Musical and the Bristol Hippodrome are urging anyone who attending that gig, or subsequent Motown music gigs in Bristol during the time,  to come forward and share their experience, anecdotes or photographs.

Bristolian Adam White, who shared his photograph of the Clifton Record Shop, from which he ran a mail-order Motown record service and newsletter, attended the 1965 gig.

“It changed my world – I had never heard music like it” Adam says. 
“By the time the tour came to Bristol, I was a fully signed-up member of the Motown fan club. I first heard Motown records in 1963 and it changed my world – I had never heard music like it. I was absolutely obsessed – they meant everything to me.

Photo from Bristol Archives 

“The gig was just extraordinary because I couldn’t imagine seeing all these artists I loved on stage at one time. The exuberance of the performers was amazing – they came across so vividly and it was so exciting. The choreography was fantastic with all their stage moves.

“I was about six rows back on the left hand side of the stalls and it was just stunning and overwhelming to see these artists perform.”

How To Enter:

The Bristol Hippodrome Says: ‘Anyone who comes forward and shares their Motown memories will be in with a chance of winning a VIP Motown experience in Bristol, complete with a private performance from the stars of the show and a chance to meet the show’s biggest names and talent.

To share your Motown memories and be in with a chance of winning this great prize, simply send your experiences and photos to Grace Earl, communications manager at the Bristol Hippodrome, by one of the following methods:

Telephone: 0117 302 3228
Grace Earl
c/o Bristol Hippodrome stage door
St Augustine’s Parade
Bristol BS1 4UZ

Entries must be received by 5pm on Friday December 21 2018.
Entries must include a name, address and telephone number and winners will be notified no later than January 04 2019.

For more information about booking tickets to see Motown The Musical, visit:

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