This month’s Bristol Because features Richard Walsh of 1% of One Promotions / Art Is Hard Records, sharing his city favourites.

When did you first move to Bristol?

I’ve been here permanently since January of 2017, but have been coming back and forth to the city for years now.

Who’s your top Bristol artist at the moment?

There are too many brilliant new artists to mention but my current favourites are goth kids Wych Elm, scrappy punks Heavy Lungs, and Oliver Wilde and Nicholas Stevenson’s beautiful, Art Is Hard-approved don’t-call-it-a-side-project project, Oro Swimming Hour.

What are your favourite eats around town?

Find me in The Crafty Egg for brekkies and Pieminister for din dins.

What’s your favourite thing about the city?

Everybody knows everybody.

And your least favourite?

Everybody knows everybody.

Who are you most excited about bringing to Bristol with 1% Of One?

More so than a particular artist, it’s the type of artist that excites me. There’s a range of international, alternative lo-fi and UK DIY acts that haven’t been able to make a stop through the city for a variety of reasons, something myself and several other flourishing promoters are making a good effort to change.

Having said that, the week-long run of Girl Ray (10th), Alex Cameron (11th), Florist (8th) and Pillow Queens (9th) this month is something to get very excited about…

Richard co-founded Art Is Hard in 2010 and has been promoting since the tender age of seventeen. He’s been bringing acts to Bristol under 1% of One since 2016. More at: