Bristol Because with Matt Aitken, Music Programmer, Colston Hall

When did you first move to Bristol?

Um, around the time of my birth – and I’ve lived here all my life. You do the maths! Yet I’ve always felt very Scottish; my Dad is from Paisley, just outside of Glasgow, so all my holidays as a kid were spent up there in the freezing Scottish cold.

Who’s your top Bristol artist at the moment?

At this point the band Scalping seem to have a bright future and I’m excited to see where they go next. They are doing something different from a lot of bands in Bristol and the live A/V show is nice and suffocating (in a good way). Poisonous Birds are pretty rad too.

What are your favourite eats around town?

At the moment I’m really into Dela in Easton and their Scandinavian fare – they’re really hitting the spot. But my absolute favourite was Katie and Kim’s Kitchen in Montpelier. It was gutting to see it close in January.

What’s your favourite thing about the city?

Bristol is just so well situated – it’s got great connections with other cities but just as important, it’s so easy to reach the countryside of Devon and Cornwall or deep Wales, as well as having incredible green spaces like Ashton Court… I love city life but I need to see the green and hear the noise of the birds.

And your least favourite?

Grey skies and seagulls! They are multiplying, getting more and more brazen by the day, and it’s only a matter of time before they take over. Where do Seagulls go to die? You never see a dead one….

What are you excited about with the upcoming redevelopment and Colston Hall Presents programme?

The transformation of the venue is going to be great for the city – not only in terms of bringing the existing historical spaces back to their former glory, but also opening a third late night gig venue in the former cellars. While all that’s going on we’re still programming gigs around the city in pretty much all the best independent music venues. Coming up we’ve got HMLTD with Scalping at The Station (11/5), Sam Evian at Rough Trade (19/5) and Born Ruffians at Exchange (6/6).

June sees Colston’s final main hall show, with CH Presents ramping up from this month. The venue is set to reopen as normal from summer 2020.