Bristol Because with: 

Dan Chandler and Conal Dodds – Crosstown Concerts

When did you first move to Bristol?

Dan: In 2002, after graduating from Leeds Uni. My first visit to Bristol was in 2000 and it was love at first sight.

Conal: 1994 – I’d been promoting gigs here from 1991, then met my future wife, Lee, at a Fleece gig in 1993. I moved here a few months later.

Who’s your top Bristol artist at the moment?


Conal: IDLES, Keir, Swimming Girls, Big Jeff (watch this space!).

What are your favourite eats around town?

Dan: Chilli Daddy’s, Swoon, Jamaica Street Stores, ALL the Tacos.

Conal: The Grace (Glos Rd), Wild Beer (Wapping Wharf) and always Brown’s.

What’s your favourite thing about the city?

Dan: The way the geography of the city pushes together so many different cultures, people and points of view.

Conal: The spirit, the people. Bristol is the friendliest city I know.

And your least favourite?

Dan: House prices and Homelessness.

Conal: Litterers, vandals and the current proliferation of very poor taggers.

What are you most excited for with The Downs coming up?

Dan: Seeing 30,000 Bristolians come together for a day of music, food, discussion and drinks in one of my favourite spaces in town.

Conal: I couldn’t put it better than Dan!

Crosstown present many of your favourite gigs around Bristol every month. The Downs Festival takes place on Clifton Downs on 1st September.