Bristol Because with Iwan Best, Venue Manager at Exchange / Invisible Llama Music.
When did you first move to Bristol?
Three years ago, starry-eyed because I’d just got a part-time bar job at Exchange!
Who’s your top Bristol artist at the moment?
I bet nobody ever answers that, ha! It’s unreal how good the Bristol music scene is right now – we’re really lucky to have worked with bands like Toodles & The Hectic Pity, Little Baby Sharks and The Plainviews. We also really really love Woahnows, Dogeyed, Kate Stapley and Heavy Lungs, to name just a few more.
What are your favourite eats around town?
Exchange café, obvs! Fi Real in Old Market and Pepe Nero are staples too.
What’s your favourite thing about the city?
It feels so alive. It’s not like anywhere else I’ve ever lived. You can be out doing something different every night.
And your least favourite?
You end up doing something every night!
What are you most excited for with Exchange at the moment?
It feels so exciting to be working at such a musical hub. The venue is going from strength to strength and it’s been amazing having Specialist Subject Records and Active’s anarchist book distro move in upstairs. Also having a recording studio and opening early as a vegan café – all that in one building is amazing. It feels like we’re building something really important here.
Exchange is home to various musical and creative residents, including a performance space, record shop, recording studio and local promoters and record labels.