We talk to our favourite people about all things Bristol, from food to favourite bands. This month: Farmfest director & programmer, Simon Arnoldi.

When did you first move to Bristol?

I grew up in the West Country, moved to London, but recently moved to Bristol for the first time in October. It’s great.

What was the last gig you went to here?

Owiny Sigoma Band at The Lantern. Oh, and catching the 2nd half of Spring King at Dot 2 Dot.

Who’s your top Bristol band / artist at the moment?

That’s a hard one. Our lineup is full of our most-rated Bristol acts. If I had to pick one, I’d go for Pete Josef, purely for his track ‘Colour’. A Gilles Peterson Awards track of the year.

How would you describe the music scene here?

Healthy. Very healthy. It’s good to see a real mix of sounds and underground labels making headway. I don’t think you can pigeon-hole Bristol anymore, as you could in the 90’s and 00’s.

What’s your favourite thing about the city?

The summer vibes, man…

And your least favourite?

The remains of 60’s & 70’s Brutalism, in your face… on a daily basis.

Where are the best eats around town?

Lavender Coffee Shop / deli on Coldharbour Rd. The most authentic Italian I’ve ever been to outside of Italy.

Thanks to Simon Arnoldi, Farmfest director & programmer. Farmfest takes place on 29th & 30th July at Gilcombe Farm, Bruton, just one hour from Bristol. Full line-up and programme here

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