Photo: Laure Noverraz
When did you move to Bristol?
I am from Bristol. Lived here most of my life.
Who’s your top Bristol artist at the moment?
Some Bodies, Robbie & Mona, Oro Swimming Hour, Lice, Ebu, Giant Swan, Beak>, Slonk, Kate Stapley, Flag Fen, Courier, Swallow Cave, Pocket Sun.
What are your go-to places to eat and drink?
Mokoko (amazing coffee), The Bristolian (best breakfast in Bristol by a mile), Koocha Mezze Bar, Arnolfini.
What’s the perfect way to spend a day here?
Having an early morning coffee at Mokoko, maybe taking in some art at Centrespace or Spike Island, recording or rehearsing with Pet Shimmers at The Louisiana, then maybe go to a gig at one of Bristol’s many excellent music venues.
What’s your favourite thing about the city?
The music and art scene are what make Bristol such a great city. We also put on some amazing festivals – Dot to Dot, The Downs Festival, Harbour Fest, Simple Things and I’m really looking forward to Ritual Union Festival which begins next year. Also, that we have Labour MPs representing us.
And your least favourite?
Gentrification. Not a big fan. Also, the fact we still have a Mayor. It was useful to try out, but I think we need to go back to a more council-based system.
How does it feel to be a small venue with such a big history?
We’ve just celebrated our 32nd year of running The Louisiana. In this time, we have had some incredible experiences. So many great artists have played our stage, ranging from Amy Winehouse to Dua Lipa, The White Stripes, Kings Of Leon, The Strokes, Super Furry Animals (There are too many to list). As well as some dark times – ten years ago, we were threatened with closure due to noise complaints. It lost us our house due to soundproofing costs and having to stop trading for a month. Luckily, we’re still here. We have lots of exciting plans for 2020. We are building a studio in the Louis cellar and hopefully getting a new PA system. We will also be looking to change the bar décor and opening up a pop-up kitchen.
The Louisiana is an independent venue on Wapping Road. Check out the posters in the bar area to see just how many huge bands have been through there on the way up.