When did you move to Bristol?
I moved to Bristol nearly eight years ago, in September 2011.
Who’s your top Bristol artist at the moment?
There are far too many to list here but I love Scalping; their Crofters show recently was amazing. I’ve not really seen much else like it, they get better every time I see them. Memory Of Elephants – they’ve just released their debut album. No Violet are always great. Joe Probert’s new stuff is really cool. The new Sugar Horse EP is brutal and I’m really looking forward to the new St. Pierre Snake Invasion record. I could go on for days though, as there’s plenty more!
What are your go-to places to eat and drink?
Dangun on St. Nicholas Street (where Bagel Boy used to be) is one of my favourites. It’s kind of hidden away, so I don’t think many people realise it’s there, but it’s totally worth a visit and not too expensive either. Some of the best Asian food I’ve eaten in Bristol. When you’re done eating, you can just stroll down the road to The Mother’s Ruin for a drink. It’s open until 2am every night, so a good place to go after gigs.
What’s the perfect way to spend a day here?
On a perfect day it would be sunny; you could have a wander round the city, stopping off at some of the many good bars for a pint and some food in the sun, before going to see some live music in the evening as there’s always something good on – finishing up, yes, at The Mother’s Ruin.
What’s your favourite thing about the city?
The fact that you can walk to pretty much wherever you want to go and the wide range of music in the city, whether that’s from people who live here or touring bands.
And your least favourite?
First Bus and walking up Park Street every day to get home.
Any top venues?
Obviously, Thekla. Otherwise The Louisiana is brilliant, I think everyone says that though. I really like The Crofters Rights, Lorenzo their engineer is a hero and always makes it sound great. To be fair there aren’t many that I don’t like; we’re a bit spoilt for choice in Bristol.
What do you have planned to celebrate Thekla’s 35th Birthday?
We’ve got a weekend of live and club events across the first Bank Holiday weekend in May, with loads of artists playing, including Steve Lamacq, Roni Size, October Drift, Soeur, Laid Blak, Dr Meaker, Lone and Pangeaea. Plus, Moor Beer have brewed us a beer to celebrate the weekend called the Old Profanity, after the name of the venue from when it opened back in 1984.
For more information on Thekla’s weekend of 35th birthday celebrations, see: theklabristol.co.uk/thekla-35