The Louisiana have proudly announced that they have been granted National Lottery & Arts Council England funding, for a new PA & Lights upgrade for March 2020. If you weren’t already chuffed enough with the experience you’ve been receiving in that wonderful pressure cooker of an upstairs room on Wapping Road, then you can prepare to see and hear the next wave of new talent coming through with even more sensory delight.

“We are excited to be providing a high-end venue with top spec equipment for the amazing music scene we have in Bristol as well as National / International artists who grace our stage,” declared the Louisiana team. Bristol has every reason to be proud of its independent venues and their forward-thinking programming. And praise be for sources of arts funding putting their money where the grassroots interest lies, helping popular culture thrive.

Gabby Chelmicka, Relationship Manager, Music, Arts Council England, South West said, “We are delighted to support The Louisiana through National Lottery Project Grants. The venue makes a vital contribution to both the Bristol and national music scene, and has supported emerging artists for over 30 years who have gone on to achieve great success – George Ezra, IDLES and Florence and the Machine to name a few. Our Supporting Grassroots Live Music fund was launched to help strengthen the infrastructure of the Grassroots music scene. We are extremely pleased that through this funding, The Louisiana will enable more people to enjoy the great benefits that live music can bring.”

Surely it wasn’t just us who did a little clappy, skippy motion and uttered ‘Woo!’ and ‘Yay!’ when reading The Louisiana’s declaration: “We will be planning lots of great events to celebrate a new chapter in The Louisiana’s history.” Bring it on.

IDLES launched their Meat EP at The Louisiana in 2015. See the video for ‘The Idles Chant’ from that release here: