Bristol Because with Will Rugless and Adi G – Café Kino
When did you first move to Bristol?
Adi: As a fresh-faced language student over ten years ago. Didn’t end up doing my degree, but fell in love with Bristol.
Will: I came to Bristol four years ago after studying music technology in Kent. I moved here with a group of uni friends, ended up falling for my best one and now she works with me at Kino!
Who is your top Bristol artist at the moment?
Adi: Hard to say because so many of them are friends of mine! Right at this moment, Bad Tracking are currently smashing it (and themselves) but sometimes all I want to do is curl into ball and listen to synthesizer/organ genius, Ocean Floor.
Will: Most things Stolen Body tickle my fancy; it was great running a show with the Tara Clerkin Trio this summer. Their set has really progressed into some mind-bending territory! One of the first gigs I did sound for at Kino was an Evil Usses show. I was in awe as soon as they started their set. Everything the Bloom collective are working on is really interesting and it’s cool to see Yoshino, a previous Kino coop member, doing so well with Yama Warashi.
What are your favourite eats around town?
Adi: Still not bored of Kino burgers after four years of working here! Otherwise there’s G Bros in Easton for the best pizza in Bristol, Baba Ganoush for the best wraps and Eat Your Greens in Totterdown for the best everything else.
Will: As a resident of St. Werbs, I’ll happily sit in Mina Park and munch down a wrap from Sonni’s any day of the week!
What’s your favourite thing about the city?
Adi: As half-Caribbean and half-English myself, for me it’s the multiplicity and richness of different cultures who manage to fit together better than anywhere else I’ve been.
Will: Meeting and working closely with so many great Bristol musicians and promoters is consistently inspiring, as well as being in a position to assist great shows in becoming a reality… Oh, and the mini-ramp at the M32 skate park. I love that thing!
And your least favourite?
Adi: It’s too easy to not read the news for a few days and convince yourself that everything is moving in the right direction, and then you have to remember about the world we actually live in.
Will: Brand worshippers and bad dubstep. You know, toxic masculinity and that.
What are you most excited for with Cafe Kino at the moment?
Adi: Things have been tough for us this year, but we have so many inventive and creative people who work here that it’s all hands on deck to build something even better. Better food, better shows, better Kino. There may even be a new burger in the works.
Will – Yes! Hail Seitan! We’re also excited to be working towards curating more of our own shows. We held the first two ‘Kino Basement Sessions’ in June, so keep ya ears peeled for the third!
Cafe Kino is a not-for-profit workers’ co-operative and vegan café. In their basement event space, they host a programme of events including music, life drawing, discussions, film screenings and comedy.