When did you move to Bristol?
I moved here in 2006 after finishing a degree at UWE a couple of years before. Basically, I fell in love with Bristol at uni and missed it too much so I came back.
Who’s your top Bristol artist at the moment?
That’s a tough one because we are really spoilt for great bands and artists here. I love acts like Chang, Drunken Butterfly, Kiss Me Killer, Katie Sky and Dr Meaker. But I’m also a big fan of listening to more chilled Bristol music like Gin Birkins, Mauwe and Meadowlark!
What are your go-to places to eat and drink?
My favourite place to drink is easily Kongs of King Street (even before I started running the monthly video gaming day there). Food-wise again we are so spoilt! My favourite places to eat would be Burger Theory or Wings Diner in Small Bar. Both are just ridiculously good.
What’s the perfect way to spend a day here?
On the rare occasion there’s not a festival or event on in Bristol, I quite like having a relaxing mooch around places like Arnos Vale and Ashton Court.
What’s your favourite thing about the city?
I think my favourite thing is just how diverse and multicultural Bristol is. Which might sound like a cop-out but lets face it, in the summer we have a different festival every single weekend from Pride and Harbourfest to Grillstock and Vegfest.
And your least favourite?
Not having a specific stadium/arena for big acts. Some of the excuses I see for not having one yet are pretty flimsy in my humble opinion.
Any top venues?
All the venues I have used for Punka, haha! But seriously the classic Bristol venues like Crofters, Exchange and the Louisiana all have a huge place in my heart. We need venues like these around to help nurture Bristol artists. Also for gigs, the sound in SWX is surprisingly amazing.
Punka plans for 2019 and beyond?
I just want to be able to continue doing what we do – supporting diverse acts, local charities and the LGBT+ community. Punka is first and foremost a safe space for all. There are some more gigs lined up for 2019 which will be announced soon to go along with the club nights. Our gigs are pretty unique because we have our punk drag queen, Ruby Rawbone, hosting them. That way the punters get to learn more about the bands and have a bit of banter with Ruby in between the acts too. Keep your eyes peeled on social media we have some fun stuff coming up!
Punka promotes and supports diversity and safe spaces in Bristol, as well as putting on some joyfully raucous evenings