What Bristol’s music venues are listening to under lockdown: The Louisiana

What Bristol’s music venues are listening to under lockdown: The Louisiana

Posted on: 09 Apr 2020

It's a tough time for the city's events and entertainment industry. 


In Bristol, we're used to a busy and vibrant events schedule, with gigs taking place almost every night of the week.  


For now, though, the city's live music venues and event spaces have closed their doors, keeping people safe amid the coronavirus outbreak.


But that doesn't mean they're not keeping busy behind the scenes.


In this new series, 365Bristol finds out what tunes Bristol's music venues are playing under lockdown.


First up, we speak with Lor, The Louisiana's Artist Booker.

Credit: Ania Shrimpton

Founded in 1987, The Louisiana has become one of the city's leading live music venues, and with good reason.


A family-run venture, The Louisiana is a hotspot for rising live acts; relentlessly supporting local talent, while drawing in sought-after musicians from further afield.


In years gone by, The Louisiana has seen the likes of Amy Winehouse, The Strokes and Dua Lipa perform in its cosy gig space.  


The venue's brilliance was recognised late last year when the team received an Arts Council National Lottery Project Grant.


The grant will allow The Louisiana to upgrade their in-house equipment, such as their PA and lighting system.

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So, what has The Louisiana been listening to under lockdown?


"I'm listening to a lot of Courtney Barnett, especially her first album Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit," Lor says.


"I love the way she writes songs in such a tongue in cheek, witty way. It feels amazing."



Want some more recommendations from the person behind The Louisiana's brillant gig listings?


Here's Lor's new playlist, aptly named 'Avoid Pubs, Clubs and Social Venues - A Tribute', featuring 'How Did This Happen!?' by BODEGA and 'Loner Boogie' by Boy Azooga.


There's definitely a theme here. 



Every day, The Louisiana is inviting musicians to take over their Instagram feed: see who's live blogging today right here.


Want to support The Lousiana through these uncertain times? Easy. They're selling some snazzy t-shirts on their website. 


Main image: The Bristol Nomad 

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Kate Hutchison


Kate Hutchison, Content Editor of 365Bristol.com

Get in touch with Kate at kate@365bristol.com