What Bristol's music venues are listening to under lockdown: The Gallimaufry

What Bristol's music venues are listening to under lockdown: The Gallimaufry

Posted on: 22 Apr 2020

Lockdown playlists are an absolute must during a tough time for the events industry.


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


For now, though, the city's 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 series, 365Bristol finds out what music Bristol's favourite venues are listening to in lockdown.


Previously, we've chatted with The Lousiana's Artist Booker Lor Noverraz, and Iwan Best, Venue Manager of The Exchange. 


This time around, we catch up with The Gallimaufry's co-owner, James Koch, to find out what he's had on rotation in the past few weeks.

The Gallimaufry.

A key component of Bristol's thriving live jazz scene, The Gallimaufry has emerged as a hugely popular venue in recent years, packing an exciting musical schedule with leading local acts and artists.


Its focus on musical development and nurturing emerging artists has allowed acts like Snazzback and Waldo's Gift to try new things on stage, and to discover their musical identities; performing on a regular basis in front of growing crowds.


Waldo's Gift, in particular, have come to view The Gallimaufry as a home-from-home through their weekly residency at the bar.


Speaking to LOUD Magazine in March, drummer James Vine explained that the venue has been vital in allowing the band to "express ourselves, experiment and find out what's Waldo's Gift is about."

Waldo's Gift on stage at The Gallimaufry.

So what has The Gallimaufry been listening to under lockdown?


Never one to miss an opportunity to celebrate local artists, James [Koch] has spent his time in isolation curating a Spotify playlist made up of some of the very best music coming out of Bristol right now.


Featuring the likes of SLONK, Cousin Kula and Maya Law among others, James updates Bristol Lockdown Radio weekly with new releases and old favourites from across the musical spectrum.


James employs "a broad sound reflective of our musical policy", keeping things strictly Bristol (with the exception of Chuman, who recently relocated to Melbourne).



He picks out Waldo's Gift, Snazzback, Sydney, Harvey Causon, Tamasene (who are yet to release) and Gabriel Gifford among the local acts he's particularly keen on right now, and reveals he's had Pete Josef's 'Colour' on repeat at home over the last few weeks.


With live performances and tours on hiatus for the foreseeable future, James stresses the importance of supporting your favourite acts through hard times.


"Buy their merch, stream their music and share it around," he says. "Be sure to link people to their socials and show some love!"


Waldo's Gift are releasing a new video premier, taken from The Gallimaufry archives, every Wednesday at 22:00. Head to their Facebook page to follow updates.


Images: James Koch Photography

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Matt Robson

Having moved to Bristol from Cornwall in 2015, Matt graduated from UWE with a degree in Journalism in 2018. He's keen on a wide variety of musical genres, as well as taking an interest in art and illustration, producing his own work in his spare time. Matt makes the most of Bristol's diverse nightlife and attends gigs and club nights regularly. Get in touch via email at matt@365bristol.com.