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My Bristol: Mercy’s Cartel

8th October 2018

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How would you summarise Bristol?

I see Bristol as a vibrant city that has a youthful energy flowing. There is always something going on here and you’ll never be bored!

Do you remember the first gig you saw in the city?

My first gig was Lianne La Havas at the O2 Academy in 2015. I actually met her and spoke to her after the gig for a long while. She was in great spirits because she has been nominated for a Grammy that day. It was a bit surreal.

And the last?

I saw Estere at the Louisiana! She was amazing and performed all her tracks in a cool DIY format and still managed to dance at the same time. Total superwoman.

If you had someone visiting for 24 hours, where would you take them?

I would take them into Stokes Croft and up Gloucester Road. There’s a bunch of bars and clubs; people seem to be awake 24/7 around there as well.

What would you say is Bristol’s hidden gem?

Left Bank… It’s not totally hidden but most people don’t know that it’s probably the best open mic and jam night for musicians, DJs and singers who are into soul, funk, R&B and hip-hop. The music is always on point.

The best for…

A quick pint? Mother’s Ruin
A night out? Love Inn
To see new music? Left Bank
Grab a coffee? Coffee#1
Brunch? Boston Tea Party
Dinner? Rice n Things
Takeaway? Pho
Venue? O2 Academy
Taking a time out? Clifton Downs
Clothes shopping? Thrift Store on Park Street
Vinyl shop? Rough Trade
See art? Bristol Museum and Art Gallery

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Sarah-Louise Burns

After studying Ba(Hons) Photography, Sarah has worked in Social Media Marketing since 2013 - she's now part of the BIMM Social Media Team, and is photographer for the Who, What, Why series.