The Murdoch-sponsored grand tour circus feels a long way removed from our experience of cycling. We feel a much closer connection to DIY music. All music that people don’t make a living from is DIY to some extent. But we mean musicians who value a hands-on approach to doing everything themselves, rather than wanting to get rich so that they can employ someone to peel the grapes on their rider. It’s about a sense of community, helping each other out, being inclusive, being creative, doing something for the love of it, all this actually being fun. And all of that resonates very much with what we hope to do with Roll for the Soul. Profit as a motive leads to some pretty weird decisions. Doing something because you value it for its own sake seems better.
We host live music mostly on Fridays and Saturdays, or sometimes other days if it’s quiet enough not to disturb our neighbours. It ranges from beautiful electronica to raging hardcore, as long as it’s got heart. (Our neighbours aren’t into raging hardcore, which is why we don’t do so much music downstairs any longer. More fool them.)
We’re primarily a cafe rather than a nightclub, so it’s all pretty low-key. We just work with a handful of local promoters who are also friends. So we are probably the wrong venue if you’re from outside Bristol and are unable to be very hands-on with local promotion. It is 100% DIY in that we just provide the space and the PA. Promoters and/or bands do everything else. Please click to see our FAQs. If you’ve read that and you want to ask about putting on a show, please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Definitely feel free to ask, but please don’t be offended if we say no. Doing shows has become increasingly difficult since all the buildings around us have been converted into flats, so sadly we don’t do as much live music as we used to.
You might also be interested in the CD that we made featuring bands who played at RftS in 2014. Read about it here.