We’re excited to announce that we’ll be teaming up with the country’s completed events and music guide Native in the run up to the freshers this autumn, bringing you curated content on some of the best live events, local attractions and more over the next few weeks for new students moving into Bristol to start university.
Stay tuned for what we have coming up but in the meantime, we caught up with founder Nick Musto to find out more about Native and the launch of their new app, in addition to their thoughts on Bristol’s music scene and nightlife and why younger audiences should be supporting their local scene.
We’re excited to be working with Tap the Feed!
Native is a guide to music events in Bristol and a load of other cities across the UK. We offer the only complete guide to events and gigs and we do our best to show you stuff that we think you’ll like.
My background is very much as an enthusiast. Going out was a massive part of my university experience, maybe the best part, but often I’d miss great events, finding out about them after they had already happened. I just thought to myself that there must be a better way to find out about gigs and I was pretty shocked that there wasn’t, to be honest.
When you sign up to native, we ask you what kind of music you’re into and what kind of events you like going to. We’re also working with Spotify to find events based on what you’re listening to. It can be tricky but the more you use native the more it learns.
We also put a lot of care into curating our guide – there’s nothing on there that shouldn’t be and we try to make every listing as detailed as possible.
Beyond that, we just try to make the user experience as smooth as possible. I think that’s what people care about at the end of the day.
I’m fortunate in my job to have experienced a lot of nightlife scenes across the UK and I can safely say that Bristol ranks near the top for diversity of events and “underground” representation. I hate that word, but you know what I mean.
I think the best thing about Bristol is that there are events here that, elsewhere, wouldn’t draw a crowd, but with such a diverse audience (and a lot of music nerds) in Bristol, you can fill a club even with a crazy niche artist headlining. That’s invaluable for a music scene.
External factors are increasingly threatening grass-root venues. Without the next generation of fans, I think the smaller places will really struggle to fight off all the shit that venues have to deal with. Public support is so key – look at fabric, look at Thekla. People need to make the same amount of noise about grassroots venues.
Since the inception of native we’ve tried to create a level playing field by surfacing events which we believe our users will enjoy rather than solely pushing events we work with. Venues putting on smaller shows and local artists are pushed just as much as the bigger places – every event gets equal representation, basically.
We’ve made it way easier to use, so discovering new events or just going to the ones you already love is as seamless as possible.
Oh and we give away loads of free stuff. Keep a lookout for that.
We’re actually running a pretty hilarious competition at the moment where freshers can win a lookalike to attend any of their first week lectures that they’re too hungover to attend – as well as a bunch of VIP experiences and takeaways and stuff. Pretty much everything you need for a killer freshers week.
Our advice for new Bristol students is to try everything! Whether it’s a new event, society or activity, university is the best time to experience new things and have a great time doing it.
I might be biased but I’d also recommend downloading Native to make sure they have the best nights out. It’s a massive part of your university experience and is a great way of meeting new people.
Find out more about Native and be sure to download the app from 14th September which is available on iOS and Android.