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Exchange TV brings the much-loved venue into your home

By lowie trevena, Friday Aug 7, 2020

Filmed in front of five camera and showcasing the UK’s grassroot sounds, a new venture from the Exchange is helping creative people from across the city come together and create something new.

Until live music can return, the Exchange will be capturing the independent spirit and DIY culture of Bristol and beyond on film.

“We started brainstorming ideas of how we could stay connected to the scene and music community during Covid-19 months ago,” says social media lead at the Exchange, Luke Cobham.

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“A group of us who work at the venue used to do shorter videos called Exchange Rundown but months of closure and a welcome grant from Arts Council England means that we can focus our efforts on a much more ambitious project.”

That project, Exchange TV, is recording bands playing in the venue, and a new episode is broadcast every Monday on its YouTube channel.

Aiming to show the “venue’s personality through awesome bands and various assorted nonsense”, each episode has been filmed as safely as possible

The stage at the Exchange has been removed to make the live room bigger and all crew wear face masks and operate a safe distance from one another. Everyone takes part in track and trace and the venue has been working with the Music Venues Trust to keep updated on rules and recommendations for the arts sector.

Describing episode one, which features indie-pop band DOGEYED and solo acoustic musician IMMY as “organised chaos”, the crew, which is entirely made up of staff at the Exchange, are now planning episode two.

Bands and artists that want to get involved can do so by emailing

Main photo: Exchange

Read more: Exchange hits target to become Bristol’s first community-owned venue



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