Nottingham is a hotbed of talent as a result of its ever-growing music scene. As avid gig goers, we at eudaemoniablog spent the afternoon in and around the city compiling a short guide to the city’s best loved music venues.
Our first stop took us to perhaps the gem in Nottingham’s expansive music scene, Rock City has played host to many of the worlds best loved bands. Having celebrated its 35th anniversary just last year it is already a venue of historic significance and increasingly plays a proactive role in the exposure of local talent.
As larger venues go it has an incredibly intimate atmosphere, mainly provoked through room layout and does well to escape corporate elements in which other similar venues have enslaved themselves to.
Musical Alumni: Nirvana, Oasis, David Bowie, The Libertines, Blur, Foals
Upcoming Gigs: The Stranglers, Peter Hook & The Light, Circa Waves, The Kooks
The Bodega can be regarded as Rock City’s younger sibling, an ideal place for the upcoming band to enhance their ability and grow their reputation within the music scene. This is evident in the vast alumni of bands who have played the legendary venue in their early years. Not only does it host an intimate music venue but also an elegant bar and terrace set up.
The atmosphere at the Bodega on sell out nights is second to none, depending on the band the small room can completely enclose into large mosh pits or an audience friendly singalong. Whilst more often than not it places emphasis upon the country’s upcoming talent, larger names such as Peace and Peter Doherty stop by to perform rare intimate gigs though be careful to snap up tickets early for such occasions.
Musical Alumni: The Strokes, The Moldy Peaches, Arctic Monkeys, The View, The XX, Florence and the Machine
Upcoming Gigs: Cabbage, Tom Grennan, C Duncan, Dutch Uncles
Chameleon Arts Cafe
Unlike the previous two examples, the Chameleon Arts cafe is a hive of individualism and one of Nottingham City centre’s best kept secrets. Found along a well hidden alleyway overlooking the northern end of the town square, the Chameleon is both a music venue and cafe.
Its main room is cosy, yet well equipped for even the loudest of bands. Predominantly it plays host to local talent, a perfect breeding ground for the new band. Additionally, its ever growing popularity and reputation as a venue means it hosts some of the greatest upcoming bands from around the country.
Musical Alumni: Telegram, Crosa Rosa
Heading further out of town we encounter perhaps the greatest of stereotypical DIY venues, JT Soar is home to a range of experimental new talent and is regarded as the backbone of Nottingham’s exploding music scene. Set in an ex fruit & vegetable warehouse, the arts and music space is set just outside of the city centre by Sneinton Market.
Encouraging BYOB and doubling up as a rehearsal/recording space JT Soar is a hive of activity, with cheap gigs promoting local artists a regular occurrence. it is the perfect setting for an artist to discover and develop their sound within an environment of like minded individuals.
Upcoming Gigs: Silent Front, Human Hands, Jogging, Mars to Stay
Rough Trade Nottingham
Heading back into town through Hockney is Rough Trade, the shop front of the iconic record company known to be imperative in the growth of punk and early indie rock. Whilst it is more a shop than a music venue, the cafe area doubles up and often holds unique live performances and events.
Whilst Rough Trade Nottingham often features in-store performances from many renowned bands as they embark upon the trail of promoting new albums, the store is unique in also promoting talent through locally organised music nights. This ultimately showcases numerous genres and a vast array of musicians, all of whom are destined for great success in the future.
Upcoming Gigs: Sleaford Mods, Ryan Adams, Menace Beach
Nottingham is a hive of musical activity, whether it be in a venue large or small. Be sure to return to eudaemoniablog as we showcase much of the town’s talent.
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