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Live Music in Nottingham

The live music scene in Nottingham is among some of the country’s finest. As the birthplace of many a famous musician, there are lots of reasons why Nottingham is firmly placed on the musical map. Live music venues in Nottingham are noted around the UK for being the best in the country and it has played host to some of the most famous names in the music biz.

If you fancy heading on a night out to catch a live gig, jump on a train to Nottingham with CrossCountry. You can even listen to our Spotify playlist found below while you travel, which features some of the best songs, bands and musicians from the city.

Live music in Nottingham 2018 / 2019

There’s nothing like catching a live gig, and live music in Nottingham will blow you away! You can see some of the world’s most famous musicians play in the city, along with up and coming names in the industry that hail from the area. Nottingham music venues can be found throughout the city and cater to all kinds of musical tastes.

Let’s take a look at some of the most popular concerts coming up in the rest of 2018 and into the New Year:

Who: Katie Melua               Where: Royal Concert Hall      When: 3rd December 2018

Who: Boyzone                    Where: Motorpoint Arena        When: 29th January 2019                               

Who: The Kaiser Chiefs       Where: Rock City                    When: 13th February 2019         

Who: George Ezra              Where: Motorpoint Arena        When: 12th March 2019

From the Motorpoint Arena with it’s 10,000-person capacity to the more intimate, yet hugely popular, Rock City, Nottingham’s live music scene is an exciting one for fans of all kinds of music genres.

Kylie Minogue is one of the biggest names to have taken to the stage in Nottingham recently. The Australian songstress visited Nottingham on the second night of her Golden Tour after opening in Newcastle. However, she altered her show for her Nottingham-based fans and instead of singing Breathe, she belted out crowd-pleaser I Believe In You. Which, as you might expect, went down a treat!

She also added in a change of outfit. She swapped out her usual glamourous wardrobe for a denim jacket emblazoned with the words “Nottingham Golden” on the back.  

A close up of a many playing live music in Nottingham sitting on a stage playing a guitar

Up-and-coming Nottingham bands

 Nottingham has a rich history when it comes to producing musical greats and it looks like 2019 is set to be an exciting year for even more homegrown talent to come out of the city. 

We’ve put together a little guide of some of the new bands that are set to break into the new music scene in the next year or so to keep your ears peeled for:

  1. Do Nothing

Do Nothing has an awesome stage presence and as a result, has a huge following that is growing all the time. Their entire image and sounds have changed since they were known as Field Studies and they now look and feel very similar to bands like the Arctic Monkeys. We’ve even included their debut single in our Spotify playlist.

  1. Slumb Party

As well as having a cool name, Slumb Party is a five-piece band who create some funky post-punk music. Guitars and saxophones are accompanied by fun sounds to create great songs that are made all the more enjoyable by their extremely energetic performances on stage!

  1. Grey Hairs

Mixing American punk and alternative rock, this quartet of musicians create memorable lyrics that their fans just love to sing-a-long to. Their great lyricism mashed with heavy riffs make them a real crowd-pleaser and after their last album Serious Business went down a storm, we can’t wait to see what Grey Hairs will release next!

Do you know of any other up-coming bands from the city?

A crowd of fans at a live music event in Nottingham cheering as a band plays on a smoky stage

Famous Artists from Nottingham

From Robin Hood to Su Pollard, Nottingham has given birth to a few famous names throughout the years. And it’s no exception when it comes to its musical talent either.

We’ve put together a list of some of the most famous:

  • Andy Fletcher (Depeche Mode)
  • Dave Rowberry (The Animals)
  • Alvin Stardust
  • Ian Paice (Deep Purple)
  • Bruce Dickinson (Iron Maiden)
  • Jay McGuinness (The Wanted)
  • Elton Dean (Paper Lace)

John Parr hails from Worksop and he has created music for blockbuster movies such as Three Men & A Baby, St Elmo’s Fire and The Running Man. Graham Russell was also born in Nottingham and found fame when he paired up with Russell Hitchcock to create Air Supply and their hit ballad All Out Of Love.

A group of 7 people dancing in front of a white sofa throwing glitter in the air

Nottingham Music Venues & Bars

We’ve already mentioned two of the most popular places to catch a live gig in the city – Rock City on Talbot Street and Motorpoint Arena on Bolero Square – but there are plenty of other great venues and bars to talk about:

  • The Rescue Rooms – Goldsmith Street
  • The Maze – Mansfield Road
  • Royal Concert Hall – Burton Street
  • Stealth – Goldsmith Street
  • The Bodega – Pelham Street

House of Coco Tang, Tilt, The Hockey Arts Club, Veeno and Das Kino are all certified cool places to hang out on night out in Nottingham.

If you fancy a night out watching live music in Nottingham, jump on a CrossCountry train. You can purchase Advance tickets with zero booking fees with CrossCountry, up to 15 minutes before departure. Book online or via our Train Tickets app and enjoy a night out in Nottingham without the hassle of driving and parking.

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