The music scene is enjoying a busy time in Nottingham, a city that boasts some fantastic venues, famous musical sons and a great calendar of concerts over the next 12 months.
There’s a great range of venues including the 10,000-capacity Motorpoint Arena where you’ll be able to catch many of the biggest concerts around. Or, if you’re looking for something more intimate, the 450-capacity venue Rescue Rooms has hosted more than 100 concerts per year since it opened in 2003, including everyone from The Killers to Calvin Harris to Ellie Goulding.
Nottingham is also home to one of the small chain of Glee venues, which opened in 2008, or at the other end of the scale, check out the opulent surroundings of Theatre Royal, regarded as one of the best touring venues in the country.
Some of the musical acts to come out of Nottingham over the years include 60s and 70s blues-rock band, Ten Years After, who managed eight Top 40 albums in the UK album chart and 90s industrial metal band Pitchshifter.
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Some recent concerts that look set to go down in Nottingham legend include Northern Irish alternative rock band Ash at Rock City in December 2016 who performed as part of their 20th anniversary tour of the highly successful debut album 1977. They played 1977 in its entirety then had some fun with other hits and covers. Another band to hit Nottingham on a 20th anniversary tour in 2016 was Placebo, who filled the Motorpoint Arena with devoted fans and sent them away happy after playing all their best-loved songs.
Whatever music you’re into, there’s a concert coming up in Nottingham for you. The family-friendly Splendour Festival, live at Wollaton Park, is headlined by the Kaiser Chiefs on 22 July, with many other exciting acts to be announced. Eighties pop act Bros head to the Motorpoint Arena on 23 August as part of their reunion tour, their first show together since 77,000 fans saw them at Wembley in 1989.
The Motorpoint Arena will also host Australian alternative rock band Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds on 28 September following the release of the critically acclaimed album Skeleton Tree in 2016.
UK group The Pretenders, led by the unmistakeable Chrissie Hynde, will play the Theatre Royal Concert Hall on 4 October after releasing Alone, their first album for eight years, in 2016.
Keep your eyes on GetToTheFront for all the latest tour news and to get your hands on concert tickets for Nottingham’s most popular venues.