Nottingham is becoming an increasingly popular place to see live music. This is due, in part, to the great selection of venues found in the city, from a myriad of pubs and bars that play live music to its large arena.
The arena – which has changed its name several times over the years but is currently known as the Motorpoint Arena – played host to one of the best gigs in Nottingham during the last 10 years when the Stereophonics came to town in 2008. They brought the sell-out crowd to life playing all of their greatest hits, finishing their encore by firing smoke and glitter over the arena before disappearing into the darkness.
In 2011, the queen of country music, Dolly Parton played the arena dressed in a white dress covered with thousands of sequins. She sang many of her most famous numbers, including the classic Jolene.
On a smaller scale but equally as unforgettable was Welsh rock band Catfish and the Bottlemen performing to a sell-out crowd at Rock City in November 2015.
Looking ahead, the gigs we’re looking forward to in Nottingham in 2017 include former New Order star Peter Hook who is touring the UK with his band, Peter Hook & The Light. He will be appearing at Rock City on 11 March 2017, performing albums by his previous bands, New Order and Joy Division, both called Substance.
Rock legends Iron Maiden, fronted by Nottingham-born Bruce Dickinson, will appear at the Motorpoint Arena on 4 May 2017 as part of their The Book of Souls world tour, supported by US act Shinedown.
The best gig venues in Nottingham include Rescue Rooms, a small venue with just 450 capacity which has hosted acts including The Killers, Calvin Harris and Bloc Party since it opened in 2003.
Rock City is known as the UK’s premier independent club and live music venue. It has been bringing some of the best live music and club events to Nottingham for the past 35 years.
If you’re looking for a bigger venue in Nottingham, it has to be the 10,000 capacity Motorpoint Arena. It’s a classic venue which also houses the National Ice Centre and is home to ice hockey team the GMB Panthers.
Among the music legends to come from Nottingham are singer songwriter Jake Bugg and Iron Maiden frontman Bruce Dickinson.