Hello Comrades,

Have we got a great line-up of Notts artists for you this week!

First up we have DOT TO DOT FESTIVAL featuring more Notts musicians than ever before! History has been made people.

Taking place at Rock City, The Pulse, The Bodega, The Rescue Rooms and Stealth on Sunday (29th) this is one event you do not want to miss!

If you’ve not seen SWIMMING before then where have you been for the last year?! These guys have already made their mark on the Great Country and are continuing to do so across the country. Check out their totally addictive Pop/Surf sound and get ready to be wow-ed.

Next, another flipping amazing band LONG DEAD SIGNAL will storm to the stage and leave no prisoners. These are not just empty words, incase you were wondering, YOU guys voted them the Future Sound of Nottingham last year! And rightly so.

Another amazing band (okay, so they’re all amazing but we just can’t reiterate this enough) FRONTIERS will get you rocking out to their Alternative/Indie sound which has a very mature and catchy sound to it. We can visualise these guys selling out headline shows in years to come.

A complete contrast to any other Nottingham bands on the bill, BABY GODZILLA will come at you full throttle with their Hardcore, and er Disco House? sounds… (their words not ours) and get you all up in a moshpit. Don’t say we didn’t warn you! These guys put on the craziest show in town, and you WOULD be crazy not to miss it!

Next SPOTLIGHT KID will play some gentle Rock with beautiful vocals and harmonies used throughout. Melodic guitars and songs that are good enough to be anthems will fill the room. My boss loves this band!

We hope you save a lot of energy, because boy will you need it, for ROYAL GALA. One of the biggest party bands to emerge from Nottingham they produce Latin, Breakbeat and a whole host of genres played by a live band and fronted by sex goddess Lou Barnell. Call it your weekly workout because you won’t be able to move properly for weeks after. Keep your eyes peeled for the Royal Gala Fitness DVD out next Christmas.

How to describe RONIKA? An 80s diva reminiscent of Madonna but BETTER in our opinion! Truly amazing voice and some of the funkiest, grooviest beats you will ever hear. Not to mention one of the best dressed musicians in the whole of the Notts. Make sure you catch her set but prepare to have her songs stuck in your head for days and weeks and maybe even forever.

WILL JEFFREY is a fine Notts singer/songwriter producing quality Folk/Acoustic songs all brought together by his beautiful, storytelling vocals. You’ll be mesmorised as you listen to his inviting tales. He also does the best cover of any Nottingham musician…

And finally YUNIOSHI have a really unique, Experimental sound with Electro, Rock, Indie and all sorts thrown into the mixture, but it works so well. Get ready for a good rave/skank/mosh as all the genres hit you at once.

Doors: 1.45pm
Tickets: £30 from http://www.alt-tickets.co.uk/alttickets/home_dot_to_dot_2011.html

Next, Crocus Acoustic Thursday brings you BECK STACEY at Crocus Cafe on Thursday (26th).

BECK STACEY will play an eclectic mix of Goth and Acoustic with her own experimental style. Something very different but exciting to hear such diversity. Very Kate Bush!

Doors: 7pm
Tickets: FREE!

And finally THE CHASE will be playing at The Moot Hall on Saturday (28th).

THE CHASE a very young but very cool Indie/Rock n Roll band will produce riffs you didn’t know were possible for lads still at school. Totally nailed it at the CRS Showcase event back in October, defo ones to watch for the future!

Doors: 8pm

Yours in love of New Music,


P.s. Good luck to all the Nottingham artists playing the Glastonbudget festival this week in Le&^%ter!

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Farmyard always pull off some great Nottingham line-ups, and tonight was no different as four brilliant acts performed at the cosy Jam Cafe.

JAMES SAVARIO was first and there was a room full of people waiting to see him and his bassist play. His gentle melodies and easy-on-the-ear husky voice went hand in hand along with some Spanish vibes to his playing style. Lush! Then, without warning, a man from outside ran in to the astonishment of everyone, and started bopping as he blew full force into his harmonica, and for a while he was actually pretty good. It was nice to see James welcoming him to the set and a good deal of improvisation was had.

Next, the beautiful EMILY DAVIES kept the mood chilled and relaxed as she played some stunning Folk with just her and her acoustic guitar. The room, at this point, couldn’t have fit anymore people in and there was a great hustle bustle to the atmosphere. She sang with passion and there were elements of Laura Marling about her which I personally loved!

THE GOLDEN TROUBADOURS carried on a beautiful night with their 5 band members squished nicely in adding to that cosy feel. Parts of their sound reminded me of Hawaii with their quavering, echo-effect guitars and soft bongo-styled drums. A nice contrast was made a few songs in with maracas creating a fast tempo. Either way, I felt like I was laid on a beach it was so summery.

And finally DAVID BLAYZE and Leanne Narewski produced songs with some truly powerful chords that blew me away. Their vocals were stunning together and I would highly recommend seeing them live as they do not disappoint. They even had a loop pedal which allowed them to create a variety of different sounds at once including guitar and trumpet (I was informed David had only been playing the trumpet for 6 months but for all I had known he could’ve been playing his whole life). Brilliant, brilliant set.

Thanks Farmyard, another class gig.

Liz Riordan

There are two reasons I love this poster. The kid in me loves the fact local acts such as BABY GODZILLA (who incidentally are incendiary live) are given top billing over world famous acts such as We Are Scientists. The second ‘deeper’ point is what this poster reflects. Nottingham’s biggest new music event, previously a desert in the context of Nottingham artists has now gone Notts-tastic.

In May 2008 we emailed Dot To Dot asking how many local acts would be on the line-up for that year’s event. The answer was two and if memory serves me right one was actually from Le*&%ter. How things have changed. Big up to Ben and everyone else at Dot To Dot who have reached out to embrace our local scene at this major event on the nation’s New Music calendar.

Highlights to look out for include the afore-mentioned BABY GODZILLA stimulating more impulsive acts of lesbianism , HARLEIGHBLU converting all those Indie Kids to the wonders of Soul and LONG DEAD SIGNAL living the Nottingham dream and getting to play the Rock City main stage. The Notts only Acoustic Rooms arena should be pretty special too, as well as a great place to carb up on curly fries after seven straight hours of gigging.

FOR MORE INFO: http://www.dottodotfestival.co.uk/

Seeya down the front.


PS If your event has embraced the rising momentum in the Nottingham scene and gone Notts-tastic email us and let us know: nusic@leftlion.co.uk

This week is Nusic’s first Future Session and it features THAT SUNDAY FEELING. Boys want to be them, girls want to be with them, these guys are going all the way!

Hello comrades!

Check out our recommendations of three Nottingham gigs you should check out this week!

First up we have Notts In A Nutshell with two acts from Nottingham taking to the stage on Tuesday (17th) at The Maze.

THE RUTHERFORDS will kick things off with their energetic Pop Punk and feel good vibes guaranteed to have you all up dancing.

Next KURT MARTINEZ has a really lively Electro sound accompanied by Indie guitars to mix things up. His catchy synths and excellent song writing skills will keep you all bopping on the dancefloor.

Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £3

On Thursday (19th) Café Boheme brings you a night packed full of Notts musicians at Hotel Deux.

SATNAMS TASH will provide some Reggae beats and Pop Punk melodies that’ll get you all skanking along.

FLAT SOUFLEE have a quirky, Experimental sound that really works. Their female vocalist chants, sings and speaks lyrics quickly alongside a scratchy guitar. It’s cute and will catch your attention.

NEMO SHAW will bring endearing Experimental Acoustic with beautiful male vocals and surprisingly simple acoustic guitar creating a very gentle and mellow whirlwind of music.

ALEXA HAWKSWORTH is quite simply a stunner of a singer/songwriter. Playing with a soft Folk style. I expect everyone in the room to be singing along and swaying in time.

There will be comedy from TERRY DUNLOP who will have you in stitches.

And finishing off this whopper of a line-up DAMP MAGIC will play some unusual instrumental guitar melodies which sound a little like a computer game being played in space.

Doors: 8.30pm
Tickets: FREE!

And finally on Sunday (22nd) Farmyard brings you THE MONEY at The Golden Fleece.

One of Nottingham’s most established bands, THE MONEY produce Indie anthems that will get stuck in your head for days. Make sure you catch these guys before they become famous!

CHRIS REEVE is on support duty supplying many a Folk tune with plenty of rhythm and beat.

Doors: 7pm
Tickets: FREE!


Liz Riordan