Keep Sunday 28th October free in your diary, in fact keep the whole weekend free! In celebration of the biggest ever month for the Nottingham music scene the city is coming together to pull out all the stops and host a new free music event called Branch Out Festival. Aiming at showcasing the phenomenal home-grown talent we have in the city of Nottingham, the Branch Out Festival will be a huge gathering of local artists across seven gig venues. Over 50 hand-picked indie, soul, folk, rap, rock and more artists will be performing, as part of celebrating the quality of phenomenal talent that has sprouted from the UK’s most vibrant music scene.

October marks a very special month for Nottingham. DOG IS DEAD and JAKE BUGG will be releasing their debut albums this month. Both albums should go Top 40 and not that we want to tempt fate but we think Jake has a real chance of securing that much dreamt of Number One. And then there is NATALIE DUNCAN too, who having performed on Later with Jools Holland is suddenly a serious contender for a Top 40 album chart spot too. As The Guardian said one year ago, ‘There’s a tangible buzz in the air’ and Branch Out Festival aims to bring that buzz to you across seven stages on Sunday 28th. October 2012 is when Nottingham Steps It Up, Be Proud.

The Festival will be complimented by events across the weekend including the debut of THE INVISIBLE ORCHESTRA on Saturday and the Nusic Academy Workshop kicking things off on the Friday, more details to come.

The event has been organized by a collective of promoters, managers and labels. Denizen Recordings, Farmyard Records, Hello Thor, DHP Concerts, ourselves, I’m Not From London, Confetti, Left Lion and CRS with financial support from One Nottingham and Nottingham City Council (thanks Council Massiv!), which means everything is free.

If you want to get involved and help make October massive keep your eyes peeled on tomorrow when we’ll be announcing deets on our October Spread The Love competition.

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Yours In Love Of New Music,

Ashleigh Bossman