Note: We are currently updating this page in November 2017.
First updated on 6pm 11th September 2014, second update 1.30pm 24th October 2014, third update 11pm 1st December 2014, fourth update 1pm 28th January 2015, fifth update 11pm 4th October 2015, sixth update 11pm 30th November 2015, seventh update 9th December 2015, eighth update 6th November 2017.
As more and more Nottingham musicians make an impact beyond the Trent, moments of Nottingham Music History are constantly being made. On this page we TRY our best to keep track of those moments, focusing on key milestones achieved in the noughties and whatever this current decade is called. We have focused in on achievements of a size that simply didn’t used to happen in Nottingham that often, so yes artists have sold out our more intimate venues like The Maze or The Bodega, but no one ever used to sell out the Rescue Rooms, which is what makes that a noteworthy nistorical achievement. Yes local artists got featured on local media but not national radio stations.
We’ve identified a number of major milestones, rarely achieved ones that indicate an artist is on the way to achieving their dream of making a living doing what they love, and we’ve attempted to justify each metric chosen.
Please let us know if you spot anything we’ve missed.
FIRST ZANE LOWE / ANNIE MAC HOTTEST RECORD (The UK’s, and one of the world’s, most famous new music radio features)
LIAM BAILEY – You Better Leave Me – 1st February 2011 (also featured on Chase & Status’ “Blind Faith” which was Zane’s hottest record on 17 November 2010.)
JAKE BUGG – Lightning Bolt – 18th April 2012
LONDON GRAMMAR – 14th February 2013
SAINT RAYMOND – Young Blood – 14th November 2013
INDIANA – Solo Dancing – 4th Feb 2014
FIRST ZANE LOWE SESSION (The UK’s, and one of the world’s, most high profile New Music live session opportunities)
FIRST NATIONAL BBC SESSION (That isn’t with Zane Lowe / Annie Mac) (Your first national radio session with the world’s most famous broadcaster is a huge moment for any musician)
SWIMMING – Part of BBC Masterclass 2011 – Maida Vale – Huw Stephens
DOG IS DEAD – 23 Feb 2011 – Radio 1 – Maida Vale – Huw Stephens
JAKE BUGG – 1 October 2012 – Radio 1 – Maida Vale- Lauren Laverne
INDIANA – 25 April 2013 – Radio 1- Huw Stephens
ADY SULEIMAN – 7 May 2013 – Radio 1 – Maida Vale – Mistajam
LONDON GRAMMAR – 7 August 2013 – Radio 1 – Maida Vale
FISTS – 13 June 2013 – 6Music – Marc Riley
A PLASTIC ROSE – 6 Feb 2014 – Radio 1 – Maida Vale – Huw Stephens
FIRST TOP TWENTY ALBUM (A top twenty album is a strong sign that you have made it to a level where for the foreseeable future you are going to be able to make a living doing what you love)
FIRST TOP TEN SINGLE (A top ten single is a strong sign that you have made it to a level where for the foreseeable future you are going to be able to make a living doing what you love)
PHILLIP GEORGE – Wish You Were Mine – No.2 UK Single for 2 weeks – 11th January 2015 & 18th January 2015
FIRST JOOLS HOLLAND APPEARANCE (The most viewed music show on British telly. Yes, even more than Noise Floor)
For the record Six by Seven played Jules a couple of years before our cut off point off the year 2000 – see here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AODiYAWrV40
FIRST RESCUE ROOMS SELL OUT GIG (or equivalent) (verified by RR box office) (Quite a few Nottingham artists get to a level where they can sell out The Chameleon, The Bodega or The Maze, selling out the 450 capacity RR’s is a sign that you are on your way locally and nationally. The (currently) small number who have achieved this feat since RR opened in 2003 proves the point.
DOG IS DEAD – 5th March 2011
JAKE BUGG – 23rd November 2012
LONDON GRAMMAR – 22nd October 2013
FEROCIOUS DOG – 15th March 2014
SAINT RAYMOND – 28th March 2014
INDIANA – 7th November 2014
SLEAFORD MODS – 27th Jan 2015
AMBER RUN – 28th April 2015
THE INVISIBLE ORCHESTRA – On 2nd May 2015 TIO sold out an independent show at a privately hired ‘not-normally-used-for-gigs’ venue (The Masonic Hall if you’re interested) with a 500+ attendance making this the equiv of selling out Rescue Rooms.
APRIL TOWERS – 9th December 2015
ROCK CITY SELL OUT GIG (verified by RC box office) (Nottingham’s most famous venue, revered nation and world wide. If you are selling out the RC main room you’re making a living doing this). It’s a very small list of Nottingham artists who have managed to sell out Rock City since it opened in 1980, not even the mighty PITCHSHIFTER did that. See note at bottom of this page about whether you included London Grammar or not.
JAKE BUGG – 15th Feb 2013
DOG IS DEAD – 3rd May 2013
LONDON GRAMMAR – 31st Jan 2014
SAINT RAYMOND – 11 Feb 2014
SLEAFORD MODS – Friday 9 October 2015
FEROCIOUS DOG – Saturday 28 November 2015
SLEAFORD MODS – 3 Nov 2016
JAKE BUGG – 28 October 2016
LONDON GRAMMAR – 26th October 2017
SLEAFORD MODS – 9th November 2017
ARENA SELL OUT GIG (Nottingham’s biggest indoor venue, case closed)
JAKE BUGG – 20th February 2014
HANG ON A MINUTE WHERE ARE? / DO THEY REALLY COUNT? IT’S A FAIR QUESTION THERE ARE SOME GREY AREAS:
LATE OF THE PIER – Strongly associated with Nottingham they’re actually from Castle Donnington which is just outside Nottinghamshire. They had a Maida Vale session on 4th August 2008, and Zane Lowe’s hottest record on 23rd November 2009.
ROLO TOMASSI – Now a Nottingham based band all their ‘firsts’ were achieved whilst still a Sheffield band.
TINDERSTICKS were known as ASPHALT RIBBONS when they formed here. They moved to London, got a few new members, and then formed under the name TINDERSTICKS. Since being known as Tindersticks, they have only played Nottingham three times. They had their first Jools Holland performance on 9th May 1995. Thanks to @mikeatd for this info.
BAND OF JACKALS played a session at Maida Vale for Radio 1 on 26th April 2013, however, it was never played out.