It’s a HUGE month for gigs, and a huge month for Notts music. This week it has been especially tough to narrow it down to only three gigs. There’s a chance you might be feeling slightly worn out by the time Monday comes with so much going on. These are the three, best high-profile gigs going off this week. But there’s loads of other brilliant gigs that didn’t quite make the cut. Check out Leftlion’s gig listings HERE to see everything that’s going off!
The first act of the evening are THE FLAVELLS, well half of them. Billy from the band will be doing an Acoustic set. The two-piece from Clifton have only put out one song and haven’t done much gigging before, so we don’t know a huge amount about them. However, that one track is sounding sweet, so we should be expecting to see tons more from this lot.
Next up, TIMOTHY J SIMPSON will be returning to RR after playing last year and he’ll be bringing his band, THE MONSTROUS DEAD, too. Timothy has been playing music since he was twelve years old and has played a whole host of genres. He’s now settled on Alternative Folk with influence from Neil Young and Elvis Costello.
The guest band of the evening is MATT HENSHAW. Matt released his latest single ‘Easier’ last month, you could pick up a version with 15 different forms of the same track. That’s approximately 53 minutes of Matt’s soulful, easy listening voice.
Finally, headlining the night will be THE SWIINES. The Indie Rock four-piece are back again after being the secret headliners of last year’s Recovery Rocks. They are sure to bring tons of swaggerful confidence, melodic riffs and tunes that will stay in your head for days to their performance
Monday 5th October
GEORGIE kicks off her eight date headline tour this week in her hometown. After signing to Columbia Records (no biggie) in August, GEORGIE will be coming back to Mansfield. The ‘Following the 20 Mile Road’ tour includes three dates in the great county of Nottinghamshire as well as dates all across the country. The tour is inspired by the 20 mile road from Mansfield, if you were wondering.
The twenty year old singer and guitarist and her band has played tons of gigs this year, including Dot to Dot and Splendour. Georgie has influences from Fleetwood Mac and has often been compared to Stevie Nicks herself. Can you really get a better compliment than that?
Create Theatre, Mansfield
Friday, 9th October
Hockley Hustle makes a return on Sunday and there are what feels like hundreds of Notts acts taking to the stage. Taking over 19 venues and too many stages to even begin to count, there’s no way you’re gonna get round the whole festival. Unless you’ve invented some kinda time stopping superdrug in which case; send it this way. The event raised over £20,000 for charity last year (pretty impressive, ay?) and this year will hopefully raise just as much.
Due to the sheer size of the festival, there’s no way we can tell you about every act, or even every venue. We don’t fancy boring you to tears either. So, here’s a little run down on some of the bigger stages and what you can expect. Here goes…
I’m Not From London will be hosting over at Rough Trade. The Rough Trade stage is being live-streamed over at NG:Digital, so if you can’t make it to Hockley Hustle then you can catch all its goings ons over there. CROSA ROSA will be headlining the stage and bringing Psychedelic Garage Rock to the metaphorical table. This isn’t the trio’s only slot of the day, however. You can also catch CROSA ROSA over at The Lofthouse if you really fancy.
Talking of The Lofthouse, the stage will be hosted by BLOOM, bringing 60s “psychotic acid-tone alternatives” and POM (Protect Our Minds) who raise awareness of Mental Health amongst adults. MANNEQUIN are part of the line up, the Alternative Rock three-piece will be bringing an exhilarating performance. Headlining the stage will be FIELD STUDIES. The Ambient Rock four-piece played the BBC Introducing stage at some small and unheard of festival called Glastonbury earlier this year and have been building an increasing following since. Definitely ones to watch.
Over at The Jam Cafe, Farmyard Records have teamed up with Sounddhism to bring you a load of great local acts. MANIERE DES BOHEMIENS are headlining the stage and are, despite sounding French, actually from Nottingham. The seven-piece will be playing predominantly folk music tinged with Gypsy Swing. You can also catch NATALIE DUNCAN, the soulful singer is a Hustle Veteran and is no newbie to playing this festival.
Brewdog is hosted by BBC Introducing, you can see some real raw talent over at this stage. Headlined by ADY SULEIMAN, who released his EP ‘What’s The Score’ last week. You can expect to hear the live version of this which we can only expect to be just as incredible as the EP itself. You can also catch BITTER STRINGS, SAME STREETS and BETH FRISBY on the stage too. This stage’d make a really impressive gig on its own.
Wow, okay. I said it was a HUGE week didn’t I? There are tons more truly amazing acts scattered across the festival. Let’s hope we got enough into this quick preview to tempt your appetites.
All Over Hockley
Sunday 11th October
Tickets: Wristbands £10 in adv
Acts Start from 12pm
Yours in Love of New Music,
Katie Beard x
P.S SLEAFORD MODS have only gone and sold out Rock City. It was actually part of the T3 until it sold out on Saturday afternoon. (Totally hadn’t written it or anything) There is support from KAGOULE, so for those with tickets, you’re in for a treat.