TOP 3 GIGS – Week Beginning 28th March 2016

Happy Easter! Hopefully you’ve managed to avoid a sugar coma this year, cos there are tons of ace gigs cracking off this coming week. There’s a birthday celebration for a very special open mic night, a headline show at The Maze and well, a load of meat at The Maze too.

MONDAY

It’s Acoustic Rooms 7th Birthday on Monday evening, so they’ve gone and grabbed a few of their faves to celebrate.

First up is LOWRIE, bringing along his Sad Pop that could form a tear from even the coldest of souls. He released his debut mixtape ‘Floating World’ under his newly single-barrelled name earlier this month and it’s a proper tearjerker. He’ll be playing the Acoustic Rooms stage at Splendour in July, so you can catch a taste of what to expect.

The epitome of cuteness, aka MOLLY & JACK will be performing. Stolen from Lincolnshire, the couple moved to Nottingham for the music scene (we told ya it was good) and released their debut EP ‘Many A Moon’ last September. The super-talented duo make acoustic Indie Folk that will melt your heart and give you a warm fuzzy feeling inside.

Making Indie Rock straight outta the 90s, THE MITHERED will be joining the birthday shenanigans. With Pop infused choruses and even catchier hooks, the four-piece have been called “Nottingham’s Indie shining lights.” Check out their Future Session for a sneak peek.

Fresh from the release of his debut EP ‘Birkland’s’ last week, TYLER NUGENT will be taking to the stage to show off his Ben Howard esque Acoustic Folk. The Bingham boy started his musical life when he was 15, and has since gained half a million YouTube views, not bad ay?

You can also catch HOLLY TAYLOR-GAMBLE who makes ambient Folk Pop with a unique and ethereal vocal and some very poignant lyrics. She’s been in the studio recording her debut EP recently and we cannot wait to hear some studio recordings from HTG.

Rescue Rooms
Monday 28th March
Doors: 8pm
Tickets: Free

FRIDAY

The Soul songstress HARLEIGHBLU is headlining The Maze on Friday night. It’s the second date of her UK spring tour (that also includes two dates in Switzerland. So UK/Swiss if we’re being accurate). With fans including Mistajam, Trevor Nelson and John Kennedy (pretty helpful fans, that) and having played shows such as Bestival, the Great Escape and even Glastonbury she has built up quite an impressive CV.

Support comes from the huge 9-piece ‘Mashup Party’ that are UNKNOWN ERA. Reggae, Ska, Hip-Hop, Blues. You name it, they have some variation of every genre in their sound. And with that much funk on one stage it really is hard to keep yourself from dancing (however awful said dancing may be).

There’ll also be some beautiful Soul from Future Bubbler YAZMIN LACEY. Her unmistakable voice and minimalistic, gorgeous songwriting has pricked up the ears of Brownswood and the Giles Peterson project. They reckon she’s got HUGE potential and are helping her develop said potential into something quite special.

The Maze
Friday 1st April
Doors: 8:30pm
Tickets: £7

SUNDAY

The 9th Load of Meat will be taking place on Sunday night over at The Maze. There’ll be tons of Notts musicians across two stages.

MAIN STAGE

Pop-Punk three-piece CUT THE HEROICS are headlining the main stage. They released their debut EP ‘Chasing Shadows’ back in 2014, with catchy riffs and punchy lyrics galore. We hear their interests include “kicking ass and playing table football” (we do not endorse ass kicking, unless it is of the table football variety). They’re the modern embodiment of classic 90s Pop-Punk.

Also on the Notts side of things are HIGH TIDES. They only formed in July 2015 but the Pop Punk five-piece released their debut EP ‘Home Truths’ at the start of February. They released a video for the lead single ‘Opia’ from the EP and it is pure Pop-Punk (there is a campfire in the woods and everything).

ACOUSTIC STAGE

Headlining the acoustic stage is Southwell lad JOSEPH KNIGHT. He’s already mastered the art of a super catchy melody, have a gander at his Future Session to get what we mean. He’s in the middle of recording his debut EP and we hear it’s a bit different from his past stuff, so keep an ear out for that.

Acoustic songstress and writer of Folk Pop TASH BIRD will be performing. From Mansfield, she played over 99 gigs last year, including bloomin’ Y Not Festival and spent a month busking in Edinburgh. All of that making her sound even better than she did before.

The lovely BILLIE will be performing. Her stunning ethereal vocal and emotive songwriting make for incredible Indie Folk tracks. Take a look at her Future Session from last week to see what we mean.

Also performing are As The Sun Sleeps from Swindon, Our Saving Day from Chesterfield and Grind from Grimsby.

The Maze
Sunday 3rd April
Doors: 5pm
Tickets: £5 adv, £6 otd

Yours in Love of New Music,
Katie Beard x

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