As the weather is getting that tiny bit warmer, more and more gigs keep popping up. This week there’s a Chill-Hop album release at Rough Trade, a fictional character’s EP launch at The Running Horse, plus a farewell gig at The Bodega.


FONZSE is launching his debut album “Conscious Decisions” on Wednesday at Rough Trade. Making Chill-Hop/Hip-Hop/Grime(-Hop? no?) since 2009, he’s waited 7 years to drop his mixtape ‘Life’ and is releasing his debut album only a month later. And, to use a cliche, it’s definitely been worth the wait. He will be joined by fellow CBF (Certified Blood and Family) members including POET, OMIE OMZ and JAMMY.

Rough Trade
Wednesday 16th March
Doors: 7pm
Tickets: Free


BENEDICT TRENCHES are releasing their debut EP on Friday at The Running Horse. The band perform under the alias of Benedict Trenches, a fictional character, and their Psych-Prog-Acoustic-Fiction Rock music tells the story of the character who was created in 2015. If you want a taste of what’s to come on their new release ‘EP Part One’, the lead single ‘Blank Slate’ is already up on the interwebs to get you hands on.

Support comes from trio DOUBLE HELIX, who create a fusion of Jazz and Rock. The band released their first album ‘Sea of Sand’ all the way back in 1992 (!!!) and waited another 22 years to release their sophomore record ‘A Million Deadly Spores’ in 2014. Let’s hope they don’t wait another 22 years to release the next one.

LEVI-CIVITA will also be supporting, bringing along their Instrumental Progressive Metal. The band are made up of self-proclaimed “haphazard nerds” (they have a combined Xbox Live GamerScore of 49175, dontcha know) who graduated from UoN last summer. They’ve just recently released their self-titled debut EP, go and have listen to their nerdy Prog sounds.

Summer House from Derby will also be performing.

The Running Horse
Friday 18th March
Doors: 7pm
Tickets: Free


Saturday is sad day, because we’ll be saying goodbye to the Music Exchange with a farewell gig at The Bodega. (*insert multiple crying emojis here*) Not only have they done a ton of good for the Notts music scene by stocking music from good ol’ hoodtown, they’ve done loads for the community too. They’re staffed by volunteers in association with Framework Housing Association, who can gain social skills and work experiences when they would have often not been able to other wise.

To mark the occasion, CROSA ROSA will be performing. The three-piece headlined a packed out Bodega in January to launch their latest single “Simper Smiler” and are currently touring the UK supporting Purson. Making 60s Surf inspired Alternative, Psychedelia and Garage, the band played at Reading and Leeds festival last year and are already set to play Dot to Dot in 2016.

The very unique RATTLE will also be performing. The all girl duo simultaneously play a mega large drum kit whilst harmonizing at the same time. After joining Witching Waves on their UK tour, they released a split EP with the band in December. Chances are, you haven’t heard anything quite like this lot before.

Finally, you can see the one piece electronic act DEADBEAT AT DAWN. With song titles such as ‘Bonecrusher’ you wouldn’t expect the one man act to get emotional about a shop. But DAD writes on his facebook page that the project may not have existed if it wasn’t for TMX, like many other bands. So, get your arses down on Saturday, and make this the best send off party that ever did happen! 

The Bodega
Saturday 19th March
Doors: 7pm
Tickets: £5

Yours In Love of New Music,
Katie Beard x