Happy Valentine’s Day! Whether you’re using it as an excuse to party all week in the name of lurrvee, or you want any excuse to forget it – there’s plenty of New Notts music taking over this week.


As well as being a super talented musician, NATALIE SMALLWOOD is super good at finding other super talented musicians and putting them on her Acoustic Nights. And on Tuesday night, she’ll be doing just that at The Running Horse.

First up is KATE AUBURN. The Acoustic Folk songstress who has been gigging round Notts for a while now. Kate was previously a member of all girl trio HEARTS too, but now she’s delivering her beaut vocals to venues all round the city as a solo act.

NATALIE SMALLWOOD herself is also performing (she’s got a multitude of talents, don’tcha know). She has been gigging round Notts and the rest of the East Midlands for a few years now, giving her plenty of stories to tell in her songwriting. Natalie will be releasing her debut EP at the end of March, so keep a look out for that.

The final act of the evening is JAMES DALBY. James is a bit of a youtube sensation with almost 1.5 Million views on a cover video, BUT, we don’t care about covers here at Nusic. Thankfully, his solo stuff is pretty bloody good too. His sophomore EP will be dropping soon, so chances are you’ll get to hear a cheeky snippit or two.

Also performing will be Michael Hardy from Derby (ha, it rhymes).

The Running Horse
Tuesday 16th February
Doors: Music from 8pm
Tickets: FREE


Ghost Dance are taking over JamCafe this Thursday, and they’re bringing with them a bunch of raucous Rock and Roll bands. What else ya gonna do on a Thursday eve?

Kicking off proceedings we have the psychedelic sounds of THE HIJINKS. The four-piece only played their debut gig two weeks ago (at Suede, if you were wondering), but they’ve already nailed their sound (and look!) We look forward to hearing some recordings of these live tracks (word on the street is they’ve been in the studio).

Next up are CATBONE, the three-piece that are kinda sat somewhere between Punk, Rock and Roll and Garage Rock. And, they’ve got all the energy you’d expect from that kinda genre concoction. Just remember this is JamCafe – so, there’s a good chance you might end up with a sweat-drenched guitar on your head. But, in the moment, it’ll probably feel like the coolest thing ever.

Nervous Twitch from Leeds will also be performing.

Jam Cafe
Thursday 18th Feb
Doors: 7pm
Tickets: FREE


Phlexx Records are putting on their first show of the year over at the Contemporary and it’s free!

J LITTLES will be joined onstage by JAH DIGGA, NICK STEZ & CHARLIE BONE – almost a supergroup in their own right! Hip-Hop veterans and members of Educated Foolz, J LITTLES and JAH DIGGA know a thing or two about crafting real music. And with Nick and Charlie on sax and guitar respectively, they’re sure to put on an incredible performance.

LOWRIE will be performing on Saturday. Yep, he’s dropped the ‘Frazer’ and is a single-named artist now (kinda like Adele, or Beyonce…). Not only has he dropped his first name, he’s switched the acoustic guitar for some synths, beats and a piano. He’ll be releasing his new mixtape ‘Floating World’, which is full of all this electronic goodness, on 4th March.

SPACE CITY are new to the Nottingham music scene, but they’ve built their own niche of Trip-Hop that sounds like they’ve been doing it for years. Their name is actually quite suitable, their music is… spacey, if ya get us, down-tempo but still full of energy. Yeah, you need to check ‘em live now to see what we’re on about don’tcha?

WHAT’S MAHMOOD will be making his live debut on the Phlexx stage, bringing along his pretty unique style of music. Mixing up Progressive Pop, “Sand Rock” and classical Middle Eastern music, the PUBLIC FICTION frontman aims to be “immortal of musical genres”.

The Contemporary
Saturday 20th February
Doors: 8pm
Tickets: FREE

Yours In Love of New Music,
Katie Beard x