January Blues got ya down? Don’t worry, there’s plenty going off in Notts to have you forgetting what time of year it is (along with your name, probs your wallet, and the fact you just bruised yourself). There’s a Metal Night at The Sal, a single launch at Rough Trade and a Mosh About over at The Maze.


On Friday, Trojan Fest Metal Night is kicking off over at The Sal.

TAKEN BY THE TIDE will be taking to the stage on Friday night. The Progressive Metal Hardcore five-piece released their first (and incredibly catchy titled) EP “There Is No Such Thing As An Atheist In A Foxhole” back in 2010, followed by ‘Hands of Spite’ four years later. The band are currently finishing up their next record, which looking to be quite a monster of a record (ya know, in a friendly, you’ll really enjoy listening to kinda way).

Bringing along their Blackened Death Metal will be CACODAEMONIC (a ‘cacodaemon’ is an evil spirit, devil or daemon, btw. Thanks google). After forming almost a decade ago in 2007, the band have played festivals and gigs all over the country, including their own headline tour last summer.

Also performing are Intervention from Staffordshire.

The Old Salutation Inn
Friday 22nd January
Doors: 8pm
Tickets: £4, £5 OTD


I’m Not From London and Rough Trade are coming together for the launch of TOM MCCARTNEY’s second single ‘Kicked Outta Town.’ The single tells the story of when he was heckled out a gig over in Lincolnshire (it’s alright Tom, us Notts lot wouldn’t do that to ya). The 16 year old from Radcliffe-on-Trent describes his music as “Bluesy Rock ‘n’ Roll with a Country twang” with a deep, husky voice that defies his age, it’s hard to believe this guy is still doing his GCSEs!

LOUIS ANTONIOU and his band THE BLUE JAY WAYS will be supporting Tom on the Rough Trade stage. After NTU stole Louis from his hometown of Watford, Notts became a big inspiration for Louis in his songwriting, along with Blues artists from Seasick Steve to Howlin’ Wolf. Louis released his latest EP ‘Scum’ back in November and has just released a trailer for the video of ‘Poor Man’s Rich Song’ from the EP. So keep your eyes and ears peeled for that.

STACEY MCMULLEN will also be supporting on Saturday. His music ranges from Blues to Rap, Metal to Flamenco and just about everything in between.  Last year Stacey raised over £300 for Nottingham and Nottinghamshire Refugee Forum with his song ‘Lines in the Sand’, we’re sure you’ll get to hear that beaut of a song on Saturday! 

Rough Trade
Saturday 23rd January
Doors: 8pm
Tickets: FREE


IKE Production’s Mosh About hits The Maze on Sunday. The clue is in the name – prepare yourself to be well and truly battered and bruised, you know, in a fun way. 

The first Notts band of the evening are Mansfield five-piece NO HONOUR. The Melodic Hardcore band launched back in 2012. They released their latest song ‘Lost Youth’ on Christmas Day with the video spreading awareness of mental health issues and trying to prevent suicide.

Macmillan Fest Battle of the Band 2014 winners FAMOUS FOR NOTHING are performing on Sunday. The Metalcore six-piece have just announced the release of their EP ‘Famous40’ at the end of March, you may get a first listen to some of the track on Sunday.

You can also catch AN EMPIRE WILL FALL over at The Maze. Originally formed in 2012, before having a reshuffle and a name change in 2013, the five-piece create Melodic Deathcore that is apparently perfect for “fans of jiggy brutal shit to bop your booty to!” I don’t know about you but bopping booties aren’t the first thing that comes to mind when I hear Melodic Deathcore.

STOP HITTING YOURSELF will also be performing. The Hardcore three-piece formed in 2013 and, along with having an awesome band name, have been described as “Party music for the Punk culture” by Vendetta magazine.

The final Notts act of the evening are WOLVES DON’T SLEEP. After forming just 6 months ago, the Metalcore five-piece released their debut single ‘Phoenix Down’ on January 1st, not a bad way to kick off the new year.

Also performing are All At Sea from the North East and Dead On Arrival from Swadlincote.

The Maze
Sunday 24th January
Doors: 4pm
Tickets: £5

Yours in Love of New Music,
Katie Beard x