This Monday sees the awards ceremony for the incredible project that is the Young Creative Awards, and it’s taking place at the Royal Concert Hall!

Whilst you’re on your way in to the ceremony, you’ll be enjoying the Oasis-esque sounds of CONNOR SPRAY, who will be playing to the reception. With an incredibly unique tone to his voice, and some stellar songwriting too, we’re sure he’ll catch more than a few peoples attention!

Inbetween all the lovely awards being handed out, there’ll also be even more ace live New Notts Music. Who from I hear you ask? Well, Mr FRAZER LOWRIE will be delivering some of his cheeky yet catchy Acoustic sounds; although we reckon he might have to change a few words to some of his more recent songs. Maybe something like “Nobody likes a bully, and you’re the biggest one I’ve ever met”… maybe?

Also performing on the night will be Noise From The Next Generation winners, and FSN Semi-Finalists HELLO TOMORROW. Their catchy Pop-Punk sounds won them the competition that had some incredible talent on, so we’re pretty sure they’ll put on a great performance.

Inbetween all these Nottingham musicians playing the biggest stage of their lives to date, there will of course be plenty of celebration of all the incredible young creatives in Nottingham. It’s free. It’s a celebration of how great Nottingham is. Get on down!

Doors: 5:30PM
Price: Free


DAUDI MATSIKO will be launching his new EP A Brief Introduction To Failure this Saturday at the Malt Cross, and it’s shaping up to be quite a celebration!

For those unfamiliar, Daudi makes truly touching heartfelt music. And I know we say that about a lot of songwriters, but seriously – Daudi has one of those voices that makes even the manliest of men have to hold back the tears. With a knack for writing a beautiful sad song, we’re sure Daudi will have the entire crowd captivated, and we cannot wait to hear these new songs in action!

Supporting Daudi on the night will be that familiar fella FRAZER LOWRIE (bloody hell, he gets around a bit don’t he?) and the incredible Jazz-Fusion band JIALLO, who make some pretty damn Funky tunes. We can’t wait!

Doors: 8PM


Dot to Dot Festival is back this Sunday, which means this Sunday you can expect absolutely loads of great Nottingham artists to be performing alongside some huge names.

We’re gonna talk about em based on what stage they’re playing on, and we’re also giving you their set times so you can plan your day out. Aren’t we kind? OK don’t answer that, soo…

Rock City Main Stage

On the main stage you get expect to hear the slick Retro-Pop sounds of the rather dapper lads in BITTER STRINGS, as well as the huge anthemic Indie Rock sounds of AMBER RUN. These guys will be sandwiched between some huge names, including the kid from Home Alone’s new band. Living the dream.

22.00 – 23.00 Peace
20.30 – 21.15 Drenge
19.15 – 20.00 The Pizza Underground
18.15 – 18.45 Wolf Alice
17.00 – 17.45 The Midnight Beast
16.00 – 16.30 Josh Record
15.00 – 15.30 AMBER RUN
14.00 – 14.30 BITTER STRINGS

Rock City Basement

HUSKIES will be flying the flag for Notts in the RC Basement with their instantly catchy Beach-Pop melodies, and we’re sure they’ll set the basement proceedings off to a great start!

23.00 – 23.45 Laura Welsh
21.15 – 22.00 George Barnett
20.00 – 20.30 Superfood
18.45 – 19.15 Charlotte OC
17.45 – 18.15 The Heartbreaks
16.30 – 17.00 St. Paul & The Broken Bones
15.30 – 16.00 The 45s
14.30 – 15.00 Big Sixes
13.30 – 14.00 HUSKIES

Trent Student Union

As you can imagine, the SU has got a fair few local acts on, and they’re all absolutely incredible. You can expect to find the beautiful Fleetwood Mac-esque sounds of GEORGIE ROSE, the powerful Soul sounds of NINA SMITH, the slick Singer-Songwriter sounds of JOEL BAKER; and rounding it all off, the huge anthemic sounds of none other than SAINT RAYMOND.

21.15 – 22.15 SAINT RAYMOND
20.00 – 20.45 Lauren Aquilina
18.45 – 19.30 Hudson Taylor
17.45 – 18.15 Young Kato
16.45 – 17.15 JOEL BAKER
15.45 – 16.15 NINA SMITH
14.45 – 15.15 GEORGIE ROSE

Rescue Rooms (Subculture Stage)

On the Rescue Rooms Subculture stage there is just the one Nottingham act performing. But it’s definitely worth making your way down to see GALLERY 47, cause his music is truly breathtaking. Soft, delicate Singer-Songwriter sounds, and a voice that can sooth anyone’s soul, he really is something special. So special in fact Paul Weller’s taking him on tour! Get on down!

00.45 – 01.45 Real Estate
23.15 – 00.00 Courtney Barnett
22.15 – 22.45 Years & Years
21.15 – 21.45 Kyla La Grange
20.15 – 20.45 Slaves
19.15 – 19.45 Sivu
18.15 – 18.45 Darlia
17.15 – 17.45 Caveman
16.15 – 16.45 Ezra Furman
15.15 – 15.45 Norma Jean Martine
14.15 – 14.45 Southern
13.15 – 13.45 GALLERY 47

Rescue Rooms Red Room

The Red Room is similar to the subculture stage, in that there’s just the one Nottingham act on the bill; but they’re bloody good. BAND OF JACKALS “Spaced Out Fuzz Rock” is bound to get you going crazy; just don’t go too crazy, it’s a small room you know!

00.00 – 00.30 Wonder Villains
22.45 – 23.15 Stats
21.45 – 22.15 Cousin Marnie
20.45 – 21.15 Port Isla
19.45 – 20.15 Fyfe
18.45 – 19.15 Hero Fisher
17.45 – 18.15 Emily & The Woods
16.45 – 17.15 Freddie Dickson
15.45 – 16.15 Champs
14.45 – 15.15 BAND OF JACKALS

Rescue Rooms Bar

JACKPOT!!! Is what you’ll probably say when you see the lineup for the Rescue Rooms bar. It’s basically local act heaven! From the soft angelic tones of JOSH WHEATLEY, to the grungy Rock swagger of THE CHASE. The heartfelt lyrics of JAMIE MOON, to the lovely Folky tones of ANWYN WILLIAMS. From the cheeky stories told by JOSH KEMP, to the Soulful sounds of ESTHER VAN LEUVEN. The edgy yet catchy sounds of CONNOR SPRAY to the smile-inducing melodies of MOLLY & JACK. The touching Singer-Songwriter sounds of ADAM PETER SMITH, to the warm comforting sounds of GEORGE HOLROYD. From the beautiful heartstring-tugging Folk of LEAH SINEAD, to the incredibly uplifting pop sounds of BUD. The Jazzy party sounds of CHESHIRE & THE CAT, the incredibly authentic Blues of Mr RYAN THOMAS or the rough ramshackle sounds of 94 GUNSHIPS.

There is something for absolutely bloody everyone here. Seriously, do you see that paragraph? It’s almost too long, but it’s filled with local goodness, so we’re gonna keep it like that!

EDITOR NOTE – What about the awesome ATTICUS ANTHEM? Don’t forget them!

22.45 – 23.30 94 GUNSHIPS
22.00 – 22.30 Sean McGowan
21.15 – 21.45 Adam Barnes
20.30 – 21.00 RYAN THOMAS
19.45 – 20.15 CHESHIRE & THE CAT
19.00 – 19.30 BUD
18.15 – 18.45 LEAH SINEAD
17.30 – 18.00 GEORGE HOLROYD
17.00 – 17.30 ADAM PETER SMITH
16.30 – 17.00 MOLLY & JACK
16.00 – 16.30 CONNOR SPRAY
15.30 – 16.00 ATTICUS ANTHEM
15.00 – 15.30 ESTHER VAN LEUVEN
14.30 – 15.00 JOSH KEMP
14.00 – 14.30 ANWYN WILLIAMS
13.30 – 14.00 JAMIE MOON
13.00 – 13.30 THE CHASE
12.30 – 13.00 JOSH WHEATLEY
12.00 – 12.30 Comp WInner

Stealth Downstairs

If Acoustic stuff isn’t your cup of tea, there’s plenty of fine Electronic stuff going off at Stealth. This year, downstairs, you can expect to find the huge Electro-Pop sounds of APRIL TOWERS, as well as the beautiful down-tempo sounds of recent RCA signees SHELTER POINT.

01.45 – 02.15 SHELTER POINT
01.00 – 01.30 Raleigh Ritchie
00.00 – 00.30 lsa
23.00 – 23.30 Betty Who
22.00 – 22.30 Jaws
21.00 – 21.30 White Lung
20.00 – 20.30 Sundara Karma
19.00 – 19.30 The Ramona Flowers
18.00 – 18.30 Lapland
17.00 – 17.30 Osca
16.00 – 16.30 Stonefield
15.00 – 15.30 Young Romance
14.00 – 14.30 APRIL TOWERS

The Bodega Upstairs

Upstairs in The Bodega this year, you can expect to find two very different, but very good local acts; and they even sandwich the day together! Opening the day will be FSN finalists FIELD STUDIES whose Ambient Post-Rock is sure to set the day off to a great start. Whereas finishing the night (well early morning!) is the Icy-Bass sounds of AJA!

02.00 – 02.30 AJA
01.00 – 01.30 Laurel
00.00 – 00.30 The Mispers
23.00 – 23.30 Luke Sital-Singh
22.00 – 22.30 James Bay
21.00 – 21.30 Life In Film
20.00 – 20.30 Drowners
19.00 – 19.30 Gengahr
18.00 – 18.30 tor miller
17.00 – 17.30 Jamie Isaac
16.00 – 16.30 The Trouble With Templeton
15.00 – 15.30 Sheppard
14.00 – 14.30 FIELD STUDIES

The Bodega Downstairs

Downstairs in The Bodega this year there are actually no local acts so we move on to…

Spanky Van Dykes

Over at Spanky’s you can expect yet another sandwiching of great Nottingham talent (oh, saucy!). Opening Spanky’s will be the anthemic Rock swagger of FIELDS; and closing the venue will be the fuzzy distorted sounds of KAGOULE.

00.00 – 00.45 KAGOULE
23.00 – 23.30 God Damn
22.00 – 22.30 Fickle Friends
21.00 – 21.30 Horse Thief
20.00 – 20.30 Mt Royal
19.00 – 19.30 We Were Evergreen
17.45 – 18.15 Gavin James
16.45 – 17.15 The Minutes
15.45 – 16.15 No Sinner
14.45 – 15.15 Love Zombies
13.45 – 14.15 FIELDS

Jam Cafe
Jam Cafe has got some ace local talent going off this year. You can expect to hear the dreamlike Acoustic sounds of THE GOLDEN TROUBADOURS, as well as a second appearance from those Beach-Pop lads in HUSKIES. The Blues drenched grooves of WHISKY STAIN will get your fists pumping, while the catchy melodies of SEA MONSTER EYES are bound to have you singing at the top of your lungs.

00:00 – 00:30 Brothers Rasputin
23:00 – 23:45 SEA MONSTER EYES
22:00 – 22:30 WHISKY STAIN
21:00 – 21:30 HUSKIES
20:00 – 20:30 Alice Bowman
19:00 – 19:30 TBA
18:00 – 18:30 Jay Brown
17:00 – 17:30 TBA

The Corner

The humble little space that is The Corner has got a right mixed bag of ace local talent going off. The in your face Punk sounds of BUS STOP MADONNA’s kick things off, before the catchy Pop sounds of THE BREAKFAST CLUB calm you down a bit. The interestingly named FRESH EYES FOR THE DEAD GUY turn things up to 11 with their crazy Punk, before the Alternative-Soulful Rock of LEO & THE SERAPHIM gets you moving. The heavy Rock sounds of JC DECAUX are up next, and they’re followed by the experimental Indie sounds of RATTLE. THE CULT OF DOM KELLER are up next, and we’re sure they’ll tear the stage apart, just before the incredible duo that are SLEAFORD MODS finish off the night.

23:00 – 23:45 SLEAFORD MODS
22:00 – 22:30 THE CULT OF DOM KELLER
21:00 – 21:30 RATTLE
20:00 – 20:30 JC DECAUX
19:00 – 19:30 July Talk
18:00 – 18:30 LEO & THE SERAPHIM
17:00 – 17:30 The Scenes
15:00 – 15:30 THE BREAKFAST CLUB
14:00 – 14:30 BUS STOP MADONNAS


The best cinema in Hockley have got some ace musical treats going down this year. However, local act wise, we only have the self proclaimed “angry Punk noise” of WHITE FINGER.

01.30 – 02.00 Dolomite Minor
00.30 – 01.00 Honeyblood
23.30 – 00.00 La Femme
22.30 – 23.00 WHITE FINGER


The canine themed brewery have got some special Acoustic sets going off this year as part of D2D, with some great acts lined up! You can expect to hear the jangly yet catchy sounds of FRAZER LOWRIE, the Folk-Rock sounds of BRAD DEAR, the uplifting sounds of ALEX HEL and the beautiful soft sounds of ALANNAGH COOKE.

21.30 – 22.00 Dr X
20.30 – 21.00 ALANNAGH COOKE
19.30 – 20.00 ALEX HEL
18.30 – 19.00 BRAD DEAR
17.45 – 18.15 FRAZER LOWRIE
17.00 – 17.30 Comp Runner Up

Suede Bar

Finally, in that fancy new pizza place up in Hockley you can expect to find even more Acoustic goodness! From the soft Soulful sounds of STARZ FALADE, to the beautiful harmonies of HEAVYHEADS. Finishing up with the absolutely stunning sounds of NOAH.

21.30 – 22.00 NOAH
20.30 – 21.00 Polly Yates
19.30 – 20.00 HEAVYHEADS
18.30 – 19.00 Yakobo
17.30 – 18.00 STARZ FALADE
16.30 – 17.00 Richard Fenwick
15.30 – 16.00 Comp Runner Up

Well, there you have it. Bloody hell, it’s took me a long time to write this, but it’s worth it. You know why? Cause now I’m even more excited! Look how many amazing local musicians are playing this year! I’d love to see them all, but unfortunately without a Tardis that won’t happen – but, I’ve certainly got a very full day waiting for me!

Doors: Varies
Price: £20 (although some fringe events are free)

Yours in Love of New Music,
Sam Nahirny x