The weather might have changed its mind about being Summer but August is here and it’s brought a whole ton of incredible gigs along with it. This week there are TWO co-headline shows on Friday, one at The Chameleonone at Rough Trade plus a headline gig for a Future Bubbler at the Contemporary.


LITTLE BRIBES are one of the headliners, who formed back in 2014. They released their debut EP ‘Obstacles’ in April, which showcases their ethereal yet dense sound that varies from Punk to Emo to an almost ambient styley Rock. The band are finishing a run of summer shows with this RT gig and say it’s their last Notts gig for a while, so get down and see them while you can.

MERRICK’S TUSK are the other headliners, who were born back in 2013. They released their latest EP ‘Regroup and Reform’ in April with a release show alongside LITTLE BRIBES too. Awh, we love it when Notts bands spread the love! Channelling the early Emo scene, the band take traditional Emo but still give it a modern twist.

Support comes from BLUEBIRD whose bio says “emo, cheetos, pear juice.” I’m going to assume that means they like emos, cheetos and pear juice (which sounds delicious… not the emos. We don’t tolerate cannibalism). Their combination of math rock, pop punk and emo give BLUEBIRD a unique and upbeat sound.

Papayer from Derby (anyone know where that is?) will also be supporting.

Rough Trade
Friday 5th August
Doors: 7pm
Free Entry


AUTUMN DIET PLANS and MANNEQUIN are taking on a two week co-headline tour that takes them from Leeds to the Netherlands, but most importantly, they’ll be playing at The Chameleon this Friday.

AUTUMN DIET PLANS are doing quite well for themselves since they landed from the International Space Station, aren’t they? Space must have a sick music school, maybe it’s the lack of gravity. The four-piece have recently signed to Homebird Records, impressing them with their seriously spacey grunge rock. If you wanna hear more about ADP’s life before Earth then check out their Future Session HERE.

MANNEQUIN might not have been to that Space Music School but gravity doesn’t seem to affect their musical talent. And a mosh pit in space sounds like way too much hard work. If you wanna find out more about the band they did an ‘In Focus’ photo interview in this month’s Leftlion (but heads up, they hate beans on toast??). Check out their facebook page to get your ears around some MANNEQUIN music.

Support comes from MAX JENNINGS who are a band… not a person. And none of them are called Max. The Mansfield based rock / punk / emo band were supposed to have their last show September 2015, but the powers of Mannequin and Autumn Diet Plans combined has managed to resurrect the band.

You can also catch Starwheel from that Derby place. Maybe it’s somewhere in space and that’s how they know ADP. It’s all starting to make sense.

The Chameleon Arts Cafe
Friday 5th August
Doors: 7.30pm
Tickets: £5 OTD


YAZMIN LACEY and her band THE ECHOES have their first headline show at The Contemporary this Saturday. Yazmin is part of Brownswood and Gilles Peterson’s Future Bubblers project, which essentially means that they (rightly) think she is pretty awesome. Yazmin’s smooth, sultry voice combined with the soulful Jazz created by The Echoes makes for some beautiful music.

Support comes from DAUDI MATSIKO, making heart-string-pulling music that could warm your frozen ears on a winter’s day (or potentially cool them in the summer, if you’re someone that gets particularly warm ears). He has recently become one of 6 Brits to be welcomed into the Red Bull Music Academy and gets to spend some time in Montreal honing his craft (if it is even possible to further hone).

You can also catch NATTI RUDYJ (sometimes known as NATTI DREAD) as support. Natty has little social media to her name, but after a bit of digging we found her SoundCloud page, with a song called ‘Promises.’ Her raspy voice layered over a jazzy but dark beat tells her own love story.

The Contemporary
Saturday 6th August
Doors: 8pm
Free Entry

Yours in Love of New Music,
Katie Beard x

PS – Nottingham’s annual Riverside festival takes place this weekend, but the lineup has not been revealed yet. We’re sure it’ll be epic as always.