This week we’ve got an exciting line up, including an I’m Not From London presents gig, a psychedelic EP launch, and a showcase of Nottingham’s finest Country, Blues and Americana sounds.


Under The Tree are gifting us with the best Country, Blues and Americana acts from this side of the Atlantic.

THE MOST UGLY CHILD are a six-piece Country/Americana powerhouse band Signed by Wire and Wool. Their incredible, emotionally rousing music is so diverse; it has the tendency to either get you dancing on tables, or weep – probably depending on how much whiskey you’ve had.

RYAN FARMER previously known as RYAN THOMAS (Apparently he wasn’t too keen on being confused with that bloke from Corrie) is second support for this delectable line-up. Listening to him, you’ll find yourself wanting to sip whiskey while the sun sets. His distinctively Bluesy voice and soulful guitar work weave a web of pure Folk goodness into your soul. Don’t miss out.

RICHARD JENKINS will be performing his thought provoking acoustic songs. They’re based on some of his life experiences, and are sung so bloody nicely you’ll be reaching for a tissue. He’ll be releasing his debut album ‘Fading Soldier’ in September, and if that poetic title is anything to go by, it’s going to be beautiful.

JOE BARBER MUSIC is up next to deliver some incredible guitar skills and good ol’ fashioned Blues stylings. Having done a tour of New Orleans and the West Coast of America, this gent has plenty of knowledge and influence of refined American Blues. How about that,ey? True American style Blues without the travel expenses.

Also playing will be the beautiful and talented LAUREN APRIL – a self-confessed ‘slightly crazy’ Songstress will be playing her passionate hybrid of Pop, Country and Rock. Her EP was Released April last year (d’you think she picked that month on purpose?) has since been tipped as ‘more great talent from notts!’ and reminiscent of ‘an early Alanis Morissette’; it has gained her a fair few fans and gigs about hood town.

Malt Cross
23rd July
Doors: 18.30
Admission: FREE


CROSA ROSA will be having their “Pantaphobia” EP Launch at the Nottingham Contemporary . As a pre-warning, these guys are not for the faint hearted; specifically, those who oppose the practicing of Voodoo and eating souls… They are a Garage/Psych Rock band inspired by 60’s surf and psychedelic, who produce a mind-melting sound that is akin to the likes of The Wytches. They’re also lined up to play Y Not? Festival in a couple of weeks, beside acts such as Primal Scream, Johnny Marr, and Snoop Dogg. Pretty Impressive stuff, ey?

FIELD STUDIES – these rising Ambient Post-Rock stars have been rapidly winning over both fans and tastemakers with their elegantly crafted soundscapes intertwined with a combination of surging melodies and textures. They’ve just come back from playing Glastonbury Festival, and took over the BBC Introducing stage like it was long overdue; perfectly representing Notts music for the brilliance that truly resides here.

MANNEQUIN – this dynamic Alt-Rock three-piece have ridiculous energy, and a colossal live presence. In fact, to prepare yourself with how intense they are, check out their Future Session, that’ll give you a pretty good idea! They recently played at KAGOULE’S night during Dot to Dot Festival – ‘Kagoule and Friends do the Chameleon’, and wowed (a very sweaty) everyone with their unique distinction and originality.

Nottingham Contemporary
25th July
Doors: 18:00
Admission: FREE


SAME STREETS – these guys will be playing their refined Rock ’n’ Roll on this night. Expect soaring vocals with up-tempo songs played with an insane amount of energy. Influences include The Beatles, The Clash, and The Rolling Stones. So, if you’re into of any of these musical delights, you’re gonna love ‘em.

THE CHASE – this trio of youngsters made the whole of the Rock City main room completely lose their shit at this year’s FSN. Their first song immediately started a huge mosh pit. Expect Oasis-style song with some little nuggets of Egyptianesque harmonic scales and crescendo of sped up instruments. Their talents deceive their ages, and all I can say is if they’re THIS good now, then what the hell are they going to be like in their 20s?

IDOL HANDS – Despite out journalistic exploits – we couldn’t find anything on these fellas.

ROBYN HUGHES-JONES is a sassy songstress who delivers her sultry voice and unique scat singing style. She’s a 21 year old Singer and Songwriter based in Nottingham UK. Her influences range from the vintage sounds of Otis Redding, Etta James and Ella Fitzgerald to the more modern Joss Stone, Amy Winehouse and Lianne La Havas.

RAPHAEL BLAKE intertwines sentient spoken word into his music to create thought provoking songs. Staying true to his roots, Blake’s recently released Single ‘The Prize’ features a video of him wondering around the medieval architecture of the Nottingham Castle, check it out!

The Lofthouse
25th July
Doors: 18:30
Admission: Donations on the door

Yours in the Love of New Music,
Emily Rose Malone x