Acts To Look Out For Visiting Notts This Year



15-May-22 Rescue Rooms

This has been quite a year for Sea Girls, one of the UK’s most exciting new bands, named after a misheard lyric from a Nick Cave song. Sea Girls are a band aiming first and foremost at being the sing-a-long torch bearers for a whole new generation. Much of their success is driven by their energetic live performances and uncanny ability to write songs like ‘Violet’ and ‘Damage Done’ that enjoy heavy Radio 1 support. Next March they release a brand new EP, ‘Under Exit Lights’, featuring more infectious jagged life songs and in April play their biggest UK tour yet.

18-May-22 Rescue Rooms

Yard Act have built a sound that speaks inherently to their birthplace of Leeds, West Yorkshire and ties together observations from all walks of modern British life. Across the course of 2020 and into early 2021, the quartet released four increasingly coruscating, hilariously dark singles with ‘The Trapper’s Pelts’, ‘Fixer Upper’, ‘Peanuts’ and ‘Dark Days’ all securing BBC 6 Music airplay, and developing a remarkable, ever increasing fanbase. Pulling off a debut album in a pandemic isn’t easy, but Yard Act made it work with their debut album The Overload receiving 4* reviews from the likes of NME & The Guardian.

19 & 20-May-22 Rock City

Rou Reynolds is post-punk’s renaissance man; a musician, producer, composer, published author, and campaigner. Alongside Reynolds stands the vital Rob Rolfe (drums), Chris Batten (bass) and Rory Clewlow (guitar) making up one of the UK’s truly great British bands, almost uniquely the same four friends that started Enter Shikari at school,16 years later still united by a shared vision. The last decade has seen Enter Shikari increase their stature year on year, a rare career story which has taken them to 4 Top 10 albums, millions of streams, huge sell out world tours (most recently in Russia and two American), as well as multiple awards, last year crowned Best British Band by Rocksound, with Best Album from Kerrang! for ‘The Spark’ at 2018’s Awards.

23-May-22 Motorpoint Arena

As Years & Years, Olly Alexander has become one of the world’s most trailblazing modern pop stars. Across two hugely successful albums to date, the singer, actor, fashion icon and cultural vanguard has earned 5 Brit Award nominations, surpassed 4.4 billion global streams, and played triumphant shows ranging from Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage to The SSE Arena. Along the way, Olly has also become a fearless, once-in-a-generation voice on important discussions around mental health, and issues affecting the LGBTQ+ community – all of which, in its own way, has taken him to ‘Night Call’, the most essential Years & Years album to date.


12-Jul-22 Rock City

Formed in Derby, England, in 2012, The Struts have found themselves massively embraced by some of the greatest icons in rock-and-roll history. Along with opening for Foo Fighters, The Rolling Stones, The Who, and Guns N’ Roses, the UK-bred four-piece band was handpicked by Mötley Crüe to serve as the supporting act for their last-ever performances. The Struts created their third album Strange Days over the course of a charmed and frenzied burst of creativity. Within less than two weeks, the band laid down ten tracks, including collaborations with Robbie Williams, Tom Morello, and more. Their 2021 single ‘Low Key In Love’ with Paris Jackson was a worldwide hit and most recently their version of the Queen classic ‘We Will Rock You’ featured in a major TV ad campaign.

19-Jul-22 Motorpoint Arena

Women In Music Pt. III is the follow up to Haim’s sophomore album, Something To Tell You, which was released in July 2017. Something To Tell You debuted at No.2 on the UK album charts and  No. 7 on the Billboard 200 following release and was critically acclaimed by NME, The FADER, NPR, and more. The album was declared “a gleaming triumph of artisanal pop music” by Stereogum, Pitchfork called the album “slyly complex” and The Observer noted that it “finds them adding a bittersweet edge to their fusion of retro pop styles.” WIMPIII topped the UK album chart upon release and the new record has been welcomed with an outpouring of critical acclaim and rave reviews. NME hailed WIMPIII “a thing of great beauty” and “their best album yet” in their 5 star review, while the Telegraph proclaimed the record “their best by a distance,” backed up by the Financial Times who hailed it their “most accomplished album to date… a powerful statement of intent.” The Sunday Times made it their Album of the Week, writing, “Call it perfect third album syndrome.”

festivals in your area…

Meadowlands Festival / 3-Jun-22
The Mysterines, Michael Aldag, Black Honey, The Reytons

Splendor Festival / 23-Jul-22
Becky Hill

Y Not Festival / 29-Jul-22
The Big Moon, The Reytons

Y Not Festival / 30-Jul-22
Sea Girls, The Mysterines, Billie Marten, Yard Act

Y Not Festival / 31-Jul-22
Easy Life, Baby Queen, Black Honey

later in the year…

The Cadillac Three / 5-Sep-22 / Rock City
Frank Turner / 27-Sep-22 / Rock City

The Amazons / 9-Oct-22 / Rock City

Crawlers / 7-Nov-22 / Rescue Rooms
The Reytons / 11-Nov-22 / Rock City
Sea Girls / 17-Nov-22 / Rock City
Florence + The Machine / 28-Nov-22 / Motorpoint Arena

Self Esteem / 24-Feb-22 / Rock City

Midge Ure / 30-May-23 / Rock City

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