What is your age?
Describe the Nottingham music scene in 3 words
Good in (the) past
How do you usually hear about music events in Nottingham? ie promoters, the internet, magazines etc
I don’t live there anymore so I just get the alt-tickets newsletter through email and bin it straight away (should unsubscribe really). I follow Bodega’s Facebook page too. Sometimes my mates who still live there click “attending” on a FB event and that comes up on my feed, usually for the small venues.
Do you think awareness for smaller events/gigs is good in Nottingham or could be improved? Please explain why
Don’t really know these days
What would you improve about the Nottingham music scene? ie more variety, more events, more awareness etc
Pretty much what @ltlht said. Rock City used to have loads of big bands from the US but it seemed to dry up in the late 2000s. It used to be a place where most big bands would stop off on a tour even if they were only doing 4 or 5 UK dates and was known as a legendary venue, but since they started putting on poppier shows and club nights it’s gone downhill. Saturday nights used to be metal night, now you’re far more likely to hear Katy Perry in the main room (nothing wrong with people dancing to Katy Perry, but there’s Ocean for that). I remember being at Hey Hey Hey one night and requested a Rival Schools song, the DJ told me it was too hardcore for the main room and to ask in the Rig! They’re also trying to cater more towards a lower common denominator all round - since Nottingham Uni SU started holding the athletics’ union socials there on a Wednesday it’s more of a place for rugger lads to strawpedo VKs than for music fans to see big-but-not-arena-sized bands. To be fair, Bodega and Rescue Rooms have the same problem. Electric Banana used to be a brilliant indie night and so did Stealth vs Rescued (I hadn’t been for years but went back recently and it was almost completely dubstep with a bit of lad rock thrown in in one of the rooms). This is getting long now, but what I’m trying to say is that by trying to cater to everyone, the more established venues have watered down what made them great. Having said that, I’ve heard from mates who still live there that the smaller venues are great, like Jam Café etc.
Why do you go to music events?
Watch live music
Hope this helps. As I said, I don’t live there anymore but I grew up and went to uni there, and still go back a fair bit.