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Updated 11 Oct. All guides written by Kate Youde

Ahhhhhhh! The focal point for Nottingham's live music is Rock City which will play host to bands including Doves, The Vines, and The Streets during One Live. Here's what to expect when you walk through the doors of some of Nottingham's bigger venues...


The Social
23 Pelham Street
The Social has a habit of hosting the latest bands just before they become the greatest (previous gigs have included Doves and Coldplay), presenting up and coming talent. The smart bar downstairs is popular with music lovers and has a well-stocked free jukebox, which is probably to compensate for the pricey drinks. Gigs are held upstairs, where there is a bar and reasonable sized dance floor.

BBC Nottingham's 360 degree Tour of The Social
How To Get There


The Vines will be playing at Rock CityRock City
8 Talbot Street
Rock City is one of the best venues for live music in Nottingham and is the regular host of rock, Indie and metal gigs. Consistently attracting big names, the club's small rooms ensure an intimate experience and decent atmosphere. Reasonable ticket prices and regular drinks offers also mean that the night won't break the bank.

BBC Nottingham's 360 degree Tour of The Social
BBC Nottingham's Rock City club review
How To Get There


National Ice Centre
Lower Parliament Street
Reserved for the BIG names (the likes of S Club and Elton John need only apply), Nottingham's arena is the city's largest venue. An ice rink by day, stadium by night, it can make for a fantastic gig for those standing. However, due to the sheer size of the arena and the oval shape, those in seats may feel somewhat distanced and miss out in terms of atmosphere and the overall gig experience.

Royal Concert Hall
Royal Centre, Theatre Square
Touring acts frequently use this all seater venue but, due to its theatre like set up, it is perhaps not an ideal location for a gig. The structured seating system and consequent enforced distance between the performer and audience do not nurture the best atmosphere. However, it is an appropriate alternative for solo artists who cannot fit the 'National Ice Centre' bill.


Also Recommended
BBC Nottingham's 360 degree Venue Tours - see tours of The Works and The Boat Club
More One Live In Nottingham Travel Information
BBC Nottingham's Venue Guide and Big Gig List
www.rock-city.co.uk - Official Site
www.nottingham-arena.com - Official Site
www.royalcentre-nottingham.co.uk - Official Site



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