The Top Five Music Venues in Nottingham

In the heart of Nottingham lies numerous music venues from Motorpoint Arena to small bars with live performances like The Playwright.

These are some of Nottingham’s best music venues worth visiting:

Rock City:

This popular night club opened in 1980 and have been going strong ever since. They have hosted icons such as the Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Nirvana, Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, Amy Winehouse and so many more.

This venue has staged countless big names and has a star studded history, it is definitely one of Nottingham’s most recognised locations.

Rock City has numerous gigs coming up including Professor Green, AJR, Ian Brown, Sports Team and others.

Everything Everything toured at Rock City on March 31

The Bodega:

They opened in 1999 and discover upcoming singers before their big break including Coldplay, The Libertines, Florence & The Machine and The 1975.

Many indie rockers have played at The Bodega including The White Stripes, Franz Ferdinand, The XX, Two Door Cinema Club and more.

The Bodega has introduced future stars like London Grammar who played their first ever fully-original show here.

This venue is small but packs a crowd with a long list of gigs to look forward to in the next few months like Tayo Sound, Just Mustard and Andrew Cushin.

Palace performed an acoustic set at Rough Trade on February 25 after the release of their new album Shoals

Rough Trade:

The Nottingham based independent record shop hosts intimate gigs and meet and greets by a broad selection of artists in Hockley, perfect for music lovers.

Past performers include Everything Everything, The Amazons, Palace, Jungle and many more.

There are upcoming signings and performances from Lissie, Hugh Cornwell and Kid Kapichi.

Palace visited Rough Trade for a live music session and album signing



This venue is located in Nottingham’s Creative Quarter and is a national centre for music amongst other focusses including spoken word and moving images.

The venue have their own recording studio spaces and rehearsal rooms offering future artists great opportunities.

The diverse lineup of singers show their appreciation for all styles and genres with many talented artists taking to the stage.

Previous acts include Sigrid, Warpaint, Self Esteem, Easy Life, Oh Wonder and Circa Waves.

Metronome have many exciting performances coming up from Matt Maltese, Skeggs and Let’s Eat Grandma.


Motorpoint Arena:

The arena has a capacity of 10,000 with the biggest names in the business performing there including One Direction and Beyonce.

This venue has an influx of mainstream artists appearing in the upcoming months like Ne-Yo, George Ezra, Kaiser Chiefs, Jake Bugg and Florence & The Machine.

The Motorpoint Arena allows global headlining artists to perform for the masses in Nottingham’s city centre.

Featured Image Credits: Louise Walt






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