AllTheRooms Guide: The Best Music Venues in Nottingham

Music Venues in Nottingham

Nottingham is one of the most exciting cities in the UK with a big art scene, large student population and cheap(ish) living conditions. It’s also home to an awesome music scene and there are tons of great opportunities to see local and international bands. AllTheRooms has rounded up some of the top music venues in Nottingham:

The Maze

The Maze is a quirky, dingy venue with a lot of character. Bands play from all music genres, with an emphasis on underground and alternative music acts. Recent acts taking to the stage include the likes of Simon McBride, Anti Nowhere League, Definitely Oasis and Danny & The Champions of the World. It also hosts great club nights, such as ska and reggae nights or alternative and goth nights. To enter the venue you have to walk through The Forest Tavern, which is a traditional British pub and makes a great place to grab a drink before the gig starts. Check out all the upcoming gigs at The Maze.

Rock City

Rock City is a venue that’s the perfect size. It has a capacity of around 2,500 people but it’s still small enough to feel intimate. Big bands such as The Flaming Lips, Dizzee Rascal and New Found Glory will be taking to the stage in upcoming months, and it’s also home to the annual dot-to-dot festival. See what’s on at Rock City.

The Bodega Social Club

The Bodega Social Club is one of the top gig venues in the North of England. It has a capacity of 2,450 in the main room, and can fit an extra 300 in the basement. The venue is popular with students, thanks to its reasonably priced drinks and great music acts. Acts that will be taking to the stage in the upcoming months include The Orwells, Hunter & The Bear and Employed to Serve. Check out upcoming gigs at The Bodega Social Club.

Motorpoint Arena Nottingham

Motorpoint Arena Nottingham is where the really big music acts come to play. The venue has hosted the likes of Katy Perry, Elton John and Whitney Houston. It’s an enormous venue with a capacity of 10,000 people. Tickets can be pricey, but it’s still a cheaper venue to visit than an arena in London or one of the southern UK cities. Check out what’s on at Motorpoint Arena Nottingham.

And if you need a place to crash after a gig, check out all places to stay in Nottingham.