Live Music in Nottingham

We've got an amazing music scene here in Nottingham! With plenty of live music venues that host local and big time bands we highly recommend checking out, read on to explore our booming music scene.

THE MAZE  has live music nearly every night of the week, mixing a host of underground club nights and alternative band nights.  It has become a linchpin in the ever growing music community of Nottingham city, remaining one of our only truly independent venues. It has hosted the likes of Jake Bugg, Bonobo and Newton Faulkner so if you want to see any up and coming exciting musicians this is the place to be, as well as fun affordable nights out. Click here to view The Maze’s gig list:

There is only 4 ROUGH TRADE stores in the WORLD!! (New York, 2 in London and 1 here!) By day they are a vinyl, CD and book shop but at night they have a bar and music area upstairs. Here you can go to various gigs, poetry recitals, album signings and meet other like minded music lovers.  Click HERE to see Rough Trade's gig and event listings.  


ROCK CITY erupted in Nottingham back in 1980. Since then it has been one of the flagship venues in the UK for live music and club nights. They have held artists from the likes of Nirvana, Def Leppard, The Pogues, David Bowie,Guns And Roses, Ozzy Ozbourne, The Cure,Rage Against The Machine, Slipknot, Run DMC, Queens of The Stone Age, Bloc Party and that's not even close to us listing them all! A great venue for big bands to play, we highly recommend experiencing a gig here. It’s also received numerous awards, including Kerrang! magazine's Venue of the Year for ten consecutive years so that must count for something. Click for upcoming gigs.

THE BODEGA is another wonderful venue that we have in Nottingham. A close intimate gig and then a breath of fresh air in the beautiful fairy-lit beer garden. They pride themselves on having ‘festival headlining talent’ playing at their venue before they make it big including the likes of; Arctic Monkeys, Bloc Party, Caribou, Florence and the Machine, The Libertines, Mumford and Sons and the Strokes. So it’s definitely a venue to head to for a fun night and perhaps you might become a fan of a new up and coming band. Click here to see Bodegas upcoming gigs:

RESCUE ROOMS is a real highlight to our music scene with its 450 person capacity you feel like the bands are playing in your living room, its so intimate and lovely. The stage is raised higher than most so good visibility throughout.  Check out their listings here

And of course we have MOTORPOINT ARENA holding 10,000 people a night to see some of the biggest musicians in the world, upcoming gigs include The Killers and Andre Rieu. Take a look at their lineup HERE and you may be able to experience one of the bands you’ve dreamed of seeing!

Finally, If your wanting a cheap music event to attend in the city on October 8th there is the HOCKLEY HUSTLE event. Lots of local musicians playing in different venues throughout Hockley area in Nottingham City Centre raising money for 7 local charities, with 24 venues and 300 artists. Currently tickets are only £11! For all info check out their website:

The city has loads to offer if you're wanting to immerse yourself in some music! Then after a fun gig or event IGLOO is placed so centrally that we are a short walk from all the music venues mentioned meaning you can crash out in our affordable and cosy rooms.