On a quiet street in Nottingham in December 1980, a new music venue opened its doors for the first time. It would go on to last another 35 years, and have an impact on hundreds of thousands of people that have walked through its doors.
The first time the band I used to play in went on tour, there was one place in particular that I was really forward to playing, Nottingham Rock City. I’d heard some pretty legendary things about the place from friends in other bands and it didn’t disappoint. A crowd far bigger than we deserved came out to watch us and everyone at the venue looked after us like we were a bigger deal than we were.
It’s a tough climate for music venues at the moment. It seems like every other day I read a story about a venue closing somewhere for one reason or another. That’s why it’s heart-warming to see Rock City going strong. I haven’t had the opportunity to visit recently but from talking to people who have it feels like the community spirit around the venue is still very much intact.
Just a quick scan through the list of bands that have graced Rock City’s stage is mind-blowing. Nirvana, Oasis, Rage Against The Machine, Public Enemy, Radiohead, David Bowie, Foo Fighters, Green Day and countless others have all performed there in the past.
However, it’s not just rock stars that Rock City caters for. The downstairs basement gives a platform to the smaller bands that are in the trenches of the music industry. The band who are trying to sell enough t-shirts just so they can get together enough money to buy petrol to get to their next gig. When you’re in that band, sleeping on floors and cooking pasta on a camping stove, a venue that cares as much as Rock City does is greatly appreciated.
Here’s to the next 35!
Rock City is hosting loads of great bands to celebrate their 35th including The Fratellis, Don Broco, Lower Than Atlantis and more. Head HERE for full listings.