Venue Guide: Rock City, Nottingham

Rock City has been winning plaudits for its unbeatable atmosphere for over 35 years. Here's what you need to know...

Truly independent, Rock City in Nottingham has been a favourite stop for bands (big and small) since its opening in December 1980. Planning on catching a show there soon? Here’s our guide to one of the countries most beloves venues… 


8 Talbot Street, Nottingham, NG1 5GG

Telephone Number: 0115 950 6547 

Brief History 

Rock City opened its doors 11 December 1980 when The Undertones became the first band to grace the stage at the now legendary venue. Since then, literally, thousands of artists have walked through the doors of the city centre institution. The venue is operated by DHP. The locally based music company, have looked after the venue since the start and have decades of experience in promoting shows. Much loved by bands and fans alike, the venue has become a favourite pit-stop for artists and put Nottingham’s music scene on the map. Famously, Kerrang Magazine named the venue its ‘venue of the year’ 10-years straight. 

How many people does it hold? 

2450 in the main room, 300 in the basement. 

Who has played there? 

David Bowie, Franz Ferdinand, Guns N’ Roses, Oasis, Public Enemy, The Libertines, Radiohead, Happy Mondays, Linkin Park, Duran Duran, Blur, The Pixies, REM, Rage Against The Machine, The Smiths, The Ramones, Queens Of The Stone Age and loads more! 

Have there been any “I was there” moments?

Nirvana played the venue months after the release of Nevermind in 1991. Luckily, a TV crew were on hand to film the gig! Watch the raucous performance below: 

How do I get there? 

The venue is an 18-minute walk from the train station or a 10-minute tram/bus ride. 

Where should I eat?

We’ve heard great things about Pizza Storm on Milton Street, which is super friendly for the vegetarian and vegans out there.  Annie’s Burger Shack is super popular with the locals.. 

Where can I stay?

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Ticketweb Tip 

Don’t be boring! Rock City is known for its incredible atmosphere at shows. Loosen up and get involved. 

Where can you carry on the party? 

Rock City hosts club-nights throughout the week. Hit up their website for info

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