#Nottingham Rocks - This Saturday at The Theatre Royal
If you’re a chirpy tweeter than you may have been aware of the #nottinghamrocks campaign that hit our city on 29 May. If you’re more of a twitcher than a twitterer, you may be screwing your face in absolute confusion right now.
Basically, Nottingham Rocks. That goes without saying, but not everyone in the world knows that. Or they didn’t until everyone on Twitter was encouraged to shout about how awesome Nottingham is by ending their tweets on that day with #nottinghamrocks to get Nottingham trending. A massive success, it has now fuelled many a creative’s fire to make Nottingham rock even more.
One such event that has been inspired by the trending proclamation is #NottinghamRocks at the Theatre Royal. It will be bringing to one stage the cream of the crop of Nottingham’s female artists. It’s a hard one to call but Farmyard Records seem to have nailed it right on the head with a line-up including Natalie Duncan, Nina Smith and Indiana. All local singer/songwriters, their inimitable styles will be accompanied by a live orchestra for what will be one hell of a sweet musical treat.
If you’ve not heard of Natalie Duncan, shame on you for not watching her Poddingham video yet, and shame on you for depriving your tabs. She’s an incredible local talent who plays the ivories like she was born in a jazz bar and sings with the heart of a lion. Her debut album was released on Verve Records in July and has been creating a bit of a stir. We defy anyone not to sit through one of her sets and not feel a shiver down their spine at least once.
Nina Smith is a young lady on the scene who’s collaborations with numerous performers have bridged genres like no one before. A pop princess at heart, she has soul in spades and can’t resist a bit of hip-hop when it comes a-calling. Her debut EP, Lonely Hearts Club EP, has been played on both BBC 6 Music and 1Extra.
You may not have heard of the first act of the evening, Indiana, but we assure you that if she is kicking off a night like this then she means serious business and should be placed at the top of your “ones to watch” list. We’ve heard her vocals be compared to the likes of Sarah McLachlan and it seems that she is going to be one bright star in the Nottingham night sky.
#NottinghamRocks, Saturday 22 September, Theatre Royal, Theatre Square, NG1 5ND. Tickets £12.50
The Royal Concert Hall website