In June, the sleepy town of Southwell has a mightily loud makeover, as the Gate to Southwell festival comes to town. Don’t worreh, we’ve not banged our heads and we aren’t wishing our lives away – we know it ain’t quite June yet. This week, the folks behind the festival are hosting a gig at The Maze. The Undercover Hippy aka Billy Rowan is bringing his reggae-infused singer-songwriter stylings to the Mansfield Road venue, alongside south-west based band Echo Town. Tickets are onsale online now, and you can bag ‘em for a tenner. Grab a ticket rapid before they sell out.
Thursday 14 March, 7.30pm, £10, The Maze
Hand Job Zine Launch
You’d never have thought it, but Notts is brimming with undiscovered wordy talent, with poets and spoken word artists flooding the city’s pubs and bars to showcase their talent in some proper good poetry events. There’s no stopping ‘em this week, as Hand Job Zine bring out the big guns, with poetry sets from ‘the gutters of the underground lit scene’. Zine stalls and live music will also be on hand to see you through, and an all night after party will ensue. Sounds like utterly mad, bad and fabulously dangerous fun to us. We’ll see you there.
Saturday 16 April, 6pm, The Chameleon
Record Store Day
Rough Trade will be the place to go to for RSD in the city this year. It’s all a bit hush hush, but we can tell you that aside from stocking a shedload of exclusive RSD titles, they will have fifteen local DJs and ten live acts performing – a mixture of local and ‘out-of-town’ artists who have RSD releases. For the eager beavers, the store will be open from 6am for breakfast, with the Music Floor trading from 8am until 8pm, while the music and DJs will carry on for the RSD Wrap Party until 1am. Malt Cross are running a RSD Fringe Party, hosted by the folk at Plates Records. From 10am until midnight, there’ll be DJs on the ones and twos throughout the day, Plates Records’ shop’s stock on sale with exclusive imports and rare records, a record swap from 2pm to 4pm.
Saturday 16 April, Rough Trade & Malt Cross
Big Refugee Collection
What makes us so proud to be from Nottingham, is how bleedin’ generous you are, and how quick you respond to help those in need. That’s why we just know that you’ll make some time to have a rummage through the cupboards to provide refugees living in both Calais and Dunkirk with warm clothing, food and camping supplies. A call for sleeping bags, blankets and 3-6 person tents, large and small rucksacks, and waterproof men’s trainers in sizes 41-43. Ring-pull tinned food including tomatoes, chickpeas and red kidney beans, tuna, mackerel and sardines are also in requirement. If you’ve got any of these things to spare, or get a chance to do a quick shop, you’d be making a massive difference. Gwarn, Notts. Mek us proud.
Saturday 16 April, 11am, free, Unit 2 Gauntley Court, Hyson Green
You Want Fox
Contrary to the listing printed in the latest copy of the ‘Lion, the all-girl powerhouse that is You Want Fox will be teasing us with a sneak preview of their brand spankin’ EP this week. Taking over Black Iris Brewery, the duo, along with a whole host of crackin’ Notts bands to entertain the masses during the brewery’s beer festival. Dem Howlin Bones are kickin’ off the night at 8.30pm, followed by The X Rays at 10pm, warming you up good and proper for the main act at 10.45pm. You’ll also have the chance to bag a copy of the brand new EP five weeks ahead of its official release. Them girls aren’t half treatin’ yer.
Saturday 16 April, 2pm/8pm, £3, Black Iris Brewery
Nottingham Tram Ale
Fully equipped with all the bells, ribbons, bobbins, slings and handkerchiefs you can imagine, Nottingham’s Morris dancers are going on a pretty epic pub crawl. Pushing forward a more modern take on the tradition, Jack Daws organised the first Nottingham Tram Ale in 2005, back when the first NET tram system came to town. It’s been a thing ever since. You can expect to see them in the morning starting at The Vat, then on to The Bell, and The White Hart. In the afternoon, they’ll be Beeston bound, where Lakeside Pavillion, The Star, The Crown and The Hop Pole all get the special treatment. Sod it, join them on their route and have a jolly owd balter. That is, if you can handle it.
Saturday 16 April, 10.30am, free, all the pubs
The Louisey Rider Cup
Unbeknown to many, roller derby is massive in Nottingham. Yep, the sport where team members bowl around on skates, elbowing each other out the way in order to achieve points is a welcome feat here. One woman who owned it was tragically killed on Pennyfoot Street in 2014 while cycling to work at Paul Smith – yet her legacy lives on. The Louisey Rider Cup is a roller derby tournament that has been made possible by donations from her community, as well as her employer. Teams from across the UK are coming together to take part and raise funds for Brake – a charity preventing road deaths and injuries across the UK. Get down for loads of fun, and a great cause.
Saturday 16 April, 10am, £6, Lee Westwood Centre
Free Entry to Nottingham Castle
This Sunday, an opportunity as rare as owt has presented itself to the kind people of Nottingham. Long have we waited for the gates of the castle to open to heathens like ourselves, who cannot spare the regular £6 entrance fee to peruse the galleries and grounds of our once-glorious castle. BBC Radio Nottingham have come to our aid, and abolished the entrance fee for one day only in aid of their Big Day Out. For no damage to the pocket, you’ll be able to wander about the castle grounds at your leisure, and have a goose at the exhibitions currently on display. You’ll still have to pay a fiver to go round the caves, though...
Sunday 17 April, 10am, bloody free, Nottingham Castle
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