Fatman bleddy Scoop? Don’t mind if we very well do duck. Cirque Du Soul are renowned for chucking the hugest parties this side of the globe, and they’re bringing the vibe to our humble Nottingham, right in the belly of Rock City. It’s a massive rave, with everyone dressed up to the nines, and the room decorated with all the most colourful ribbons, bunting, and masked-ball business you ever did lay eyes on. Circus, burlesque and bass themed, guests are invited to get their long tails, corsets, top hats, feather boas and canes out. All this, in the presence of one of the planet’s biggest hype men, Fatman Scoop. Joining the New York hip hop legend are Weaver Bros, Russ Ryan, Wolf & Chi, plus Mylo Harvey. Don’t miss this one if you’re down for the ridiculous.
Tuesday 18 October, 10pm, £16, Rock City
One of our favourite bearded brothers from The Afterdark Movement and Origin One has gone all spiritual with his latest release. Following the critical acclaim of his 2014 release, The Midnight EP, our man Trekkah is back with The Enlightening, a proper deep affair that’s gonna align our chakras and all sorts. The launch night at Rough Trade will feature a showcase performance of the entire album, with a job lot of projected visuals, a live instrumental performance showcasing the musicians involved, and free herbal tea on entry. Oo-er. Plus, you can get your sticky fingers on the album with a discount if you pop along. That’s what we like to hear. With collaborations with the likes of Bud, Lowrie and new gal on the block, Sabrina Sandhu, it’s a proper celebration of the talent Notts has to offer.
Tuesday 18 October, 8pm, free, Rough Trade
We’ve all been there. Whether it’s Monday morning in the office after a particularly heavy weekend on the owd sauce and sugar, or Sunday dinner with the extended family. At some point in our lives, we’ve all wanted to give a particularly pesky pest a taste of their own medicine. But there’s only one little lad who had the gumption to go ahead with it. His name is George. And his medicine is blooming marvelous. That’s right, folks. This week, Roald Dahl’s classic, George’s Marvellous Medicine is making it’s way to a theatre near you – the Theatre Royal, to be exact. When George’s ‘orrid grandmother crosses the line, George brews up a special batch of her medicine, and all hell breaks loose.
Wednesday 19 - Saturday 22 October, various times and prices, Theatre Royal
Lydia Towsey explores what it means to be a female in the 21st century with her one-woman show, touring her thoughts in a load of different cities. For her Nottingham show, she’ll be joined by the city’s Mouthy Poets, Panya the Poet, and Andrew ‘Mulletproof’ Graves, who’ll all be performing as well as getting stuck in to the workshop beforehand. With a mixture of poetry, spoken word and music, the themes of journeying and landscapes are woven into Lydia’s story. But she’s not stopping at a simple performance; there’ll be a creative writing masterclass starting at 4pm which focuses on writing both for the page and the stage, and getting a show ready to tour. After a couple of hours’ learning, you may just find the answer to the question: What if Venus, the Roman Goddess of love and beauty, washed up on a beach at this moment in time?
Thursday 20 October, 4pm workshop, 7.30pm performance, £3/£5, Nottingham Writers’ Studio
You’ll have square eyes by the time this month’s over, what with all the glorious films you’ve got to take in. Make sure you have a wander over to the city’s big screens to feast your eyes on microfilms, some of ‘em all the way from China. Broadway, Lakeside, the NVA and Showcase Cinema are to be taken over by short films and industry boffs alike over the course of this week. Catch Jamie Johnson director, and Short Form Film Company founder, Joe Talbot, local working class film director, Jordan McGibney and Stefanie Malone, executive director of Washington’s National Film Festival for Talented Youth, impart their most precious pearls of wisdom. There’s tons of other cracking, speciality stuff going down, so make sure you check out the full line up on the festival website. You’ll be right cultured before the weekend is out.
Thursday 20 - Saturday 22 October, Broadway/Lakeside/NVA/Showcase Cinema
Once again, our favourite record store-cum-music-venue-cum-bike-tyre-pumping-station is to be well and truly taken over by the massivest donnest reggae collective in the city. Yep, hold onto your hats kids, Reggae Take Over are about to boss your Friday night in celebration of their first ever 7” vinyl release, Tippa Irie’s Karma. Since their birth back in the dark days of ‘09, they’ve been supplying us with the best in the business of mellow beats and cool rhythms, and this week will be no exception. Be sure to expect only the creme de la creme of new and classic reggae vinyl, massive merchandise giveaways and discounts on vinyl for you to claim as your own. Don’t miss it, youth.
Friday 21 October, 7pm, free, Rough Trade
This Saturday, you’re invited to fill your boots with the freakiest tunes, courtesy of our East Midz bredrins, at one of the most hip hop happenin’ venues in humble Hoodtown. The Glimmer Twins are cruising over to The Lofthouse to cook up a hearty music pie, complete with a healthy dash of soul, a splash of latin, a sprinkling of African rhythms, a drop of reggae and dub, and lashings of extra soul drizzled over the top for good measure. They’ll be dustin’ off the cobwebs and be playing by record only – none of that pre-packaged, boil in the bag, computerized nonsense – they’re keeping it old school. Make sure you get down early for the aperitif, in the form of the Victor Torpedo karaoke gig. Non-stop.
Saturday 22 October, 10pm, free before 11pm, £2 afterwards, The Lofthouse
The New Art Exchange are hosting a debate-led event, discussing Black History Month and what that means to people. The gallery’s Back to the Future - Black Collective is a community-led voluntary steering group, who regularly meet to develop projects and events with the support of the NAE community engagement producer. This week, they’re hosting a public debate entitled ‘Am I Black For Only 31 Days?’. The debate kicks off with a short film by Ioney Smallhorne, with members of the collective interviewing people from the black community all over Nottingham. After you’ve taken in the film, the talk is opened up for all to voice their opinions, guided by a community panel to make sure the conversation stays on track. Everyone is welcome.
Saturday 22 October, 2pm, free, New Art Exchange
Cultural Vibrations and Positive Grooves Promotions have hooked up to present a proper evening of roots reggae down Nottingham Playhouse. It’s in the main auditorium, so whether you wanted to sit back in your seat and soak up the lovers’ rock, or get your gangway moves on, the choice is yours. After touring the world, the UK reggae stalwart that is Lloyd Brown will be gracing our city’s stage with thirty years of experience as an artist under his belt. With support from the likes of Paulette Tajah, and local Future Sound of Nottingham finalists Lisa Hendricks and The Project Us Band, you’d be daft to miss it. All hosted by Rastarella.
Friday 21 October, 7.45pm, £15/£18/£20, Nottingham Playhouse
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