In 2008BJ (before Jake Bugg, you dirty boggers!) LeftLion asked me to be Music Editor. Nottingham was a different place back then, musically at least. The biggest brag was that the bassist in Hepburn went to college here.
One of the best things about this city is its fierce independence; there’s a certain type of tough spirit that runs through it. Look at Rock City, the totem of our music scene, refusing to part its sticky arse cheeks to accept the corporate dollar. This is symbolic of the way in which the best music in this city is made; doing it on our own terms and in our own way. And Nottingham has made some of the best over the past decade: Lone, Harleighblu, Kagoule, Sleaford Mods, to name but a few of the artists who’ve spread the Nottingham name far and wide, and whose journey I’ve had the pleasure of following as part of this magazine.
LeftLion is built on this spirit too. Fiercely pushing on in its own particular style under very trying circumstances, while shining a light on the amazing things the people of this city do. It’s been an honour to be part of it, but it’s now time for me to hang up my earplugs and step down as Music Editor.
In 2018 our music gets on the radio, plays stadiums and travels overseas, and it’s been great to tell you about it.