Out on the Town

Dischordant offerings, ranging from alternative to mainstream and classical to jazz, draw music tourists to Nottingham. The universities’ rock society followings are among the largest in the country, with Rock City the place to be for under 21s. Although most nights are indie, rock, metal and punk, one night a week is usually set aside to satisfy the mainstream pop crowd.

It is not all heavy metal though, there is dance music too. Nottingham is home to super-club Media in Grade-two listed Elite Building on Queen Street, famous for Renaissance, which is on a par with Gatecrasher, Cream and Pacha for guest DJs and experimental house, trance and techno beats. While the decibels are slightly lower at the Cookie Club on James’ Street and Snug nightclub, a mix of music, special events and freebies keeps undergraduates coming.

Live acts usually make a point of stopping at Nottingham on tours of the UK, with the largest stadium the 9,500-seater Nottingham Arena. Rock City stages alternative and up and coming acts, while Nottingham Royal Concert Hall is the region’s top venue for classical music, orchestras and ballets.

The Victorian Theatre Royal is a must-go for West End musicals, operas and plays while the Nottingham Playhouse is renowned for contemporary shows and exciting new work. The Lace Market Theatre in the east side of the city has a varied programme of modern to traditional shows. Nottingham Arts Theatre recently celebrated 60 years of shows, which includes training young performers in its youth theatre.

For cinema check the Cornerhouse, which has Cineworld screens and several pavement style cafes for pre-show drinks and meals. Nottingham is also home to independent cinema famous for specialist showings, cult classics and alternative viewing.