Rock City Celebrates Our City
St Raymond will headline the first ‘Our City’ event to celebrate the cream of Nottingham’s musical talent at Rock City on Friday 4 December.
Promoter DHP Family has put together a heavyweight bill that highlights the breadth of talent and success of Nottingham artists over the past few years. Established chart acts like Indiana and D.I.D will play alongside emerging acts such as Kagoule, Georgie, and Eyre Llew with more to be announced.
Famed for its intimate and raucous atmosphere the 2000 capacity venue will open its doors at 17.15 with Our City promising more than five hours of music from Nottingham acts that have lit up the national and international scene.
Our City organiser and DHP promoter Daniel Ealam said: “Nottingham artists have come a long way in a short space of time. This event will give everybody the chance to see just how much has been achieved and where better to mark that success than at Rock City as part of its 35th birthday celebrations.”
Headliner Saint Raymond has been making waves on the UK touring circuit, playing academy sized venues, arena dates supporting Ed Sheeran, and appearing on numerous festival bills. With his debut album Young Blood entering the Top 10 in the UK Album Charts, Saint Raymond is already one of Nottingham music’s biggest success stories to date.
Scene favourites D.I.D and Indiana have both headlined shows at Rock City in their own right. Five-piece guitar band D.I.D (formerly known as Dog Is Dead) formed in West Bridgford eight years ago and will play their first hometown show since the release of new material from their forthcoming album ‘2’.
Indiana’s inventive, thought-provoking pop music saw her ‘No Romeo’ album achieve critical acclaim and break the top 20 earlier this year. The album included the Notts mega hit Solo Dancing, a crowd favourite during her appearances at all the UK’s major festivals.
Currently on tour in the USA,Kagoule have stormed onto the music scene with their debut album Urth. Released through Nottingham’s pioneering metal label Earache Records, the album is a masterclass in riff-laden hooks and loud/quiet melodies, reminiscent of Smashing Pumpkins and The Pixies.
Also on the bill is singer-songwriter Georgie who recently signed to Columbia Records and newcomers Eyre Llew, a three-piece who have become the talking point of Nottingham after stunning live performances at various local festivals.
The evening will also acknowledge the contributions of the people behind the scene, in particular NUSIC and BBC Nottingham’s Dean Jackson’s who’s show ‘The Beat’ celebrates its 25th Birthday this year.
“We try and support local artists where we can,” says George Akins of DHP Family. “Some have played The Bodega or Rescue Rooms before but not Rock City and it’s a big step up. By working with them we’re able to advise on what they need to do to breakthrough to bigger stages around the country.”
Our City is part of Rock City’s 35th anniversary celebrations with the iconic venue announcing a month of special gigs to mark the occasion including Frank Turner, The Happy Mondays, The Macabees, Stereophonics, The Darkness, HIM, Maximo Park, The Fratellis and many more during November and December (gig guide – http://www.rock-city.co.uk/gig-guide).
Rock City opened its doors on 11th December 1980 with a gig by The Undertones and has gone on to host many of the biggest names in music over the decades including REM, David Bowie, Guns n Roses, Oasis, Foals, The Libertines, Public Enemy, Ozzy Osbourne, Ed Sheeran and thousands more.
Situated on Talbot Street in Nottingham city centre, Rock City attracts around half a million people a year to its gigs and club nights. DHP Family continues to invest in the venue with a £350,000 upgrade to its sound system and lights in the past couple of years.
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