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The Hempolics Answer our Questions in Photos

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 13:11:15 GMT

London’s finest underground lo-fi reggae band – The Hempolics – are on their way to Nottingham this month as part of Reggae Take Over at the Contemporary. With a sound that has a rollaround in the organic, and conscious lyrics to boot, they’ve been featured on BBC 6 Music, and hit number one in the UK reggae charts with their single Serious. Before we get stuck in to their electro-hip-hop-dubby mashups at the end of the month, let’s check out what they had to say in photographic form…

12 Karaoke Bangers To Practice Before Bamalamasingsong

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 17:45:37 GMT

Rescue Rooms are turning fifteen this month, and are throwing one hell of a birthday bash to celebrate. They’ve invited the I’m Not From London lads down to host an epic Bamalamasingsong; the only karaoke event complete with a live band that makes the whole room the lead singer. To get right in the spirit of things, we’ve rounded up what we reckon to be some of the greatest karaoke tunes of all time...

Tradition Hi-Fi on Their All-Valve Soundsystem Journey

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 17:13:02 GMT

Andrew Neale and David Foreman make up Tradition Hi-Fi, a local soundsystem duo who this month are reviving the old times and taking over The Irish Centre with an all valve, all vinyl vintage session; one deck and a mic in tow. Here, Andrew tells us about his journey from Nottingham to Kingston, and back again...

5 Places To Eat Fish and Chips in Notts

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 11:16:05 GMT

It’s National Chip Week this week; a time when Briton’s from north and south forget their differences and come together to celebrate our love for all things battered, fried and doused in vinegar. We’ve rounded up some of our favourite Notts restaurants serving up our unofficial national dish, so you can get right stuck in to the festivities and indulge yoursen. It’d be rude not to...

Noshingham: Dolcino Bloggers Event

Tue, 20 Feb 2018 15:20:04 GMT

Waffles and whipped cream and sweets, oh my...

LeftLion Film Podcast #4: William Ivory

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 10:00:00 GMT

Ashley Carter and Derry Shillitto were delighted to be joined by William Ivory, the BAFTA nominated writer of Made in Dagenham, Burton and Taylor and many iconic British TV series.  The Nottingham-born writer, who has worked with the likes of John Hurt, Bob Hoskins, Pete Poslethwaite, Sally Hawkins, Rosamund Pike, Matt Smith, Dominic West and Helena Bonham Carter, joined us to talk about his career, the film industry and much more.  

Notes from the Middle Kingdom: In This Our Year of Dog

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 11:24:55 GMT

The dog days have just begun, and James Kramer, our main man in Beijing, has dropped in to wish us a happy new year. 恭喜發財, Notts! 

Memorial Walk Planned to Raise Funds for Statue of Bendigo the Bare-Knuckle Boxer

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:04:23 GMT

Ryan's in this for the long run, dedicating his time to properly commemorate this underappreciated legend... 

Festival of Science and Curiosity: Discover George Green Review

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 12:43:36 GMT

The Festival of Science and Curiosity kicked off in Nottingham with Discover George Green at the Windmill Science Centre, in Sneinton…

Review: FanSHEN Justice Syndicate Event

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 13:25:45 GMT

I’m going to put my cards on the table; when I got my tickets for FanSHEN’s Justice Syndicate show, from the name I was expecting a superhero-related show. I can’t say I was disappointed though, as what I got was an interactive jury experience. It’s much more interesting than it sounds... 

Theatre Review: Wonderland

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:06:46 GMT

Coal strike drama Wonderland explores a faultline that still runs through Notts today...

Festival of Science and Curiosity: Real Science in Schools Symposium

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 16:25:16 GMT

Attended by local Politicians - including councillors and MPs - and Leading Lights in Science and Education and schools, the Symposium was essential for all those keen to improve teaching and research in STEM...

Queer in Nottingham City

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 14:36:14 GMT

"There are pockets of support in Nottingham, you have just to know where to look for them"...

Have You Seen These Stickers Around Nottingham?

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 14:27:22 GMT

In the digital era, it’s easy to bury your head into the depths of a black mirror and miss your surroundings when getting from A to B. Look up with a pair of wide peepers, and you’ll be amazed at how much art is hidden in plain sight. You’ll start to notice the little characters dotted around the city: a worm on a phone box, a carrot on a lamppost, a political uprising in a disused doorway. Nottingham’s streets are covered in stickers and posters just waiting to be noticed. We hunted far and wide to catch five of the many street artists dotted around the city...

5 Things to Do in Nottingham This Week

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 17:00:00 GMT

It's a real mixed bag this week...

Poetry Profile: Two Days With the DIY Poets

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 11:08:30 GMT

Every now and then you’ll come across something that does exactly what it says on the tin. Nottingham’s own DIY Poets are a prime example of this, with their tagline “We’re Nice and We Don’t Always Rhyme” neatly printed on the front cover of each issue of their monthly zine. We decided to pop in for a chat with the gang to get a gauge of just how nice they are, and we were not disappointed.

Watercolour Records: Harnessing The Art Of Sound

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 15:32:28 GMT

Ahead of their launch night, we find out more about Nottingham's newest record label that promises 'electronic music with a deeper edge'...

A Bouncer in Notts

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 14:07:25 GMT

"We get a bit of a bad rap; we’re either 'man-whores' or 'thugs' and most of us are neither."

Theatre Review: Hairspray

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 17:08:04 GMT

This week Hairspray: The Musical hit the stage of Nottingham’s Theatre Royal so we headed on over to check it out...

STRATA:1 – A Painting Exhibition at Surface Gallery

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:43:49 GMT

This month sees five Loughborough Fine Art graduates take over Surface Gallery with the raw medium of paint, featuring Joshua Browitt, Philip Clarke, Martin Clarkson, Sarah Cunningham and Adam Waghorne. Here, we've been treated to a small selection of their landscape wares. Enjoy duckeh

Nottingham in Photos: February 2018

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 13:55:05 GMT

Here's what you lot have been snapping over the last month...

Nottingham Panthers' Head Coach Corey Neilson Announces Departure

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:48:24 GMT

It may be Valentine’s week, but the Nottingham Panthers have not given fans much to love about them in the last month. In the last twelve games, Panthers have lost eight. In what was increasingly being speculated as a possibility as we near the end of another mediocre season, Head Coach, Corey Neilson and the club have announced that they will part ways, by mutual consent, at the end of the season.

Film Review: The Mercy

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 12:32:33 GMT

Colin Firth plays inexperienced yachtsman Donald Crowhurst in the portrayal of his disastrous attempt to win the 1968 Golden Globe Race.

5 Things to Do in Nottingham This Weekend

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 16:00:00 GMT

We've hit the middle of the month and it's all kicking off... 

Director Adam Penford and Playwright Beth Steel on Wonderland at Nottingham Playhouse

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 11:09:58 GMT

Wonderland, the first play directed by Adam Penford in his role as Artistic Director of Nottingham Playhouse, was also written by Notts playwright Beth Steel. We caught up with them both on the opening night of the play…

Win The Perfect Day in Notts

Thu, 15 Feb 2018 10:30:00 GMT

You think you know somebody and then you find out they don’t hate Su Pollard. You, our readers, are our lifeblood, and we need to confirm your views on Su and her music. We’ve not delved into your brains since 2014, so now we’re asking you again to give us your thoughts. We want to know what we’ve done well, what we could do better and how much you spend on shoes each month...

David Rodigan MBE on His 40th Anniversary Tour Stop in Notts

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 13:56:09 GMT

When it comes to reggae and British radio, there isn’t a name as synonymous as David Rodigan MBE. For forty years he’s been the prime selector, with shows on Capital, Kiss, and Radio 1, as well as hosting epic solo shows, and tearing down the opposition in soundclashes. We grabbed a few words from the legend ahead of his fortieth anniversary tour, touching down in Nottingham on Friday 16 February...

YMCA - Summer Camp Roles

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 15:50:28 GMT

Summer holidays were awesome; they seemed to last forever and the best days were spent with your mates dossing about. YMCA are looking for programme leaders at their Camp Williams events to make the 2018 school holidays super fun and one to remember. 

Talent, Talks and Tapes at Five Leaves McGregor Launch

Wed, 14 Feb 2018 09:28:12 GMT

Not content to take it easy, author, storyteller, and long-time friend of the mag Jon McGregor has just released his new collection The Reservoir Tapes, hot off the heels of their initial airing on BBC Radio 4. Last Tuesday he made an appearance at Five Leaves Bookshop to launch the collection, so we thought we'd send our Chloe Campbell down to see what he had to say for himself. 

7 Anti-Valentines Events in Notts

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 12:05:12 GMT

Be you one half of a rock-solid couple, or a strong AF lone wolf riding the waves solo, Valentine’s Day is enough to make anyone do a bit of sicking in their mouths. If the thought of spending the day bombarded by endless rom-com re-runs is enough to make your blood curdle, have a goose at these perfectly un-romantic events for you to sink your teeth into...

THiNK are Running an Album Art Competition for their Spring Open Exhibition

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 14:04:03 GMT

Have you ever looked at an album cover and thought “I could gi’ that a go”? If so, then you can show off your artistic prowess at THiNK’s Spring Open Exhibition. Whether you’re an established artist or just interested in trying something new, between Thursday 29 March and Sunday 29 April, you can have your artwork hanging in a proper gallery. With no entry fee and the competition open to all ages, there is only one rule: all works must be original pieces.

Theatre Review: The Wedding

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 22:28:38 GMT

Dreams of community brought to life with magic and grace

Theatre Review: Finding Nana

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 23:19:20 GMT

Nana… Gran… Granny. If you are blessed enough to have been truly loved by a grandparent, you will delight in this drama.

Live Music Review: Lewis Capaldi at Rescue Rooms

Tue, 13 Feb 2018 15:50:32 GMT

We went to Nottingham’s Rescue Rooms to check out a sold-out gig from Lewis Capaldi…

11 Places to Take Your Main Squeeze on Valentine's Day

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 13:37:10 GMT

Treat 'em good this year at one of these fine establishments...

5 Places to Eat Pancakes in Notts This Pancake Day

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 13:24:39 GMT

It’s that time of year again, folks; the most important date in February by a long shot. Despite its status, it’s a day that can creep up on you outta nowhere, but fear not my friend, this time round you won’t be caught short. No, we’re not talking about Valentine’s D ay. We’re talking something bigger. A day full of real love and deep indulgence. A day when you can treat yersen without guilt or trepidation. You got it. It’s Pancake Day. Or Shrove Tuesday or Mardi Gras, if you’re so inclined. A celebration almost as old as time itself. Here in Nottingham, we’re wound wonderfully close to our food. The city is the world’s greatest buffet, and today we’re heading to the dessert section…

Loveless Director Andrey Zvyagintsev Talks Filmmaking in Russia

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 12:50:50 GMT

Widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest living filmmakers, Andrey Zvyagintsev's latest film Loveless has already won the Jury Prize at the 2017 Cannes Film Festival.  Daniel Turner talked to the director whilst he was in Nottingham to discuss his path to making films, his storied career and his Oscar nominated new film.

Nusic Podcast #172 with Yazmin Lacey, Ashfields, Haggard Cat, Snowy and more...

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 14:52:54 GMT

Our annual People’s New Music Podcast, where you make your predictions of which local artists will realise their musical dreams in the coming year. The result is one heck of a show, where every one of these artists could hold their own on national radio. The Podcast may contain some fruity language. Sensitive ears – you have been warned.

Poetry, Persecution and Protest at Amicus ALJ Spoken Word Night

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 10:12:26 GMT

Last Monday saw a collection of young poets take to the stage in protest of one of the most controversial topics discussed in the twenty-first century: The death penalty. We decided to head to Jam Café to see the University of Nottingham’s Poetry and Spoken Word Society in action.

5 Things to Do in Nottingham This Week

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 17:00:00 GMT

This week it's time to try summat new...

The Bestwood Partnership

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 12:52:30 GMT

Travel north from the city centre and eventually you’ll find your way to Bestwood; a council estate on the outer edge of Nottingham. You won’t be surprised to know that, like many other similar outer estates, Bestwood has, in the past, experienced periods of crime and low levels of employment. But it’s often in times of strife that community activity comes to the fore and currently working to change the landscape of the town, and improve the lives of Bestwood’s citizens, is The Bestwood Partnership...

Live Music Review: Fuzzbox at The Chameleon

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 14:14:50 GMT

Following the release of his critically acclaimed album Pictures, Movies & Apartments late last year, Montreal's Paul Jacobs brings his tour to Nottingham as part of I'm Not From London's Fuzzbox night.

Lucy Does Kickboxing

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 12:38:31 GMT

"I felt like my kidneys were about to fall out my arse"...

5 Things to Do in Nottingham This Weekend

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 16:00:00 GMT

It's a real mixed-bag this weekend. Enjoy...

Art Review: From Ear to Ear to Eye at Nottingham Contemporary

Thu, 08 Feb 2018 14:39:24 GMT

Featuring work from almost twenty artists and researchers, this exhibition tells stories from across the Arab world. Through photography, sculpture, music and video, the artists paint a picture of countries with a fierce, independent identity, both separate from and entwined with the violent depictions we see in the media...

The Thompson Brothers on National Gherkin Week

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 12:42:47 GMT

Notts' most opinionated grocers...

Theatre Review: Hedda Gabler

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 10:39:32 GMT

Fresh take on Ibsen classic gives it a new Hedda Steam

Lloyd Byfield Trained with the Shaolin Monks

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 12:32:59 GMT

At the age of 55, award-winning martial arts enthusiast Lloyd Byfield spent six months training with the Shaolin Monks in China. Fresh from his travels, we sat down with Lloyd while he explained what he has in store for his new martial arts school for children in Notts...

The Write Stuff: Nottingham-Based Author Jon McGregor Set to Judge Leicester Writes Competition

Tue, 06 Feb 2018 10:21:14 GMT

Not content with being “Britain’s second-best short story writer”, Jon McGregor is set to judge the 2018 Leicester Writes short story competition. 

Ziggy Starbucks Rules, OK: A Poem by Dave Bishop aka Lord Biro

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 11:20:11 GMT

Gentrification is this week's poetic commentary from the prolific artist/poet Dave Bishop, aka Lord Biro...