Nottingham’s music scene has been growing fast over the last decade making the city one of the country’s most creative music scenes. 

Rock City

Venues like Rock City, Rescue Rooms, the Bodega and the Motorpoint Arena – you’ll always something on! However, for those local artists just at the start of their must career the smaller venues can ultimately make the difference – there are simply hundreds of opportunities to get yourself heard throughout Notts.

Nottingham’s sheer diversity and mass of venues found on every street corner in the city, boasting fresh and original sounds put it on the map for all music fans.#

Jake Bugg

Jake Bugg is arguably the best example of the system working and is Nottingham’s best homegrown talent along with Amber Run.

The weekly open mic night at NTSU joint with the NTU Music Society, aim to showcase some of Nottingham’s best acoustic musicians with their intimate atmosphere.

“Tonight’s open mic night is a great starter for local artists. We’ve had all ranges from grime to acoustic and international, it’s a fantastic night.”


Open mic nights are recognising and starting to widely encourage younger artists to get on the circuit earlier and make a name for themselves.

Local Derby band, Scribble Victory’s Tom and Jamie tell us the importance of open mic nights from their experience.


Through open mic nights, like the one at NTSU, all types of musicians can perform in relaxed environments to anticipating fans. Plus they can use the night as a platform to meet other budding artists and make contacts.

On the night audiences experienced grime artists, rappers, acoustic singers, duo’s, solo artists and even ‘Scribble Victory’ who were on hand to give advice to student performers.

It’s very clear that the music industry noticing the efforts and talents of Nottingham. As in November 2014, the globally known record label ‘Rough Trade’ opened a branch of their shop in the city, aiming to give greater opportunities to local artists – a big deal when they only have one other England branch in London.

Rough Trade

To add to this, on the summer festival circuit, Nottingham artists getting more popularity along with the city, which has its own festival, the Hockley Hustle, annually showcasing the best local talent.

The music scene even attracts a huge range of international artists who come to Nottingham to get involved with the music and be a part of the always growing society. Listen to American, Francis Bloom, tells us what attracted him to Notts from Taiwan


The best of Nottingham’s open mic nights;

  • The Maze – Off cut records (Twice a month)
  • Jam Cafe Open mic night
  • Filthy’s Spotlight (Record performances to Sound cloud)
  • Snatch the Mic (Urban Sessions)