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EDITORIAL Diets are over-rated. That’s why we’ve ditched the semi-skimmed and created a big fat 68-page edition of Freeq magazine for you to enjoy. Speaking of diets… I’ve been trying to lose a couple of extra pounds myself since Christmas. I’m no bloater it has to be said, but love handles are NOT a good look. It’s getting dangerously close to a muffin top and er, that’s probably a result of eating too many chocolate chip muffins… I don’t really think you need to starve yourself, or embark on some gimmicky celeb regime; it’s simply a question of burning off more calories than you consume. So if you sit all day behind a desk, then go home and sit all evening on the sofa, I’m afraid you’ll cover illustrator : Stubborn Sideburn need to stick to lettuce leaves. On the other hand, Interview page 6-7 my brother-in-law is now running 9 miles a day – that makes room for A LOT of beer and cake. Although, EDITORIAL TEAM finding the time to eat enough cake and drink enough beer when you’re working out that much may be Editor in Chief: Sam Borrett difficult. There has to be a happy medium somewhere. Sub Editor: Tomi Ajayi Assistant Editor: Amita Mistry Anyway, back on topic. While official unemployment Creative Director: Mellisa Harrison figures have tipped the 2million mark, employment Music Production: Ryan Nolan minister Tony McNulty claimed £60,000 of taxpayer’s money on a second home allowance for a house Writers: Ben Start, Catherine Amos, Crystal Straker, where his parents live. Taxpayers now own 75% of Guy Little, Lee Sibley, Louise Steggals, Olivia Cellamare, the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS), which is not all that Hannah Larham, Jamie Brannon, Rosanna Brough, Paul great seeing as the bank recently announced a loss of Crome, Darren Tusker £28,000,000,000 (that’s 28 billion pounds) the largest in UK history. And guess what? While the Government Art and photography: Lorna Hooper, Olivia Cellamare, refuse to cap banker’s salaries and disgraced ex RBS Steve Fisher, PRShots, Phil Corbett, Digital Resolution chief exec Sir Fred Goodwin pockets a staggering Mimi. £16million pension – it’s me and you that will lose out when they increase taxes to pay off these debts. Cover design: Stubborn Sideburn Design: Radar Creative It’s a sickening age where good people lose their jobs and the greedy London suits devour the carcasses Printed by: like the vultures they are. All we can do is hope that Published by: Freeq somehow, somewhere, justice will prevail. Enjoy the magazine. Sam P.S. Amita told me to mention, we’ve got our special Nottingham Bar Awards feature starting on page 32 with a whole load of cocktail recipes for you to try. There’s an exclusive interview with Detonate on their recent 10th birthday party. Our tribute to a superb photographer, Dave Page, on page 14 and plenty more interviews, reviews and articles carefully crafted by our team of dedicated contributors. Printed on paper from sustainable forests

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JUNICHI TSUNEOKA How did you come up with the name Stubborn Sideburn? I was looking for something funny and memorable. I was watching John Travolta’s Saturday Night Fever and I was looking at his sideburns and the phrase just came up in my head. I liked it right away.

How has living in both the East and the West influenced your style? I think I have started to analyse my own culture very carefully which I think is hard to do when you are actually living in the culture. The experience gave me a better understanding about my native culture.

What made you move to the US? I was studying English in Japan and I was interested in the culture here in the US. After I decided to study graphic design for my future career, I thought I should change my environment completely to stimulate my creativity. I also thought that coming to the US would give me enough opportunities to practice my English at the same time.

Every artist has a personal ‘creative process’, can you explain yours? I am often inspired by playing with words. A phrase like ‘monkey business’ sounds very funny to me and that gives me inspiration. So whenever I have a project, before I start sketching the ideas, I would write down some keywords for the project and expand the word list until I can visualise something. You’ve created designs of famous faces, have any of them approached you for commissioned work? I have done Obama’s caricature for Seattle Weekly’s magazine cover.   Any advice for budding designers? Personally I try to remember how happy I am because I love what I do, I love being a designer. So if you feel the same way, there won’t be any issues.   What have you got planned for 2009? I want to start designing my own T-shirt brand not as a way of making money but to express myself in a different way. I want to explore what it is like to be a designer and being my own client at the same time.

How would you describe your work? It is both a visual and conceptual fusion of Japanese pop culture and US urban culture with a little bit of sense of humour. How did you first get interested in design and illustration? I have always liked to draw ever since I was a kid and I have always thought it would be nice to make a living using my own drawing, but I never had a clear idea how until I had a chance to go to Southern Oregon University for a one year exchange program. The main purpose of this exchange program was to learn something you can’t learn in Japan. So I took some graphic design classes at that university and I just realised that graphic design is the way forward.   Do you miss home? Yes, a lot sometimes. I haven’t had a chance to go back for four years now. I am hoping to go back home some time this year.

Junichi Tsuneoka (Studio Stubborn Sideburn)




French band Underground Railroad tells Amita Mistry about breaking into the music industry, crazy road trips and One Little Indian

Who plays what in Underground Railroad? Marion is on guitar and vocals. JB plays bass and is on backing vocals. Raph plays drums, bit of keys, sings and uses a sequencer/drum machine. You formed in Paris - tell us how that happened? We all were friends from previous bands. Raph: I met JB and Marion at the rehearsing studio near Versailles in France (in Montigny) JB and Marion were neighbours since they were seven years old. How did you come up with the name Underground Railroad? JB and Raph: we opened an English dictionary to pick a band name. The first page opened with U. We ended up with Underground Railroad and thought the meaning was great. (Slaves escaped through an underground railroad to be refugees in Canada). How did your album Sticks & Stones do since releasing it last year? Great thanks. We probably sold millions. We don’t know. We drink all our royalties. The crowds at our tours start singing the lyrics, so I guess our fans really listen to it and love it.

What’s life been like since you signed up with One Little Indian? The same really.We get no advance to live on so we still have to work between tours and albums. One Little Indian really is an amazing label and they do support us on tour and really push for us to get bigger on each album. It’s a long term relationship they look for, and so do we.

How hard was it for you to break into the music industry? Very hard. Making one album and packing out 3000 capacity venues like Glasvegas is very rare nowadays for bands on an independent label. It’s better I think, because you have to think long term and make maybe seven albums to get established and make money on the road, sell records etc. Look at Black Lips or Animal Collective, they both got attention after the fourth or fifth record. Then your music is better, your fans come back and you get new ones after each album. What advice would you give to bands trying to get signed? Stop inviting Mercury or Island or Sony or EMI to your gigs and hoping a major will make you huge in one album. Do really good songs first, release singles on small labels, get some fans that way and get on the f**king road all the f**king time! DIY is the key, find a small label or management that understands that.

Where was your favourite gig and why? Recently, it was with Deerhoof at ULU in December 2008. We’re huge fans of them and it was a true honour to open for them. Their crowd was also incredibly responsive to our stuff, which was amazing, everyone had a great time. Any dodgy road trip stories you can tell us about? We were on tour with a French band in 2006 - our first tour in small bars around France. We shared the same van. We played Montpellier and we had to crash with JB’s parents who live there because it was cheaper for us. The other band got drunk in the kitchen. During the night, one of them was naked and went to the wrong room when he went to bed; he went into JB’s parents room with his willy out. His mum screamed so loud... breakfast in the morning was awkward... Their latest E.P. called Pick the Ghost is out on April 13th.




“WHAT I WANT IS FUNKY MUSIC” Some assignments are so exciting you simply can’t delegate them. Interviewing Kokolo at The Golden Fleece in Nottingham before their gig on March 14th was one such job. Sam Borrett and Mellisa Harrison shared a late afternoon drink with the band. Kokolo are nothing to do with a sugary soft drink but everything to do with full flavour funky music. Describing their music as a mix of afrobeat, latin and funk, the band has received acclaim the world over, without ever really threatening to break the mainstream market. The line up is regularly changing and with the current touring group consisting of musicians from India, Ohio, Yorkshire and beyond, lead vocalist Ray Lugo explained how the cross section of influences affect the sound of the group. “We’ve got three new members for this tour, we had the same

outfit for four years and although it became solid, it became a little predictable. The changes keep us on our toes, it’s as simple as the way a drummer plays a certain beat pattern compared to another guy, the intensity is modified and in a way the songs are reborn. I hate it when it becomes predictable. Bringing the individuality to the table is what creates the character, from year to year, tour to tour and album to album the transformation is natural. There’s a nucleus of individuality but together we make a big fist, called Kokolo.”

to be a breakdancer when I was a kid, we’d break to the Police, Clash, Blondie; we never knew where they were from, just that it was good music. So I wanted to blur the lines of the orthodox and the ‘boxed in’ and reflect the things I love. We’re a little bit of everything for everyone. “As long as it’s funky, I don’t care about the bpm, what I want is funky music, as long as people look at the music and say ‘this is quality and this is funked up’, then the job is done.”

Ray is certainly the driving force behind the band. Born and raised in New York City his childhood was heavily influenced by music. “Kokolo is a representation of the neighbourhood where I grew up in NYC. We had what we called the ‘goodcorn’, we grew up listening to hip-hop, salsa, funk and disco, even a lot of rock. I used

One of the most refreshing things about Kokolo is the fact that they’ve never signed a major record deal. They insist on remaining independent, organising gigs, tours, recording albums and marketing the music themselves. Relying solely on the material they produce to speak for itself, it’s a logic which has enabled freedom


and musical expression away from the influences of commercial labels. “If I’d sat around in New York City waiting to get a green light from a label to say ‘hey, you guys are ready to go out and play’, we’d probably still be waiting. “The good thing about it is we get to record whenever we want, we play whenever we want we travel whenever we want, we say whatever we want, when we want to say it. We create the music and the experience but ultimately it’s up to the people and the DJs to say whether it’s good or not. And they’ll put gas in the tank and give you airplane flights around the world, if that’s what [the music] warrants. But it’s my firm belief you have to bring it to the people and let them decide.” Kokolo have strong links with Nottingham, citing the now defunct magazine Big Daddy as being highly influential in the

afrobeat movement in Britain, and signing an independent record deal in Nottingham in the band’s early days set down deep roots in the city. “They were the first ones to back us on our first European tour. During those early formative years, we came a lot to Nottingham, played at Moog and made a lot of friends here that we’re still very close to. So on every tour, we have a spot where we come here. It’s not so much a gig but a social opportunity to reconnect with a lot of old friends. I love the fact the atmosphere is so familiar, everybody at the pub having a dance and a great time and afterwards we catch up, trade stories about life, it’s a beautiful thing. There’s a symbiotic relationship and a mutual appreciation with Nottingham; it’s like playing in our living room.” There are plans for extending the European tour to the Eastern side of the continent and with trips to

Australia, New Zealand and Japan later in the year. “The scene is really picking up in Australia now, there’s The Bamboos, Cookin on 3 Burners and Sharon Jones has done two very nice tours so they’re opening up a lot of doors. In terms of tours, with such a range of backgrounds, has it been possible for the group to visit everybody’s home towns? “We’ve never been to Hartford and we’re still waiting on India, which would be a dream come true; Kavin’s from Goa so that would be fantastic. We’ve been waiting for a couple of years on the Sheffield Art Festival, we’re gonna try to storm Chris’s home town, and get him banned for life.” So, as we wrapped up the interview, Ray’s left us contemplating his mantra for a better life: “Live more, consume less, with more joy and less stress.” Visit


FASHION SHOW FOR THE HOMELESS Nottingham Trent fashion students are hosting a show in April to raise money for the homeless charity Shelter. Amita Mistry gets front row seats… There are more job cuts happening than ever before, which means the bills start piling up and some people are left with no alternative but to set up home on the streets. The state of the economy hasn’t gone un-noticed by NTU students who are getting the local community involved to help raise money and awareness for Shelter by hosting a fashion show called Dress:4it. It is going to be a glamorous event giving up-and-coming designers the opportunity to show off their talents. The work featured on the night comes from young local graphic designers, fashion designers, artists and illustrators. Some familiar names taking part include, James Benn, May Cortazzi (the brains behind Regenerate Clothing), Caroline Dyke, Rosie Fayle, Alex Fowkes (Above Gallery), Simeon Hartwig (Creator of the Bantum label and also featured in the last issue of Freeq Magazine), Patrick Henry, Alex Macpherson and Tom O’Toole (from Oxygen Thievez). Each individual will create a one-off t-shirt design that will be showcased on the 27th April 2009.These t-shirts will be available to buy from Projects, in Hockley, the following day, where all proceeds will go to charity. The Dress:4it show was created by two fashion marketing and communication students from NTU, Jacqueline Balchin and Olivia Lawrence. It will be an opportunity to enjoy an evening out whilst supporting Shelter, with a fashionable twist. Jacqueline Balchin is one of the 30 student event managers working for Shelter at different universities around the country. This year, Jacqueline, is hoping to raise £1,000 to help Shelter’s work with homeless and badly housed families. As well as making money for a fantastic cause, she will also have the opportunity to spend a day at Shelter’s head office and gain a qualification from the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Jacqueline said: “I am really glad to be part of this scheme. I feel that people our age need to be more informed about the work that Shelter does and need

to get involved more. Taking part or even attending in any fundraising event is a great way to get involved and do something.” Alan Gosschalk, Director of Fundraising at Shelter, said: “We’re really proud of all of our Student Event managers, who are not only going to raise money but be great champions for Shelter to the student population. Collectively, we hope our student event managers will raise £30,000 this year, which will help give many homeless and badly housed families the chance of a brighter future.” The fashion show couldn’t have come at a better time as homelessness is set to be on the increase and charities like Shelter need all the support it can get to help spread awareness. According to the latest figures on mortgage lending from the Financial Services Authority (FSA) 46,750 homes were repossessed in 2008.* Former Shelter Chief Executive Adam Sampson said: “The figures once again underline the scale of the crisis facing Britain’s homeowners, and with thousands facing unemployment, there is little evidence that things will get any better during this year. With tens of thousands of families living in the shadow of repossession, the FSA must ensure that lenders treat struggling borrowers fairly.” Dress:4it will take place on the 27th of April 2009 at Brownes, Nottingham. Doors will open at 8pm, with the show starting at 9pm. Tickets cost £5 and all proceeds will go to Shelter. The Freeq team will be there so we hope to see you on the night.

* Figure compiled from a Shelter Cymru survey 2007 and government statistics 2007 & 2008.



DAVE PAGE tribute

Dave Page was an absolute legend with the lens. We featured an interview and photography profile on Dave in the last issue of Freeq, and it was with the greatest sadness that we learnt of his passing on Monday 2nd March.

For those that didn’t know Dave, he was widely regarded as the best ice hockey photographer in the entire country. We knew straight away that we’d do a tribute to the extreme ice hockey photographer and all round good guy. We also knew that the best possible tribute would be to spend an evening doing what he did best, taking pictures of the Nottingham Panthers ice hockey team. What we didn’t know at the time, was quite how easy he made it look. THE DIARY OF A SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHER ASSIGNMENT NUMBER 1: ICE HOCKEY SATURDAY 7TH MARCH 2009 18:00 HOURS I decided to get to the ice arena early to set up my gear having never taken a ‘proper’ ice hockey picture before. I walked down into the bowels of the building, past the players in their changing rooms and out into the photographer’s booth, sandwiched between the two team benches. There were a few fans already in their seats and it was a strange feeling to be at ice-level, looking up into the arena. I found a spot, in the corner of the booth, chatted to the other ‘togs’ and got my ‘game head’ on.

As the players came out for their pre-match warm up, it provided the perfect opportunity to adjust the settings on my Nikon D200 and 70-200mm 2.8 lens, knowing that despite the £2,500 worth of equipment at my disposal, I would be pushing it to the absolute limit that evening. I’d also packed a backup D200 with wider 24200mm lens for shots of the players on the bench and the crowd, spare batteries and plenty of memory cards – just in case. The arena filled up quickly and by the time the players had finished the warm up and had returned to start the game, the place was absolutely bulging with the largest crowd of the season – over 7,000 people.

It was a symbol of the respect Dave had gained throughout the hockey community that fans, officials, and players, of the two biggest teams in England stood in applause for almost four minutes on an emotional night for the sport. As the game began I was shooting lots of the action without a great deal of success, the game was just too fast. I jettisoned the monopod my lens was mounted on as it was becoming cumbersome and tried concentrating on action behind the play and the checks and hits. Fortunately, having a decent understanding of the game, I was able to predict some of the hits, scuffles and scoring chances just before they occurred – catching them perfectly on a digital camera was a different matter!

15 One of my main concerns before the game was getting my camera gear smashed by a stray puck as we had no plexiglass to protect us. I should have worried more about stray players smashing the equipment as we almost had guys crashing over the boards into our booth on a couple of occasions.

face, at what seems like a hundred miles an hour.

You can be leaning out over the boards getting a shot of some action in the corner, the next thing you’re jumping back as players go flying past, centimetres from your

Nottingham had beaten their arch rivals with a 4-2 score line, and I’m pretty sure Dave Page was smiling down on the team that night. His photos still remain the best around,

By the final hooter, my arms were beginning to ache and I was running out of memory card space. Six goals, three fights and plenty of non-stop action had taken its toll – on me!

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How did you get into painting? From a young age I wanted to be an artist. After an Art Foundation year at Loughborough University I completed a BA (Hons) in Fine Art at Kingston University. I currently live and work in London. For many years I have focussed primarily on painting within my practice, often this has been in conjunction with photography and drawing. What do you love about it? I love the freedom to experiment on both technical and conceptual levels with how I can push the boundaries of oil painting whilst remaining true to its craftsmanship. I embrace the traditions of portraiture whilst challenging people's perception of the portrayal of the female face. Who or what inspires you? I find that although I am a painter, much of my inspiration derives from literature.

What do you have planned for 2009? I am preparing an application for a portraiture bursary. I am taking time to develop my painting and drawing techniques. There are a couple of private commissions that I hope will be underway by the summer. Where can we find out more? This has a gallery of work including commissions and exhibitions. There is a web shop where prints of a selection of my work are available. There is a mailing list for news of exhibitions and developments with my work. The website is currently under development to be updated with new commissions, paintings and exhibitions.


BiLLY Name: Alex Godwin (BiLLY) Hometown: Teddington Weapon of choice: Some pens and some paper/wall Inspiration/style?         Basquiat, most shapes, giraffes, colour and fun things. Tea or Coffee? Coffee makes me shaky but it’s nice, tea is too.  Where can we see your work? Above Gallery, Subism Live, my website.



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How did you get into modelling? One day I wondered whether there was a commercial market for petite models (I’m 5’3”), so I researched it on the internet. No such luck, but I got into this freelance arty modelling in no time and before I knew it I seemed to have become some sort of professional. You see modelling as a form of art, how do you reflect that in your images? I’m the object, not the subject. My photos are the opposite of a portrait; it’s not about capturing me or my personality, it’s about me using my body to create a certain image. Make a shape, study a form, tell a story, create a mood or attitude, advertise a look. What made you decide to pose naked? I’ve always liked the genre of fine art nude, but the reason is also that this is the type of work I’ve been most offered. Unless I get really lucky I’m never going to get serious work modelling clothes, whereas my height is ideal for art nude; I’ve been told by photographers that shorter models are more likely to be in proportion, they fold up more neatly, plus it’s easier to fit them into the frame! How do your friends and family feel about you modelling naked? My parents like it. My mum’s a sculptress and I’ve been modelling for her recently. My dad is very encouraging about my work. My siblings and friends are cool about it too, although I did once accidentally embarrass a Muslim friend of mine by showing him some of my nude work. I honestly sometimes forget that nudity is a sensitive issue! Which photographers have you worked with? Too many to list them all here! Lots of local photographers and some further afield. My favourite photographers that I’ve worked with so far are Simon Richardson, Mark Fiddian and Christopher Colquhoun.

Who or what is your inspiration and why? I’ve always been inspired by the fashion and beauty images you find in magazines, and my bedroom walls are completely collaged in them. I take magazine pages to shoots for ideas. But I’ve also been really inspired and learnt so much in such a short time from the many and various photographers I’ve worked with, who have each taught me something new and expanded my artistic vision. Why did you choose to study linguistics and philosophy when you’re so involved in arts/ photography? Actually, it’s more the other way round! I’m definitely primarily an academic, and hope to work in the field of linguistics. I’m on a year out at the moment and this modelling which started out as a hobby has become my job by accident. Art is very important to me though, and I’ll always put time aside for my arty hobbies, be it modelling, painting, photography or something else. What has been your greatest achievement so far? The fact that I’ve come so far in such a short time. I’ve only been modelling for 4 or 5 months but already I can call myself a pro. And I was very proud when I was approached for work by none other than the great Nina Pak. Being interviewed by this magazine is pretty cool too! Future plans? I’m going to go back to my studies next academic year so I’m trying to achieve as much as I can in my modelling before then. Get as much published work as possible, travel to interesting overseas places, work with the top photographers, and learn as much as I can about the world of photography and modelling.

Amita Mistry




Detonate is 10 years old, how did it all begin? Detonate began with Kath deciding to put on a party – I used to DJ a place called the Lenton where Kath worked so she asked me to play at it. We both used to go to a weekly night called Steel which ran from around ’96-’98 at a club called Beatroot. When that ended it left a big gap in the Nottingham D&B scene. The one off party idea developed into it being a proper night, and I had a few connections through DJing so we sorted out a Thursday night at Deluxe with Kenny Ken headlining. We both borrowed £100 to get some flyers done and then hoped and prayed that enough people would come. Thankfully they did. What do you think has made it so successful? Lots of things have helped. Nottingham has a strong underground music scene, and we’ve always been well supported. I think Drum & Bass stands out as a genre because it’s a different speed. Once people are into

it they tend to like it for a while. We’ve always tried to push things forward as much as possible – the big Rock City shows have really helped boost Detonate’s profile. What do you think has changed in the music scene since Detonate’s conception? When we first came to Nottingham most clubs and a lot of bars had strict dress codes – I used to have to borrow my mates shoes to go out! The clubs were dominated by house music and it was all very dressy and glam. None of the clubs were really interested in housing a D&B night. In terms of the actual music; hip hop was huge when we first started out, and the UK hip hop scene got really big for a while but seems to have faded in the last couple of years. We’ve seen dubstep grow massively in the last three or four years. drum & bass has remained really popular – even when the only time it got mentioned in the press was some


idiot claiming ‘D&B is dead’. It’s an exciting time for UK music at the moment. There is more crossover between genres than there has been before.

for his 1Xtra show but it never made it on air. I think I just said ‘wicked, nice one, wicked, nice one’ over and over.

Where do you expect Detonate to be in another 10 years time? In the memories of the people who’ve enjoyed it. Twenty years of running club nights would be a bit much. We love what we do but in another 10 years time I think we’ll probably look like we’re having a mid life crisis if we’re still hanging around in clubs. We’ll see though, we didn’t expect to make it to 10 years.

How do you feel about Detonate’s chances at the Nottingham Bar & Club Awards 2009? We’ve won it before and it’d be cool to win it again but the awards cover a lot of ground. I’m not sure people voting for best traditional pub or best cocktail bar will have heard of us or really like the music we put on, so I won’t be too bothered if we don’t win. I’m more bothered about the pub and bar we’re involved with picking up awards because we’re competing with people who do the same as us there, and the last two years we’ve won stuff like ‘Best Bar Food’ for the Golden Fleece instead of some microwave chain pub. I’d like Stealth to win for ‘Best Club’ for kind of the same reason, but it seems Oceana and those places haven’t entered as yet.

How did it feel to be nominated for the 1xtra ‘best club night’ award? Yeah, that was cool. We were the only night outside London to get nominated, and the music we do is still fairly London-centric so it was a big compliment. Bailey phoned me to record the nomination announcement



How do you think Detonate has helped music artists over the years? By lining their pockets! Haha, seriously though, I think we’ve brought quite a lot of people through. We try and represent the whole spectrum of the genres we put on (the good quality bits anyway). I think we’ve helped boost certain artists profile by putting them in front of big audiences, and by showing other promoters that line-ups can be thought out and can work musically, rather than bunging on a load of A list DJs and hearing the same tunes over and over. What’s been your highlight so far? I think I always bring up the same things when i get asked this – the problem with running club nights is that a lot of the highlights from a punter’s perspective happen when we’re rushing about or we’re too drunk to remember. Last Sunday was one of the best parties we’ve done. It was a Sunday night in Stealth with Benga, Marky and Breakage. It wasn’t rammed but the vibes were amazing. Rich stage-dived out of the DJ booth, and Marky was playing Nirvana and Michael Jackson! Sometimes the best parties happen when you’re not expecting them. And the low point? Thankfully there haven’t been many. The most headaches we’ve ever had with an event was the recent weekender. We spent around five months sorting the line up which was meant to happen in Norfolk. The

day it was meant to go on sale I got a phone call saying the venue had to be closed down but they’d try and move our event. Prestatyn in North Wales could house it so we literally moved from one side of the country to the other. Moving the line up took ages, then we had major problems with their ticketing system so we had to move it back to Nottingham. The whole thing was a nightmare. A close friend of ours died around the same time which was a massive low point for all of us. It takes a lot of enthusiasm to put on a big event, and there seemed to be a lot working against that one. What plans do you have for Detonate in the near future? The 4th Detonate Indoor Festival takes place on Bank Holiday Sunday 3rd May across Rock City, Stealth & Rescue Rooms. That’s our biggest party of the year. The last 2 years have sold out in advance.

....anything else you’d like to say? Thanks to Rich whose been working with us for the past few years helping things grow, Tom who came on board in September and of course to everyone who’s attended Detonate over the last 10 years.


THEAMATEURS Since Ocean Colour Scene had their day in the mid-nineties ‘Britpop Boom’ the West Midlands has struggled to leave an indelible mark on the UK indie scene. A band that have the confidence, desire and more importantly the songs to rectify all that are fourpiece, The Amateurs, who are a perky bunch with a strong sense of direction. A simple synopsis of The Amateurs is they write gloriously well-crafted simple indie pop songs that can strike a chord with the masses. Band members, Matthew Colley on vocals, piano and guitar and Jim Holliday on drums, share a burning motivation to get the message of The Amateurs across to a larger audience. As Matthew says: “We are all motivated by a drive to play and write good music, by spreading our music around to people and getting people involved with our

band. We are able to do what we love more and more and on a bigger scale.” Their latest single Homesick is available to download now and has been earning them a huge amount of airplay on Kerrang! radio. The song is a mid-tempo rocker laden with a sumptuous melody that is gentle without slipping into the sort of ‘middle of the road’ dirge - dished up by the sickly Keane or the execrable Snow Patrol. The Amateurs are happy for listeners to make their own interpretation of the lyrics but Matthew says “The general gist is that of being a little lost and craving a ‘home’, a ‘base’. This is incorporated into a love story and a kind of reassuring suggestion that what we have and where we live is a pretty good place to be.” Although Homesick shows of the bands doleful and reflective side,

a look at the bands influences suggest this group is not one dimensional. Matthew says: “We are influenced by a broad range of bands and songwriters including Bob Dylan, Blur, Red Hot Chilli Peppers, The Beatles, Razorlight, Steely Dan, David Bowie and Nirvana. Undoubtedly a fine line up of bands, well if you exclude Razorlight! That is a slight concern for me that their material could slip into the sort of lachrymose fare that Razorlight have made their fortune from. So far though, the songs I have heard sound too strong to be branded in that category. The majority of their gigs have been around the Midlands area; however there have been certain forays into other parts of Great Britain. It can’t be too long before they are playing in some of Birmingham’s premier venues.


A great strength of The Amateurs’ music is how it sounds; neither a rehash of old acts, or just following a current trend or scene. Matthew says: “We class our musical style as straight pop rock music.” This sounds like quite a bland statement of artistic intent, but sometimes it is refreshing to listen to music with no frills or that tries to be overly ‘avant-garde’. In my opinion, the acts that The Amateurs have some similarities with are Ocean Colour Scene, who are also purveyors of no frills pop rock music. I also hear traces of David Bowie particularly in Homesick which slightly resembles Bowie’s Diamond Dogs. I feel that The Amateurs have a bright future ahead of them as they already have a finely honed sound that belies the fact they are yet to release their debut album. Their sound is mature, combined with heartfelt lyrics and a delightful vocalist who sings with an unassuming confidence. It won’t be long before The Amateurs can stop worrying about getting other jobs and can focus solely on being full time music professionals. Jamie Brannon


TRANSITION BAND MEMBERS JESSE EDBROOKE – GUITARS, VOX NIALL DUNNE – GUITARS, BASS, KEYS, VOX JOSH EDBROOKE – DRUMS, PERCUSSION What or who do you sound like? Intricate, passionate melodies and soaring guitars upon a growling, pounding, groove laden backbone of drums and bass. What’s the best gig you’ve ever played and why? Playing to a rammed venue at The Wall, Taiwan where the atmosphere was manic. Crowd-surfing, energy, emotion and the audience singing along with every word. Worst gig ever played? An early Transition gig where there was too much smoke onstage so Josh fell off the drum riser and Jesse was electrocuted every time he touched the microphone. All cheered on by two people!

If you were recruiting for ‘Leader of the World’ who would be on the interview panel and why? Nelson Mandela, because he united South Africa in extremely tough circumstances. He even forgave the people who imprisoned him, that shows guts. Most ‘rock and roll’ moment? A funny rock and roll moment was in VIP at an MTV party with among others, the then flavour-of-themonth rapper Loon. Jesse wanted a picture with him to impress his little brother (an avid Loon fan), but didn’t know what he looked like, so ended up getting a snap with the MC instead! Your Music Directory URL?


THE BAND OFTHE EYE BAND MEMBERS CHRIS, KEV AND WIL What or who do you sound like? Do you remember rock music? None of this twee, indie nonsense. What’s the best gig you’ve ever played and why? Buffalo Bar in Cardiff, or The Melting Pot in Oxford – the promoters put good nights together and got people interested. Nice vibes to those evenings. Worst gig ever played? This god-awful, short-lived hippy venue in Bristol, we stank of incense afterwards. Lots of the cool clubs you ‘have’ to play at have been rubbish too. What has been your greatest achievement so far? Arguably recording with producer Paul Tipler in London.

Which band/artist would you push off stage? On my fridge I have a list of musicians I’d like to punch, including Nickelback and Morrissey. I’d buy a drink for the guy who knocked over Noel Gallagher, though he should really have gone for Liam. If you were recruiting for ‘Leader of the World’ who would be on the interview panel and why? Elected politicians. No celebrities. Most ‘rock and roll’ moment? Every gig I make my throat bleed. Your Music Directory URL? thebandoftheeye


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SWAY HOW DO YOU UNWRAP A RAP STAR? Accept an invitation to a recording studio above one of Bournemouth’s hottest nightclubs of course, in an attempt to decipher the man behind dcypha productions... When meeting Derek Safo, the brains behind Britain’s number one rapper, Sway, it’s clear to see why he’s back back by popular demand. Littered with hip-hop hopefuls keen to impress, Sway provided an oasis of modesty in 2020’s exclusive recording lounge.The 26 year-old Dcypha Productions creator is currently on a nationwide tour promoting his latest album, The Signature LP. Don’t be fooled by Sway’s relaxed demeanour, as he’s quick to attribute his success to a rigorous work ethic - a work ethic that has attracted the attention of one of the world’s biggest hip-hop artists, Akon.

29 Without a major record label at his disposal, Sway’s journey to the top of the English rap scene has not been as smooth a ride as those who fall off the Simon Cowell conveyor belt every Christmas. Instead, with Jay Z’s Rocafella in mind, Sway set up his own label, Dcypha Productions, to fight the music moguls and get his records on the shelves. “On a mainstream level I often get overlooked. Radio stations think ‘we can do N-Dubz because they’re on Universal’. I don’t have that club. If they don’t play Sway they don’t play Sway. I always have to prove myself through my music and through the fans,” says the Ghanaian born MOBO winner. Sway recently signed with Akon’s record company Konvict Music, prompting their collaboration on his latest single, Silver and Gold. “To be honest with you, it was a nightmare to work with Akon, in the sense that he’s the busiest man in the world. I had two weeks to finish the album, but he was on tour with Wyclef, so I flew to Canada and recorded the single on his tour bus. I think that’s what Akon liked most about me, my dedication,” Sway recalls. If Akon wasn’t enough, The Signature LP installments from Lemar, Stush and even daughter Coco. Sway is clearly proud of the believing he has successfully raised the bar set previous LP; This Is My Demo.

are from Britain, it’s so guitar based here, therefore America’s a good option. Things are looking good there.” But rather than run away from the guitar, Sway joins forces with it, working with the Kaiser Chiefs, Madness, and managing an appearance on the Jools Holland show. Likewise, following in the footsteps of Dizzee Rascal and Lethal Bizzle, Sway will be performing at the Reading and Leeds festivals this summer. “I really want to do Glastonbury. They’ve been sleeping on me for the longest time.” This, coupled with his partnerships in America to artists such as Lupe Fiasco, Chamillionaire and Pharrell later this year, will guarantee Sway remains at the forefront of British rap music, both at home and abroad.

“I face majors every day of my life. If you work hard, you last longer. But I don’t mind working hard, I’m built for it,”

boasts Sting’s album, by his

“The album is what a fan waits for. It was a personal album, for me. It portrays the life of Derek Safo as opposed to Sway. I went through a lot of tragedies while making the album, I lost two business partners, my friend Kaya and my Cousin Derek.” Sway accepts The Signature LP has similar foundations to This Is My Demo. “Definitely - if it aint broke, don’t fix it. People like the quirky Sway,” he says. Both albums illustrate his dislike of illegal downloading in the music industry, portraying the issue from a musician’s point of view. “You might as well come into my house and take everything from me. It’s not about keeping me stinking rich, it’s about keeping me going,” he explains. If quirky is a trait of Sway’s music, then clever is a trait of his ethos. Despite being British, Sway acknowledges that he can only go so far in this country. “You’ll never be as big as Oasis or Blur. In England there’s a glass roof - nine out of ten great bands

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THE NOTTINGHAM BAR & CLUBAWARDS GET Freeqy… We’ve teamed up with Hobo events to support this year’s awards ceremony that celebrates Nottingham’s thriving nightlife. Public voting has started via the awards website where people can pick their favourite venue to be entered into two of the following categories: Best Small Bar Best Large Bar Best Music Venue Best Bar Food Best Cocktail Bar Best Traditional Pub Best Bar Team Best Bartender Best Out of Town Bar Best Club Night Best Club Nottingham’s Best Bar Over 70 venues will battle it out amongst others in their category to be crowned the best of their type in Nottingham. The biggest trophy that all nominees are after is Nottingham’s Best Bar - which is the only category that all bars are automatically entered into.

The awards are determined by the public votes which can be made at Voting closes on the day of the awards evening. There is also a prize in it for one lucky voter to win an 80GB iPod touch and tickets to the awards as a thank you for taking part. All the awards will be dished out at a glitzy ceremony held at Saltwater in the Cornerhouse on 27th April. There will be free drinks on the night and a live performance by beatboxing DJ Red that is not to be missed. It is going to be the biggest night of the year for all of Nottingham’s nightlife community. Make sure you get your vote in before 27th April, but if you’re unsure about who to pick why not check out some of our favourite bars and clubs over the page to help you decide. Tickets cost £6, include free drinks on the night, and can be purchased from Saltwater, in the Cornerhouse, online at or send a cheque to Hobo Events at Moog, Newdigate Street, Nottingham, NG7 4FD.


SALTWATER Location: Cornerhouse Nominations: Best Large Bar, Best Bar Team Signature Drink: Mojito Price: £3.95 (on Wednesdays) Bartender: Mike Ingredients: 50ml Rum Lime Sugar Crushed ice Mint The Mojito has a combination of sweetness, refreshing citrus and mint flavours which nicely complements the potent kick of the rum making it the perfect summer drink. We sampled this popular cocktail at Saltwater who have put forward the Mojito as their signature drink. Saltwater is the only bar and restaurant in Nottingham with rooftop seating, providing visitors with beautiful panoramic views of the city. Having already secured a reputable name in Nottingham, it’s caught the attention of the media as they snapped up first position in Europe’s 30 best rooftop drinking spaces in The Observer 2008. And No. 1 Best Outdoor Drinking and Dancing Spots in the UK Mixmag 2008. Saltwater can be found on the second floor of the modern Cornerhouse entertainment complex where this year’s Bar & Club Awards will take place.


Location: Nottingham Playhouse Nominations: Best Large Bar, Best Bar Team Signature Drink: Gin Bramble Price: £5.00 Bartender: Chico Ingredients: Plymouth Gin Gomme Chambord (at the bottom) Crushed ice Topped with fresh lemon Part of Nottingham’s famous Playhouse, Cast is a hot spot for people who enjoy fine dining and delicious exotic cocktails. Casts’ Bar manager Chico rustled up a sweet Gin Bramble that was perhaps one of the best we tasted on our Friday afternoon drinking session! It was sweet; almost chocolaty in taste and is the perfect cocktail to enjoy on one of those lazy summer afternoons. Its smooth texture is refreshing and easy to drink and at just £5.00, it’s great value for money. You can create a layered effect like Chico by putting the Chambord at the bottom then add the crushed ice to float the gin on top. Cast is running a special pretheatre offer from Monday to Saturday where visitors can enjoy two courses for £10 or three courses for £12.50. Visit for more information.






Location:Victoria Street Nominations: Best Large Bar, Best Music Venue Signature drinks: Champagne cocktails Price £7.50 / £3.75 on Thursday Bartender: Tom Ingredients: Rampant Rabbit; Chambord, raspberries and bubbly. The Classic; Courvoisier, Angostura-coated sugar cube, bubbly. Tantra, the place with the beds, is down the stairs underneath Ark on Victoria Street and is well-known for its Champagne cocktails. We tried two of their most popular, The Classic and the Rampant Rabbit. Although not really gender-specific, the brandy-based Classic is more popular with men and the Rabbit a hit with the women (say no more). Both cocktails involve floating the champagne on the liquor with the sugar cube dissolving in the brandy, giving The Classic a real warmth and smooth texture, making it very easy to drink. The Rampant Rabbit can

be drunk Champagne first, leaving a shot of Chambord at the bottom, or mixed before drinking for the full effect. It’s much sweeter than The Classic and without the warm kick, but equally drinkable. Look out for Tantra’s new drinks menu at Easter, a brand new VIP area available for reservations and their half-price Champagne cocktails on Thursday nights. They also have live music four nights a week with DJs on a Saturday.


Location: Mansfield Road, Sherwood Nominations: Best Out Of Town Bar, Best Small Bar Signature Drinks: Raspberry Ripple, Sherwood Sherbet Ingredients: Raspberry Ripple; Martini, Raspberry Vodka, Chambord, fresh raspberries, lemon juice Sherwood Sherbet; Zubrowka Vodka, Bombay Sapphire, Angostura, Lime and Lemongrass Presse, popping candy Price: £5.50 Bartender: Debbie A cosy café bar situated in amongst the Sherwood shops on Mansfield Road, Ripple is an ideal venue if you want a change of scenery from the city centre. Cheaper drinks and great food makes Ripple perfect for a complete night out or a stopping point on the way to town.

We tried a couple of their own cocktail concoctions and were very impressed. The Sherwood Sherbet is like a sweeter Mojito, very easy to drink and provides a welcome throwback to your youth with the addition of popping candy sprinkled on top. The Raspberry Ripple tastes much like an alcoholic slush puppy, which is a good combination in our book. Both cocktails have triple shots in and at £5.50 offer excellent value. We also tried Ripple’s Strawberry Milkshake, a very rich and creamy drink made by hand. It’s a shaken blend of fresh strawberries, strawberry syrup, milk, cream and ice cream. A great way to line your stomach before getting stuck in to the alcohol! It’s easy to forget about the independent out of town bars when you’re thinking about a night on the lash, so if you haven’t yet sampled the delights that Ripple provide, then we strongly recommend doing so.


REVOLUTION Location: Cornerhouse Nominations: Best Large Bar, Best Bar Food Signature Drink: Arctic Monkee Price: £5.95 (Or you can save money by buying a Revolution Privilege Card at just £4 and you take advantage of their any pizza and any drink for £8.95 which includes cocktails) Bartender: Natalie Ingredients: 2 Shots Grapefruit Vodka Half Shot lemon puree 1 Shot Apple Juice Crushed Ice Topped up with Lemonade Slice of lemon and lime

The Sir John Borlase Warren 1 Ilkeston Road Canning Circus Nottingham

The Sir John Borlase Warren has long been the number one choice for the local professionals for post work drinks and simple yet tasty lunches. It now claims more than its fair share of admirers for its traditional Sunday roasts and quality bar meals whether eating indoors in the winter or dining al fresco on the purpose built roof terrace during the warmer months. The Sir John, with its understated easy style, soft, squashy leather sofas, original fireplaces, wooden flooring, long bar and original artwork, makes for a comfortable stop off point or a destination venue for meeting up with friends and enjoying a quiet drink. A good selection of well kept cask ales, premium lagers and wines complement the excellent value, quality cuisine served by accommodating and friendly staff. All in all, a great one-stop venue.

This cocktail is a mix of tangy, zesty citrus flavours that is more subtle than a Mojito, making it easy to drink. It could be an excellent alternative to your morning glass of fruit juice. The combination of fruits works perfectly with the vodka and the puree gives it a wonderful smooth and thicker texture compared to ordinary cocktails. Although Revolution is renowned for its eclectic range of vodka flavours, their exotic drinks definately pack a punch if you’re looking for something new and exciting to tantalise your taste buds!



ROPEWALK Location: Canning Circus Nominations: Best Bar Food, Best Bar Team

Signature Drink: Mr Knowles’ European Vacation Price: £7.00 Bartender: Cheeks 1. Aspalls Suffolk Cyder 2. Addlestones Premium Cloudy Cider 3. Fruli Strawberry Wheat Beer 4. Leffe Blonde 5. Erdinger Weissbier 6. Amstel The Ropewalk gives you the opportunity to a tailor-made journey around Europe or the world. All you need to do is ask at the bar for your preferred route.You will be given a tray with six third-pints of the drinks listed above and you don’t need to worry about bringing your

passport, unless you look under 18 of course! We went for route B. Starting with the fruity Aspalls Suffolk cyder which has a light sparkling blend of apple and summer fruits that is more refreshing than exotic in taste. For people who prefer a more rustic flavour, Addlestones offers a full bodied, smooth cider. Or if you prefer a contrast to ciders, indulge in the strawberry lusciousness that is Fruli Wheat Beer. It’s the beer that will get you

in the mood for summer and smells as good as it tastes! Leffe Blonde is deceptively strong and gives of a bitter aftertaste; this is followed by Germany’s fruity and aromatic Erdinger Weissbier. The European Vacation ends in Holland with a refreshing sip of Amstel lager. They also do a world tour with the following beers: Belgium - Appleboq, Czech Republic - Budvar, Italy - Peroni Germany - Becks, Usa - Sierra Nevada, Jamaica - Red Stripe

THE SIR JOHN BORLASE WARREN Location: Canning Circus Nominations: Best Bar Food, Best Traditional Pub Signature drinks: Cask Ales Bartender: Graham Price: £2.40 - £2.60 a pint Traditional pubs don’t get much more traditional than this and with six cask ales and two guest beers changing weekly, if you like ‘proper’ beer then The Sir John is the place. We sampled a selection of the regular ales on offer. Starting off was the very smooth Timothy Taylor Landlord, an award-winning pale bitter that would be perfect for a warm summer day, it was the stand-out favourite for us. Next was the Sunchaser Blonde, a golden colour, which was sweeter and fruitier than the other ales. It’s served a couple of degrees cooler and is aimed at the lager drinker looking for something a bit different. Another award-winning beer, London Pride, provided a darker, heavier and more malty taste. It’s a smooth ale, and I think it would be the ideal winter warmer. The Sir John also has Pimms on tap, a range of mainstream lagers as well as Bitburger and Hoegaarden on draught. The Summer months are well-spent in the large beer garden with decked terrace and when it gets cold, there’s a welcoming ‘living room’ feel about the interior.



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Gilly Staples is the BA Hons Fashion Design programme leader at Nottingham Trent University. She talks exclusively to Amita Mistry about Graduate Fashion Week and the budding designers aiming for the awards How involved are you in the run up to Graduate Fashion Week? I’m involved right from the beginning. We start organising for Graduate Fashion Week in October where we start putting together initial concepts. We start thinking about how to approach it and we evaluate how we felt about last year. So at the moment we’re actually working with an external designer to develop our stand and identity for this year. How do the students get involved in GFW? The final year students are briefed but there are conditions to it because we’re only allowed to show 25 students maximum which is quite a difficult thing itself. We have two design programmes so we’ve got Fashion Design and Fashion Knitwear. There are 75 students doing collections on Fashion Design and 40 Knitwear so the percentage of students who get through is quite small. Because of this we get external

people in to give us feedback and then the panel at the end of the selection of Graduate Fashion Week attend both shows. The panel decide who they think best represents the University and then they come after the shows to look at the garments and put the final list together. All internal staff stay out of it because it’s too hard and I don’t feel I could be objective - it’s better to have a fresh pair of eyes on it. These people are industry representatives and designers and they decide who goes forward so it’s fair for everybody. When does the short listing happen? The Nottingham shows are in May. Knitwear is on Wednesday 20th at the students union and Fashion Design is on Thursday 21st and Friday 22nd May at the Albert Hall. Even though it’s at different venues, luckily it is Nottingham Fashion Week and we’re still collaborating together in terms of marketing the event We have two committees one for Knitwear and one Fashion and we collaborate all the time in the progress of developing the logistics of it, like organising the show, the models, everything. It’s really hard but the students do most of that and they’ve raised money over the three years of the course for this show and what they achieve at the end of it is just incredible.


What do you think the judges are looking for? They always give a breakdown of the criteria that they’re looking for but we haven’t been given that information yet. For a student to just get selected is wonderful, even if they don’t win they’ve still done so well to get that far, winning is tough. Do you think fashion courses outside of London are getting better because there seems to be a lot of winners from outside the capital? I think that Nottingham has always been a big player and it’s not just been London that takes the spotlight every time. Some of the best designers come from outside of London. How hard do you think it is for students to break into the fashion industry? Obviously with the current climate it’s really worrying but lots of our students, especially doing knitwear go abroad and they’re ok at the moment. You’ve got to give them as much as you can to build their confidence - to enable them to go and say, ‘well I can actually do this to get me on the first step of the ladder’. You’re not going to run straight into working with Galliano or Vivienne Westwood so we don’t let them think that, but we don’t let them lose sight of their aspirations.

You’ve got the bonus of having Paul Smith’s support… Paul is very supportive; he does scholarships so a lot of graduates do go to Paul Smith which is wonderful. How much potential do you think the NTU students have of winning at GFW? I think they’ve got as much chance as anybody. It is very difficult but you’ve got to encourage everyone to go for it and they know the score at the end of the day - they know that only a certain number of people go through. We’ve got the Nottingham shows and they’re fantastic because it’s a great opportunity where they all come together to work as a unit and they all get to show their designs. For information about Nottingham Trent University fashion courses visit


HOUSE NATION House music is back in town. Ben Start takes a look at its resurgence.

House is back. Real Underground House. From Berlin to Bristol, the genre once chastised as staple of glamourpuss coffee table compilations is reasserting itself on dance floors across the world – it’s no longer shameful to admit that you play or like House. Across genres, House influenced live instrumentation, Latin rhythms and soulful vocals are making a resurgence. The House revival has even brought Garage kicking and screaming out of bling and guns – back to its roots as a bass led tool for skilled DJs to drive their crowds wild. In its various forms – through acid, to progressive, to electro – House has been around since the early 80s, re-emerging in it’s most classic incarnation 25 years later. The term ‘House’, coined by disciples Frankie Knuckle’s club The Warehouse in Chicago and once a byword for street slang ‘You aint House’, the genre had up until recently become a label for cheesy, generic Hed Kandi dross. But now a combination of dance floors bored with bleeps added to pivotal clubs quietly nurturing their cult followings has lifted the genre from the doldrums, presenting it to a new audience ready to once again visit the house nation. Nottingham, with its strong urban scene, has done much to cultivate the most exciting elements of House’s close cousin Garage, combining them with dub sensibilities en route. Artists such as Brackles (previously Bracky Fudge), Geiom and his label Berkane Sol, are crafting exciting, classic sounding cuts that could equally have sent crowds wild at Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage as they do contemporary clubs such as London’s Plastic People or Fabric and Berlin’s Panorama Bar.

Amid the clamour is the influential Rinse FM, the station that was a key driving force behind Dubstep. Its DJs adopted a more girl friendly sound, dubbed ‘UK Funky’, to temper the moodiness of their previous champion. Mixing the brashness of bassline, the club friendliness of Funky House with classic House percussion, its perpetrators are infiltrating many a dubstep set and beyond. Beyond all the tribal, hypnotic drums are the reason for the genre’s inclusiveness and its subsequent dissemination around the world. The space that the genre creates, that incessant kick and the raw funk it exudes are extolled by the key artists that forged the sound. Masters At Work (Kenny Dope and Lil’ Louie Vega), Marshall Jefferson and Ron Trent are finding renewed interest in their tracks, with everyone from Bristolian Appleblim, to Chilean Luciano clamouring for a piece of their unbridled funk and devastating sense of rhythm. These US House artists are well past their peak – having grown fat on pushing generic copies of their own heyday – but nostalgic modern DJs are stripping away the fat and pushing the masters rawest cuts to seduce new fans. Even after 15 years the tracks still have the pulsing energy to stand up next to contemporary cuts. Maybe challenging times have led to clubbers crying out for something lighter, funkier and less heady than Grime, Dubstep and Techno – the scenes that House is reappearing in. Maybe it’s the improvement and widespread availability of home studio programs such as Logic, Reason or Ableton that allow bedroom producers to hone a tighter percussive sound closer to beats of the US producers. Whatever the reason, after 25+ years, House continues to be a pivotal driving force for contemporary dance floors.

REVIEWS SATURDAY 10TH JANUARY. FRESH OUT OF DEATH: MR OIZO @ MARKET BAR The resurgent Market Bar hosted one of the most intriguing names in dance music tonight with Mr Oizo. Showing blatant disregard for the smoking ban, the Parisian showed no sign of his fabled reclusiveness, breaking out some stomping, testosterone fuelled Electro jams that were incendiary to the crowd packed into the club’s tiny dance floor. Teasing in his gargantuan ‘Flat Beat’ demonstrated Oizo’s subtle ability to do ‘the Electro thing’ well, tastefully keeping it chunky and driving – but without the overriding brashness that the genre is prone to. Darren Tusker

Unfortunately I was too late arriving to really get into the D’n’B, so nestled myself comfortably into Stealth room two for an eagerly anticipated Martyn set. The Dutchman was on top form, playing off Serato with a layered set of percussive rhythms, deep bass and the odd diva style vocal. By the time he had reached the last hour of his set – dropping his own remix of Flying Lotus en route – he had entirely swerved genre boundaries, building up a sizeable crowd who lapped up his mix of Bass led genres that took in Garage, House, Detroit Techno – and of course Dubstep. Ben Start

DETONATE 10TH BIRTHDAY: PART 2 NOTTINGHAM TRENT UNIVERSITY, STEALTH AND RESCUE ROOMS A decade on from Detonate’s debut at The Bomb meant Nottingham was summoned to some serious celebrations. The likes of Andy C, Skream and Bailey kicked it off causing havoc at the end of February, warming the crowds for what was to follow. Spread across three arenas, the most desirable names in Drum and Bass and Dubstep graced the DJ booths for the most memorable weekend of 2009 so far. At Stealth, the wobbly bass lines streaming from the likes of Plastician and Appleblim could be felt six feet under. Upstairs, Alix Perez paved the way to midnight which opened the door for some top class beats from Commix and Fabio. Meanwhile, Nottingham Trent University was barely recognisable. Normally over flowing with cheesey, irritating pop bloopers and VKs in every direction, for one night only the



Union was decked with a Funktion One sound system, lasers, visuals and majiotos all round. Crowds flocked towards the sounds of Goldie and Zinc who threw out classic after classic. Roni Size was joined by Dyamite MC who’s vibe ensured the infamous one-in-oneout favourite was in full force by the time Chase and Status took to the decks. As the 3.30am curfew approached, it seemed only compulsory for every dedicated raver to flock back to Stealth to grasp the last sets of the night brought exceptionally from Klute and Noisia. Friday night ended but the celebrations did not. On Sunday, Breakage and Benga continued to fill the airwaves with notorious classics accompanied by Marky pulling off his infamous party trick and suprising his following with Nivana and Michael Jackson. Stage diving included. Bring on the next decade! Rosanna Brough

FRIDAY 23RD JANUARY, 2009. HOODOO: THE BAYS, MEAT KATIE @ STEALTH Eschewing the neon and mushrooms of Stealth, tonight was all about the night’s hidden gem – The Bays in Rescue Rooms. Somehow the band’s soundman had tuned the ‘Room’s system to perfection for their trademark improvised live set. Starting deep and atmospheric, they twisted and turned through Dubstep, House and Techno, moving through the gears before climaxing with a dramatic Drum & Bass rinse out. The way the band reacted to each other, building a groove and slowly increasing the tempo was breathtaking, an oasis of reason from the mess occurring elsewhere in the club. Paul Crome

SUNDAY 8TH FEBRUARY, 2009. AUDIOPHILE’S SECRET 2ND BIRTHDAY @ MOOG Audiophile are building a solid reputation for throwing some awesome after-parties that reach far into Sunday morning. Reinforced by the Basement Boogaloo boys taking over Moog’s legendary cave room, the atmosphere and crowd were perfect for some late night madness. After some crazy ravey breakcore upstairs, and D’Jackal rinsing the Techno we retreated downstairs where the dark enclosure was perfect for the atmospheric yet funky music. Tunes from Recloose and Stefan Goldmann within the enclosed acoustics sounded fantastic, with every detail of their music springing from the sound system chugging away 30 feet from the pavement of the waking man. Ben Start



Q1: We are a band going to the studio for the first time. Can you offer some advice? The biggest mistake bands new to recording make is being unprepared. It is vital before recording to be fully prepared otherwise you will waste your time, your money and you will almost certainly leave with a recording you are not happy with. The most important thing by far is to ensure you are properly rehearsed. The worst thing you can do is to go to the studio unrehearsed and then have to sit down to learn to play a part properly. I am not trying to say that you shouldn’t be creative in the studio but it is essential that you know the parts of the songs instinctively so that you don’t waste time getting the basics right. Once the core of the song has been recorded you can embellish the track with improvisation when everyone has relaxed knowing the hardest bit is over. Another tip, centred around the same point, is to bring a recording of yourselves playing the song so that if someone does draw a blank on their part through nerves they can be reminded of it by having a listen to it. Ensure you have ample consumables at hand. By that I mean make sure you bring spare sets of strings, plectrums, batteries, food and drinks. Anything you can think of that you might need. I always bring a torch, don’t ask me why but you just never know when you might need it! Again thinking about these things in advance means your session won’t be interrupted by a broken string and the inevitable panic of trying to find a shop nearby that holds the type you like. Warm up. Recording music regardless of your instrument choice is physical as well as mental and it is important to ensure all the muscles you use whether in your fingers or your vocal chords are prepared. The singer should perform vocal exercises and the instrumentalists should try to stretch themselves

out by playing at a low intensity. Whether that’s running through scales slowly or squeezing a tennis ball. Everyone has their own thing they do and you should do it even when in the studio, in fact especially when in the studio. It will release tension, improve your accuracy and help you play as well as you can for longer without tiredness setting in. Trust the engineer but don’t be frightened to ask him to do something differently. The engineer has probably worked in the studio you are using countless times and will know the foibles and tricks to use to get the best out of it but he isn’t psychic and won’t know exactly what you want. If you have a band in mind that you love the sound of, bring a few of their albums in with the best examples of the sound you like for the engineer to reference to. The sound of the examples will explain to him better than you can what it is you hope to get out of the session. Also, if you record something you aren’t happy about don’t let the engineer tell you he can “fix it in the mix”, if this is done with poor quality recording or a badly timed performance, chances are it can’t be fixed. When dealing with the engineer it helps to be nice. Often engineers are laid back and patient but having an arrogant musician who has no studio experience telling him what to do will probably annoy him and like any person doing a job they won’t be as productive or as cooperative if upset. Finally, book two shorter sessions rather than one long session. Your ears get tired and at the end of a long day of recording you will not be able to tell whether what you have recorded is any good or not. So, you could be asking to make adjustments that are unnecessary while missing adjustments that are necessary. If you are planning to mix the track at this time as well, it will be better to mix it in a second session with fresh ears rather than after recording all day.





Finally a new rock band that can seriously infuse emotion with heavy guitars and amazing vocals to add a little cherry on the top of this delicious album. Inukshuk is made up of three talented music artists including Igor Artcher on bass, Alex Krasevskis on drums and Matt Rai playing guitar and vocals. Their style is gritty, rock, emo with influence from bands such as Muse, The Verve (which is particularly demonstrated in their first track Paint) and The Bravery. You can pick up hints of Coldplay’s Chris Martin in Matt’s vocals - making their songs irresistible to sing/hum along to. Amita Mistry

Leech/1982 are singles delivered by London singer/ songwriter Tim Mullineaux. His tracks offer a folksy beat which at the beginning gets you toe tapping and is sure to keep you humming the tune after it‘s finished. Their style is very acoustic and melow but can start to feel a little droney and repetitive. The second track, 1982 opens with twinkling sounds and waltzes into a tune that resembles music heard at fun fairs. Credit must be given to the clear and crisp vocals throughout both tracks which was the strongest element in The Lucky Face’s end product. Amita Mistry



The first track I am a Lighthouse has a lovely folksy acoustic feel to it up until we get to the chorus and I’m completely annoyed by the track because of it’s repetitiveness. The second track Swim Away is an uplifting song that demonstrates Sam’s excellent vocal abilities, it has a better sound to it and should have been the main single to focus peoples attention to. The third song titled I Love is hugely energetic and creates a wave of excitement as the fast banjo playing adds that feel good factor to his track. Listening to Sam Bennett makes you feel like you’ve fallen into Temple Bar in Dublin because his style reflects a sort of Irish quality. Amita Mistry

If song titles like Scars and Abuse make you think you’re about to be blasted with a bunch of emo-lite gibberish, you’ll be in for quite a surprise. From the blasting open of Desire through to the dreamy end of Tranquility there’s plenty here to show KCO’s versatility. Take Sunshine, a song that’s not so much ‘radio-friendly’, more seducing it with a candlelight dinner whilst slipping a couple of Rohypnol in the Sangria. Scars is leagues ahead of many other bands’ debut efforts and with a few tweaks their ambitions can be given free rein and allows KCO to become something very special indeed. Louise Steggals



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At first glance, The Pleasures are a camp, faintly German assault on the senses - when they step onto the stage in SEVEN's newly refurbished venue, I feel like I've been beaten over the head with a disco ball covered in glitter. Fortunately I just manage to compose myself before they launch into an insanely infectious genre mish-mash that veers back and forth wildly. From cheesy 80s electro pop to sections that could almost be described as heavy, it's all here. Playing a selection of covers from Nottingham parody-metallers Evil Scarecrow's 'Robototron' to 'Ballroom Blitz' and right back to Robin Black (spontaneously performed with Patchwork Grace) makes for a strangely familiar - yet completely unique set that you can't help but enjoy no matter how hard you try. Crazy stuff! Hannah Larham


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Nottingham dirty rock n' roll favourites Patchwork Grace are an obvious choice to support German uber-glammers The Pleasures - the bands have toured together and are good friends, making this is a very special show indeed. PwG always pull a decent sized crowd in their home town and know exactly how to whip them into a frenzy by playing a tight, energetic set and truly making the stage their own. Each member exudes their own kind of star quality which comes together to produce perky and flawless rock numbers, perfectly topped off by vocalist Tori's voice which drips with an effortlessly filthy charm. PwG rarely disappoint and tonight is no exception. Hannah Larham



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When imported fruit is this good, who needs Bramleys? All my apples now come from Israel! A total sell-out at The Maze, one of Nottingham’s top independent music venues, saw the return of The Apples who gave another funk-fuelled evening of entertainment. Ably supported by stalwarts of the Nottingham funk scene, Fat Digester, who raised the energy levels with a lively set providing the perfect platform for the Israeli 9-piece to sweat their way past midnight.

Originally featured in our launch issue back in May 2007, The Apples once again lived up to expectations at their favourite Nottingham club. Led by drummer Yonadev Halevy, the lack of a vocalist is more than compensated by the horn section, double bass and two excellent turntablists. The Apples really are the real deal – if you only ever go to one funk gig, make it one of theirs. Sam Borrett


After what seems years of waiting to see the goddess that is Brody Dalle, February 24th is here. It’s a date that many will regard as something historical. The band take to the stage greeted by cheers, whistles and love. Lots and lots of love (and mowhawks!) Opening with Valium Knights sets the gig off nicely, the band play all of the EP (it’s only 4 songs) and new material that will hopefully appear on the album which Brody said would come out in May. May seems forever away, but after tonight’s gig the wait should be okay. There are enough live clips on YouTube to fill the void for a few months. Her stage presence is beautiful. Every now and then the crowd shout how much they love her, and she

seems so humbled towards it- not many rock stars today would act gracious to such comments but Brody and her band are different. They put their heart and soul into tonight’s gig, after the first few tracks they told us they were happy to be here. Not as happy as us lot! It seemed like the shortest hour of my life, but I left with a massive smile on my face and bruises all over my body. It’s only a good gig if you leave injured in some way, and I suppose being right at the front being squashed by adoring fans will leave you with some kind of injury. I’m not complaining, I’ll be doing it all over again in May! Olivia Cellamare



59 Nathan’s musical style is a concoction of hip-hop, drum ‘n’ bass, ragga mixed with Indian classical sounds. He is already a regular on BBC Radio 1 and has worked with the likes of Prodigy, Mattafix, Asian Dub Foundation and Beardyman. His main influences are Roland Kirk who was a blind musician that played three instruments at the same time, through his nose! Other influential artists include Rachmaninov, KRS-One and Miles Davis. His unique style caught the attention of Arena Magazine who has positioned him as number 18 on their ‘coolest people on the planet’ list. He adds: “It’s always nice to get this level of recognition; it shows people like what I do and are talking about the show. It’s also good to know that I’m cooler than eggs made with whipped cream!”

Flutes and beat boxing, now that’s one you’ve not heard before - until Nathan ‘Flutebox’ Lee pioneered such a collaboration. Nathan is half Indian and half Scottish so coming from such diverse cultures he is open minded and experimental when it comes to creating music. he started flute boxing when he left school and now he is one of the most respected flute boxers to entertain crowds across london. He said: “I was working on a building site at the time and I wanted to do something more interesting than building walls. Randomly, someone gave me a flute and I discovered I was quite good at it and combining the two skills was just a natural progression for me.”

What makes Nathan Lee’s talent so valued is the way he has changed the perception of a flute. He has created a sub-genre within urban music and delivers a sound that all ages can enjoy listening to. His live performances are full of energy and most of his audiences sit stunned in their seats wondering if there’s a guy in the back hitting the play button on a CD player. When he plays, he occasionally peeks up to look at the crowd’s reaction, particularly when he’s doing the Knight Rider theme tune. His greatest achievement so far he says is: “Playing in the Royal Festival Hall with my band, on the same stage as the London Philharmonic Orchestra. They loved our music, one of the violinists even got up from his seat to shake my hand as we left the stage.” Nathan has worked with The Prodigy after one of them spotted him playing in a bar and asked if he’d collaborate with them. He tells us: “They are a really lovely group of people. They’re very talented and not at all arrogant, just very down to earth. They seem to love what I do too, especially Liam Howlitt. I was a bit intimidated at first as

I’ve always loved their music.” Mr Flutebox has many shows coming up. Throughout April and May he will be carrying on with his world tour making an appearance in Singapore, Mexico City and London. When we asked him what’s in store for April/May 2009, he told us: “I’m going to be doing a lot of recording but I’m also touring with my band in Mexico, we’re playing at one of Mexico City’s biggest festivals. We’ll also be playing at The Roundhouse, Camden alongside bands like Mongrel and I’ll be at The Great Escape in Brighton with Catch 22 and Deadly Hunta too.” So after wowing everyone with truly spectacular live performances, his fans are dying to find out when they can get their hands on his album. He has confirmed the album will be out later in the year but wants to make sure it’s perfect after setting such high standards with the live show. We’re coming towards the end of the interview so let’s chuck in a random question that is playing on all of our Freeqy minds… At the WOMAD Gran Canaria Festival you were playing topless – does that help your performance? “Ha ha ... only when it’s really hot, like it was in Gran Canaria. That was a great gig; it was cool playing on the main stage in front of thousands of people. All our WOMAD performances have been great, especially last summer’s WOMAD UK, they really know how to put on a festival!” If you can’t wait to catch Nathan in action there are a number of dates set across venues in London starting off at Bar Music Hall in Shoreditch on 1st May. Visit his MySpace page for more dates www.myspace. com/nathanfluteboxlee original article: Crystal Straker interview and editing: Amita Mistry


EVENT LISTINGS APRIL/MAY 2009 *Dates and acts were all correct at time of printing, please check with venues for any changes. (To include your listings in the next issue (June/ July) please email listings@

Rock City Evil Scarecrow 'Sixty-Six Minutes Past Six Tour'+ Speed Theory + Smokescreen

Wednesday April 1

Sunday April 5

The Approach Solode

Thursday April 2 Seven The Devils Haircut

The Loggerheads Open Decks and Open Caves The Bodega Social RADAR presents: THE GENTLEMEN 9pm - 3am Buy adv. £3 Indie disco with a twist of electro and all sorts - the best in new music, first. + Ga$$ DJs The Golden Fleece Live Thursdays The Approach 4 Down 1 To Go Eleven BedBug Rock City Tuned Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Chic

Friday April 3 The Approach Roy De'Wired

The Bodega Social THE POP CONFESSIONAL 11pm - 3am £1 b4 M/night, & after £3 (nus/city card)/£5 FREE entry if you are in FANCY DRESS Halo F*** Me It's Friday Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Superstar Boudoir Rock City Love Shack Southbank Bar Joe Strange Band

Saturday April 4 Seven Wildside Clubnight (Sleaze / Glam) The Approach Joe Strange Band

Halo Trollied The Bodega Social Club MUMFORD & SONS 8pm - 11pm Please take note: THIS IS A 14+ show Buy adv. £7

Monday April 6 The Approach Bosh!

The Golden Fleece Open Mic Night Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Propaganda The Bodega Social Club THE GOLDEN SILVERS 8pm - 11pm THIS IS A 14+ show Buy adv. £7 and around the same time downstairs... OUT OF THE WOODS 8pm - late £Free w/ selected drinks offers, in the downstairs bar. DJ's The Woodland Bros. with an eclectic mix of, folk/ indie/alternative.

Tuesday April 7 Rock City Danko Jones + The Black Spider + Winnebago Deal

The Bodega Social Club YOUR DISCO 8pm - late £Free all night in the downstairs bar

Wednesday April 8

The Loggerheads Open Decks and Open Caves

Crimson Skye +Bam Bam Blue + Ruby Buttons + (DJ) Lord Ivor Hardshafte

Eleven BedBug

Rock City Distortion

Rock City Tuned

Halo Trollied

Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Chic

Sunday April 12

The Bodega Social Club CLUB SMITH (formerly THE HAIR) + THE MAYBES? Please note: Co-headline show - either act could be 1st or last on stage Early show: 7pm - 10pm Buy adv. £6 Followed by... RADAR presents: T.B.C. 9pm - 3am Advance tickets £tbc Indie disco with a twist of electro and all sorts - the best in new music, first. + Ga$$ DJ's

Friday April 10

Seven Pop, Bubble, Rock! Clubnight featuring… Templeton Pek / The Story So Far / Kids Can't Fly (Pop Punk) £5 The Bodega Social Club THE POP CONFESSIONAL 11pm - 3am £1 b4 M/night, & after £3 (nus/city card)/£5 FREE entry if you are in FANCY DRESS. The Approach Roy De'Wired Alley Cafe Rigbee Deep The Robin Hood El Gecko Halo F*** Me It's Friday Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Superstar Boudoir

The Approach Solode

Southbank Bar Joe Strange Band

The Bodega Social Club ELECTRIC BANANA 10pm - 3am Just £2(nus)/£4 before 11pm and £3(nus)/£5 after 11pm Eclectic madness on two floors; Indie, Electro, Disco, Funk, Reggae, Rock & Roll+ DJ's: Reverend Car-Bootleg (upstairs) & monsieur Teddy BoShanks (d/stairs)

Rock City Love Shack

Thursday April 9 The Golden Fleece Live Thursdays Rock City MC Lars The Approach 4 Down 1 To Go

Rock City The Julie Cotton Foundation Proudly Present: Concert For Life Blaze of Glory Sam Beeton Modfathers Baggy Trousers Confetti Battle of the Bands Winner Pistola Kicks Resistance 77 Silent Film Project Basketcase Against Spoken Words Jo Strange The Phonics Snug Out to lunch Jazz dance session The Bodega Social Club THE LEISURE SOCIETY 8pm - 11pm Buy adv. £6

Monday April 13 The Approach Bosh!

The Bodega Social Club OUT OF THE WOODS 8pm - late £Free w/ selected drinks offers, in the downstairs bar. DJ's The Woodland Bros. with an eclectic mix of, folk/ indie/alternative. The Golden Fleece Open Mic Night The Robin Hood Pub Quiz Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Propaganda

Tuesday April 14

The Bodega Social Club THE BOOKHOUSE BOYS 8pm - 11pm Buy adv. £6

Wednesday April 15

The Approach Solode Trent FM Arena« TICKET The Bodega Social Club The Prodigy PAGECOMP CASIOTONE FOR THE 9 PAINFULLY ALONE + The Approach CONCERN Joe Strange Band Early show: 7pm - 10pm Buy adv. £8 ...and followed by... The Bodega Social Club ELECTRIC BANANA THE PITTY PATT CLUB: 10pm - 3am Just £2(nus)/£4 ROLL OUT THE BARREL before 11pm and (live) Mr B THE £3(nus)/£5 after 11pm GENTLEMEN RHYMER 8pm - 2am Advance tickets £6/ £8 on the door Thursday April 16 live Rockabilly and burlesque Seven turns from; Devil Sold His Soul / Shaped THE BONESHAKES + By Fate / Zenith The Deville Dolls +

Saturday April 11

61 The Golden Fleece Live Thursdays The Approach 4 Down 1 To Go The Loggerheads Open Decks and Open Caves The Robin Hood Music Quiz Eleven BedBug Rock City Tuned The Robin Hood Music Quiz Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Chic

Friday April 17

Seven The Fakers / The Jet Boys / THE TURF £TBA Downstairs... Kitty Hudson / Trashstock DJ Set £FREE The Bodega Social Club THE POP CONFESSIONAL 11pm - 3am £1 b4 M/night, & after £3 (nus/city card)/£5 FREE entry if you are in FANCY DRESS The Approach Roy De'Wired Halo F*** Me It's Friday Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Superstar Boudoir Southbank Bar Joe Strange Band

Saturday April 18

8pm - late £Free w/ selected drinks offers, in the downstairs bar. DJ's The Woodland Bros. with an eclectic mix of, folk/indie/ alternative. The Robin Hood Pub Quiz

Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Superstar Boudoir

Wednesday April 22

Monday April 27

Saturday May 2

Rock City N Dubz

Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Propaganda

Rock City Basement Jaxx

The Bodega Social Club YOUR DISCO 8pm - late £Free all night in the downstairs bar Deux Pub Quiz

The Bodega Social Club ELECTRIC BANANA 10pm - 3am Just £2(nus)/£4 before 11pm and £3(nus)/£5 after 11pm

Thursday April 23 The Golden Fleece Live Thursdays

The Loggerheads Open Decks and Open Caves Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Chic The Robin Hood Music Quiz Eleven BedBug

Rock City The Answer

Halo Trollied

Halo F*** Me It's Friday

The Bodega Social Club HIGHNESS SOUND SYSTEM 11pm - 3am £6 on the door

Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Superstar Boudoir

The Golden Fleece Open Mic Night

The Bodega Social Club OUT OF THE WOODS

Seven Dan Reed (The Dan Reed Network) (Rock) £10 Adv.

The Bodega Social Club THE CINEMATICS 8pm - 11pm Buy adv. £5

Tuesday April 21

Southbank Bar Joe Strange Band

Monday April 20

Friday May 1

The Bodega Social Club THE POP CONFESSIONAL 11pm - 3am £1 b4 M/night, & after £3 (nus/city card)/£5 FREE entry if you are in FANCY DRESS

Friday April 24

The Bodega Social Club THE BISHOPS 8pm - 11pm Buy adv. £5

Sunday April 26


Rock City Nightmare Of You + Jukebox The Ghost Saturday 25 April 2009 Rock City Levellers + Pama International + Hobo Jones & the Junkyard Dogs

Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Propaganda

Seven The Sex Pistols Experience / Blow Up Doll (Punk) £6 Adv.

Sunday April 19

The Bodega Social Club BEN TAYLOR + ??? Early show: 7pm - 10pm Buy adv. £10 ...after the show has finished... EXALT! EXALT! (with guest DJ's) + T.B.C.

Seven Pop, Bubble Rock! Clubnight / 3 Storeys High / Us Vs Them (Pop Punk) £5

Southbank Bar Joe Strange Band

Saturday April 25 Grosvenor Ronnie Londons Groove The Hubb Rigbee Deep Halo Trollied

The Robin Hood Pub Quiz

Rock City Evile The Bodega Social Club DAN BLACK 8pm - 11pm Buy adv. £7

Tuesday April 28

Seven Azriel / Martyr Defiled/ Almost Home / Oribine/ Scarlet Monastery (Metal) £5, £7 OTD The Bodega Social Club THEMSELVES 8pm - 11pm Buy adv. £9

Wednesday April 29 Rock City Madina Lake Alestorm + TYR + Heidevolk


Thursday April 30

Halo F*** Me It's Friday

Seven Wildside Clubnight (Sleaze / Glam) £TBC Halo Trollied Rock City Cancer Bats

Monday May 4 Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Propaganda

Tuesday May 5 Rock City Doves

Thursday May 7

Seven Devils Haircut Presents... The Other Left / In Isolation / My Thai Bride (Indie) £4 The Loggerheads Open Decks and Open Caves Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Chic The Robin Hood Music Quiz

The Loggerheads Open Decks and Open Caves

Eleven BedBug

The Bodega Social Club RADAR presents: T.B.C. 9pm - 3am Advance tickets £tbc

Seven Pop, Bubble, Rock! Clubnight / Paige / All Or Nothing (Pop Punk) £5

Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Chic The Robin Hood Music Quiz Eleven BedBug

Friday May 8

Alley Café Rigbee Deep The Robin Hood The Curtis Whitefinger Ordeal Halo Trollied

62 Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Superstar Boudoir The Bodega Social Club AMUSEMENT PARKS ON FIRE + SWIMMING 7pm - 10pm Buy adv. £6 THE POP CONFESSIONAL 11pm - 3am £1 b4 M/night, & after £3 (nus/city card)/£5 FREE entry if you are in FANCY DRESS

Saturday May 9 Seven Banged Up With... The Swiines (Indie) £TBC

The Bodega Social Club THE PITTY PATT CLUB: Theme T.B.C. (live) T.B.C. 8pm - 2am Advance tickets £6/Door £8 live Rockabilly and burlesque turns from; The Deville Dolls + TBC + TBC + TBC + (DJ) Lord Ivor Hardshafte Halo Trollied Rock City Nemhain + Spit Like This

Sunday May 10 The Robin Hood Kris Ward

Rock City The Butterfly Effect

Monday May 11 Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Propaganda

The Loggerheads Open Decks and Open Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Chic

Friday May 15

Thursday May 28

Halo F*** Me It's Friday

Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Superstar Boudoir The Bodega Social Club THE POP CONFESSIONAL 11pm - 3am £1 b4 M/night, & after £3 (nus/city card)/£5 FREE entry if you are in FANCY DRESS

Saturday May 16

Rock City Maybeshewill + And So I Watch You From Afar (As part of the HEY HEY HEY clubnight)

Sunday May 17

The Maze Should I stay or Should I go? The Bodega Social Club SPEXfest present: TELEPATHE + FAN DEATH + TIMES NEW VIKING + BLANK DOGS + RAINBOW ARABIA + ICY DEMONS + SHITTY LIMITS + LOVVERS + guest DJ's... 8pm - 11pm Buy adv. £12

Friday May 22

Rock City Gallows + Everytime I Die + Hexes

Saturday May 23

The Bodega Social Club ONE ESKIMO + ALL THIEVES 8pm - 11pm Buy adv. £5 and after the gig has finished it's... ELECTRIC BANANA 10pm - 3am Just £2(nus)/£4 before 11pm and £3(nus)/£5 after 11pm

Thursday May 14

Seven Classic Of Love / Mike Park / Joe Slater / Mr Shiraz

The Loggerheads Open Decks and Open Caves Rock City Breed 77 + Susperia + Illuminatus + Circle Of One

Saturday May 30

Grosvenor Ronnie Londons Groove Lounge

ARTS / THEATRE LISTINGS Wednesday April 1 The Lakeside Arts Centre Tango siempre - subitango

1st – 4th April

The Lace Market Theatre Much Ado About Nothing

Thursday April 2 Royal Concert Hall Kenny Rogers

Friday May 29

Jongleurs One Alex Boardman, Dom Carroll, Paul Kerensa and Sean Collins Tickets only: £8

Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Superstar Boudoir

The Lakeside Arts Centre Rachel podger violin & gary cooper forte piano 7.30pm Free printmaking workshop - for schools ONLY 10am - 3pm

Seven Pop, Bubble, Rock! Clubnight (Pop Punk) £4

The Bodega Social Club THE POP CONFESSIONAL 11pm - 3am £1 b4 M/night,

Thursday May 21

Tuesday May 12

Seven BandSoc House Party (Indie) £4, £3 NUS, £2 Bandsoc

The Bodega Social Club RADAR presents: T.B.C. 9pm - 3am Advance tickets £tbc

The Running Horse The Elijah / BKSG / ACODA

Rock City Maximo Park

The Loggerheads Open Decks and Open Caves

Wednesday May 13

Seven Therapy! Presents... Official Breed 77 End Of Tour Party feat. DJ Sets / Meet and Greet with the bands (Metal) £TBC

& after £3 (nus/city card)/£5 FREE entry if you are in FANCY DRESS

Wednesday May 20

The Robin Hood Pub Quiz The Grove Funhouse Comedy

Wednesday May 27

The Bodega Social Club ELECTRIC BANANA 10pm - 3am Just £2(nus)/£4 before 11pm and £3(nus)/£5 after 11pm

Gatecrasher Loves Nottingham Superstar Boudoir

Seven The Bad Shepherds / The Beast And The Priest (Punk) £15

Monday May 25

The Bodega Social Club OUT OF THE WOODS 8pm - late £Free w/ selected drinks offers, in the downstairs bar. DJ's The Woodland Bros. with an eclectic mix of, folk/ indie/alternative.

Tuesday May 26

The Bodega Social Club YOUR DISCO 8pm - late £Free all night in the downstairs bar



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63 Friday April 3

Workshop - come along and dance with us through the streets of new york!

Ensemblef2 - with jane booth clarinet anneke scott natural horn

The Lakeside Arts Centre Free printmaking workshop for schools only 10am - 3pm

Thursday April 9

Saturday April 18

Jongleurs One Alex Boardman, Dom Carroll, Paul Kerensa and Sean Collins Tickets only: £13

The Lakeside Arts Centre Laxton: farming in an open field village Workshop - come along and dance with us through the streets of new york!

Saturday April 4

Friday April 10 Royal Concert Hall Lemar

The Lakeside Arts Centre The american scene - Prints from Hopper to Pollock Travelling light and tobacco factory theatre present - the ugly duckling

Saturday April 11

Monday April 20

Royal Concert Hall James Morrison

Royal Concert Hall Bat Out Of Hell The Symphony

Jongleurs One Alex Boardman, Dom Carroll, Paul Kerensa and Sean Collins Tickets only: £15 The Lakeside Arts Centre Drypoint and etching: printmaking masterclass – workshop 10am - 4pm

Monday April 6

The Lakeside Arts Centre Collograph printmaking – workshop 10am - 12.30pm

Tuesday April 7 Royal Concert Hall The Chuckle Brothers

Wednesday April 8 The Lakeside Arts Centre

Royal Concert Hall Hallé

Royal Concert Hall David Byrne

Sunday April 12

The Lakeside Arts Centre Geoff diego litherland – Multiverses

Tuesday April 14

The Lakeside Arts Centre Collograph printmaking workshop Joy and wolfgang buttress – veil

Sunday April 19

Theatre Royal Nottingham Little Shop Of Horrors

Tuesday April 21 Royal Concert Hall Ultravox

Wednesday April 22

Royal Concert Hall The Witches Of Eastwick Theatre Royal Nottingham RSC The Tempest

Royal Concert Hall Shaolin Warriors

Thursday April 16

Thursday April 23

The Lakeside Arts Centre Drama workshops Block printing on fabric – workshop Travelling light and tobacco factory theatre present - the ugly duckling

The Lakeside Arts Centre Peatbog faeries Royal Concert Hall Singalonga Sound Of Music Theatre Royal Nottingham We'll Meet Again The Lakeside Arts Centre

Allegri string quartet

Friday April 24 Royal Concert Hall Ross Noble

The Lakeside Arts Centre Allegri string quartet

Saturday April 25 Royal Concert Hall Sandra Taylor School of Dance - Synergy

The Lakeside Arts Centre Joan fontcuberta – datascapes

Sunday April 26 Royal Concert Hall Derren Brown Live

Tuesday April 28 Royal Concert Hall Royal Philharmonic Orchestra

The Lakeside Arts Centre Rannel theatre company and makin projects present - flhip flhop - everything happens on the break

Wednesday April 29 Royal Concert Hall Colin Fry & TJ Higgs. The Best Of British Mediumship The Lakeside Arts Centre Mathias eick quartet

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Wednesday May 6

Thursday April 30

Thursday May 7

Theatre Royal Nottingham SpongeBob SquarePants Royal Concert Hall Solid Silver 60s

The Lakeside Arts Centre Robin ince - bleeding heart liberal


Friday May 1

Royal Concert Hall Rhydian

Saturday May 2

Royal Concert Hall Albedo Science On Stage

Sunday May 3

The Lakeside Arts Centre Aly Bain & Phil Cunningham The Lakeside Arts Centre Trevor pinnock – harpsichord

Saturday May 9

The Lakeside Arts Centre Trio parnassus

Sunday May 10

The Lakeside Arts Centre The tell woman collective presents - the tell woman by Nikky Smedley

Monday May 11

11th May – 23rd May Theatre Royal Nottingham Evita

The Lakeside Arts Centre The children’s theatre company, minneapolis & visible fictions present peter pan

Royal Concert Hall John Barrowman

Monday May 4

Royal Concert Hall Disney's High School Musical

4th - 9th May

Tuesday May 12

Tuesday May 19 Royal Concert Hall Counting Crows

The Lakeside Arts Centre Sonia Sabri company presents – parallels

Wednesday May 20 The Lace Market Theatre In Camera (Huis Clos)

Thursday May 21

sessions Playing with portraits workshop

Wednesday May 27

Theatre Royal Nottingham Horrid Henry The Lakeside Arts Centre Story making – workshop

Thursday May 28 Royal Concert Hall Heather Small

The Lakeside Arts Centre Leicester comedy festival ltd present - best of leicester comedy festival on tour

The Lakeside Arts Centre Picture this – workshop Little lakesiders taster sessions

Friday May 22

Friday May 29

The Lakeside Arts Centre New perspectives, derby live & the theatre writing partnership present – wasteland

The Lakeside Arts Centre People make places workshop

Saturday May 30

Wednesday May 13 The Lakeside Arts Centre Lúnasa

The Lakeside Arts Centre Exploratory approaches to cartography - Workshop For Adults

The Lakeside Arts Centre Laura Mccafferty Melanie Tomlinson - craft showcase Googlemania - Workshop For Adults

Thursday May 14

Sunday May 24

Sunday May 31

The Lace Market Theatre M. Butterfly

14 May - 17 May Royal Concert Hall Le Grand Cirque

Tuesday May 5

Sunday May 17

Theatre Royal Nottingham Brief Encounter

the lonely were home

The Lakeside Arts Centre Tutti frutti present - if only

Saturday May 23

The Lakeside Arts Centre Joy and wolfgang buttress – veil

Tuesday May 26

The Lakeside Arts Centre Little lakesiders taster

Royal Concert Hall Beyond The Barricade

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Nottingham was a groovy place in the 1960s - ask anybody who attended PaperShaker at The Orange Tree on Saturday March 14th, and helped raise £400 for Oxfam. PaperShaker 1960s night held on Saturday 14 March, at The Orange Tree was organised by events and music promotion company Barbarella Productions, in collaboration with Oxjam music festival. The evening kicked off at 9 pm with DJ Cherry Fuzz spinning some deliciously sleazy 60s garage and punk, sounding like an dark yet irresistible 60s underground party that your parents warned you about. Later on in the evening the decks were taken over by SPAM! who knew how to keep the dance floor filled spinning floor favourites alongside some lesser known sixties hits, as long as its fast and furious and from that golden era, you can be sure Vinyl Jacks of SPAM has it in his tremendous vinyl collection.

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Freeq Issue 6 (Apr/May 09)  
Freeq Issue 6 (Apr/May 09)  

Freeq magazine brings you the very best in independent music and art, with a social conscience tip. This issue features exclusive interview...