There are a growing number of 'international' Nottingham bands who are doing their bit to promote Nottinghams music scene to an audience beyond both Notts and the UK. Yunioshi are currently getting great reviews as they play at Iceland Airwaves, Swimming are about to start a European tour and Spaceships Are Cool have recently played in italy. There must be others. Surley this is only thing?
And there was me thinking this was a discussion about the Notts music scene. Yet again it's distracted by a flow of pointlessness that is typical of Nottingham. Stop fussing about who and where you are and start going to gigs and supporting your live scene
I think bands need to use some common sense and really think seriously and professionally about their reputation if they have aims and ambitions to make it outside of Notts.
Too many play too often in town and play the same kind of gigs. Promoters should also be a bit more clever in this respect too. Don't book a band if they've played the same kind of show in town recently. No one is gonna come to the show! Bands and promoters also need to remember that promoting a gig is both of their responsibility.
I remember the great shows put on by Supernight. People would go to those nights because of the promoters just as much as the bands. Some promoters now have quite a bad reputation amongst bands because of their unprofessional approach. Why should bands have to put up with a pissed up soundguy?
There are really only a handful of great promoters in Nottingham and these are the ones helping to raise Nottinghams game.
I don't think Notts will have to wait too long before it gets some recognition from all the good and hard work by both bands, promoters and venues. There is a real positive vibe and a diverse mix of talent in the town. Petebox, Swimming, We show Up On Radar, Fists, Spaceshis Are Cool, Yunioshi, and Dog is Dead have all played festivals and/or international dates in the recent months. This brief article isn't hanging Nottingham out to dry - which is a pleasing change from the norm. The Nottingham music scene has gained constant support from the likes of Dean Jackson and BBC Introducing. I think we're just on our way to making some real history.