It's official, Nottingham's live music scene is one of the best in the UK
NOTTINGHAM has one of the best live music scenes in the country, according to a new survey.
The Performing Rights Society found that the choice for gigs in the city was the third best in the country – beating London in fifth place.
People were interviewed in all the major cities and counties across the UK and asked if they felt the local music scene offered enough gigs to choose from.
In Nottingham, 74 per cent said yes, just behind Newcastle and Manchester (77 per cent). In London, often considered to be the centre of the UK music scene and where all the major record companies are based, the figure was 68 per cent. Derbyshire came last with just 29 per cent.
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It comes as no surprise to Geoff Huckstep, chief executive at the Capital FM Arena.
"Our city has a fantastic music scene," he says. "From small shows to 10,000-plus at our venue, there is something to suit all tastes.
"Even in the last few months we have had a huge variety of gigs here, from pop stars like Justin Bieber and Katy Perry to indie bands like Paramore and Biffy Clyro.
"The venue has the likes of Tinie Tempah, Bryan Adams, Dolly Parton, Blink 182, Duran Duran and Joe Bonamassa coming up. You couldn't get a much broader choice than that."
George Akins, chairman of DHP, which runs Rock City, Rescue Rooms, The Bodega and Stealth and organises the annual Splendour and Dot To Dot festivals, adds: "Nottingham definitely punches above its weight. You can see live music every night of the week.
"I think the result of the survey has a lot to do with the amount of live music brought to the city through our four venues and festivals.
"But Nottingham also has a very strong arena and concert hall offer. And we have some good small venues such as The Maze."
The news comes despite the city's long-running failure to produce successful bands – although that is beginning to change with the rise of soul singer Liam Bailey and indie quintet Dog Is Dead.
Notts singers are also members of current charting acts. Bianca Claxton, from Gunthorpe, is a member of the girl group Parade, whose debut single Louder was a top ten hit last month. And Jay McGuiness, from Newark, is a member of The Wanted who'll play a sell-out show at the Royal Concert Hall tonight.
Tom Ford, drummer with Nottingham band I Only Date Models, believes the findings have a lot to do with the work of local promoters.
He says: "It's a credit to all the local promoters out there working so hard, like the DHP Group bringing in big names but also I'm Not From London, who give a solid platform for local bands to get heard. The fact we've got the Capital FM Arena is great too. Justin Bieber was here last week.
"It comes as no surprise that the city is up there on this poll."
The PRS collects royalty payments for 75,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in the UK, an industry worth £3.9 billion every year.
Spokesman Barney Hooper says: "Local live music gigs are a great way to bring communities together and for people to discover local talent."