Nottingham’s Finest

IMPACT  introduces six artists to emerge from Nottingham’s buzzing music scene.

Jake Bugg

Bugg is our poster-boy, and if you’re embracing Nottingham’s thriving music scene, you should probably at least give him a nod.

When his debut album hit number one in the charts last year, the city was given some solid evidence that it was musical. If you were arguing with your friend about whose university had a better music scene, you no longer had to rely on acts you were convinced were about to make a break-through;  you could simply invite them to look at the album charts and see Jake’s (slightly gloomy) face sat at number one.

Dog Is Dead

Dog is Dead are flying the Nottingham flag high on the music scene. The five piece band from West Bridgeford broke into the limelight with a place on the BBC Introducing Glastonbury stage in 2010. Since then they haven’t stopped touring, and at the end of 2010 released their debut-album, All Our Favourite Stories.

If the album lacked anything in the views of the critics, it was dispelled by popular culture. The Nottingham lads saw their ‘Glockenspiel Song’ feature in an episode of Skins, and ’Heal It’ was used in Sky Sports’ Champions League coverage. Further music has been aired on MADE IN CHELSEA, and THE ONLY WAY IS ESSEX, though many are still unsure whether association with either of these shows can be construed as positive at all.

London Grammar

After the initial meeting between Hannah Reid and Dan Rothman in the University of Nottingham’s very own halls of residence, London Grammar have provided the UK with a top 40 single in ‘Wasting My Young Years’ as well as collaborating with Disclosure on their album SETTLE.

This summer provided the band with a highly active festival season, playing at Wilderness and Bestival, as well as announcing a UK tour, which will see the band return to Nottingham in October.


Despite recently finished school, Kagoule are already making a name for themselves with their take on 90s grunge and melodic, downbeat post-punk. 2013 has seen the band release their debut single, MONARCHY, on Nottingham’s very own Denizen Recordings. They have also played shows with the likes of Dog Is Dead, Drenge and Temples and impressed the audience at Nottingham’s Splendour Festival.

Although only a trio, they make a considerable amount of noise. Cai, lead singer and guitarist, croons tenderly and plays loudly, while Lucy’s basslines are the drive behind the songs. Both combine with Lawrence’s crashing drums to produce music obviously inspired by the work of The Smashing Pumpkins and Fugazi; and they do the 90s better than anyone else at the moment.

Georgie Rose

Georgie Rose is Nottingham’s female response to Jake Bugg. Georgie brings an upbeat feel to this Nottingham line up, with her soft voice ironically powering through well constructed lyrics alongside her guitar. She has produced music that has appeared as XFM’s single of the week, and has been backed by Billy Bragg and KT Tunstall.

It has been said that fans of KT Tunstall would love Georgie’s style, the similarities are obvious to see and this year, at Nottingham’s very own Splendour festival, the two were on the same line up. Whether you are listening whilst you work, or chilling in the sun, Rose is undoubtedly a great choice, and one to look out for in the future.

Ady Suleiman

Ady Suleiman’s unique and soulful voice is something not to be missed. He’s been building up a fan base since he wowed crowds on the BBC Introducing Stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, performing acoustic tracks such as ‘Need Someone To Love’ and ‘State of Mind’.

Critics have compared his lyrics to that of Amy Winehouse, with influences creeping into his vocals and melodies from Ray Charles, Lauryn Hill and B.B. King. Ady Suleiman is a name to watch out for over the next year, as he’s bound to start making heads turn.


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