A homely, compact and picturesque city, Nottingham allows students and young professionals to strike a perfect balance between comfort and excitement, with a variety of fantastic music venues, restaurants, pubs and bars to keep even the busiest night owl fully content. Catering to a student population of more than 60,000 thanks to the city’s two large universities, Nottingham is a city with ample places to explore, with enviable vibrancy thanks in no small part to its highly multicultural population.
The city has also been recognised nationally and internationally for a number of reasons, not least for being one of only 20 cities across the globe designated a UNESCO City of Literature. Home of Robin Hood and his merry men, DH Lawrence and Lord Byron, the city has a rich cultural heritage, and has been lauded for its devotion to improving literacy levels across the area. Perhaps even more important for the city’s club and live music pilgrims, the “Queen of the Midlands” boasts an award-winning public transport system, with the concentrated city centre, trams and an extensive bus system making getting to events a walk in the park.
Of course, strong transport links wouldn’t mean anything if there was nowhere to go, but that’s not a problem that Nottingham residents have to deal with, thanks to the wide array of venues that inhabit the city. Club spaces like The Brickworks and Stealth offer a great platform for dance music, with the likes of Rescue Rooms and Rock City providing for both live bands and DJs alike by putting on shows with both huge names and the city’s upcoming artists. The Grade II listed Malt Cross, a music hall built way back in 1877, represents another resting spot for the musically motivated punter.
Nottingham has also been a fertile ground for brands like bass music enthusiasts Detonate, the promoter behind the city’s biggest underground music festival and regular nights at home and in Leeds and Sheffield. Featuring DnB, hip-hop, dub, grime, R&B and house, Detonate Festival is a nice representation of the city’s diverse music scene, and has been a popular event at its home at Colwick Country Park.
All these things add up to a city that is tailor made for music events, making it one of the UK’s top destinations for students.