Being a student in Nottingham means going out to quite a few different bars and clubs. One which has been a favourite over the past two years is Rock City. The club is situated on Talbot Street, which is only a 5 minute walk at most from the city center. This means that you can go elsewhere beforehand if you want to or straight there if you go out late. This year I live pretty much in the city center so Rock City is now within walking distance for me.
Rock City is not only a club, it also has gig nights which have had some quite famous names play there in the past. Over the next couple of months, Adam Ant, Rizzle Kicks, Ellie Goulding and Dappy are all playing there. Although the club is called Rock City, it is obviously not a place only for rock music which is what I first thought it was. Ticket prices for these gigs are around the same price as you can expect from an arena although bands who aren't as well-known aren't nearly as expensive to see.
I have only ever been to Rock City on a Thursday night as it is student night and drinks are 2-4-1. You can expect to pay £5 on the door on a Thursday to get in but if you get there early and it's empty, you can sometimes get in for free. There are different theme nights on other nights during the week such as Love Shack on a Friday which plays club anthems. Thursday nights are a great night mostly because of the music that is played. There are three rooms open all of which play something different. The main room plays club and rave music mostly, the smaller room on the main level plays rock and alternative music while the basement plays chart music and cheesy stuff most of the time.
I generally end up in the basement after not very long as it is never as packed as the main room. The basement has a good range of music which you can dance to easily. The only real problem here is that the floor gets very wet and sticky so you need to be careful especially if you're a girl going out in heels. I remember my first ever night out here and I spent a lot of it trying to stay upright in insanely high heels. I was so scared of falling over and breaking something!
As I said, drinks on a Thursday night are 2-4-1 but they aren't very cheap to start with. Last year, Rock City broke the record for the number of Jagerbombs sold in one night due to this offer being on and them only being £1. Other drinks are more expensive though and you can expect to pay around £3 or £3.50 for a bottle but considering you get another free, it isn't too bad. Be careful when ordering drinks too because the bar staff will give you 2 even if you only want one. My flatemate had a bad experience with this when she ordered a pint and had to carry 2 around a packed club for a while before she finished them.
Rock City has plenty of toilets although they can be quite hard to find when you're drunk. There is also a large cloak room in the foyer which is great for when you're going out in the winter or when it rains. To have your coat checked will cost around £2 but it is well worth it if it means not having to carry it around for the whole night. This part of the club gets so busy though at the end of the night so be prepared for a long wait or go half an hour before closing time to pick up your items.
Overall, Rock City is your average club but they do try to cater to everyone. The drinks are overpriced on a normal night but student night is worth going to if you are actually a student. I love it here and I'm sad this will be my last year going here.
Rock City is the UKs best alternative live music venue and club. It is an all standing venue for gigs with a capacity of 2450. The venue is divided in to three rooms (Main Hall, The Basement and the Rig) which have a total of five bars. There are currently 14+ and 18+ events. They are very strict on checking ID. Inside they have a cash machine and a cloak room which costs £1.50 per item.
There are car parks very close by which charge around £3.60 for 3 hours and £5 for 4 hours. Rock City is also easy to get to from the train station.
All gigs are listed on their website with links of where to buy the ticket. They have some very good top bands at this venue. Occasionally they have all nighters and these are normally around Christmas and New Year.
They have club nights on most nights of the week and these are:
Tuned on a Thursday which is a student club night where they play rock, drum and bass, indie and hip hop.
Love Shack on a Friday which is a 90s club night. It is free to get in before 11pm and selected drinks are £1.50 all night. They also play 60s, 70s and 80s music.
Distortion which is every Saturday 10pm - 3am and has been voted the best alternative club by Kerrang. They have offers on drinks that are bought before 1am.
Reloaded is on, on a Saturday in The Rig. Classic Rock is played all night.
Nailed is also on Saturday in the basement playing metal music.
Damage Inc is on the first Thursday of every month. It is a night where they play metal music.
Their under 18s night is on a Sunday and costs £4 in advance or £6 on the door.
I really enjoy going to this venue for a gig because it is quite small so I can get close to the band and prices are not bad. It can get very busy and so gets very hot and you can find yourself being squashed. The all nighters are also great and are normally on for ten hours between 8pm and 6am. The queues are normally quite long so you might be waiting a while to get in.
Rock city is the place to be if u want to see live bands and love rock music. i have never had any trouble there and there are verry little chavs. thay have live bands down stars and a large dance floor and stage up stars. the entry prices and drink prices are resnable. briliantly lay out of the club. and people who work in toilets who give u aftershave it is exerlent the only problem is it has a bit of a sticky floor but hey the club is the best i would recomend it to anyone it relly is grate.
Now what is Nottingham famous for? No, no, not just that bloke in green tights who just ran around poking evil nobles! It also looks like it was famous for some lace stuff, but I didn't notice that either! Nope, 'tis Nottingham Rock City, lauded amongst rock fans, almost whispered of in revered tones by those who haven't been there, almost mystical in its existence. Nottingham Rock City fast become the Mecca of rock fans everywhere, if you hadn't been there, you just hadn't lived, it had to be the one place to go. So I did! Saturday as a matter of a fact, yes I must admit that it was one of the deciding factors in choosing where to go on our weekend away, I wanted to see if all the hype was true. First of all, its not just a night club, in fact many of the people who have been there, have been there for the gigs, 'tis one of the few places in the Midlands that is big enough for large gigs, but not over-the-top capacity like the NEC in Birmingham. Coming up at Rock City in the next couple of months are the likes of Ash, NOFX, Bad Religion and more. The ticket prices average around the £15 mark, so its not too bad. Capacity is quite small though so you have to get your tickets early, I believe it fits in around 2000 people. I of course went for that dancing and the drinking! As we were there over the weekend we decided to go on the Saturday BUT if we had been there the whole week we would have had a couple of nights to go to. Crash - Tuesdays in the Basement, plays the like of the White Stripes, Datsuns, etc. Sets you back £2 before Midnight. Tuned - Thursday, declaring itself a 'premier' student night, plays chart, pop and alternative. I find it quite bizarre that it costs £3.50 with an NUS card as Crash will cost you only a pound! Love Shack - Every Friday, in 3 rooms, outrageous 60's, Disco 70's and cheesy 80's. £5.00 on the door. Distortion - Saturdays, m
ainstream rock, hardcore, punk, ska, Indie & hip hop, will cost you a fiver without a a NUS Card or flyer. Nailed - Saturdays, in the downstairs room, plays all that dodgy American metal stuff Reloaded - Saturdays, in the Rig, DJ Dave plays classic Rock Alternative Under 18's - Sunday, does what it says on the box, No beer! So there you go, summat for practically every alternative person out there. We ended up going on the Saturday night. I finally got all tarted up and was glad to find out that it was a 5 minute walk directly up the road from our hotel! Rock City right, premier gig and night club place, got to be smart right? Bright lights, big outside? Wrong, we were rather gobsmacked to see this dingy, quite small entrance that bore an uncanny resemblance to a cinema foyer. It was only a small queue, so paid our £5, and got past the rather unfriendly bouncers, there was a small cloakroom but we bypassed that and I went straight to the loos as for some reason I had to a penny in my boots that had to be removed ( I still don't know how it got there!). They were serviceable, only 4 cubicles so I can imagine there's a bit of a queue at peak times! They were quite clean, but this was the beginning of the night! There were 3 rooms, so it was straight up to the main one to have a look and get a drink, walking in was quite a surprise, its certainly a lot bigger than it looks from the outside, there's a stage and a balcony and people were dancing all over the place. There were 2 large bars on either side, but both were understaffed for 11.15 let alone later. But the highlight of the night had to be the drinks offer, until Midnight all drinks were £1.50! All of them, even the lovely alcopops that I consume, Smirnoff Ice, £1.50? Certainly sir, I'll take 6, and what would you like Alan? And glasses!, we got glass bottles and pint glasses, no more drinking Smirnoff Ice out of a plastic pint glass t
hat threatens to wobble and break all the time! By this time we were thoroughly fed up with the Nu-Metal stuff pounding out, so decided to take a look in one of the other rooms, the 2nd was slightly dodgy to say the least, a very small amount of seats along one wall and a sunken dance floor and stage, the lighting rig above it meant several young men were using them as monkey bars, obviously amusing to some. In my local club, you'd have been whipped down pretty smartish and chucked out! Not here though, in fact there seems to be this pretty open relaxed atmosphere around the place, or a couldn't care less attitude whichever way you wish to take it! One of those dreadful American Nu-metal White boy rapper songs later, and we were off to the last room, the Rig. I walked in and I was in Heaven! This is the bit that could truly be called Rock City! There were rock chicks everywhere, in their tiny hotpants, thigh high boots and halter tops (Needless to say, this was Alan's favourite rooms!, and lots of men with long hair headbanging and giving it some air guitar on the floor! The music took me back to my teens pretty smartish! Guns n Roses featured quite prominently and so did Metallica, but we were treated to the likes of Extreme, Love/Hate, Skid Row, Whitesnake, Van Halen, etc. As the evening wore on, Alan began to look quite horrified, I'm guessing it was Bon Jovi that was finishing him off. I think the comment that went somewhere along the lines of 'I hate this big dumb-ass American Cock Rock crap' was telling me he didn't enjoy half as much as I did! So at 12.30 we found ourselves wandering back to the hotel. But I left with no regrets at all, I did'nt once moan that I had paid a fiver, the drinks were cheap and I wanted to stay, and it was way too early to go. Why? (Most unlike me, I have to say!), because I was ever so slightly bored, it wasn't special or out of the ordinary, just an every day nightclub, that w
as playing predictable music. I didn't massively feel the urge to get up and shake my booty or get all excited at a particular song. In fact I've had much more fun at the smaller night clubs at home. It wasn't the people, I have to say the absence of posing, and the snobbery 'I'm more rock than you' attitude was definitely missing. There wasn't big bouncers wandering everywhere, telling people to stop dancing on the tables and to not sit on the stairs, everyone was basically doing what they wanted. And by the time we left at 12.30 you could see the effects of this blasé attitude, there was litter, glass and bottles everywhere, the floor was completely sticky, couples in obscene positions or basically just throwing up on the floor. The toilets? We wont mention the toilets! I think spitoons should have been provided as well! A 'Have a good evening' from the bouncer wouldn't have gone amiss either! Will I go back? Yes, I probably will, but probably not with Alan, (He doesn't dance, you see) But I would get a big gang of the girlies together and have a wander up (When I say wander, its a near enough 3 hour drive away!), get completely arsed and dance like loons to Iron Maiden! It was good....................but not that good.
If you approach Nottingham via the Mansfield Road, Talbot Street is a turning on the left. Keep an eye out for it, it creeps up on you. There is a multi story car park at the top of Talbot Street which is the best, if not the only place to park. Rock City, due to it being licensed, is for 18's and over. With the exception of regular bag searches, security can be quite lax and I have only known one occaison where anyone has been ID'd. That said, it pays to be nice to the bouncers because I know of a lad who got thrown down the stairs and barred from an OMS gig. I don't remember why. Leave your nice clothes at home - especially trousers - because Rock City Scum will never leave your clothes. I also tend to reek of draw for several days afterwards. "Downstairs" at Rock City is a small room with its own bar. It's good to go and chill out there after a gig and less well-known bands play down there. After a Less Than Jake gig, I saw Orange Goblin. The Rig is a separate club (it does not open when City opens) but entry to City gets you into the Rig. This is where you can find fans of "hair metal". Upstairs is the main stage. There is a food bar there as well but the prices are extortionate. Two sets of stairs lead up to the balcony. There's a bar up there ( I believe there's one to the side of the main stage but I'm always drunk, I can never remember). There are always huge crushes at the bar: be warned. Thursday night is Student Night. Entry is about £2 with an NUS card and the drinks are cheap. The crowd on these nights doesn't tend to be specifically goth/punk/skate etc. so the music is doesn't tend to be specifically metal/punk etc. Gigs take place throughout the week. If you attend a gig on a Saturday night then you don't have to pay any extra to stay on for the club night. If you don't attend the Saturday night gig but want to go to the club night, do
n't bother turning up until about eleven. Which is nice because you can sit in the Old Angel for a bit. The band that plays that night tends to reflect the type of music played at the club night. The rest of the time, it's the DJ's tastes. Just no one mention my attempts at ska-dancing.
Rock city is touted as being the best rock club in the north by many popular rock magazines, so me and some friends travelled down from Sheffield to check out this venue. At first it was a little difficult to locate. Rock city is tucked away in a back street. Thankfully when we went into the scream pub round the corner, all we had to do was follow the horde of goths and skaters off to the venue. After queing for about 15 mins we eventually got into the place. We stuck our jackets in the cloakroom and took the chance to explore whilst it still wasn't too busy. I had heard mixed reports, some people say the place is smallish, others say too big espeically when busy. The club has the rig located downstairs, which plays old school rock and metal. Opposite to this is a very small room which plays a mix of Drum and bass, Skate punk and Nu metal, and music that crosses between D'n'B and metal such as pitchshifter. From here you can then head upstairs. This is where you will find 3 bars, a fairly big dance floor and stage where obviously the bands play who come to rock city. Finally above this is the balcony bar. I'd guess the club is of medium size, and thank god its not any bigger. On all nighters the place becomes very very busy. Its very difficult to find your friends if your split up due to the layout and size of the club. So apart from the size what else can be said about rock city. Unfortunatly when it is packed it can take ages to get too the bar, at one point we waited about 20 mins to get served, so I suggest when you go you buy several beers in one go to save going backwards and forwards. As for the music, you really are spolit for choice. The Rig plays all the old classic Motorhead, Maiden, and G'n'R. The smaller room tends to be a little more experimental, and upstairs plays everything from Metallica to Slipknot. My only criticism of the night was they didn't play as much punk as I would h
ave liked. At the end of the day this may just have been down to the DJ and the night. I certainly wouldn't let that put me off going again. I was surprised to hear them also play some Sisters of Mercy and goth tunes in the large room, as many rock clubs I have been too tend not too play goth and leave that for the dedicated nights (such as Dissolution in Sheffield). This made an interesting break from the likes of limp Bizkit and Papa Roach. Rock city as many of you will know also hosts bands. The layout of the pit is great and the raised area at the back is also good, especially for people who dont fancy going into the moshpit or are in a wheel chair, as it still allows them to see the gig :). The venue is a little grotty and I had been warned that the floor there can get very sticky and skanky. To be honest I was too drunk to notice and rock clubs are always so much better when they are dingy and dark. The night we went the beer was a little expensive, but I understand some nights of the week are cheaper. All in all I would say go, but be prepared to que and pay for beer. Other then that for rock fans its an excellant night out and caters for all rocking tastes.
It was my 40th birthday a few weeks ago, my wife treated me to a weekend away. We stayed in Nottingham at a lovely hotel and after a day out at the American Adventure theme Park , we decided on a night out at the famous Rock City. We had heard allsorts of rumours about the place, one was from some feedback from a Ciao member saying you stick to the floor. Well I can verify that, yes you really do. Anyway, Rock City is in the heart of Nottingham City Centre, and we were preparing ourselves for a long queue. Apparently we had gone at the right time, so the taxi driver said, as loads of students were away on holiday and normally it was heaving. We waited behind a few people, my wife was feeling dowdy as she no longer has the "Rock Look", so she says. There were Goths, Punks, Heavy Rockers and Transvestites all waiting to go in. Me, well I'm just some 40 year old Man with long hair , my father -in-law calls me Status Quo Man. We paid our £4.50 each to get in, when we phoned , the girl said there was a band on, but you had to pay £10 to see them. I can't remember their name, but I knew I'd never heard of them, strange thing is, I don't know where they were as I never heard them once. The nightclub is made up of three rooms, they are all meant to have different types of music. If you turn left, this is quite a large room, they play Soft rock, i.e Poison, Cinderella, Bon Jovi, then the Hard Rock, i.e Metallica, Iron Maiden, ozzy osborne etc. I felt at home here, we bought some drinks. My wife had a can of Woodpecker Cider as we didn't dare risk anything on tap, somebody had mentioned people spiking your drinks. We thought it might be safer getting drinks in a can or bottle. I had a bottle of budweiser, altogether they came to about £6.00. That's what I call expensive, somebody at the bar, a regular told us to get beer on draught , they said it was cheaper,
we said no thanks. Anyway, we stood around the edges of the dance floor watching everybody shake their hair about. I was tempted but, I wasn't drunk enough, I have to be legless to shake my bonce about you know. I don't want to end up feeling dizzy and pass out on the dance floor to 666 The number of the beast lol. There were a few good songs, it reminded my wife of RockWorld at Manchester but 10 years ago, she thought she had stepped back into a timewarp. We had a good laugh at the Marilyn Manson lookalikes, they couldn't make their minds up whether they were male or female. Next room was up the stairs, that's if you could get up them, there were people sat all over the place, but then again there weren't many places to park your ass. This room was enormous, there looked to be a bit of a stage, either that or there were some very tall people around dancing their heads off. This room played music like Garbage, Hole, Ash, Nirvana. There were mostly younger people in there, the Rock Room was where the golden oldies were, mostly people over 30. We stayed in there for a while , then started to feel old, we went to find the last room, before we stuck to the floor. One bit of advice, is never stand still for long, the chewing gum or fallen beer, sticks like mad to your shoes. The last room was down the stairs and to the right of the entrance, this was a pokey little room compared to the others. We only managed to stay a few minutes in there, here was where they played Black Metal, screechy music, sorry not our cup of tea. We visited there a few times in the night just to make sure it wasn't all bad, one time we heard Linkin Park, they are OK. After that , we headed for the safe haven of the oldies room, it's probably not that like all the time, especially when the students return. Still we had a good time. I didn't check the loo's out, b
ut my wife did, she used the ones near the entrance, they were ok she said, but a bit tatty. She said there were more people in there just sat about than on the dance floor lol. Apparently they have big name bands on there sometimes, and if i was in the neighbourhood again I would give it another go. I still prefer Rock World in Manchester.
After 4 years living in Nottingham I visited this bar once, and that was once too many. If you like being surround by scruffy people who look like car-jackers then enjoy yourself, if you (like me) are not purely looking for the cheapest night out in town then leave this bar well alone. It is primarily a club but is just for 'rockers' really who will make some people feel most unwelcome. Definately a bar to avoid unless you are similar to the rest of the customers. It is situated in the city centre near RKO Media bar and the Theatre Royal. Its only redeeming feature is that it doubles as a venue for some good bands when they are visiting Nottingham. Not one for me though.
Set in the dark and dingy recesses of a backstreet in Nottingham is one of the most unassuming and uninspiring venues I have ever been welcomed into! That place is Rock City, a focal point for many of my teenage years and even now in my ever-growing senility. The name Rock City may sound rather grand, but nothing could be further from the truth. There is nothing grand about the exterior of the building, indeed it looks not dissimilar to a run down inner city cinema, with its gaping entrance, waiting like an open mouth to swallow you whole. Which it does indeed… The interior of Rock City is nothing to be passionate about, when the lights go up, and you surely don’t want to be around when they do – the true colours of Rock City (or lack of them) are revealed in their utmost repulsiveness. This is not a place to go for the décor neither is it the place to visit in your best bib and tucker. The floor is quite possibly the worst aspect of Rock City, if you venture there for a gig during the week, you will find yourself literally rooted to the spot – not least from the sights and sounds you will encounter, but because the floor hasn’t been cleaned since the previous Friday – sticky in the extreme. There are three large bars situated in Rock City, one upstairs in the gallery, a very small and cramped area which features seats and tables for the few lucky or unlucky enough to be there early! It is a perilous journey up to the gallery – especially if you have had one over the eight, and it is a busy night (always), as you will find many people in various stages of inebriation and exhaustion taking 5 on the steps. The other two bars are situated in the main arena of Rock City, the bars are always well stocked – and prices are in line with other inner city watering holes. There are discount nights – as Nottingham is a University City, there is the requisite student night. The bar staf
f are pretty friendly, although rarely have time to stop and chat – it is fast and furious work at all times. I have always found the prices to be consistent, I have heard many a tale, and experienced the same where each time you visit the bar, the total is different for the same drinks – always higher! The toilet areas are quite frankly best to be avoided at all costs, ladies if you do require a bathroom stop – use the men’s! Although you have to be pretty quick as the bouncers have cottoned on to this fact, and take exception to it! Entering Rock City has always filled me with a sense of dreaded excitement for here I have seen some spectacular sights, nothing on the scale of the seven wonders of the world – but a myriad of sound, light, vision and smell. Nothing unpleasant - you understand me, but your senses are assaulted from every angle. So far I have pointed out only disadvantages, what you may be asking is just what is the attraction, to this apparent hellhole? Well I will tell you… The atmosphere – sadly I don’t have the literary skills to explain such an elusive sensation. Rock City is a very small venue in the club/gig venue stakes – holding a mere 2000 people. When those 2000 people are so enclosed it makes for some interesting collisions and experiences. The best nights to attend Rock City are gig nights; they have some excellent well known, as well as local and unsigned bands. The ticket prices are usually around the £10 mark – a bargain for some of the top bands I have seen. Gigs in recent time I have attended include Big Country The Saw Doctors The levellers The Alarm 2000 Catatonia Stiff little Fingers The Mission Gig nights are usually weeknights, with rock/alternative/indie nights at the weekends. Typical admission prices are between £3 – £5,
although there are generally reductions for members (membership is free) or with the numerous flyers found around the local pubs. The management does hold the right to refuse admission, this only happens when Rock City is full. I have never seen anyone turned away due to his or her state of dress, indeed the dress code – if it exists is very casual. The type of people you will find in Rock city vary so much depending on the type of night you go for, I have seen people as old as 82 and as young as 14 in Rock City. You will find people from all walks of life here, from the well heeled businessman – complete with laptop and mobile phone (a pointless accessory in Rock City) and plucked, primped and pampered ‘secretary’, to the down at heel students on their never ending quest for cheap alcohol. Whatever your status in life, you are sure to fit in, I have made many friends and acquaintances over the years, not hard to do when you are one in 2000 people, squashed into an apparent seething mass all singing the same song.
It's thursday night, your a student, your sitting on your arse doing nothing why? whats wrong with you? You should be out drinking I would suggest rock city. They play a wide variety of music from nu metal through pop. Limp Bizkit, Offspring, Green Day through to S-club-7 wait I know not brilliant music but at £1 a drink you won't care whats playing. The night finishes at 2:00 and there are many late night busses from the center of nottingham or you can get a taxi if your rich. So if your bored and like to drink and enjoy your self come down to rock city go on you might like it you know. If you do come don't get dreesed up it's not a club if you wear a shirt and jacket you'll look like an idiot. try a hoodie and some baggy trousers. If this ain't your scene then pass on by go to some proper club like isis or media but if you like a good time and very attractive people wearing not much then come here. It costs £2.50 to get in or £1 with a flyer which you can find around the town a good cheap night out. I'll see you there :)
If you're someone who likes a variety of rock and metal music, played loud (and i mean LOUD!), cheap drinks and plenty of headbanging, then rock city is the place to head for! Saturday is alternative night, the music includes some of the latest records as well as the classics. The best thing about the club is its vibrant atmosphere, people who love heavy rock, and the cheap drinks ensure everyone has a great time! As a venue, rock city is perfect; it's large enough to cater for big acts but small enough not to be impersonal. Rock city certainly deserves its reputation for being one of the best clubs dedicated to rock, in the country!
Rock City on a Thursday night has a variety of pop/dance music with cheap drinks due to it being Student night. It has a large stage where the DJ is situated and you can dance on there. No main dress code really but obviously you must be over 18. You can have more of a laugh here when compared to Media but i prefer the music and ahem...women in Media personally. But if a laugh is what you're after then you can't do wrong with Rock City situated next door to RKO Sports Bar.
You want to pay £1.50 (£2.50 without NUS) to get in, you want to pay £1 a pint, bottle or shot? You want to hear classic tunes from 'Song 2' by Blur, to the Stone Roses 'Fools Gold'? You want to have that awful moment of the lights being turned on, the highlight of the night, when the theme from 'The A Team' blasts out of the stereo? Well, so did I! I am describing 'Tuned' the student night (thursdays@10-2) at Rock City, in Nottingham. A really un-intimidating atmosphere (while i had a good night - i felt a little uneasy in 'Media'), and i spent half as much money. Me and all of my 'very poor student' friends (!) enjoyed every bit of this night out met so many people happy to join in our drunken lunatic conversations! Ok, so this is not for the hardcore clubber, but if you are up for a laugh, or even want to meet some cool people (and... pull) this is most definetly worth a try. a crazy, £15 night out can be had!