Nottingham’s Rock City has spent over three decades keeping alive the 80’s tradition of loud Rock and Roll, sweaty moshers and floors sticky with spilt drinks. A failed opening night in 1980 meant locals missed out on seeing Iron Maiden and The Human League and you get the feeling the club has been making up for this ever since, hosting some of the biggest names in music to several generations of fans. The Venue was originally managed by Paul Mason who went on to run the infamous Hacienda club. In its time rock City was to Nottingham’s Rock fans what the Hacienda was to Manchester’s Acid House fans and Ravers, even appearing in NME magazine as a ‘sweaty, but truly indie’ club.
The 1980’s saw the venue hosting some big names in Rock and Roll History and playing sold out shows to fans from Nottingham and the North of England. The stage saw the likes of Duran Duran, Sisters of Mercy, Japan, The Pogues, The Specials, Ozzy Osbourne and Public Enemy. The spirit of rock was alive and well when riots occurred as the Pogues played to a full house and once again during a gig by Ozzy Osbourne. It was on stage at Rock City that Public Enemy first played Bring the Noise in the UK.
The 90’s saw a different era of Rock Music and some new acts showing up on a Friday and Saturday night. Seattle grunge over took metal and Rock city fans were treated to gigs by Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Sound Garden, Alice in Chains, Mud Honey and Dinosaur Jnr. The intimate setting meaning Eddie Vedder and Kurt Cobain would sit at the bar having drinks with the Nottingham locals. The Venues success and popularity remain today and it has recently hosted bands such as The Deftones, The Killers, Basement Jaxx, Bloc Party, Blur, Green Day, U2, R.E.M, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Rage Against the Machine and Radiohead…… the list goes on.
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