Jazz, Orchestra and Christmas Covers: Here’s What’s on in Nottingham This Week 18 - 24 December

Words: Gemma Cockrell
Sunday 17 December 2023
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Enjoy some live music in the warm this week in Notts, from rock and roll and jazz to live orchestra and festive Christmas covers. Or feast on food and art at City Arts’ Art On the Menu event…

The Sweet

The Sweet
When: Tuesday 19 December
Where: Rock City
How much: £31.94

By the early seventies The Sweet were arguably the hottest ticket in town with a string of top ten records in the UK and Europe including Blockbuster, Hellraiser, Ballroom Blitz, Teenage Rampage and The Sixteens. On the face of it they were primarily a singles band, however, with the landmark albums including Desolation Boulevard (1975) and Give Us a Wink (1976), the band showed a much harder rocking band. The album Level Headed, released in 1978, brought with it another award winning million-selling worldwide hit with Love is Like Oxygen written by Andy Scott. The Sweet still tour the world extensively with one of the most dynamic and slick live shows on the circuit. 1968 to 2020, 52 years and counting of hell raising, star chasing, trailblazing. The Sweet continue to walk loud and proud in the rock and roll universe.

Major Ruse

Major Ruse [jazz]
When: Wednesday 20 December 2023
Where: Peggy's Skylight
Price: £7 - £10

Following the release of their debut album, Major Ruse return to Peggy’s Skylight for a much-anticipated hometown show. This quartet unites jazz, EDM, hip-hop and rock influences to create truly unique, captivating performances that have enthralled audiences across the UK. With performances at festivals such as Love Supreme, We out here, Cheltenham, Manchester and Lancaster jazz festivals, alongside iconic venues such as Ronnie Scott’s, the Jazz Cafe, Hare & Hounds and more, Major Ruse continue to show their lively, complex and dynamic originality.

City Arts

Art On the Menu - Solstice Feast
When: Friday 22 December
Where: City Arts
Price: From £15

An evening of feasting on food and art. Nourish your body and creativity in this seasonal event celebrating the end of the Young Producers Takeover and the winter solstice. You will be served a three-course meal alongside three art activities, practising commensality and craft. Social eating is important for wellbeing and building a sense of community, particularly during these colder months. Relax, play and create seasonal goodies to take home with you. Materials and a tutorial will be provided. A full vegan menu of food and art activities will be released soon. 

Illustration: Lucy Wakefield


The Snowman - the Animated Film With Live Orchestra

When: Saturday 23 December
Where: Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall
Price: £16 - £22

Don’t miss the magical live screening and live orchestral performance of Raymond Briggs’ classic story The Snowman, accompanied by English Pro Musica. This is the perfect event for all the family. Alongside the iconic animated film, the concert will include fun and festive music, with audience participation. This is truly not an event not to be missed!

Christmas Covers Party

21st Annual Christmas Covers Party
When: Saturday 23 December 2023
Where: The Bodega
How much: £10

Now in its 21st year, Nottingham’s legendary Christmas Covers Party returns to The Bodega on Saturday 23 December, from 7:30pm. A Nottingham and Christmas institution, the Christmas Covers Party is your chance to experience a jam-packed festive evening of live music, while raising vital funds for local good causes. At least eight Nottingham bands will let their hair down and put their all into performing brilliant, earnest, surprising, often ill-considered and frequently triumphant cover versions of your favourite pop songs, featuring: Airport Dad, ACHB, EM, Every Face Becomes A Skull, Katie Keddie, Penny Moon, Reduced Killers, and Vanity Project. All proceeds will be split between this year’s charity partners: Nottinghamshire Hospice and Zephyr’s.

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