Local Live Bands, Markets, Film Festivals and Escape Rooms: Here's What's On This Week in Nottingham 21-28 April 2024

Words: Caradoc Gayer
Sunday 21 April 2024
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There's no end of exciting events this week in Nottingham. From beloved local live act Wizard's Can't be Lawyers and Central Library gigs to the anticipated return of Beeston Film Festival and the Ay Up Market, see here for our picks of the most unmissable choices. 

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Beeston Film Festival

When: Tues 23 - Sun 28 April
Arc Cinema Beeston
How much:
Free - £10.50

Now in its tenth year, the Beeston Film Festival brings another exciting line up of classics, short films, documentaries, foreign cinema and new releases, plus some workshops for film buffs. This year's theme is 'Protest and Resistance', so get ready for some inspiring, hard-hitting tales of resilience and rebellion, plus dozens of short films which are perfect for a coffee and movie date to get you talking afterwards.


Wizards Can't be Lawyers

Where: The Bodega
When: Friday 26th April 2024 7:00pm
How Much: £8.80

Bluesy local six-piece Wizards Can’t Be Lawyers will bring their must-see live show to the Bodega on Friday 26 April. The performance will conclude a run of UK shows marking the release of their newest single Paying for a Friend.


Guilty?! - A National Justice Museum Escape Room 

Where: The National Justice Museum
When: Select evenings between Thursday 4 April - Saturday 31 August
How Much: £26 per person

On select dates until August 2024, the National Justice Museum will offer an exciting new escape room, transporting visitors back to the 1831 Reform Bill riots.

Read LeftLion's review of the experience here. 


Ay Up Market

Where: Old Market Square
When: Friday 26 April - Sunday 28 April
How much: Free attendance

On the weekend commencing Friday 26 April, the popular Ay Up Market will return to Old Market Square for its third year running. The event will feature a huge array of independent retailers, from vintage clothing to homeware, as well as a stacked programme of live music and other family-friendly activities.

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Live at Lunch - Music for Trumpet and Piano from the RNCM

Where: Theatre Royal
When: Friday 26 April 1-2pm (Doors 12.15pm)
How Much: £5.00

This week the Theatre Royal's regular Live at Lunch show will feature two virtuosic young players: trumpet player Lewis Barton and pianist Chichi Li, both from the Royal Northern College of Music in Manchester. They will perform an exciting and multi-faceted array of pieces from the 18th to the 20th century.

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Sound at Central

When: Saturday 27 April | 7-11pm
Where: Nottingham Central Library
How much: £10 per person

If you've not yet taken a look around the new Central Library, now's your chance. Spend a chilled evening watching local singer-songwriter Franklin Anselm, published poet and esteemed performer Sophie Sparham, Rap-hip-hop-jazz fusion Local Healers, and visionary soulful artist and producer Phe B. Keep a look out for the regular Sound at Central events on each month! 


Team GB v Poland

Where: National Ice Centre
When: Saturday 27th April 7pm
How Much: £25.55 (1 adult ticket)

Witness high-stakes ice-hockey rivalry on Saturday 27 April, as Team GB and Poland go head-to-head at the Motorpoint Arena. The game promises to be a thrilling precursor to the world championship in Czechia during May 2024. 

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