Comic festivals, choirs, funky soul and jazz, and gigs: here's what's on in Notts 13 - 19 May

Sunday 12 May 2024
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Sing, dance, create and learn in Notts this week, with a lovely hodgepodge of events across the city...

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Change Everything, with Natalie Bennett

When: Tuesday 14 May | 7.30 - 8.30pm
Where: Five Leaves Bookshop
How much: £4 | £10.99 with book

Described by Caroline Lucas as “positively bristling with countless common-sense solutions to restore human and planetary wellbeing”, Green Party MP Natalie Bennett’s new book Change Everything is a holistic, hopeful and practical vision for the future. Offering tips for organising, from litter picks and petitioning to rethinking the financial markets and tax havens, this may be the dose of positive encouragement you need. Hear Natalie do a reading and pick up a copy

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Elbow: Audio Vertigo tour

When: Wednesday 15 May
Where: Motorpoint Arena
How much: From £55

Mercury Prize winners elbow take to the stage at Motorpoint this week following the release of their latest album Audio Vertigo in March. After more than two decades in the music industry and ten albums to their name, this is the first arena tour since 2018 for the beloved UK band. Lead singer Guy Garvey looks forward to the ‘undeniable electricity’ brought by the crowd, and you can too - snap up those tickets!

Crazy Little Sing Called Pub

Wednesday 15 May | 7.30 - 10pm
Where: Central Library 
How much: £7.70 per person

Make your midweek a little more joyful with a night of communal singing for all abilities. Whether you’re a seasoned crooner or or more of a secret shower singer, your host Abi Moore promises to help you find your voice and turn a group of strangers into a harmonised choir. Expect pub rock classics plus ‘music, drinks, laughter and random people coming together to create something amazing’.


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Blue Soup

When: Friday 17 May | 7.30 - 11.30pm
Where: The Carousel
How much: £5

If you haven’t ventured down to see what’s on at Nottingham’s creative hub The Carousel, here’s your chance. A little different from their usual workshops, gigs and exhibitions, this is an evening for dancing, where you can expect ‘eclectic selections of soulful broken beats, fast-footed jazz, funky horns and spaced-out dub flavours to make you move’. Brought to you by Blue Soup, there will also be a set from Guohan, owner of Sneinton Market’s Running Circle record shop, who will be bringing a blend of jazz fusion, soul and electronica. Read our review of Blue Soup’s last performance at Running Circle here.


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Inkblot Comic Festival

Where: Vat & Fiddle
When: 18 May
How much: From £3.50

Bringing together independent makers, artists, illustrators, and comic lovers, Inkblot pride themselves on making art accessible to everyone with low entry and display fees. Spend the afternoon browsing a range of items, from comics, books, zines, prints, retro and vintage manga and much more. Held at the Castle Rock Brewery, you can also pick up some tasty food and a nice pint.



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