Nottingham is a special place for live music. For years, the venues of this modestly sized city have booked the most exciting and sought-after artists of the moment. October 2016 is no exception.

Don’t miss out – here’s our brief guide to the most unmissable acts of the next few weeks

Babe Punch @ Bodega, Saturday 15th

Saturday 15th at the Bodega sees the EP launch party of Nottingham (and Derby)’s own Babe Punch. An impressive feat considering their average age is younger than the majority of UoN students. Regardless of youth, Babe Punch regularly deliver some of the best and most exciting live sets in the midlands.

Recently they’ve played JT Soar and secured support spots with Hinds and Chastity Belt at Rescue Rooms and Bodega respectively. Fans of Hole and Bikini Kill: you will not be disappointed. Expect grungy riffs and lyrics that put the patriarchy to rights. And it’s a party: what’s not to like?

Jeremy Loops @ Rescue Rooms, Monday 17th

Jeremy Loops, as his name would suggest, is very skilled in the art of Loop-ography (yes, I just made up that word).  Hailing all the way from South Africa, Jeremy, much like artists such as Ed Sheeran and Jack Garratt, is able to entertain crowds performing completely solo through the use of his trusty loop pedal, his guitar skills and his epic vocals.

Touring off the back of his 2016 debut album Trading Change (which was initially released in 2014 in South Africa), a night with Jeremy Loops is bound to be filled with great music and good vibes.

JP Cooper @ Rescue Rooms, Tuesday 18th

JP Cooper is a talented singer who hails from Middleton, and is one of the very few white musicians that make dreadlocks look cool. With a uniquely soulful voice, you cannot go wrong with a JP Cooper gig.

With songs ranging in genre from Folk to RnB, I’m sure this performance will be a night to remember. With two EPs and an array of singles, JP is just getting started and with the backing of Island Records it’s only a matter of time before he blows up and you can say, “Oh JP Cooper, seen him live before he was famous.”

Well, then again there was that single he did with Jonas Blue that went to number 1, that you might have heard…

Kiko Bun @ Bodega, Wednesday 19th

Kiko Bun is a ska artist, and while I’m usually sceptical about this genre music, Kiko Bun definitely has a crossover appeal. I’d invite listeners of every taste to give him a try.

Kiko Bun is entertaining and gripping, and his use of melodies and catchy hooks make his songs very memorable and easy to vibe to. Much like Madness did, Kiko Bun captures those Caribbean vibes in a very English way which has given him a mass appeal, leading many publications, including this one, to believe he is destined for big things.

Eagulls @ Rescue Rooms, Thursday 27th

This Leeds five piece are renowned for their live presence. Eagulls’ self-titled debut album was a highly engaging collection of taut and turbulent tracks. These translated excellently into disorderly and exhilarating live shows which left audiences reeling.

Ullages is their follow-up. The second album is a departure from the first: a brisk energy remains, but Eagulls have allowed themselves space for the occasional softer, more melodic moment.

Vocalist George Mitchell has developed a slightly less fraught pop-singer style, which has more than a passing resemblance to the Cure’s Robert Smith. The combining of Ullages and (hopefully) Eagulls is sure to make for dynamic and diverse set in this coming tour.

Joshua Ogunmokun and Maddy Hay

Image courtesy of Eagulls via Facebook

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