The tier 3 lockdown may have put a stop to Nottingham’s live music efforts but that doesn’t stop us from enjoying the various virtual singalongs from the comfort of our own homes. From streamed concerts, charity gigs and even a spot of panto, here are some of Nottingham’s best virtual music shows to enjoy over the Christmas season.
Unknown Era – Livestream gig
A ragtag collective of misfit musicians as opposed to a band, Unknown Era cherry-pick their soundscape from the far-flung sounds of ska, reggae, soul, rock and funk and after having made a name for themselves as one of the city’s most exciting artists, Unknown Era returns with an early Christmas gift. Quenching your thirst for live music, the band are bringing an online gig from the Metronome, one of Nottingham’s most exciting venues, and are set to burst laptop and phone speakers for all who come to see the chaos.
When?: 7pm, 4 December
Where?: Streamed from Metronome’s website (ticket holders will receive a link to the gig)
Julian Costello Quartet – Livestream gig at Peggy’s Skylight
Perhaps you’re after a more relaxed night than an evening of panto madness, this holiday season brings rich and classical tones of smooth jazz courtesy of the Julian Costello Quartet. Promoting their new album, Connections: Without Borders, settle in for a virtual show of luscious saxophone and spritely guitar leads hosted by Nottingham’s own Peggy’s Skylight – the ideal way to wind down for a comfortable night in this Christmas.
When?: 8pm, 12 December
Where?: Peggy Skylight’s website
The Old Nottinghamians’ Society presents: Zoe Konez
Described by BBC Radio 6 Music DJ Tom Robinson as a “Wonderful singer, wonderful songwriter and wonderful guitarist”, Zoe Konez will stage a variegated performance of original material and covers that span from the 60s right up to the here and now. Hosted by The Old Nottinghamians’ Society, the livestream follows the groups’ history of gigs dedicated to NHS causes with Konez’s performing for donations to the Nottingham Renal Unit. Good music and charitable giving? It’s what Christmas is about.
When?: 8:30 pm, 16 December
Where?: Link will be provided on The Old Nottinghamians’ Society’s Facebook Page before the show begins.
Nottingham Music Hub presents: Christmas in the City
Last year, Theatre Royal played host to an evening of musical extravagance in the most festive of month’s and while COVID may have forced this year’s celebrations onto our laptop screens, it certainly hasn’t stopped the music. Streamed from the Nottingham Music Hub’s YouTube channel, Nottingham’s musical talent will be on show with a variety of performances from the Robin Hood Youth Orchestra, RHYO Interconnect, Sing City Vocalists and even artists from some of the City Centre schools. Sick of hearing Micheal Buble and Mariah Carey dominate the Christmas tunes? Look no further.
When?: 7pm, 17 December
Where?: The Music Hub’s YouTube Channel
Cinderella – Livestream pantomime
He’s behind you! It might be odd to find yourself screaming those classic panto chants at your phones but Nottingham Playhouse won’t leave your Christmas without a helping of festive theatre. Bringing the magic of Cinderella to your screens at home, this live screening is the perfect way for the whole family to go to the ball without any need for a Fairy Godmother with the same endearing characters and upbeat musical numbers we’ve grown to love.
When?: 7pm, 19 December
Where?: Nottingham Playhouse website