I saw this article today on the BBC website. Nottingham’s Rock City has turned 40.
They’ve been shut down throughout the pandemic, and I’ve been worried they might not survive. It’d be a disaster if they closed for good.
It’s a brilliant venue. I must admit that some of the bands that play there aren’t my cup of tea, but the rock bands certainly are.
Sometimes it’s a case of seeing them before they sell out to pop or rap. Other times, it’s a blast from the past, with bands you maybe grew up with and who are still going strong.
Then you get the genuine new bands who are good at what they do. In many cases, they’re big in America, but not so well known here.
Then come the ones who are big here, but not as much so in the rest of the world.
And then there are the cult bands which most people have never heard of, but who have a huge following meaning they sell out unless you get in quick.
I’ve lost count of how many times I’ve been now. Sometimes it averages once a month, and I’ve been doing that for many years.
This year is one that will go down in infamy for the obvious reasons, but the future is looking a little brighter now as far as the pandemic is concerned.
So here’s looking forward to Rock City’s next 40 years!