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GUEST POST: The Best 10 Music Concerts Around The East Midlands

Autumn 2016 holds plenty of nice surprises for the music fans, no matter their age or preferences. Here are just some of the concerts in Nottingham and around East Midlands that will keep you warm on a rainy night:


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One of London's proud sons, Sir Roderick David Stewart is one of the world’s best-selling musicians with over 100 million records sold worldwide. His singing career ignited in the late 60s when he joined The Jeff Beck Group. Later on, in the early 70s, he joined Faces, while simultaneously starting a solo career. Rod Stewart's solo albums proved to be more commercially successful, thus contributing to him making up his mind on dropping Faces and focusing on solo work.

His biggest hits include “Maggie May”, “You Wear It Well”, “Sailing”, “Da Ya Think I'm Sexy?”, “Baby Jane”, and many many more. He was inducted into the US Rock and Roll Hall of Fame not once, but twice! As a solo artist and as a member of Faces.

His From Gasoline Alley to Another Country: Hits 2016 Tour will have dates in the UK this November/December.


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Simply Red is one of Britain's most recognised soul-pop acts. The band was founded in 1984 by singer-songwriter Mick Hucknall who has remained the band's unchanged creative engine ever since.

In spite of the hiatus periods that the band had to go through, they are still one of the most demanded acts today. Simply Red's musical style balances between soul and New Romance, and jazz and reggae. Their biggest hits include “Holding Back the Years”, “If You Don't Know Me by Now”, “Fairground”, “Angel”, and many others.

Simply Red's current 25 Years of Stars Tour includes dates in the UK this November.


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UB40 was formed back in 1978. Since then they have grown to be one of Britain's biggest reggae acts and gained notable international recognition. The original line-up was of English, Irish, Scottish, Jamaican, and Yemeni descent, which is reflected in their on-stage performances.

Their biggest hits include “Food for Thought”, “Red Red Wine”, “Can't Help Falling in Love”, as well as their cover of Sonny & Cher's “I Got You Babe”.

Despite line-up changes and legal dispute over the use of the name UB40, the band continues putting out new material and extensive touring. This Autumn they have over 20 dates in the UK alone.


Bring Me the Horizon are British metalheads from Sheffield, fusing deathcore, grindcore, and emo in an eclectic blast since 2004. Their artistic path has been full of experiments, often controversial and polarising both fans and critics.

Their fifth album That's the Spirit was released about a year ago. It has a more mature sound, illustrating the band's departure from their roots in a less aggressive direction and revealing their more lyrical side. This move proved to be a smart one, since this album is their biggest success up to date – both critically and commercially.

Bring Me the Horizon will be touring the UK this Autumn.


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Madness is an English ska band from London and arguably Britain's most fun band. They were originally formed in 1976 but had to go a great deal of line-up and name changes before they finally settled as the septet Madness in 1979. The name of the band is an homage to their idol Prince Buster, and so was their first commercial recording “The Prince”.

Their debut album “One Step Beyond...”, released in 1979, was a breakthrough, marking the return of ska into the mainstream. Some time later, however, the band decided to try for a more pop approach, which resulted in their decline and subsequent breakup in 1986.

The band returned in 1992 and continues touring and recording until today.


Picture taken from Jake Bugg's official Facebook

Born and raised in Nottingham, the 22-year old singer-songwriter Jake Bugg draws inspiration from such retro folk and country performers as Donovan, Don McLean, Johnny Cash, and others.

In 2011, he was chosen by BBC to play on their stage at Glastonbury Festival, and his performance was followed by a contract with Mercury Records.

Jake Bugg's latest third album On My One was released in June this year. The record was to a large extent self-produced (hence the name) and marked his move to somewhat darker matters.

Following the release of On My One, Jake has been headlining numerous festivals around the world. He will be touring the UK this October and November.


Jack Garratt is a 24-year old English multi-instrumentalist musician. He stated in an interview that since his early childhood he just enjoyed making noises. So, his parents, instead of hampering the kid, encouraged him by taking him to various music classes. The talent grew, as Jack wrote his first song at the age of 12.

After trying himself in various musical backgrounds, in late 2014 he finally focused on the kind of music he is known for today. His critically acclaimed debut album Phase was released in February 2016 with songs ranging stylistically from indie pop to IDM and trip-hop.

Jack Garratt will be touring the UK heavily this November.


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Bad Company is a British supergroup, comprising Mick Ralphs of Mott the Hoople, and Simon Kirke and Paul Rodgers of Free. Between 2004 and 2009 Paul Rodgers was also a vocalist in the legendary Queen.

Bad Company was founded following the breakup of Free in 1973 and has managed to achieve large success worldwide, with some of their recording even becoming bigger hits overseas than in their homeland. Such tracks as “Bad Company”, “Can't Get Enough”, “Feel Like Makin' Love”, “Good Lovin' Gone Bad”, and others remain playlist favourites of classic rock radio stations.

The band will be touring the UK this October.


The Specials (sometimes referred to as The Specials AKA) are a ska band from Coventry. The band was put together in 1977 by the mastermind Jerry Dammers (keyboards). They instantly became known for more socially and politically aware lyrics in contrast to those of their colleagues. For example, “Ghost Town” (1981) about unemployment in smaller towns, or the self-explanatory “Free Nelson Mandela” (1984).

Unfortunately for the fans, in 1984 Dammers decided to put his music aside in order to pursue political activism. It took years before the band could be put together again, even though without Dammers, and go on recording and touring.

The Specials will be performing throughout the UK this October-November.


David Essex (born 1947) is a prolific English musician, singer, and actor. He began recording as early as 1965, but he first scored big in 1973 with his single “Rock On” which became a hit on both sides of the Atlantic, as well as in Australia.

Since then he released a string of hits which were to become household favourites, including “Gonna Make You a Star”, “Hold Me Close”, “Oh What a Circus”, “Silver Dream Machine”, “A Winter's Tale”, and a myriad more.

Today, Essex continues to pursue his career in both acting and music. His current I'll Be Missing You Tour has quite a tight schedule and includes dates in the UK this November.

Written by Mike Rotts from TicketSelect


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