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Sam Sure Interview

Nick Slater went along to Rescue Rooms to chat to Sam Sure before his gig with Years and Years. Sam talks about his plans for 2015, and his knowledge of Black Butter artists gets put to the test in 'How Sure is Sam Sure?'...

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Superhero Casting, Band Aid 30, and Christmas Feelgoodiness: The Popular Table - 07/12/2014

posted 07.12.14 at 7:11pm

Good evening!
Here is the final blogcast of 2014, and it's very festive!

In part one, our mega panel comprised of David, Mike, Sam, Victoria, and Dario discuss some interesting news they've encountered this week, the Irish institution that is The Late Late Toy Show, and recent superhero casting news.

Part two is a discussion of Band Aid 30. Is it a good thing? Or is it an inherently flawed and problematic idea?

Part three, the final part of the show, is dedicated 100% to Christmas merriment, as the gang looks at some of their favourite Christmas TV, movies, and music.

That just about wraps it up for now. Thank you very much for tuning in every week, we hope to see you again in the new year. Have a good one!

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Clips in this show are from the Band Aid 30 single, a BBC interview with Bob Geldof, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas, Doctor Who, Home Alone, and It's a Wonderful Life.

Music is by The Pogues, The Darkness, and Chris Rea.

"A triumph", a quartet and a term packed full with fantastic music - TERM 2 BLOG

posted 03.03.14 at 5:18pm


"All in all, a fantastic concert that showcased the amazing talent of the students at this university",

Were the final words of Rosie Carter's review from The Tab about the "triumph" of the University of Nottingham Philharmonia's first concert of the term, kicking off what is going to be a term of brilliant live music.

Along with the lunchtime concerts (free entry) at 1:15 every Tuesday and Friday at the Djanogly Recital Hall, we have two mammoth concerts coming up in the next few weeks by the University Choir and the Universities Sinfonia on the 23rd and 30th of March respectively. With tickets only being £5 for UoN students, this is steal and an ideal opportunity for orchestral music skeptics to give live classical music a go!

With familiar tunes like Rossini’s William Tell Overture, to epic choral pieces (RVW’s Toward the Unknown Region, featuring Viva Voce choir) and a piece composed especially for the Sinfonia and Viva Voce by Nottingham University Alumnus, Ed Denham, it is going to be another demonstration of the great and lively music scene at the UoN!


URN's Summer Sessions

posted 27.06.13 at 8:03pm

URN Summer Sessions

It was a long term. Exams and revision took their toll; URN needed something to look forward to and with that the URN Summer Sessions were born. We searched high and low (with additional help from Facebook) to find budding artists from the University of Nottingham who wanted to get their music heard by more than just their housemates.

Emails were exchanged, bands were found and our excitement was on the rise. We held two sessions in the good ol' trusty Mooch. The first one (Thurs 6th June) featured:

Alaskan Faction; normally a four-piece band, stripped back to a duo for very important acoustic-y reasons.

Philippa Jordan; a mellow sounding second year powerfully armed with her guitar.

Finally Van Armada; normally 4 of them as well, but 3 powered through with a slightly different set up to usual, drummer-less and swapping their electric guitars for acoustic.

What's New - The Naughty Sun is Facing West

posted 05.05.13 at 9:48pm

So summer may bring exams and dreaded deadlines BUT it also brings long evenings, lovely weather (most of the time) and amazing tunes. There are so many great tracks released in the run up to summer festivals - there is always something for everyone.

Empire of the Sun - Alive
It’s been a few years but Empire of the Sun are back, doing what they do best; creating the perfect electro-pop track to give you that extra skip in your step. Now, don’t read the word electro-pop and run away. It’s okay, really. Luke ‘Emperor’ Steele and Nick ‘Lord’ Littlemore know what they’re doing; add a few synths, a bit of a bass, a dash of psychedelic clothing and wait for everyone to turn up the volume.
This is the first track from this eccentric duo’s second album, Ice On The Dune , released next month. If any of you lot are going to Wilderness festival (9th-11th August) this summer, you’re in for a real treat. Empire of the Sun are headlining and don’t do things by halves, expect larger than life productions, dancing swordfish girls and jaw-dropping visuals. What are you waiting for?! TURN IT UP!

The Staves – Facing West