University of Nottingham: Gig central

The University has hosted some impressive acts down the years.

It has been quite a long time since the University of Nottingham hosted really big bands. But the history, mainly from the early 70s before the advent of the Boat Club and Rock City, is surprisingly impressive:

Some gigs took place in the Sports Centre, others in Portland. Some other star performers included:

Rod Stewart
Cat Stevens
Mott the Hoople
The Incredible String Band
The Who
Jethro Tull
The Strawbs

By AVRO (Beeld En Geluid Wiki - Gallerie: Toppop 1973) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (], via Wikimedia Commons
And some performances resulted in live albums including from

John Martyn
Soft Machine
Fairport Convention

They fitted in pretty well

We also had

Roxy Music
The Kenny Ball Orchestra
Wishbone Ash
Rory Gallagher

And slightly more recently:

The Damned
Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark
Human League
Dr Feelgood
Simple Minds
Siouxsie and the Banshees
The Cure

All the big names


808 State
Carter USM
The Levellers

And some even bigger names

Perhaps the biggest gig at the University was the historic first performance by Wings in the Portland Ballroom. Details of this occasion have previously been published on a University of Nottingham blog

Songkick has a pretty good list of gigs too. But fails to mention Gary Glitter’s show.

Are there any that anyone remembers from this list or that aren’t included here? I’m imagining that Strawbs gig was something special.



Slade picture:  By AVRO (Beeld En Geluid Wiki – Gallerie: Toppop 1973) [CC-BY-SA-3.0 (, via Wikimedia Commons

2 thoughts on “University of Nottingham: Gig central

  1. Two other gigs, both in halls, which have been notified to me – a Wonderstuff gig in Derby Hall (thank you to Elspeth Gilfillan for that reminder) and a Dr and the Medics show (they played all their hits and more) at Florence Boot (at which I was present some 14 years or so ago but had completely forgotten).

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