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New Year... Stepping It Up A Gear!

Well, what a year last year was. Our 35th birthday celebrations truly went with a bang, with crowds at record levels throughout 2015! So many highlights to pick out, too many for this editor to put into a short blog without turning it into an essay!

Stereophonics and The Libertines playing to jam packed, sold out crowds is surely up there though, that goes without saying. But who could also forget Royal Blood, HIM, The Vaccines, The Wombats, New Model Army, the Charlatans, and many more. Oh, and did someone say TWO days of Frank Turner, as his self confessed 'favourite venue'?!

A huge shout out also to local talents Saint Raymond, who played back in February, and Ferocious Dog, who played just last month. They both sold out our Main Hall, the latter being the first independent unsigned act to ever do so. A huge mention also to hugely talented local act Indiana, who played to a packed crowd in her maiden show in the Main Hall. We salute you guys and girls, we are proud of the immense talent the local scene just keeps on delivering!

Speaking of local talent, who could forget Jamal Sterrett going viral and then global after performing an impromptu dance on our steps, followed by a performance infront of over 1000 people on stage at Tuned the following evening?!

2015 is gone... a fresh, but fading memory. We couldn't have done it without you. Thank you to each and every one of you incredible people who came to Rock City in 2015, it's you who make it special, and we couldn't do it without you.

In comes 2016. And you'd better believe that we are up for doing it all over again!!! If you think it will be difficult to top the year we had for our 35th birthday,  you'd better believe we are up to that challenge! Keep your eyes peeled over the coming weeks and months for some HUGE show announcements... already announced for 2016 are Twenty One Pilots, Daughter, The Ghost Inside, Bowling For Soup, Mayday Parade, Gabrielle Aplin, Jamie Lawson, Machine Head, Fun Lovin' Criminals, Grimes, Simple Plan, Wolf Alice, Sigma, The Wonder Stuff, Newton Faulkner, Hawkwind, The Bluetones, Father John Misty and MANY MORE!!! Check out our Gig Guide for more info.

So here's to another year of incredible live music and superb club nights from the UK's number 1 music venue. Drink, dance, enjoy, and be merry!

Nostalgia Overload!

Wow. What a week it's been. We've not stopped here at Rock City, our 35th Birthday celebrations went with a bang and we've got much more to come! Head on over to the Gig Guide and let us entertain you!

Seeing as though we are feeling nostalgic, here's a little piece of history for you.

Nirvana. 1991. 

Fun fact: Tickets were just £6!

The Ghost Inside: Statement

As you may well be aware, The Ghost Inside were involved in a horrific accident recently involving a truck and their bus. The drivers of both vehicles didn't pull through, and all of the band suffered serious injuries. From everyone here at Rock City, we wish them a speedy recovery.

Their show scheduled for Saturday 20th February 2016 at Rock City has been cancelled.

Here is a statement from the band:

 

Hi friends.

 

I hope you enjoyed your holiday weekend. Through the grace of our incredible host hotels and the community here in El Paso we were able to enjoy a great meal and have a couple hours of much needed relief away from the hospital. Our families that are here aren't used to being 'on the road' and although the circumstances couldn't be less ideal, this holiday will always be a special one for us, a genuine day of giving thanks for the gift of life we have been given. And while we are grateful for this gift, our hearts are heavy for the families of Greg Hoke and Steven Cunningham who are mourning the loss of a husband, brother, son, and father. I can't begin to imagine the loss they felt with an empty chair at their dinner table. 

I want to share a little bit more with you about how things are going here. The truth is, there are a lot of very serious injuries. We are dealing with badly broken legs and ankles, cracked pelvises, and fractured vertebrae that require screws, plates, rods, and careful surgery to repair. Over the last week most of these procedures have been completed very successfully, but there are still a couple more to go, and most of the guys are still in the hospital. It is yet another blessing that we are in a place with so many remarkable doctors and surgeons to make this possible.

It is going to be a long road for us to quite literally be back on our feet. We have many months of recovery, rehabilitation, and physical therapy ahead. For some of us, simply learning to walk again will be a monumental undertaking. For now, we must put all shows on hold and focus only on our health. 

As a band, we've always taken pride in our ability to make friends in the music industry. Across genres and stereotypes we have forged the most amazing bonds with other musicians, and with those that simply appreciate music. Never in a million years would we have imagined ourselves in this position where all those friends across the years and across the miles would have come to our side before we even had the chance to ask for help. I'm a man of many words and I frankly cannot find them to describe how your collective generosity has kept our spirits afloat for the last ten days. There are far too many people to thank right now, and no contribution, whether thoughts, prayers, socks, shirts, $5 or $5000 has gone unnoticed. I hope that in due time we can truly show you our gratitude. In the meantime there have been a few heroes here that need to be named. Ryan Bingham, Stacey Cornett, Andrew Barquero, and Tim Irons have been our hands and feet. They have done everything that we cannot, including looking after our families. Our team behind the scenes, John Youngman, Mark Mercado, Dave Shapiro, and everyone at Epitaph records, has made sure that everyone that needs to be here, is here, and that their essential needs are taken care of. Chelsea Coffey at Hilton and the staff of the Hampton Inn and Courtyard Marriott, as well as the city of El Paso, have accommodated our families and made them feel as close to home as possible during this impossibly difficult time. Delta Airlines has graciously helped with our travel to and from all corners and coasts of the country. And also a man that rarely gets the credit he deserves, Kevin Lyman, has put his countless resources into play to ease the burdens upon us and our loved ones. 

Now, more than ever, The Ghost Inside is not just 5 guys on stage, but everyone across the planet that has shared a moment with us, however large or small. Thank you for standing with us when we cannot stand on our own. 

Limitless and Unbreakable,

TGI.

35th Birthday Celebrations: The Definitive Gig List!

 

Our friends over at the Nottingham Post have put together a definitive list of every single gig to have ever taken place at Rock City. What a reaction it is getting! Check it out here, and head on over to our Facebook to share your memories!

http://www.nottinghampost.com/Rock-City-definitive-list-band-played-Nottingham/story-28232551-detail/story.html

Discounted Tram Travel To Gigs Across Nottingham

 

Live music fans will be raising a glass to celebrate a new partnership offering discounted tram travel to live music venues across Nottingham.

DHP Family, the music promoter which stages hundreds of gigs at its award winning city centre venues Rock City, Rescue Rooms, Stealth and The Bodega every year, has joined forces with tram operator NET to offer special discounts to its customers.

As the busy autumn gig season gets underway, the new partnership could benefit thousands of people each month who can now travel to and from city centre gigs for just £2 return under the NET Event Ticket offer.

Jamie Swift, NET Marketing Manager, explained: “The Event Ticket has proved extremely popular with sports fans, and we are delighted to be able to extend the offer to these music venues across Nottingham too.

“They can now enjoy even better value for money when taking the tram, as well as taking advantage of our free park and ride facilities. Of course, many people who go to gigs will not want to drive at all, and our late night services offer a reliable way to get home after viewing some of the world class bands that grace the stages at these fabulous venues.”