Nottingham is home to some of the most iconic music venues. The city centre alone offers the opportunity to enjoy live music from any genre – whether you’re into pop, hip-hop, heavy metal or jazz!
What’s really great about our music scene, is that most venues have worked hard to ensure that everybody – regardless of ability, is able to enjoy the atmosphere of a live concert. To celebrate this, we’ve looked into a range of venues to see just how accessible they are.
The biggest venue in the city, the arena can hold more that 15,000 people and has hosted big names like Little Mix, Green Day, Bruno Mars and Ed Sheeran. Staff at Motorpoint Arena have made every effort to make shows accessible for everybody, including fitting lowered counters at merchandise stalls, lifts, full wheelchair accessibility, and free companion tickets where applicable. More info.
Theatre Royal and Royal Concert Hall
The 153-year-old theatre, and 37-year-old Concert Hall next door are well-known for their positive attitudes toward accessibility. Both regularly host assisted, dementia-friendly and relaxed performances. Complimentary companion tickets are available for those who register and the venue is wheelchair accessible as well as having equipment in place for those who are hard of hearing. More info.
A smaller venue which has seen some impressive names, including New Found Glory, Kaiser Chiefs and Razorlight. Rescue Rooms is located just off Talbot Street and has an accessible entrance, alongside short-walk parking spaces, accessible toilets and early entrance and positioning for wheelchair users prior to performances. More info.
Home to live music and big names for over 20 years, The Bodega is a favourite of both locals and students. While the live music area of this venue is up stairs, and lift access is not provided, early access is available and concert-goers are entitled to a free Essential Companion ticket so that you can have someone with you to help you to find the perfect spot to enjoy the show from. More info.
Situated next to the canal, The Glee Club is home to live music and comedy shows. The venue is always bustling with the best of both up-and-coming and established talent. The venue has full step-free access inside and requests that guests with additional needs contact them before booking to ensure that they can do everything possible to make shows accessible and enjoyable for everyone. The Glee Club has RADAR-compatible disabled facilities and offers admission for essential companions with prior notice. More info.
Further reading: The Guardian has recently published this article about the exclusion of Autistic music fans from enjoying live music.