Rough Trade

Rough Trade is a legendary record store which also has a gig venue and bar upstairs that serves up great craft beer...

With Beavertown being a mainstay on the taps, along with Guinness, and with two taps dedicated to serving up rotating local beers, there’s always something for everyone to drink at Rough Trade. They also stock a wide variety of bottles and cans in the fridge.

However, the main appeal of Rough Trade is the focus around music. Not only is it a fantastic record store, but also plays host to some of the best up and coming acts around in its 200 capacity gig venue - recently including The Japanese House, Sundara Karma and even Busted.

Rough Trade
5 Broad Street
Nottingham
NG1 3AJ

Opening hours

Sunday 11:00 - 22:00
Monday 10:00 - 22:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 22:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 22:00
Thursday 10:00 - 22:00
Friday 10:00 - 23:00
Saturday 10:00 - 23:00

Upcoming Events (from LeftLion)

  • PuNk It uP! Presents: Brian James In Conversation at Rough Trade

    Today 18:00

    Punk It Up! Presents: Brian James (Ex The Damned & The Lords of the New Church) in conversation at Rough Trade Nottingham.

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  • New Pagans at Rough Trade

    Monday 02 March 2020 19:00

    New Pagans create music that is vivid and engaged. The songs have massive riffs and rare dynamics. The lyrics are ready to start conversations and challenge the given ideas. Every release is a throwdown, a provocation.

    Featuring ex-members of Jetplane Landing, Fighting With Wire, and Girls Names, New Pagans are exploding onto the UK scene with an incredible live show, not to be missed.

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  • Brooke Bentham at Rough Trade

    Wednesday 04 March 2020 18:30

    Brooke Bentham’s Everyday Nothing chronicles the inertia of life as an artist post-graduation. Guitars veer from spectral one minute to menacing the next. Her lyrics are both personal and elliptical, flashing relatable truths. Confronted with the mundanities of life and caught between two jobs in London, Brooke finds intense lyricism in the struggle for purpose and direction.

    “There is so much frustration in being young and unsure of what you want, especially when your path is creative,” says Brooke. “You can only hope that it leads you to something fulfilling, so you cling on to the everyday details - burning candles in your bedroom at three AM aged sixteen, or having a bath in the evening at twenty three, or watching your breath when you step outside in winter. I was reflecting a lot when I wrote these songs, romanticising those moments.”

    Written entirely by Brooke, with a few contributions from producer Bill Ryder-Jones (who’s own album Yawny Yawn was showered with 4 and 5 star reviews last year), Everyday Nothing documents a fast-rising 23-year-old looking to make sense of her existence.

    Widely acclaimed for a debut single released during her first year at Goldsmiths University and signed (to AllPoints) in her second, Brooke began Everyday Nothing as soon as her studies were over.

    “I was supposed to start, but mostly I lay in bed,” she says of those first few months after graduation. “I read a lot of books and I wrote a lot of notes, but I didn’t come up with a single song. I didn’t have a job. Nothing was going on. I had fuck all to write about.”

    In need of more income, she hauled herself out into the world of work and started again. With routine re-established by getting a job in a shoe shop, her notebooks were soon filled with everyday images: dead flowers on a window sill, the feel of keys in her hand as she approached home, snippets of conversations, scenes from the rom-coms, novels and poetry she’d been reading. These shards captured the essence of her internal life at the time.

    “Sometimes I wish I could keep music as a hobby,” she says and refuses to give up either of her two jobs despite all the time she has to take off to tour. “If I didn’t have a real job I wouldn’t write,” says Brooke. “I need structure and deadlines or I get nothing done.”

    Everyday Nothing soundtracks the reality for many young people today. One in which hopes and dreams play out in a haze of confusion and frustration. Brooke captures this existential vulnerability, the baffling day to day-ness of a young life in the most relatable, poetic and compelling of works.

    “A lot of life is boring and predictable, but I hope this album is a way of saying that with some charm."

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  • The Collective Band & Guests at Rough Trade

    Thursday 05 March 2020 19:00

    We're set for a special night at Rough Trade Nottingham, as The Collective Band are joined by three guests at this free live show.

    THURSDAY MARCH 5TH - DOORS OPEN AT 7PM

    FREE ENTRY - NO TICKET NEEDED

    The Collective Band are launching their new single 'Time', with support from CompreHend, Warren Ireland & The Irelanders, plus The Enablers.

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  • Housewives at Rough Trade

    Friday 06 March 2020 19:30

    Housewives are an experimental band hailing from London. Droning bass lines and ethereal samples combine with minimal drum beats to create an enveloping sound of syncopated rhythms and antithetical song structures.

    Their kinetic live sets have cemented their reputation as one of the most exciting live bands in Europe; championed by the likes of Tom Ravenscroft (BBC 6 Music) and pioneering experimental musician Charles Hayward (This Heat). They join the likes of Liars and Animal Collective in laying the gauntlet for experimental music this decade and pushing the boundaries of what a live band can do.

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