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The Bodega celebrates 20 Years of breaking bands with a birthday weekender


DHP Family’s Bodega is celebrating its well earned reputation as Nottingham’s go to venue for catching acts on the way up with a special 20th birthday weekender.

The artists who have passed through its intimate room over the last 20 years make for impressive reading. The Strokes, The White Stripes, Arctic Monkeys, The xx, Scissor Sisters, Florence and The Machine, The 1975, Easy Life and Slowthai are just some of the better known names to have played the 220 capacity venue.

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Now the Nottingham institution is marking its birthday with a special series of shows and DJ sets. Headline acts from The Orielles (Thursday 28 November, sold out) and Stealing Sheep (Sunday 30 November) nod to its history with the Heavenly Records, while Kagoule (Sunday 1 December) is one of a raft of homegrown bands to have gone on to bigger things after showing off their artistic chops at the venue.


Cai Burns, Kagoule, said: “We feel very honoured to have been asked to headline The Bodega 20th anniversary show alongside some of our favourite Nottingham bands. It has been a kind of spiritual home for us over the years and has been an integral part of ours, and many others, growth as musicians. We are truly looking forward to celebrating its legacy on 1st December.”


Bodega’s Sam Keirl said: “It’s crazy to think of bands playing to a couple of hundred people in Nottingham and then a couple of years later they can be headlining Glastonbury. It’s very exciting to see who will be next! With a gig on most nights, we see a lot of amazing bands, some go on to huge things and some stay underground hidden gems.”


The Nottingham music scene has also benefited from the nurturing environment of The Bodega from Saint Raymond getting a top 10 album to Amber Run touring the US, while upcoming band Do Nothing have spent a lot of their formative years within its four walls honing their performance skills.


Club nights have also played an important part in the appeal of the bar, club and music venue with the legendary Pop Confessional taking place every Friday since its inception in 2006.


Share favourite gigs, pix and club nights at #20yearsofbodega.


For more info, go to http://www.bodeganottingham.com/

Bodega 20th Anniversary Timeline


1999-2004: Venue ran as The Social (by The Breakfast Group)
30 Nov 1999: First gig Shack supported by Turin Brakes

March 2000: Coldplay

June 2001: The Strokes

July 2001: White Stripes

May 2002: The Libertines

October 2003: Franz Ferdinand

2004: DHP Family took over the venue and ran it under The Social name

2004: Club Night Electric Banana starts (til 2013)

Nov 2004: Doves

Dec 2004: Scissor Sisters
April 2005: Arctic Monkeys

Oct 2006: THE POP CONFESSIONAL started and has continued every Friday since

Sept 2007: Changed name to Bodega

Dec 2007: Frightened Rabbit

April 2008: Frank Turner

Nov 2008: Florence and The Machine

March 2009: Two Door Cinema Club

Sept 2009: Mumford & Sons

Oct 2009: The xx

Feb 2010: Marina & The Diamonds

Oct 2010: Everything Everything

Feb 2011: Miles Kane

March 2012: Jake Bugg

Nov 2012: Charli XCX

Feb 2013: The 1975

May 2013: London Grammar, Wolf Alice, Beans On Toast (Dot to Dot)

Oct 2013: Catfish & the Bottlemen

Feb 2014: Fat White Family

Feb 2014: George Ezra

Feb 2014: Circa Waves

May 2014: Bear’s Den

July 2014: Peter Doherty

July 2014:  Hozier

Nov 2014: King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard

Feb 2015: 3 sold out nights from Peace

June 2015: Frank Carter & The Rattlesnakes

July 2015: Saint Raymond 2 x Album Launch Shows (matinee and evening)

Oct 2015: Sundara Karma

Nov 2015: Oh Wonder

Jan 2016: Anne-Marie (BRIT nominated and multiple #1’s)

Febr 2017: Tom Grennan (#5 debut album, recently headlined Royal Albert Hall)

March 2017: Idles (2019 Mercury nominees, BRIT nominated, sell-out Ally Pally)

March 2017: The Amazons (2 x top 10 albums, shortlisted on BBC Sound of 2017)

May 2017: Tom Walker (BRIT winner, #1 debut album)

May 2017: Lewis Capaldi plays downstairs bar to 110 people (Dot To Dot Festival)

June 2017: Gabrielle Aplin (Glastonbury warm-up show)

Feb 2018: Sam Fender ((BRIT winner, debut album hits no 1)

Sept 2018: Slowthai (less than a year later is on the Mercury Prize shortlist)

Nov 2019: 20th Anniversary week

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