It’s the final weekend for 2021’s Nonsuch on Trent festival, which made its home at the Victoria Embankment Bandstand for the first time ever this year.
Presented by Hockley-based creative venue and theatre Nonsuch Studios in association with Nottingham City Council, the festival has created a new space in the city’s artistic calendar.
This weekend audiences can expect a mix of family and late-night entertainment, with a closing night performance by the world-renowned Hackney Colliery Band, to honour the musical roots of the iconic art deco bandstand.
Family shows include a return of the celebrated Shlomo’s Beatbox Adventure for Kids, in which world record-breaking beatboxer SK Shlomo both showcases his own talent and teaches how to become a beatbox superstar.
There’s standup comedy for young and old, with a Saturday night mixed bill starring the truly original Lou Sanders, known for her appearance on Channel4’s Taskmaster as well as a multitude of work across TV, radio, podcast and live tours.
There’s also Comedy Club 4 Kids, which describes itself as a comedy club night, but in the daytime and without the rude bits.
Sunday night sees the bandstand embody its traditional musical roots with a performance by the impressive Hackney Colliery Band, whose modern twist on big-band music has seen them become a favourite among music fans since they first took the world stage at the London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony.
Edward Boott, Nonsuch Studios’ Artistic Director & CEO says:
“We’re so excited to be bringing a brand new summer arts festival to Nottingham, and in one of our city’s most beautiful and frankly underused venues – the Victoria Embankment Bandstand.
“The entire Nonsuch Studios team have been working flat out to make this festival a real treat for the audiences of our city to enjoy this summer, bringing some of the best artists from across the UK to the fine shores of the River Trent.
“Like most things, this year we can’t do everything we’d like to, but we’ve worked hard to ensure we can put on a great event with amazing artists in the safest way possible and we know that audiences are behind us to experience culture again in a safe and respectful manner.”
Cllr Eunice Campbell-Clark, Portfolio Holder for Leisure, Culture, and Schools says:
“I am so pleased we have been able to work with Nonsuch to add some great new, safe summer events to our programme that will appeal to all ages and interests.
“It is wonderful to see the city’s bandstands being put to use again this summer at both the Embankment and at the Nottingham Arboretum.
“These are real cultural assets. Because of our partnership work with events such as Nonsuch on Trent, it will be great to see such diverse programming being staged in this Grade II listed structure which is enjoying a new lease of life since fire devastated it in 2017.”