This bank holiday weekend, Nottingham’s bar scene welcomed the arrival of newcomer, Peggy’s Skylight.
To celebrate its launch, the new jazz bar on George Street hosted a whole weekend of live music performances which kicked off on Saturday 25 August, when the venue opened to the public.
Promising to be a fusion of well-curated live music coupled with food with a Middle Eastern twist, Peggy’s Skylight treated locals to music from electrifying gypsy jazz quartet, Swing Gitan on the Saturday and a jazz jam night hosted by saxophonist, Chris Bowden, on the Sunday.
Commenting on the launch, owner, Paul Deats, said:
“After so many months of working on this dream, it’s fantastic to finally see it become a reality. The weekend saw us welcoming some truly talented acts to the Peggy’s Skylight stage and it was great to be able to introduce Peggy’s to the people of Nottingham.
“Nottingham has become a real hub for fantastic bars, great food and a music scene brimming with amazing talent, and it’s exciting to now be a part of that.”
In the run up to the launch, Paul and joint owner, Rachel Foster, also launched a Kickstarter campaign to raise money for a new grand piano at the venue. With the help of almost 200 locals and music lovers, they were able to reach their target in less than three weeks.
“The support we’ve received from so many people over the past few months has been overwhelming. From the kind words of encouragement, to the many people that made pledges to our kickstarter, it really has meant so much to us.
“We have a vision that Peggy’s will be a venue that delivers wholesome food coupled with fantastic sound quality and talent, and it’s so good to see that so many people share that vision too.”
Although predominantly a jazz bar, Peggy’s Skylight will also showcase live music with a soul and blues influence.
This week’s performances will include music from multi-award winning music group, Zoe Rahman Trio, for Nottingham’s Mela Festival on Wednesday 29 August, followed by an exciting performance from the Ben Martin quartet on Thursday 30 August.
During launch week this week, Peggy’s will be open from 7.00pm on Wednesday 29 August and from 6.00pm on Thursday 30 August, Friday 31 August and Saturday 01 September.
Opening times will revert to the normal hours of Tuesdays and Wednesdays 10.00am – 5.00pm; Thursdays, Fridays & Saturdays 10.00am – 12.00am and Sundays 10.00am – 5.00pm, towards the end of September.