Rebellious Notts: Sleaford Mods & Kagoule


Words by Ajay Stevenson, photos by Liam Westnidge.

Last night, Tuesday 27th January 2015, was incredible.

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We're very proud to have had Nottingham's underdogs Sleaford Mods play a monumental sell-out show on our stage.

It's a big deal, one of their biggest gigs yet, but you wouldn't know it. Frontman Jason Williamson casually strolls in a couple of hours before the gig & grabs a beer or two in the bar, which tells you everything you need to know - he's the normal, pint sipping every-man. Their appeal stems from this exact fact - disaffected Brits everywhere (not to mention folks overseas too) can see a bit of themselves in the scathing, discontented scowl of Sleaford Mods.

They take to the stage as the perfect duo. Jason's about-to-bring-the-truth-to-the-masses assured swagger versus Andrew Fearn's casual stroll to settle in for the night, bottle of beer in hand. Fearn's the man behind the relentless beats that give Sleaford Mods their unstoppable drive, and on stage he's clearly more than happy to sit back, standing behind his laptop, and let Jason let rip. It's actually refreshing to see him standing and head-bopping, enjoying their own music while swigging a lager, again making them seem more like punters than rockstars.

The extended set flies by, a tirade of thumping beats and basslines with punk poetry and shouted epiphanies on life, work and where we're at as a country. 'Ello Derby' Williamson says at one point, joking with the crowd, while his lyrics on the City Council and common sights to see while walking past Notts' Wilkos show that they have nothing but heartfelt, angry, emotional, twisted love for their city and it's people. They're local lads, and now they're taking the home-grown, uniquely Nottingham sound to stages across the world.

Kagoule @ Rescue Rooms

It's fitting then that their support, Kagoule, are making ripples too. While the older chaps of Sleaford Mods hurl their anti-establishment tirades with a world-weary anger, the young grunge-noise-makers of Kagoule bring a freshness to their 90s-influenced sound in a way that is defiantly Notts. The trio are self-confessed lovers of Smashing Pumpkins & Sonic Youth, and you can hear the adoration in their tunes. Re-use & recycle, take what you know, what you've grown up with, mess it around, put your own spin on it, and create something entirely new. Kagoule have nailed a killer combination of rock, grunge and punk that's gone down a storm when they've supported the likes of Drenge and Temples. Their live show is a chest-thumping wall of fuzzy, heavy guitar and pounding drums that easily fills our venue room and has managed to drag all our gig-goers down nice and early to make sure they catch the rebellious show.

All in all, an incredible night of music, with a sold-out, eager turn out from all corners of Notts. While we've seen the likes of Saint Raymond, Indiana and Amber Run rise up to take the pop-geniusness of Nottingham's songwriters to the national (even global) stage, it's now equally refreshing to see the underground, rebellious sounds of Sleaford Mods leading the way for other underdogs. After all, this is the city that raised Robin Hood, right? It's time for the modern musical equivalents to rise up and take on the world.




The Guardian's Best of 2014

We've been having a read of The Guardian's run down of the best albums and tracks of 2014, as voted for by their writers, and it's well worth checking out music fans.

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Very pleased to say there's a fair few artists on the list that have either played here or will be playing here very soon, including:

Sleaford Mods

Bipolar Sunshine

Kate Tempest

Young Fathers

Charli XCX

J Mascis



Nick Mulvey...

Also check out Nottingham's own Ronika and Jake Bugg making it onto the list!

You can get a run-down of all the artists we've got coming up (all of whom are obviously worth checking out) and you can get tickets for the above acts via our gig listingshttp://www.rescuerooms.com/gig-guide

Have a read of the Guardian's full run down here: http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/dec/16/the-best-albums-of-2014-how-our-writers-voted

RR x


Tis the season!


Ho, ho, ho. The evenings are rolling in and it's getting cold outside... even more reason to head our way and hideaway in our newly decorated Scandinavian-retreat-style bar. Lovely Xmas decor, good drinks deals, excellent music and hopefully some mulled wine too.

Here's how our Christmas opening schedule looks:

Open as usual from 4pm everyday, with these special additions:

Weds 17th December - Pub Quiz Xmas Special

Thursday 18th December - Club Tropicana

Friday 19th December - bit of a Xmas shindig to celebrate the last day in the office for most people!

Saturday 20th - Stealth vs Rescued

Sunday 21st - Closed as usual

Monday 22nd - Acoustic Rooms Xmas Special!

Tuesday 23rd - Pressure in the bar

Wednesday 24th - closed - Christmas Eve!

Thursday 25th - closed - Christmas Day! Woo!

Friday 26th - a Boxing Day Party! 

Saturday 27th - SvR as normal

Sunday 28th - Closed as usual

Monday 29th - Bar open

Tuesday 30th - Bar open

Wednesday 31st - NYE!!! We'll be open as part of Dollop.

Thurs 1st - Closed, recovering.

Friday 2nd - Bar Open and back to normal!!


Merry Christmas one and all!x



At Rescue Rooms we're big fans of facial hair, and so the month of November is our favourite time of year! It's a chance for every man out there to get dapper and raise money and awareness for men's health, plus this year the ladies can get involved with their own 'miss-tashes' too!

Over the month we've got a couple of mo-tastic events coming up, and we've got our own Movember Team together too! You can find us at:


Please donate to our cause!

And come to our events...

PRESSURE - 18th November

A mid-Movember check-in party! Come down and show off your tash progress at our aMOzing barnight. Free entry, 2-fur-1 drinks and the best alternative hits from the Dog Is Dead DJs!

Open 10pm til 3am. 



And don't forget to keep checking back for more Movember party info...

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This Saturday's Stealth Vs Rescued

svrDo you love Stealth Vs Rescued just as much as we do?

Due to the event in Stealth this Saturday we’re running things a little bit different. 

We want to make sure all of you lovely people can still get free entry until 11pm so head over to the link below to make sure you get yourself guestlist!