Nottingham October Festival returns

The Nottingham October festival returns for 2017 with a full programme of events over six weekends from Saturday 30 September until Sunday 5 November.

The first October Festival event announced is the return to Old Market Square of the Magnificent Spiegeltent, popular with audiences in the City since its introduction in 2015.

The programme will be staged between Friday 29 September and Sunday 8 October. Show highlights over the ten-days include an opening night spectacular with The Gilded Merkin Burlesque and Cabaret – Nottingham’s biggest Burlesque show, City’s Got Soul with Angelo Starr and the Team Edwin Starr Band performing live for an evening of the greatest Motown and classic Northern soul hits, and the hilarious musical comedy of Royal Vauxhall based on a true story involving Kenny Everett, Freddie Mercury and Princess Di is one not to be missed. £1 from every ticket sold will be donated to the Nottingham Pride 2018 event fund.

There is also a varied programme of events for children and as well as ticketed performances, there are a number of free events being staged including Yoga and Mindfulness sessions (Tuesday 3 October) and a lunchtime concert by the Nottingham Youth Orchestra (Friday 6 October).

The site has been designed and ticketing managed in partnership with local company, Gigantic.

Cllr Dave Trimble, portfolio holder for leisure and culture said: “Over the past 3 years, the Spielgeltent has been incredibly popular part of our October events season, with the pop up venue having a programme to suit every taste from stand up comedy to burlesque. We expect that many of the shows sell out very quickly, so I would urge people not to miss out on this truly novel entertainment experience. Nottingham is definitely the place to be this Autumn.”

Brendan Moffett, chief executive officer, Marketing Nottingham & Nottinghamshire said: “I’m really looking forward to the return of the Spielgeltent which is always incredibly popular. It is a great example of the range of events and activities lined up for October with something for all ages. Last year’s October events had over 500,000 attendees, 35% of which were visitors from outside of the city. With the additional events in the Spiegeltent and the wider October programme, we expect to attract even more visitors and to improve on the £4million that was generated last year into the local economy.”