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Mollie Ralph Interview

“Music has never not been a part of my life”

Drawing in audiences with her soulful tone and mesmerising songwriting, Nottingham’s finest singer-songwriter Mollie Ralph has a voice to silence the loudest of crowds. She’s performed all over the city with slots at Splendour Festival, Royal Concert Hall and a packed headline show at Rough Trade. Her next stop? The Bodega on 23rd November where she’ll be playing her biggest headline show to date. We caught up with Mollie ahead of the gig, giving us a glimpse of what to expect from her upcoming show…

 Hey Mollie! Your first ever Bodega headline is fast approaching, how are you feeling about it?

I’m super excited, I’m always at this venue watching other people. So it will be awesome to perform on that stage myself (especially following some of the legends that have played on it in the past).

Your sound is so uniquely soulful, what music inspired you growing up and how did music become a part of your life?

Since I was around 13, I have always been heavily influenced by the likes of Peggy Lee, Etta James, Al Green and so on. I think connecting with their music in such a powerful way created the desire to make soul music myself. Music has never not been a part of my life, after growing up in a very musical family with parents that are musicians, I think it was pretty much inevitable.

‘Give It Up’ ozzes effortless Summer soul, how did that song come about?

This song relates to everyday life of unrequited love but not giving up, which happens in most people’s lives at some point. This one came from the heart and was co-written with one of Notts’ legends, GEORGIE.

You’ve played shows all over Nottingham from the Royal Concert Hall to Splendour, has your approach to live shows changed in that time?

It’s changed immensely, 2 and a half years ago I went to my first open mic only knowing 3 chords on the acoustic guitar. Now having a 9-piece band behind me, I can produce the full sound I desired when I first started out. With a band, comes the confidence and stage presence. My band are amazing, and they do some an awesome job of bringing to life the songs I’ve written.

It’s great to see how your music is progressing from solo acoustic to now with an amazing band behind you, does it feel like a natural progression for your sound?

Absolutely, it was such a relief at that first band practice. The fact we could recreate the sound I’d desperately wanted, since I practically wrote my first song, was awesome!

And finally, what can we look forward to for your show at the end of the month?

It’s gonna be the full shebang, full band, new material. Even a little bit of merch. It’s going to be a fun night, especially with my amazing supports Lady Rose and Tilly Greentree. This is a night you do not want to miss!

Mollie Ralph will play The Bodega on 23rd November, with special guests Lady Rose and Tilly Greentree. Tickets are on sale here.

Notts Cocktail Week 2019

It's the most wonderful time of the year... Nottingham Cocktail Week 2019! From Monday 11th November until Sunday 17th, the whole of Notts is turning into a cocktail wonderland with bars all over the city getting involved. The Bodega is no different with 3 special cocktails on-sale for one week only. 

Bodega boy Will stopped by Notts TV last week to make our Goose Fair cocktail live on TV. Topped with a signature rubber duck and candy floss straw, it's a higlight for this week. Check out his Notts TV segment HERE from 25mins.

Get those tastebuds tingling by checking out our one-off cocktails...

Nottingham Personality

 Twist on a Classic

Nottingham Collaboration

Full Cocktail Week info and menu can be found here.

Announced this week - 08.11.19

Another Friday means more new shows going on sale!

Let’s start with rising Isle of Wight songstress Lauran Hibberd who will bring her whip-smart lyrics and fuzzed up indie-rock blend to Notts on 18th February, for her first headline show in the city. She’s been tipped for big things in 2020 and her ‘Everything Is Dogs’ EP showcases exactly why she’s worth keeping an eye on.

Naturally blending gauzy dream-pop and monumental post rock, Lanterns on the Lake will head to The Bodega on 18th April, armed with their upcoming album ‘Spook the Herd’. Prepare for chills, their music is heartbreakingly beautiful.

Next up are masters of whip-smart math-pop, Brighton four-piece Orchards! We’ve seen these guys before and they put on a belter of a show, armed with their collection of energetic alt-pop anthems.  Don’t miss their headline Notts show on 7th April.

And last but not least, a trio that describe themselves as “loud, proud and full of psychy sounds”. Brooders are set to bring their fuzzed -up guitars and big grunge riffs on 31st January.

Tickets for all shows will be available over on Alt Tickets.

Announced this week - 01.11.19

Strap yourselves in as we’ve got 8 new gigs announced this week!

Championed for their “pub rock” sound, gritty realness and deliciously dark lyrics, Hotel Lux are a band on the rise, and they’ll join us on 26th February.

If you’re a fan of big riffs and lots of noise, check out London punk duo John (30th January), the genre-bending God Damn (16th February) and alt-pop rockers Rews (14th March).

If you fancy something a bit softer, discover Nashville duo The Harmaleighs (27th January), who blend deeply personal lyrics with a mesmerising country-folk-pop hybrid. Bristol band True Strays (8th April) will bring their bluesy rock’n’roll to us too next year, whilst Sights and Sounds (27th November) celebrate the release of their second album ‘No Virtue’ with a UK tour in a few weeks.

And finally, local lads Short Weekends are set to blend swagger, catchy riffs and distinct vocals for a headline show on 28th December.

Tickets for all shows will be available over on Alt Tickets.

Get to know... Larkins

Manchester indie-pop quartet Larkins are quickly making a name for themselves on the live circuit. Their infectious, sun-soaked indie-pop has magnetised crowds and quickly made them ones to watch.

Recent live album 'Live at The Albert Hall', recorded at their biggest headline show to date, is a perfect showcase for the band's charm and masterful songwriting. With choruses destined for sunset slots on prestigious festival stages, don't miss your chance to say you saw them here first.

They'll head to The Bodega on 4th November with very few tickets left! Support comes from My Pet Fauxes and Amulet. Pick up one of the remaining few behind the Bodega bar or from here.