""I should tell you that the Boat Club is located on the banks of the Trent. It's a lovely location. There's a nice pub down the road and apparently a good Indian restaurant round the corner."(John Peel, 30 October 2002)
As part of the 2002 "One Live In Nottingham" week, John Peel presented three live shows from the city’s Boat Club venue, featuring sets from the likes of the Datsuns, Miss Black America and Echoboy. Back in 1968, the Boat Club had hosted another gig by Peel, when the Top Gear presenter was on the bill with Bakerloo Blues Line.
In 2002, the Boat Club was celebrating its 40th year of presenting live music. As well as Peel, past visitors included Rod Stewart, John Lee Hooker, Def Leppard, Jethro Tull and Robert Plant.
On 03 November 1968, however, the Boat Club hadn’t been Peel’s first choice for a musical evening in Nottingham. On that afternoon’s Top Gear, he was enthusiastically looking forward to attending a Duster Bennett gig in the city that night. Eventually, he did realize he was actually booked to appear at another Nottingham venue.
And he’d be back, 34 years later.
- 03 November 1968: Top Gear
- 29 October 2002: Datsuns, Mclusky, Wolves! (Of Greece) live at the Boat Club
- 30 October 2002: Bays, P Brothers, Echoboy live at the Boat Club
- 31 October 2002: Six By Seven, Bearsuit, Miss Black America live at the Boat Club