What’s That At The Top Of The Hill?
The Maze has in recent years become somewhat of a legendary venue. Mixing a host of underground club nights and alternative band nights as well as dabbling in theatre, comedy and poetry nights, it has become a linchpin in the ever growing music community of Nottingham city.
A strong supporter of local bands, The Maze hosts regular gigs for local musicians and has had some of the Midland’s finest talents grace it’s stage. Acts such as Amusement Parks On Fire, Jake Bugg, Dog Is Dead, Natalie Duncan and Liam Bailey were all regular guests to the Maze in their early days.
Standing to one side of the crowd is what the Maze has always been good at; looking to the leftfield and throwing a party have been our specialties since current owner Ben Brettell and his management team took over in 2007.
Currently The Maze hosts many regular nights, aiming to give people a different experience from anywhere else in the city. Nights such as Perdition vs Violated (metal/rock club night), Revolution Sounds (ska, reggae and punk), Smokescreen (house), Batronic (alt/goth), Cosmic American (Americana, country and folk) and many other nights showcasing genres such as gypsy jazz, funk, techno, house, Balkan, indie, rock and experimental happen on a monthly basis at the Maze.
If you are looking for a welcoming, safe, friendly place to party or hoping to discover the music scene in both Nottingham and the UK you would be well advised to visit The Maze and open your mind to the wonders of modern
The Forest Tavern
The entrance to The Maze is found on the famous Mansfield Road through the Forest Tavern pub, a friendly, traditionally British public house integrated with a European style relaxed Bavarian bar, the Forest Tavern is a great place to start a night out, meet people or hang out.
You will find a high standard of products in the Forest Tavern with a full range of award winning Castle Rock real ales, continental lagers, Guinness and Stowford Press cider on tap plus shooters, spirits, wines and an extensive range of bottled beers, ciders and soft drinks.
On weekends the atmosphere tends to liven up and on many nights acts and DJs from the Maze appear and perform for all to enjoy in the front bar too.
We have a quiz machine for those Trivial Pursuiters among you (plus you can win money on it if you’re clever enough) and we have decks of cards, dominoes, Jenga and sometimes even chess available to challenge your friends or the regulars to a ‘friendly’ game.
As of January 2013 you can find a internet Juke Box in the Forest Tavern with a HUGE range of music from varied genres and artists of all styles from down the ages! The Juke Box is FREE every Tuesday so why not come in and test it out!
You will find a piano in the corner which we are happy for people to have a play on (as long as you don’t just bash the keys!) or some nights you will find some of Nottingham’s best musicians jamming it out over a few pints.
We are very welcoming of stag, hen or birthday parties and run a comfortable, safe and friendly pub and venue.
The Maze is a blank canvas in many ways and regularly gets transformed by different nights and promoters to suit their needs. The main room hosts up to 220 people as well as the Bendigo Lounge upstairs hosting a further 60. When including our smoking area and the Forest Tavern front bar the venue can host up to 300+ people on certain nights.
In the past the Maze has been transformed into a gypsy pirate cave, a sleazy burlesque circus, a psychedelic wonderland and even a 3 room surround sound system!
PA & Sound System
- 32 Channel Allen and Heath Mixing Desk
- 24 Channel Multicore
- 4 Way Monitor Mix with up to 5 wedges.
- 4K Sound System
- Matrix Front Of House Amplification
- 2 FX Units
- Full sets of standard industry microphones (SM58/SM57)
- Plenty of DI boxes, leads and mic stands
- Gates and compressors
- 32 band EQ and Graphic Equalisers for both Monitors and Front Of House
- Double CD Mixer
- Lighting Rig with chasers and spots
- Custom Precision Device loaded Sub Speakers
- Logic System Top Speakers
13 foot deep by 15 foot wide
Capacity: 220 (main room)
The Maze is 100% disabled accessible we also have disabled toilet facilities.
The Forest Tavern and it’s back room, now known as The Maze, has a long history dating back well over 100 years. Over the years the building has had many face lifts and in 1997 it was bought by Nottingham’s most renowned pub chain Tynemill (Castle Rock Brewery) who created space inside for a music venue called The Maze.
Over the next 7 years it would play host to such artists as Bad Manners and Ryan Adams, as well as holding regular sessions for the best of Nottingham’s local music talent.
In 2004 however The Maze closed and looked doomed to be converted into student flats. Just when it looked like The Forest Tavern and The Maze had had its day, Tynemill director Chris Holmes got an unexpected offer for the business from infectious Yorkshire businessman Ben Brettell, and in November 2005 The Maze reopened its doors.
Since this time The Maze has gone from strength to strength, with Ben employing a host of fine local promoters and music lovers and reinventing The Maze’s image to fit a perfect niche within the Nottingham scene.
Since it’s re-launch The Maze has hosted such talent as Neville Staples (The Specials), Bonobo (Ninja Tunes), Bad Manners, Easy Star All Stars, Jim Jefferies (Comedian), Jake Bugg, The Move, Sylvain Sylvain (New York Dolls), Newton Faulkener, Finlay Quaye, Ian McLagan (The Faces), Laura Veirs, Chas ‘n’ Dave, Chuck Prophet, Vula Malinga (Basement Jaxx), The Slackers, Slaid Cleaves, Andy Mckee, The Lurkers, Alvin Brothers, The King Blues, Mark Watson (Comedian), Nick Harper, Dan Le Sac, Tommy Allsup (Buddy Holly’s Band), Sonic Boom 6, Laura Marling, Jace Everett, Rhod Gilbert (Comedian), Simone Felice, The Skints, Spiers and Boden (Bellowhead), James McMurtry, Electric Swing Circus, 3 Daft Monkeys, Leftover Crack, Sons Of Bill, 999, John Wheeler (Hayseed Dixie), The Insprial Carpets, Dead Meadow, Aba Shant-I, Slamboree, Lady Leshurr, Chris Murray, Show Of Hands, Pinkshinyultrablast, Cockney Rejects, Uk Subs, Sarah Millican (Comedian), Martha Tilston, Resonators, Jace Everett, Willie Nile, Allo Darlin, Dave Mcpherson (InMe), Electric Swing Circus, Curtis Eller, The Apples, Jaya The Cat, The Meteors, Ezio, Don Ross, Tippa Irie , Zion Train, Eddie & The Hotrods, Mark Morriss, Jenn Bostic and Random Hand to name but a few!
In 2007 Ben expanded his empire by buying a sister business over in Burton-upon-Trent, leaving his then assistant, Gaz Peacham, to run the venue alongside his partner Steph Kirkup. After a 4 year adventure in Burton we decided we needed to re-focus on The Maze and Ben returned to Nottingham to work along side Gaz and Steph and build The Maze brand in 2013.
In 2011 the venue was voted by Nottingham musicians as their favourite venue to play in Nottingham’s top culture magazine, Leftlion.
The Maze now has several of the city’s most experienced and pro-active promoters working at the venue and over the course of 2013 we will be completely over hauling the venue, decorating from top to bottom, improving our sound system, stage and bars as well as giving a major refurbishment to our smoking area which will include an outdoor bar, better seating and lighting.
Now with 3 rooms of various entertainment, opening 7 nights a week all year round and the recent opening of Bendigo Recording Studios, The Maze has never been such a hub of activity or talent and who knows what the future holds for this, Nottingham’s most eclectic music venue.
Sunday – Thursday:
Forest Tavern 6pm – 12am
Events normally start between 7.30pm and 8.30pm
Friday and Saturday:
Forest Tavern 6pm – 2am
Events normally start between 8pm and 10pm
Please note on Friday and Saturday we often stop letting people in after 1.30am so get down in good time!