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Saturday, October 26 • 7:00pm - 12:00am
Closing Party: GameCityNights Special

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We’re going to see this year’s festival off with a bang thanks to a line-up of amazing bands, DJs, performers and games. GameCity Nights is taking over The Space & Café Bar areas of the prestigious Nottingham Contemporary.

In the Café bar from 7.00pm (FREE ENTRY):


DJing throughout the night in the Café Bar are local musicians and avid gamers, Matt and Pete, who play the best tunes taken from – or inspired by – their favourite video games from the last three decades. Expect bleeps, bloops, nostalgia and great music.


Nottingham’s only “Baroque-Pop-Folktronic-Neo-Classical-Something-Or-Other” trio. We love their dreamy & charming sounds. Their song Sounds Like There’s A Pacman Crunching Away At Your Heart is this year’s festival anthem.



Local electro-rock-synth-pop superstars. A BBC Introducing ‘one to watch’ and for very good reasons. LeftLion have described them as “The perfect pop band. They’re as catchy as hell.” We’ve been promised an Arkanoid cover. WE REALLY HOPE THEY DELIVER ON THAT.



The Sheffield-based band have recently been pushed into the spotlight by BBC Introducing after playing a massive set at Radio 2 Live in Hyde Park. They make wonderful music that’ll be a perfect crescendo as we crash to the end of GameCity 8.


In The Space from 8.00pm (£5 entry):


It wouldn’t be a GameCity Nights without (LAST)EXILE. Otherwise known as Owain Davies, otherwise-otherwise known as the GameCity Nights One-Man-House-Band. Owain is a multi-instrumentalist, multitalented local DJ and producer who’ll be playing his blend of electronica, videogame remixes with a bit of Tenori-on based audience interaction thrown in, throughout the night. We’ve been told to expect a ‘Jet Set Radio Megamix’. Cue excitement!

(last)exile Facebook


Spoken word from our favourite purveyor of videogame culture performance art.

"Become An Island is places, cities, islands, dodgy cups of tea, broken statues and playful animals. A performance combining spoken word with Ed Key & David Kanaga’s Proteus to create a calming and playful experience. Lose yourself on an island and find yourself in the city."

Pat Ashe is a performance maker, live artist and games designer. His work blends genres, mediums and forms and has been shown at a variety of contexts. He runs Beta Public, a night for videogames and theatre designed to explore what the two mediums have in common. He is a founder member of How We Run, a performance collective of live artists and academics whose work focuses on the gap between audience and artist. He used to run We Want Your Dog, a performance night based in Winchester, showcasing both local and national talent.

thepatashe.wordpress.com / @patrickashe


Cara writes about videogames and culture for publications like the Guardian and Rock, Paper, Shotgun. Tonight she’ll take us on a cyberpunk adventure. An audiovisual spoken word performance. A whirlwind trip between two cities putting on videogame culture events; each struggling and succeeding in their own ways.

www.caraellison.co.uk / @carachan1


The man responsible for the dreamlike ambient soundscapes of Minecraft certainly isn’t a one-trick pony. He’ll be DJing and playing more of his wonderful electronica. Get caught in his swirling orchestral atmosphere of beats, bleeps, and bass.

c418.org / @C418


A modern videogame soundtrack pioneer from Helsinki who’ll be ending the festival on a powerful wave of electro house. Save some energy for this! Be sure to ask him to playParanoid ;)

kozilek.com / @kozilekmusic


A line-up of some of our favourite and most spectacular multiplayer, party, and art games (which we’ll be announcing here really soon).


Interactive visuals, live art and more happening across the venue.

£5 tickets for entry to The Space will be on sale throughout the festival week. More news on where and when to grab them coming soon.

Entry is 18+. Please bring I.D. to ensure entry.


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Cara Ellison

Producer / Writer, The Guardian / Rock Paper Shotgun
Cara Ellison is an itinerant writer, essayist and speaker on games and pop culture. She began writing about games reluctantly two years ago and stayed due to lack of life plans. Recently she has been travelling the world writing gonzo journalism about independent gamemakers pushing the boundaries of the medium for the 'Embed With Games' series, and a book compiling this work is due out in 2015.

Saturday October 26, 2013 7:00pm - 12:00am
Nottingham Contemporary Weekday Cross, Nottingham, Nottinghamshire County NG1 2GB

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