Noise from the Next Generation

Every year, Nottingham Music Service organises Noise from the Next Generation, a music competition for young people in Nottingham city, in collaboration with Young Creative Awards.

If you're looking for a chance to participate in a music competition and play in front of an audience, Noise from the Next Generation (NNG) is perfect for you! By taking part in NNG, you also get automatic entry into Young Creative Awards (YCA), which is one of the most exciting creative competitions in Nottingham. Read below to find out more about NNG & YCA.

Noise from the Next Generation 2018

After an exciting heats, four acts went through to compete in the Junior Finals at the Maze and four performed at Rock City in the Senior category final. Read below for results and check out our gallery for this year's photographs!

Junior Final

We had some amazing performances at the 13 - 15 Age Category final at the Maze on March 5, 2018.

Laura Shaw won Artist Management and recording time at YMCA Digital while Matthew Baggaley won the opportunity to perform at YMCA Digital's Young Creatives Showcase at the Nottingham Street Food Festival.

Our judges included the wonderful Nina Smith, who has recently been the BBC Introducing National Artist of the Week and her EP is number 5 in the iTunes chart.


Senior Final

The 16 - 18 Age Category Final was held on March 11 at Rock City and we had four amazing sets!

Louis Croft, the only solo artist, won automatic entry into the semi-finals of the Future Sound of Nottingham competition (FSN), organised by Nusic. We will be cheering Louis on and keeping our fingers crossed that he wins FSN and that coveted slot on the Splendour main stage! Keep a watch on the Nusic website for more details on the competition. Louis also won a Nusic Future Session podcast! Well done!

Youth Hotel won a recording session with Confetti and will also be performing at the Radfest Music Festival. Left Hand Lane and Burnside Green shared the Audience Prize (with the most number of votes) and will each get an interview with Leftlion.

All entries were recorded and will be entered into the Young Creative Awards for the music category. A massive congratulations to all our entrants and winners, and a warm thank you to all the friends and family who came to support the musicians and to all our partners for the awesome prizes.

NNG & Young Creative Awards

Noise from the Next Generation is one of two ways to enter the Young Creative Awards (YCA). If you are:

Age 13-18, and want to enter as a live, performing act - enter via Noise from the Next Generation

Age 13-24, and want to enter a recording of your music - enter direct via the Young Creative Awards website

The Young Creative Awards is also open to entries from other categories including Film, Dance, Fashion, Photography and more. Visit to find out more.

Last year, one of our winners - Laura Shaw - also won the YCA Music Award! So proud of our young musicians!

How NNG works

Entrants compete in a first round of Heats and the finalists for both age categories then participate in a workshop. The workshop is a great opportunity to get some professional tips for the final performance.

Two finals are held, with one for the 13-15 Age Category (usually at the Maze) and one for the 16-18 Age Category which has been held at Rock City for the last few years.

NNG is a brilliant opportunity to tap into the city's local music scene. The Maze and Rock City are two of the most popular live music venues in Nottingham city and it would be a fantastic opportunity to perform there. Moreover, our winners have performance opportunities throughout the year so winning the competition can really open up a host of exciting gigs!

NNG & Nusic

Every year, one of the NNG awards is automatic entry into the Future Sound of Nottingham semi-finals. Future sound of Nottingham (FSN) is an annual music competition organised by Nusic. The winners of the competition get a chance to play at Splendour music festival, for an audience of around 20,000 people! Read more about the competition on the Nusic website .

Noise from the Next Generation 2017

Winners for the Junior Category (Ages 13-15)

  • Blank Youth: Rehearsal Time at YMCA Digital
  • Matthew: Recording time at YMCA Digital
  • Zara: Artist Management & Recording at YMCA Digital

Winners for the Senior Category (16-18)

  • Short Weekends: A Nusic Future Session
  • Blitz: Recording time at Confetti
  • Kelsey: Automatic entry into Future Sound of Nottingham Semi Finals
  • Call After Midnight: Interview with Left Lion (Audience Award)
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