Nottingham's best nightlife is in the independently promoted live music events ran across venues like The Maze, Bodega, The Approach, Alley Cafe, Rescue Rooms, Malt Cross and just so many others.

Names to look out for that mix live bands/vocalists with DJs:

Can't Stop Won't Stop (hip hop, jazz, soul, funk)

Sounddhism (soul, hip hop, reggae, house)  

Rubberdub (jungle, garage, dubstep, dancehall)

Mimm (house, electronica, funky, hip hop) 


Although, a little digging, and you're bound to find so much more.