Chantel Dawn McGregor (born 12th March 1986, in Bradford, England, Lover of Guitars, Fast Cars, Real Ale, Valve Amps, Make Up, BBQ'd Meat & Peanut Butter on Crumpets) is a British blues rock guitarist and singer-songwriter.
Chantel McGregor attended Leeds College of Music where she achieved a number of awards, including the Leeds College of Music Prize for Outstanding Musicianship. She gained a First Class Honours degree in Popular Music in 2008, and has gone on to develop a career in the UK and international blues and rock music scene, performing solo and with her band.
In 2011, she won "Young Artist of the Year" at the British Blues Awards, and in 2012, she won "Best Female Vocalist" at the British Blues Awards. In 2013 she won two categories, "Guitarist Of The Year" and "Best Female Vocalist", at the British Blues Awards, and again won the "Guitarist Of The Year" category in 2014.
Her debut album Like No Other, released in 2011, was produced by Livingstone Brown, who has worked with such artists as Ed Sheeran, Shakira, Kylie Minogue and Corinne Bailey Rae. Her second album Lose Control, also produced by Livingstone Brown, was released on 9 October 2015.
Universally regarded by locals and students alike as one of the best places to hang out, party and listen to live music in Nottingham - the Bodega is a must visit venue that has been at the very forefront of the midlands music scene over the past two decades. With a multitude of awards under it's belt including Best Medium Bar at the Best Bar None awards 2011, the Bodega holds it's own as a great all rounder whilst having cemented itself a reputation for bringing world class stadium and festival-headlining talent to audiences before they made it big.
Previous guests include (to name but a few...):
Anna Calvi, Arctic Monkeys, Avi Buffalo, Bloc party, Bright Eyes, Caribou, Coldplay, The Correspondents, Darwin Deez, Dog is Dead, Duffy, Editors, Everything Everything, Feist, Florence and the Machine, DJ Format, Franz, Ferdinand, Glavegas, Har Mar Superstar, Hard Fi, Imelda May, Jack Penate, Jehst, The Joy Formidable, Jose Gonzalez, Kate Nash, Klaxons, The Kooks, Late of the Pier, The Libertines, Lovvers, Marina and the, Diamonds, Metronomy, MGMT, Mona, Mumford and Sons, Mystery Jets, The National, Noah and the Whale, Noisettes, Silversun Pickups, Scissor Sisters, Snow Patrol, The Strokes, Submotion Orchestra, Supergrass, The Ting Tings, Trail of Dead, Two Door Cinema Club, The View, The Vines, Viva Brother, The White Stripes, White Lies, Wild Beasts, The XX, Yuck.
As well as being an epicentre of the live band scene we have played (and still play) host to some of the city's most notorious and revered club nights - The Pop Confessional, Liar's Club, Sounddhism, Itchy Feet, Highness Soundsystem, Electric Banana and Barefootin for starters - and are the go to spot in Nottingham for listening to new music in a comfortable and welcoming environment. Our uber resident DJ The Reverend Car Bootleg is a legend in his own right and in actual fact knows more about music than John Peel and Spotify combined.
It's also the first choice for big bands looking for a place to hold their after parties (maybe because many have played here!) and so there's been a few very famous faces here over the years, with the kinds of tales that would ensue with them letting loose after a big show. We won't go into too much detail on that but think Neil Morissey (Men Behaving Badly) singing along to the full length of Rapper's Delight in the downstairs bar and you're at Pop Confessional a couple of months ago.