Norwich Lanes Garden Party July 2018

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norwich lanes garden party

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, Georgia King

Georgia King, supported by Frank’s Bar

One of the highlights of the Norwich calendar is the Lord Mayor’s Weekend, which as well as the traditional procession also features a vast array of entertainment and music stages across the city, including Maui Waui, Sonic Youths, BBC Introducing in Norfolk, and Norwich Arts Centre.  It is usually also the time of the annual Lanes Fayre but this year instead of the Fayre we had a beautiful garden party featuring a stage outside the Birdcage on St. Gregory’s Green on both days of the weekend.  I spent much of Saturday at a computer screen but did get out in time some of the festivities, including the excellent Hempolics on the Norwich Arts Centre stage outside the Forum before dashing across the city with a huge fireworks display going on overhead to the Cottage where Penguins Go Pop were playing and Richard Penguin was celebrating his birthday. Fantastic atmosphere at both. Earlier at the Garden Party they celebrated a rich and diverse mix of creative talent starting at midday with live literature and poetry before opening up the stage for some live music with an open mic session that included Amy Rose, Niamh, Billy I Need a Holiday jazz duo, and Mutant Vinyl.  This was followed by ‘Skynt’ from Access Creative, with Baden, Nancy Dunnell, The Outset, and Finn Micheal Doherty. The final couple of hours being filled by djs from Our House & Flint Hair, and The House of Daze.

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The Hempolics, on the Norwich Arts Centre stage outside the Forum on Saturday night

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

On Sunday I was able to fully immerse myself in the Lanes Garden Party experience from beginning to end, with gorgeous weather and a lovely crowd of people making for good company indeed, music lovers and contented football fans mingling together in the happy atmosphere.  The Garden Party feautured dj sets from Lanes djs, Chrome, and Soul Stew as well as some wonderful live music, all supported by local independent stores and Bullards Gin. Kicking things off was another fine set from Dlore playing electic guitar, rightly introduced as a talent we can one day say we saw play outside the Birdcage. He was followed by fellow Piratone Georgia King who sounded amazing and continues to impress each time.  The action was racked up some more with the energetic and talented Those Deadbeat Cats, playing their first of four sets for the day, local legends 4D Jones were as much fun as they always are, playing behind a framed picture of Harry Maguire, and the highly impressive Gladboy channeled all their influences such as rock, indie, reggae, grunge, pop and surf into a frenetic 45 minutes and who are gaining many new fans and admirers with each gig. Fresh from the Sonic Youths stage the previous day and a brilliant set supporting the incredible Starcrawler the other week they are exciting stars in the making. There’s a great dynamic within this band.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Norwich Lanes Garden Party, Gladboy

Gladboy, supported by Norwich Now/Jonty Young

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, Gladboy

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, Those Deadbeat Cats

Those Deadbeat Cats, supported by Grosvenor Fish Bar

 

The atmosphere at St. Gregory’s was so good, relaxed, friendly, and with space to amble about. The Lanes Fayre has become quite a large and popular event and can get busy and crowded which is testament to its success, popularity and reputation. With the Fayre having a year off the garden party was a more chilled but just as enjoyable affair where we could just sit back and enjoy the quality music with good sound. A rare treat as well to be able to enjoy the simple and harmless pleasure of taking a drink outside a pub and sit on the grass listening to great music after enjoying a delicious fish and chips meal between sets at the excellent Grosvenor Fish Bar.  A most enjoyable day. Thanks to Norwich Lanes, The Birdcage, all the acts and djs, Bullards Gin, Norwich Now, Grosvenor Fish Bar and all the other supporters of the artists. One thing that came across clearly was the appreciation that we live in a very fine city indeed and the love for Norwich that was expressed by the bands, the compere, and the people enjoying the party.  A real celebration of Norwich and the independent spirit of the Lanes. The perfect wind-down from a spectacular weekend of events across this magical and creative, independent little city.

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norwich lanes garden party

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, 4D Jones

4D Jones, supported by Moorish Falafel Bar

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, Georgia King

Georgia King, supported by Frank’s Bar

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, Dlore

Dlore, supported by Frank’s Bar

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, Those Deadbeat Cats

Those Deadbeat Cats, supported by Grosvenor Fish Bar

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, 4D Jones

4D Jones, supported by Moorish Falafel Bar

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, 4D Jones

4D Jones, supported by Moorish Falafel Bar

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, 4D Jones

4D Jones, supported by Moorish Falafel Bar

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, 4D Jones

4D Jones, supported by Moorish Falafel Bar

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, Gladboy

Gladboy, supported by Norwich Now

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, Gladboy

Gladboy, supported by Norwich Now

Norwich Lanes Garden Party, Gladboy

Gladboy, supported by Norwich Now

 

The Norwich Lanes Garden Party is a fully licensed 2 day summer celebration in the heart of the Lanes on St Gregory’s Green. 

Pull up a blanket and make yourselves comfortable for a heady mix of great live music, DJs and much much more besides. Grab your drinks from the Birdcage and food from the local eateries and simply kick back, relax and enjoy.

This event has kindly been sponsored by the lovely people at Bullards Gin 
Their gin is made in the heart of the Norwich Lanes, is absolutely delicious and available from the bar all weekend to enjoy.

SATURDAY LINE UP

12-2PM: VOLTA (LIVE LIT & POETRY) with:

Anna Cathenka 
Cai Draper 
Andrew Hook
Nick Jackson 
Gboyega Odubanjo 
Flo Reynolds
Alex Russell 
Russell J Turner
Julia Webb 
Patrick Widdess
Olly Watson

2-4PM: OPEN MIC SESSIONS with:

Amy Rose
Niamh
Billy I need a holiday jazz duo 
Mutant Vinyl

4-6PM: ACCESS CREATIVE PRESENTS: SKYNT with:

Baden
Nancy Dunnell
The Outset
Finn Mícheál Doherty

6-8PM: OUR HOUSE & Flint Hair DJ’S & THE HOUSE OF DAZE

SUNDAY LINE UP

11.30AM: LANES DJ
12.30PM: Dlore supported by Frank’s Bar
1:00PM: Georgia King supported by Frank’s Bar
1.30PM: THOSE DEADBEAT CATS live band supported by Grosvenor fish bar
2.30PM: 4D JONES live band supported by Moorish Falafel
3.30PM: CHROME DJ set supported by Dogfish Menswear Seven WolvesCatfish Womenswear
4.30PM: Gladboy band supported by NORWICH NOW Jonty Young
5.30PM: Soul Stew DJ set supported by Philip Browne Menswear

After the show, join us in The Birdcage for an after-party with Soul Stew on the decks til late.

 

After Gladboy closed the live music action at The Birdcage I headed over to The Walnut Tree Shades, just as Those Deadbeat Cats had done a short time earlier to set up for their THREE sets there. It was sweltering but what a great sound and energy they make, and even with the heat they had people dancing, albeit with breaks to cool down outside. Those Cats onstage though must have been sizzling. As well as faithful covers of the likes of Stray Cat Strut and a Sun Studios medley they also somehow managed to put a reggae spin on Radiohead’s Creep and a rockabilly vibe on Tainted Love, Ace of Spades, and even Just Can’t Get Enough. After four sets there were still people wanting more.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Finally, I chilled out at Platform Twelve where Peter T was hosting his regular night which was closed by Niamh, with Courtney Marie Andrews-esque hair, whom I was hearing for the first time but who played the Birdcage stage for the Lanes garden party the previous day.

 

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Dereham Blues Festival 2018

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The Dereham Blues Festival Is Ready For The Opening Chords
New strings are on the guitars. The drums are tuned. The singers’ vocal chords are
warmed up. The set lists are prepared and the songs all rehearsed. The band playing
areas in the 12 town centre venues in Dereham are cleared and the shelves and cellars
are all stocked with extra refreshments.
Yes, the 2018 Dereham Blues Festival all kicks off on Thursday 12th July and over the
next four days through until the Sunday evening July 15th, the town will be alive to the
sounds of blues and roots music cascading from the venues. Truly a lot more than 12
bars of blues.
This year again some 45 bands, trios, duos and solo performers will be pouring their
hearts and souls out to several thousand blues enthusiasts who make the special trip to
Dereham to visit the town during the festival.
The opening gig on Thursday July 12th features the jazz and blues icon Georgie Fame
playing to a sell out crowd at the Dereham Memorial Hall. Music and refreshments will be
available before the gig starts. So why not come down early to make it a celebratory start
to the Festival.
Then over the next four days the town comes alive with a top lineup of local, regional and
UK blues acts filling the venues. For an up to date program of the four day festival go to
the website http://www.derehambluesfestival.org.uk/timetable-of-events-18.html .
Remember apart from the opening gig at The Dereham Memorial Hall on July 12th, entry
to all the venues is free over the four Festival days.
On Sunday afternoon the festival culminates with several jam sessions. Such is the
popularity of these sessions that this year there will be Sunday afternoon blues jams at
The Cherry Tree, The George, The Gemini as well the traditional jam at The Kings Head
Hotel in the beer garden.
The festival Chairman Harry Collins says, “This year’s Dereham Blues Festival is going to
be better than ever. So come on down and join the crowd in the town. You will be most
welcome and you will have a fantastic time.”.

 

The festival is this year sponsored by Busseys, Greene King, Stephenson Smart, and Orchard Caravans.

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Let’s Eat Grandma + Maya Law + Billy Clayton @ Epic 5 July 2018

 

As all the acts on this bill have at one time or another passed through the city’s excellent Access to Music course it was perhaps fitting that Let’s Eat Grandma’s homecoming gig (their first Norwich gig in two years) was held at Epic to a capacity crowd that I would guess was in the region of 400.  Surely the widest age span of any gig I can remember with a few seasoned gig goers looking for somewhere to sit, and many younger ones for whom the barrier at the front could have served as a chin-rest.

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A week or two ago Sink Ya Teeth launched their new album at Norwich Arts Centre and it was swiftly made a BBC 6 Music ‘album of the day’.  Now similar accolades are being given to one of our other duos, Let’s Eat Grandma with the release of the second album I’m All Ears which has been getting rave reviews.  Despite pre-ordering it way back in March and it being released on June 29, my copy has still not arrived (should I be worried yet?) and so I am therefore not too familiar with the new songs yet but it’s clear their sound has evolved.

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To open proceedings, however, was a local name I had not seen before.  Billy Clayton immediately impressed me with his confidence and stage technique.  A solo performer with a laptop doesn’t always make for the most engaging shows but no such issues with Billy whose positive and uplifting energy immediately connected with the appreciative crowd and he has the songs to back it up too, all well delivered.  I thought at the time how much I’d like to listen to these songs properly at home, and don’t know how his name has gone under my radar until now.  The full room gave him their full attention and enthusiastic response.

 

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Maya Law is much better known to me though and in fact I had seen her just a few days previously at the Flatlands festival.  Her progress and development is really impressive and she’s developed a charming stage confidence to go along with her terrific voice and songwriting.  A set with just one cover, and some new material, she mainly played guitar but put that aside for one which was blistering. She’s a real talent, commands the stage and attention but remains cheerful and friendly between songs making for a very likeable combination with the tough, no-messin’ attitude of some of the songs. Maya gets better and better each time.

 

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Ahead of LEG’s arrival onstage the first thing one noticed was a drumkit, soon occupied by a drummer for the album and set intro of Whitewater before Rosa and Jenny came onstage to huge cheers.  A pause before the music kicked off again increased the excitement and expectation and they proceeded to absolutely delight their fans who were such a healthy mix of people of all ages and musical tastes which shows the broad appeal of the experimental nature of their songs.  I saw people I often seen at blues, soul, indie, rock, and very heavy rocks gigs present here.

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The set itself has perhaps lost some of the visual element of that 2016 show but it was still engaging and the handclap routine remains but there’s no doubting the ‘bigness’ of their sound now and I admire they way they plough their own furrow regardless of any trends or criticism.  They seem to have a refreshing creative freedom and integrity about what they do and how they do it.

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Between song chat was at a minimum but there was no doubting the warmth and love in the voice when one of them simply said ” … Norwich … ” with a beaming smile. The audience responded in kind.  There was a palpable sense of occasion about this gig, it felt like an event and everyone present, without verbalising it just knew they were witnessing a band perhaps about to really take off. And who knows, that may open the doors for the discovery of the wealth of musical talent in our “unfashionable” – copyright Q – little city.  This gig was in a way a showcase of some of our super acts, and not one of them over the age of twenty.  But Norwich could easily have a similar calibre of showcase for local talents every week of the year. It really is that strong and healthy at the moment.

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There was still time afterwards for a quick cycle dash to The Reindeer to catch the last act of Shane O’Linski’s music night, Diamond Dave, who were a lot of fun and had plenty of people dancing. There’s music everywhere in this city.

 

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Big thanks to Rick at Epic.

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250 Years of Circus in 60 Minutes @ NAC 4 July 2018

Gossamer Thread returned to NAC with this new production literally celebrating 250 years of circus in a one hour show that was quite thrilling, beautiful and entertaining.

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Opening with a circus master calling on the horses to enter ‘the ring’ (the NAC stage was dismantled for this event) with a background of For the Benefit of Mr. Kite we had sixty minutes of enchanting circus history.

 

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Gossamer Thread Circus presents
250 Years of Circus in 60 minutes

In 1768 Philip Astley paced out a circle on the banks of the Thames in which to perform tricks on horseback. 250 years later, the standard circus ring remains the same size, and that moment is recognised as the birth of modern circus.

In this brand new contemporary circus show featuring world-class international artists, Gossamer Thread Circus invite you on a journey traversing the myriad evolutions of circus in all its various and varied permutations, in this the 250th anniversary of its birth.

It all began with a ring…

The creative producer and founder of Gossamer Thread Circus (previously Gossamer Thread Vaudeville Co. and purveyors of Gossamer Thread’s Curious Cabaret) is Daisy Black. Alongside her performance career, she spent 6 years researching and writing a novel about Philip Astley which she began during her time on the Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia.

Supported by Arts Council England, Seachange Arts, Jacksons Lane and Norwich Arts Centre.

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The Circus theme continues this summer with The Chapelfield Summer Circus big top from the 12-15 July.

 

 

Roll Up Roll Up!

the circus is coming to town

Chapelfield Summer Circus

4 days of spectacular contemporary circus in a big top tent

Thursday 12th to Sunday 15th July 2018

 Plus FREE outdoor workshops for all ages Saturday and Sunday

Tickets on sale from Saturday 21 April – World Circus Day!

Thursday
8pm Fauna

Friday
7pm The Hogwallops: Lost in Translation Circus

10pm Circus Cabaret Lates

Saturday
11am-2pm Free outdoor workshops

2.30pm The Hogwallops: Lost in Translation Circus

7pm Knee Deep: Casus Circus

10pm Circus Cabaret Lates

Sunday
11am-2.30pm Free outdoor workshops

3pm Oak Circus Community Cabaret

Ticket prices for all shows £12/£7.50 (Community Cabaret £5/£3)

 

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Flatlands Festival 29-30 June 2018

Now in its second year this small and friendly little festival in deepest Suffolk had a big sound and big heart.  500 or so festival goers camped out in these farm fields in a beautiful setting for a varied selection of music with a live stage in a large marquee and a smaller dj tent with sets from Wayward Natives, Solko, Hot Damn, Dub, Sweat & Beers, Chrome & Illinspired,  and many, many others. It was hot, sunny and dry the whole weekend too.

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Once camp was set up and the site explored it was soon time for the first of the weekend’s live acts – introduced by compere for the weekend Paul Mills – opening the live stage was Joe Quinn and the New Lunarians, all nine of them!  They were followed by the wonderful soundscapes of The Wolf Number, Dr. Clyde, and the rapturously welcomed return of The Piratones. Two years since they last played the tent was packed for this and people were even dancing to their soundcheck! I have a lot of love for this band and evidently everyone else present felt the same way. Walking around the site the following morning I saw a sign on one of the food outlets saying “Closed. Gone to see The Piratones. Back later”.

 

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The weather was glorious throughout the whole weekend and the vibe was relaxed and happy among all the music fans gathered.

 

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On Saturday I caught marvelous sets by DLore, Maya Law, Piece, Alden Patterson and Dashwood, Binbag Wisdom, Nebula Sun, th mighty HANK, and Georgia King playing her first gig with her new band, featuring Flatlands organiser himself, Ash on bass, and Alex on drums.  This format really suits Georgia, she looked comfortable, relaxed and confident and her voice has never sounded better. Strong songs, great playing and amazing singing … she  made a big impression and has really found her place, style and format. It was lovely to see and hear!

 

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The night was closed in fine style by Mansion of Snakes, the Leeds band who headlined the Flatlands Christmas Party at NAC last year.  They too had the whole place dancing to their spacey, jazzy form of Afrobeat. 

 

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Thanks to Paul for allowing me onstage to snap the audience at the close of the set, and the festival, doing their best “Zombie poses”.

 

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As people returned to the dj tent and the campfire I had a wander around and passing the main marquee later I saw the poignant scene of a couple of people dancing to the Specials’ Ghost Town as we all prepared to pack away the following morning.

 

Big thanks to Ash and all involved in putting on such a lovely event that truly feels for and about the people and the music. Thanks also to Paul, The Wolf Number, and Alden, Patterson & Dashwood.

 

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Starcrawler + Gladboy @ NAC 22 June 2018

Just seven months ago Starcrawler played a legendary gig at Bedford’s Crypt which even they in a recent interview have cited as their favourite in Europe. It’s one of the best gigs I have ever experienced, enjoyed with about 80 other people in a small medieval underground space. On their return to Norwich they sold out the Arts Centre, and on the following afternoon they will be playing to many, many thousands at The Olympic Stadium in London supporting the Foo Fighters.  I’m not sure when I last felt such nervous excitement before a gig as I did for this one.

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To make things even better we had the brilliant choice of Gladboy as support. No sign of nerves from the stage as they delivered a confident and hugely enjoyable set their best one thus far in my humble opinion.  Sounding fantastic and big through the Arts Centre PA and Starcrawler’s amps I was well impressed by them, super harmonies and an appealing energy.  Occasionally they’ll make me think of early Buzzcocks or Magazine and then perhaps Blur but they have very much their own sound and style and are a lot of fun, keeping their set flowing and continuous.  Yet another of the growing list of must-see Norwich bands, and they’ve only been together about a year!  They are growing and developing rapidly, I only saw them a few weeks ago at Norm’s and they seemed to have noticably progressed even in that short space of time.  Definitely look out for them and catch a show.

 

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What more can I say about Starcrawler?  They blew me away at Bedfords Crypt so much that I went and saw them again a couple of months later at Omeara in London but it’s the Norwich shows that are particularly special, on both occasions the Norwich crowd was much livelier than in London.  You don’t often see good old-fashioned moshpits at gigs these days but at the Crypt and on a larger scale here at NAC that’s just what we had, with quite an age range too.  I thought the crowd were getting lively from the off when the three boys in the band took to the stage and then I felt someone behind me pushing their way to the front. It’s only when she climbed over me and jumped onto the stage that I twigged that this was the entrance of Arrow de Wilde.

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They played a blistering set of glam punk rock and roll, massive riffs, a superb rhythm section making for a really tight band, and the vocals and theatre of Arrow.  Henri is animated in guitar poses but Arrow is something else.  She prowls the stage, glares at the audience, drips and spits blood and is totally captivating at all times. It’s unpredictable, sometimes scary, and very exciting. Meanwhile rhythm section Tim and Austin are steady, strong and dependable on bass and drums, the perfect foil to the antics of Arrow and Henri and balancing the group perfectly. They have the songs and the sound too, much heavier live than on the album this is the best way to experience Starcrawler.  It’s probably a near impossible task to capture their energy on recordings though the singles do come close, and the album has a great analogue sound it doesn’t always succeed in capturing that but it’s still a great record and they were satisfyingly loud here with bass and drums way higher in the mix than on record. The audience were at the same time transfixed and dancing wildly, when Henri jokingly and ironically teased us with a quip about retirement homes that was the kick up the arse for things to get really lively.  The set is longer now, closer towards an hour though I reckon close to a quarter of it was a mega, epic version of Chicken Woman which was absolutely stunning closing of the set. The tension in the mid-song pause was palpable before Arrow flew off the stage, dripping in fake blood, and was carried aloft by a sea of audience hands and eventually brought back in the direction of the stage. It was at this point that I ended up with a very blood-spattered beard! 🙂  She then disappeared but Henri was now in the crowd, on his back playing guitar before strapping it around the neck of Gladboy’s George who, also in the audience, jammed along for a further few minutes with Austin and Tim who were still playing onstage.  It was incredible stuff, thankfully no encore and by that I mean that as brilliant as they were nothing could really follow that and an encore would just feel wrong. They gave us everything in a high-impact and memorable set.

 

LA seems to have an incredible music scene, I keep disovering many great bands who are based there.  After the recent wonderful set from KOLARS I mentioned this to them afterwards, and cited Starcrawler as one such example and they said they loved them too and were mates.

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I wish some of the Q writers would venture out of London to experience something like this and then maybe they would not be so quick to lazily label Norwich as “unfashionable”, not that we care particularly because we’re having a great time and so are the incredible bands who love coming back to play here.

 

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A simply amazing night of music here. Electric, unpredictable, visceral and sometimes confrontational and unsettling. I feel like every second of the set was vital and exciting and is now ingrained in the memory. Starcrawler may not be everyone’s bag but nor would you expect or want them to be. To me and a great many others though they are a breath of fresh air bringing an element of danger, excitement, attitude and visual theatrics making it a complete show because they sound pretty fantastic too. Making rock music really energising again with their glorious spirit, they do what they want and I suspect they don’t give a damn if some people don’t like it but love connecting with the ones that do get and dig it.  That’s freedom and integrity. I’m sure they have aims and ambitions but they do what they want on their own terms without the neediness of being loved by everyone, almost without a care what anyone may think and that, as much as anything, is what really draws me to them, their attitude.  They didn’t even have their album for sale on the merch table though I did buy a t-shirt and got my copy of their album signed. You may hear elements that might remind you of other great acts but I have never seen a band quite like this and how often can one say that these days? Starcrawler are fantastic, I bloody love them … and still have the (fake) blood stains to prove it.

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Can’t go wrong with a Punk Rock Blues night, this was another gem.  My third NAC gig in four days and they were all belters. I’m thinking of having the stamp tattooed on my hand as “Norwich Arts Centre” is almost a permanent fixture on it anyway! 🙂 A fuller review for Outline appears here.

In many ways I had found much of the daytime hours preceeding the gig a bit difficult but Starcrawler and Gladboy and Norwich Arts Centre had me re-energised and buzzing. Isn’t music at its exciting best just wonderful?!

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Many thanks to Starcrawler, Gladboy, Norwich Arts Centre, and Outline Magazine.

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Sink Ya Teeth @ NAC 21 June 2018

It felt to me like ages since I had last seen Sink Ya Teeth onstage, I suspect it was at the Waterfront Studio in November last year and onstage the uttered some momentarily scary words when they mentioned that it was their last live gig for a while … but it thankfully soon became apparent that the only reason for this was that they were going into the studion to record their debut album. YES!

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It sounded on that evening that although they were signed to a record label last year there was some issue with distribution so to their immense credit Sink Ya Teeth ploughed on with their album plans and self-released it, launching it at this wonderful Norwich Arts Centre gig.

 

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I arrived too late to catch any of Aseasita’s support slot but there was a friendly and welcoming midsummer vibe at NAC with so many familiar faces, out in force to support Sink Ya Teeth who as well as receiving a healthy amount of radio play had also just this week also had a BBC6 Music Maida Vale session broadcast on the Steve Lamacq show.

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Playing the album live and in its entirety it was a lively and enthusiastic crowd who lapped it all up, with some incredible stage laser lighting too, courtesy of Nick.  Referencing one recent review of the album in the introduction to Glass and quoting “If Donna Summer had been from East Anglia when she recorded I Feel Love” before a well-deserved jibe at the recent shameful Q Magazine that described Norwich as “unfashionable”. Norwich doesn’t really care about that and just goes about its business of having fun and enjoying fantastic music from its own music community.

In their overall sound, as well as electro dance, I’m picking up a lot of New Order/Joy Division, 80s percussive bass-driven indie and post-punk, disco, and even a bit of Grace Jones. What a glorious cocktail this is and the audience loved every minute of it.  I was watching Maria and Gemma onstage, confident, charismatic and yet warm, open and friendly, and had no doubt that – if there is any justice – I would soon be seeing them on something like Later With Jools Holland. They are certainly fine ambassadors for Norwich as they tour the country and it was joy to be here for this launch in a lovely atmosphere.

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I came away from the gig the proud owner of the album on vinyl.

At the gig’s end I headed to The Last Man Standing for my first Sacred Sounds gig in this former King’s pub.  I only caught the last two or three songs but it was The Mahatmas playing!  Always trippily awesome, and with great visual projections from Richard Rix too.

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