Red Rooster AMAUK Partnership & line-up news


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30th May – 1st JUNE 2019

Euston Hall, Suffolk



 ..curated by New York singer/songwriter Sunny Ozell and inspired by the AMA UK Keychange campaign that aims for gender balance in music.

As Red Rooster festival heads towards its 6th edition at the end of May, this renowned champion of the very best in Rock’n’ Roll, Blues, Soul, Roots and Country music, is thrilled to announce a new collaboration with the Americana Music Association UK and New York singer/songwriter Sunny Ozell, who will be curating as well as headlining the female-led acoustic AMA UK stage on Friday 31st May.  It comes with a very important message and action that Red Rooster festival is honoured to support.

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Sunny Ozell:

“I am extremely proud to be a part of the Americana Music Association UK / Keychange-inspired stage at the Red Rooster festival.  Right in step with the changes we’re seeing in all walks of life (from business to the film industry to government), Keychange aims to reach a 50/50 balance of gender representation in the music industry, particularly at festivals.  I’ve been a musician, and a woman, all my life.  I could talk about what that has been like, but wouldn’t it be better to hear me express myself through my music and my craft?  Representation matters–when diverse voices are given a platform to be heard, the full richness of the human experience just might be within our grasp.  Come to the AMAUK PRS Keychange-inspired stage and take in the power of women’s voices.”

Stevie Freeman:

“This year the AMA-UK were excited to be asked to do something special at Red Rooster Festival, to curate a PRS Keychange-inspired stage, this is a pledge with PRS that AMA-UK have signed to have 50/50 gender balance by 2022.  We are really delighted to have been given this opportunity to share awareness of Keychange by the Red Rooster team.  We have teamed up with the American artist Sunny Ozell to host and curate the line-up and shine a light on the strong female representation in this genre. It’s not just about giving opportunities to female artists but also demonstrating to audiences that women are equally valid on festival line-ups and for aspiring female artists to see those women on stage and be inspired.”

Stevie Freeman CEO Americana Music Association UK

Sunny Ozell, the New York City songstress, developed her craft over a decade plus of performing and collaborating with some of the city’s best session musicians.  With this same tight-knit community of seasoned players, she honed her sound. Sunny’s powerful voice effortlessly weaves together the elements of jazz, blues, and Americana roots that infuse her music.  Her upcoming record “Overnight Lows” showcases Sunny’s growth as a lyricist and reveals a skilled singer in search of depth and expression.

Birds of Chicago have been riding a wave of good mojo in the Americana world since their inception in late 2012. With their new album, Love in Wartime, they are set to both validate that roots buzz, and break on through to a wider audience across the world. The invitation is joyous, but urgent … call it “secular gospel,” or call it what they used to call poetry intoned over roots music mash-ups: rock n roll. The Birds consider themselves a rock and roll band first and foremost.

Fiona Bevan is a British-Canadian songwriter, singer and multi-instrumentalist from Suffolk, UK with a sweet, fiery voice and a soulful folk-pop sound creating “startling odysseys that suggest Erykah Badu, Joanna Newsom and Kate Bush spine-tinglingly joined” (The Guardian).  Her new EP, ‘Wild Angels Sweet Demons’, was produced by Grammy award-winning engineer Robin Baynton (Mumford And Sons, Laura Marling, Isaac Gracie) and went straight to number 3 in the iTunes singer-songwriter chart in November 2018.

The Jambalaya Band have been making a name for themselves as the hottest honky tonk band in London. After setting up their own honky tonk at The Blues Kitchen in Camden they’ve got everyone shaking off their blues in true country style. Featuring Pedal Steel, Telecaster, Fiddle and female harmonies, these guys and gals mean business.

Cornwall trio William the Conqueror have been picking up praise from far flung corners ever since Ruarri Joseph took the step to go public with his erstwhile secret alter-ego. Debut album, Proud Disturber of the Peace, was released in 2017 to widespread critical acclaim, and their shows have been steadily winning over fans up and down the country.

A consummate songwriter and superbly accomplished folk player and singer, Essex born Lucy Kitt’s creative soul looks west across the Atlantic. Taking inspiration from the classic 70’s folk rock of Dylan, Joni Mitchell and Neil Young, Lucy’s signature sound evokes LA’s legendary Laurel Canyon at its height. One to watch!

Misty River are an Americana band from London with roots in the west coast of Ireland and the US.  They are set to release their first single on 14th June from their debut EP ‘Promises’  mixed in Nashville by Grammy award winner Vance Powell (Chris Stapleton, Sturgill Simpson, Elle King). Their songs feature in Oscar winning film The Phone Call as well as new US film Extra Innings. They combine sweet harmony vocals intertwined with dobro, electric guitar and songwriting firmly rooted in classic alt country, roots and blues.

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With the warm spring sunshine we’ve been enjoying it feels like a timely reminder that Red Rooster 2019 is now just a matter of weeks away. The brilliant music festival of all things Southern takes place in the beautiful grounds of Euston Hall, a few miles from Thetford on the Norfolk-Suffolk border. It evokes an authentic, laid back, free and easy atmosphere, where children can freely run around vast corn fields, where families can enjoy lip-smacking authentic ribs and soul food by a campfire whilst being serenaded under the stars. But most of all it is about the music. With two stages and some hidden woodland shacks where djs play ’til the early hours, Red Rooster brings some of the best of Americana, Blues, Roots, Country, Folk, Bluegrass and Rock ‘n’ Roll, now we have the news that Norwich’s own, the excellent Lisa Redford is among the additions to the line-up.


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The Gighopper : 22-28 May 2019

#TheGighopper : 22-28 April 2019 #NorwichMusicCityUK
Rock the Ribbon : The Brickies’ 16th Birthday Bash
Brickmakers 1pm
Classical Guitar at Panda : Peter Turrell
Panda 5pm
Open mic
Wildman 7pm
Bill Downs
Blue Boar 2pm
Kids Easter Disco
Sprowston Sports and Social Club 2pm
Acoustic Folk with Mick ‘n’ Roy
Walnut Tree Shades 5pm
Coral Cross Band
B2 Venue
Theatre Royal
Open Mic
Pear Tree
Dance Tuesdays
Rhythm & Grace 8:30pm
Cross Body Salsa
Rev de Cuba 7:30pm
Norfolk Blues Society
Walnut Tree Shades 8:30pm
Open mic with James Viera
Barrel 8:30pm
Girli + Ashnikko + Peach Club
Norwich Arts Centre 8pm
The Return of Lowkey
Waterfront Studio
Theatre Royal
Tikki Jazz Jam
Bermuda Bob’s 7pm £3
Tony Hall Folk Group
Reindeer 8pm
Midweek Music at The Wildman incl. open mic
Wildman 7pm
Poetry Collective
Birdcage 8pm
Jacob Ocal
Platform Twelve 6:30pm
Geetar at Frank’s : Crepuscule
Frank’s Bar 8:30pm
Fine City Blues : Cinelli Brothers
The Murderers 8:30pm
Open mic with Peter T
Walnut Tree Shades 8pm
M2TM Semi-Final 2
Brickmakers 7pm
Access to Music Showcase
B2 Venue 7pm
Lady Dove’s Funk Club
Reindeer 8pm
Ben Haenow
Epic Studios 7:30pm
Jungle Brown + Faye Meana + Hannah Tobias
Bermuda Bob’s 6:30pm
Galli + Maya Law + DLore
Norwich Arts Centre 8pm
Waterfront Studio 7:30pm
English Touring Opera
Verdi’s Macbeth, Mozart’s Idomeneo and Rossini’s Elizabeth I
Theatre Royal
Marisca Trio
Rose Tavern 8:30pm
Solo Sings
Birdcage 7pm
Swing Dance Classes
Norwich Lindyhoppers 7:30pm
Easy Skanking Crew
Envy 9pm
Social Cha Cha and Samba Classes
TBC 7pm
Piatti Quartet
Assembly House 1pm
Rev de Cuba 9pm
St Martin’s 6:15pm
The Stylotones
Brickmakers 8pm
Gozo + St Benedicts + Lizzie
B2 Venue 7pm
Agent Orange
Maid’s Head 9pm
Black Dragonn
Walnut Tree Shades 9pm
Jo Carley & the Old Dry Skulls + Das Fenster
Reindeer 9pm
Micky Jay as Elvis
Cellar House 8pm
Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club
Epic Studios 9pm
Silky Soul
Last Pub Standing 8pm
The Lanes + Vier + Settlement + Head Rush
Waterfront 6:30pm
Sink Ya Teeth + Sister Wanzala
Norwich Arts Centre 8pm
Kid Ink
Clark, Zuppardi & Hartley
Louis Marchesi 8pm
English Touring Opera
Verdi’s Macbeth, Mozart’s Idomeneo and Rossini’s Elizabeth I
Theatre Royal
Flashback Friday
Platform Twelve
John and Georgie
Playhouse Bar 8:30pm
Gonzo’s 10pm
Bermuda Bob’s
All Shapes Vol.1
Rumsey Wells 9pm
Ultimate 80s
Take That Tribute
Holiday Inn 7pm
Pop Fix Friday
Warwick St Live : The Shackleton Trio + Cobbler Bob + Clark, Zuppardi & Hartley
Warwick St Social 2-4pm
Julie McLelland and the Band from the County Hell
B2 Venue 7pm
Maid’s Head 9pm
John’s Blues Crew
Walnut Tree Shades 9pm
Cherry Bomb
Reindeer 9pm
Blondie tribute + Stranglers tribute
Epic Studios 7:30pm
The Spacehoppers
Norwich Social Club 8:30pm
The Happy Jax
Sprowston Sports and Social Club
Marla + Gladboy + The Renadeans
Louis Marchesi 8pm
Billy G and the Heartbeats
Arwrights 8:30pm
Bob Carter Centre, Drayton 8:30pm
Papa Roach
Front Bangs + Slackrr + Oliver Beardmore + Purple Doors
Waterfront Studio 6:30pm
Waterfront 10pm
80s Night with Rob Chandler
The Talk 8pm
English Touring Opera
Verdi’s Macbeth, Mozart’s Idomeneo and Rossini’s Elizabeth I
Theatre Royal
Jack Nicholas
Playhouse Bar 8:30pm
King Tut
Angel Gardens
WildHaus 014
Dancing Astronaut 7pm
Pam’s House 10pm
Karma 11pm
DJ Kideko
Mantra 10pm
Soul Stew
Bermuda Bob’s 9pm
Wild West Weekender
Dream Space 3
Space Studios
Murray Lachlan Young
Phoenix Male Voice Choir Spring Concert
Mile Cross Methodist Church 7:30pm
Micky Jay
Compleat Angler 9pm
Cobbler Bob
Lord Rosebery 9pm
Hurrican Wolves
Steam Packet 8pm
Musical Theatre
Sprowston Community Hub 7pm
Beautiful Dangerous
The Hermitage 9pm
Circus for All Cabaret
Oak St Circus Centre 7pm
Space Hoppers
Clarke’s Snooker Club 8:30pm
Odd Man Out
Chestnut Tree 9pm
Neil Francis
Rose & Crown
Sunday Social
Platform Twelve 7:30pm
Lee Vasey Big Band
Brickmakers 12-3pm
The Drive Ins
Walnut Tree Shades 5pm
Tuxedo Duo
Salhouse Lodge Inn 3:30pm
Bedfords 3-5pm
The Hillbilly Goats Gruff
Red Lion Coltishall 4-7pm
Soul Sessions
Last Pub Standing 8pm
A Feast of True Stories
Norwich Arts Centre 7:30pm
Muskets + Violent Paradise feat. Sleemo, High Praise & Joe Millett
Bermuda Bob’s 6:30pm
Night Train
Fat Cat Brewery Tap 3pm
Barny Holmes
Ribs of Beef 5pm
Plankestra Presents : 2
Studio 20. 7pm
Bollywood Bhangra Night
Spice Valley 6pm
Confessions of a Traitor + Deference
Gringo’s 7pm
Geetar at Frank’s : Taz Cobalt
Frank’s Bar 7:30pm
Lydia Lee
Marlborough Arms 6pm
Kemp’s Jig
Maddermarket 2:30pm
Industry Night
Rev de Cuba



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Galli + Lisa Redford @ Warwick St Live 13 April 2019

A few months back I was kindly invited by Steve Burkett – aka Slightly Offensive Steve – to recommend a couple of acts for one of the Saturday afternoon acoustic music sessions which he curates at the Warwick St Social.  That afternoon was great fun and I was flattered to have Hot Raisin and Dark Diversions agree to play for me.  So it was another great honor to be asked to repeat it and I feel very privileged to have been able to co-host another couple of fantastic acts: Galli and Lisa Redford.


Lisa has been making waves with rave reviews for her forthcoming EP whilst Galli also have an EP on the horizon but current single Sabika is a stunning work. A brooding, haunting masterpiece about the fears and anxieties of sleep paralysis.

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There was a light flurry of snow just before I headed out but as we settled in the Warwick St Social the sun made an appearance and lit up this bright space through the vast windows. Lisa Redford started the music with a selection of songs from her impressive back catalogue, a cover or two and some previews from her outstanding EP The Edge of Love which is released on 10 May and launched at the Louis Marchesi the previous evening with some guest fellow musicians including Jose McGill and Noel Dashwood.  I can vouch for the quality of this EP having reviewed it here and also for Outline. Her songs are in the honest storytelling tradition of country and folk music.

Lisa Redford, Edge of Love EP

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Galli are made up of some familiar figures from the local music circuit with the incredible Georgia King (The Piratones) on electric guitar and vocals, Ash Woolnough (Solko, HANK, Hubs, Drongo Records, Flatlands etc.) on bass, and Alex Elliot (Horo Quintet, Organisms, Lucille and the Seals) on drums. They were also joined for some stunning harmonies by newest member of the band, Cecily Eno.  There’s an impressive spectrum to their sound and just so much atmosphere from Georgia’s beautifully expressive and at times ethereal voice. Like a wave of emotion the music ebbs and swells, at times sparse and open but then with a surge of power. It covers fears and vulnerability but is ultimately uplifting as the listener’s soul connects and feels empathy. It is absolutely gorgeous and with a sense of honesty, openness and authenticity. There is so much feeling in these songs.


Warwick St Social was pretty packed and although a bit chatty at the back bar it’s a free house in the Golden Triangle and just showed what a good time people were having for this early gig and made for quite an atmosphere. The applause after each song was loud, prolonged, heartfelt and fully deserved. There were some diners in the back bar but most were here for the music and it was pleasing to note just how many musicians had come along. Steve has certainly built something quite unique here and it’s highly impressive how many people will turn out for one of his Saturday afternoon gigs as word gets out about what’s taking place here each week.  There are more plans afoot with an Easter celebration and an outdoor stage area under construction.



Galli play again at Norwich Arts Centre with Maya Law and DLore on 25 April, and also at Epic next month supporting the mighty Mammal Hands on 17 May with an EP on Drongo Records due the same month.


My Outline colleague David was also there and I cannot add anything more to his beautiful review of this session.  Thanks to him, Steve who compered, sound-engineered and held things together splendidly, plus of course Galli and Lisa Redford, it was a privilege to have them play on my Shashamane Recommends session. Thank you so much.



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Tilting Sky presents: Sam Coe and the Long Shadows + Hot Raisin + True Adventures @ NAC 12 April 2019

On Friday I was back once again at Norwich Arts Centre covering for Outline Craig Hill’s third recent Americana gig for his Tilting Sky, headlined by local country queen Sam Coe and her band the Long Shadows.


Immediately upon arrival I was struck by the vibe of the evening with many familiar faces, including numerous fellow photographers, catching up ahead of the music, an altogether calmer atmosphere than the previous night’s Bob Log III mayhem!  I caught up with Craig himself, in the foyer and he joked that he was still not talking to Hot Raisin’s Tory as she had overtaken him in the final mile of the previous weekend’s city half marathon!


It was True Adventures who opened the music though, Sam playing a solo set of some familiar originals, beautifully delivered in an indie-folk style.  I also enjoyed his conversational style during tunings and introductions. Who cannot relate to the romance of looking out of the windows on long train journeys and feeling inspired to write, however ” … now that’s too expensive so I catch the MegaBus; I tried writing songs about that but they were just … crap, so this one’s about old trains” and thanking Sam for the loan of a capo. “She had a gold one and a rhinestone one but I’m not country enough for that. ‘Rhinestone Capo’ is a classic song though!”

true adventures

Hot Raisin are always a delight and this was a treat to see them in full band form, recalling drummer Daryl and with Tory playing electric guitar and diplomatically not referencing that marathon incident to Craig!  My “natural anti-depressants” certainly hit the spot again and I thoroughly enjoyed their set, good to hear a new track get a showcase too.

hot raisin

Sam Coe and the Long Shadows seemed very comfortable on the NAC stage with a full sound that was lapped up by a decent sized audience. There’s a purity about the honest style of country music. It’s clear the band are all fans of the style of music they play, Sam herself I actually recall seeing last year in a serendipitous bumping into each other at Liverpool Street Station as we were both making our way back to the fine city after an amazing gig in London by Courtney Marie Andrews, an artist we both love, admire and appreciate so much that we travelled to the capital to see this authentic artist perform songs that hit the spot and connect with the listener. Sam Coe’s love of country music shows clearly in the spirit she and the band play with and it’s clear it connects with people as there were plenty audience members sporting the band’s album ‘Full Moon’ t-shirts.

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A most enjoyable Friday evening with three varied acts and a very friendly, sociable crowd.  My Outline review is below:

“Sam Coe and the Long Shadows were the headliners at the Norwich Arts Centre for legendary promoter Craig Hill’s Tilting Sky, closing his trio of Americana gigs in the city.  The night had two strong and varied support acts, beginning with True Adventures.  I’ve been an admirer of Sam’s work for some time but it seems like quite a while since I last saw him so this was a good reminder of what an entertaining storyteller he is, not only in the lyrics of his songs but the chats between them too.  He quickly drew in those who already knew his material and also endeared himself to those first-time listeners with a warm and engaging set, delivered beautifully and with plenty of soul and gentle humour. 
Next on the bill was a full-band version of the superb Hot Raisin (who were fellow Battle of the Bands finalists with Sam Coe and the Long Shadows a couple of years back) and for this occasion were reunited with drummer Daryl to play in their fully electric, full band formation. They raised the tempo and volume, sounding big, warm and punchy. I love them to bits and was happy to hear a new track alongside the more established live favourites such as Captain and set-closer Whiskey Ginger. They have variety and songs which draw you in, together with a stage-presence that has such a feel-good factor about it. One can just tell that these are people who love each other’s company and click so well together, both musically and as friends.
Sam Coe and the Long Shadows have been on the Norwich gig circuit for a few years and continued the whiskey theme with their own Whiskey Dreaming. They too sounded full and tight with their recently expanded line up. In fact bassist Philip was playing just his second gig with the band whilst James on guitar was actually making his Long Shadows live debut, so that tightness was all the more impressive bearing in mind how long they’d been together. Of course the two of them are also known to many of us from their days in Addison’s Uncle.  
With the lap steel, dobro, keys, drums, bass, electric guitar and Sam’s own acoustic guitar and vocals there is a strong feeling of depth to the sound, a warmth and fullness that harks back to a golden age of country music.  A very fine cover of Margo Price’s Hurtin’ on the Bottle typifies this style and sound that Sam Coe and the Long Shadows play.  There was a little onstage discussion about the name of their style which ranged from “Americana” and “East Anglicana” but to my ears on the night it seemed to be the outlaw end of what Dale Watson has dubbed Ameripolitan, which is all about authenticity and this is what we recognise in these open, honest and heartfelt songs.
They perform an enjoyable set to an appreciative audience and the encore of The Comeback Queen is well-judged and selected, not only in sentiment but also in the identifying sound of what Sam Coe and the Long Shadows are about.

Congratulations too to Craig Hill for another strong and varied line-up completing a hat-trick of Americana gigs but more is on the way with The Waterfront Sessions and an East Coast Country all-dayer on the 4th August that shall again include Sam Coe & the Long Shadows and Hot Raisin, alongside Morganway, Lisa Redford, The Vagaband, Lucy Grubb, The Revelation Brothers, Rory Hill, Tom Malachowski, and Little Red Kings.”


Our wonderful ad special NAC currently has a 40/40 fundraising campaign to raise £40,000 to unlock a £499,000 grant from the Arts Council for its regeneration. You can help by donating an extra £1 when buying a ticket, or at the Arts Centre itself in one of its collection jars, or by clicking here. Or even buying a 40/40 ale at the NAC bar at a gig where £1 will go to the fundraising.


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Bob Log III @ NAC, Shane’s Shenanigans @ The Reindeer 11 April 2019

As we know all too well, there are frequent gig-clashes in Norwich and this Thursday evening was no exception. However, my chosen gigs at Norwich Arts Centre and The Reindeer were so close to each other that gighopping was fairly straightforward, albeit missing a couple of acts.


My evening started at The Reindeer for Shane’s Shenanigans which always presents an interesting line up.  This one provided me with my first chance to see the duo that is Ezifreak, who were great!

the lantern men






Next up was a rare Norwich appearance from Wroxham’s The Lantern Men (formerly The Turbos) whom I love, with a dirty garage rock set that passed by all too quickly but was a mix of covers such as Love Potion No.9 plus others by Thee Milkshakes and The Sonics but a healthy dose of their originals too, including a first live performance of Attack of the Killer Gnats, a sort of homage to the Broads. Check out their wonderrfully titled Chords from the Broads EP and Lure of the Lantern Men album.


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Following their set I hotfooted it to the NAC to catch Bob Log III for PRB Presents. Unfortunately I missed the support set from Robin Evans but have heard lots of good things. Bob Log III had just started when I arrived and it was already obvious bedlam as I entered the hall. Balloons being blown up and burst all over the place, inflatable ducks and dinghys on the stage plus Bob Log himself from the future in space helmet and telephone as he plays raw and dirty one man blues.  It was surreal chaos.  Audience members and Bob himself crowdsurfed in a dinghys, bottles of bucks fizz and prosecco were were opened and poured into inflatable ducks and a dog bowl for people to drink from and all the while the place was filled with the smell of toast. Yes, there was a toaster at the side of the stage and a full loaf of Hovis bread to keep the toasting going.  Absolutely nuts.

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bob log iii

bob log iii

NAC has the most fantastic security staff and my respect for them just grows and grows. This was no ordinary gig and they had a thousand things to keep an eye on what with dinghys, ducks and toasters but surveyed with a smile on their faces.

bob log iii

bob log iii

To finish the night I returned to the relative sanity of Shane’s Shenanigans (how often is one able to say that?!) where, alas, I had missed Loose Leaf Drifters but Bavarian Rocket Groop were playing, another band I love. Not alone in that some had travelled down from Edinburgh to see them!  It was wonderful stuff through Chad’s impressive new PA.

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“Bob Log III, Fat Possum recording artist and one man band crown prince of punk blues from Tuscon, Arizona. Witnessing Bob Log live is an unmissable and unforgettable experience. By rights he should be a punk blues stadium super star.

He takes to the stage with his face masked in a crash helmet with a black visor and a telephone wired in it for a mic and wearing a blue jump suit. Bob then unleashes a torrent of hardcore Mississippi Delta blues, hip hop beats and punk rock.

In this current world of homogenised and mass marketed music, we need true mavericks like Bob Log III more than ever.”

Our wonderful and special NAC currently has a 40/40 fundraising campaign to raise £40,000 to unlock a £499,000 grant from the Arts Council for its regeneration. You can help by donating an extra £1 when buying a ticket, or at the Arts Centre itself in one of its collection jars, or by clicking here. Or even buying a 40/40 ale at the NAC bar at a gig where £1 will go to the fundraising.



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Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs + KULK @ Waterfront Studio Norwich 8 April 2019

Through a simple but weird twist of fate this was actually my third time seeing KULK within the space of 8 days.  They supported YAK at probably my gig of the year thus far at NAC and I was happy to discover they were playing at the Church of Art ahead of my visiting the Rumsey for the Gluttonous Mutt double-header of Ravenous Hounds and Beast with a Gun.  When the call went out a day or two ago for a local “loud and heavy” act to support PigsX7 at The Waterfront Studio the unanimous concensus was the name of KULK.  This duo did not disappoint, playing the loudest, heaviest and most intense set I have yet experienced from them.  The drama builds slowly at the start of the set before exploding into life but boy was that some finale with Thom leaping over the barrier and playing guitar amongst us before throwing it into the barrier, jumping back onstage and hurling the amp over the barrier and onto the floor.  I love their ‘living in the moment’ attitude, unpredictability and spontaneity! Expect the unexpected with these two. This is what rock ‘n’roll needs. Hmmm, maybe they’d be the perfect slot for that upcoming Starcrawler gig!


KULK are one of the most exciting young bands to have recently emerged in the region and are chanelling the spirit of raw and dirty, loud rock and roll. I believe they hail from Stowmarket but they regularly play the fine city so do check them out, you will not regret doing so.


Somewhere between the lands of Sabbath and Motorhead dwell Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs who on their visit to Norwich filled the Waterfront Studio with not just a sellout crowd but their immense sound.  I’m not sure I’ve been at a sold out and full studio gig before but it felt good, full and with plenty of atmosphere. The sound was perfect too. Loads of notable Norwich music faces were in attendance and there was a palpable buzz of excitement ahead of the band’s entrance as the tension built with a looped pulsating drone before they came on. The crowd were great too on “the worst night of the week, a Monday” the place was rammed, KULK and many others were headbanging down the front and Pigs X7 were fully appreciative, one could really feel this in their words midway through the set.  They came across wonderfully, humble and appreciative of their audience and not shy in saying so.


Huge, absolutely massive riffs rocked the Waterfront Studio and the crowd lapped it all up. Surely the loudest gigs I’ve heard in this space, I was one of the many lost in the music and loved it. It was immense and intense, in every sense. This was the place to be on Monday night in Norwich. Sometimes you just need something musically huge, loud and powerful. PigsX7 provided all of that and more.

After a relatively low-key start to 2019 for me, the excellent gigs are now coming thick and fast, this one was all done and dusted by just after 10pm but was yet another one of them right up there with some of the most enjoyable.

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support from Kulk

The Waterfront Studio

Monday 8th April 2019

Doors 7.30pm


£12 Advance STBF

The period since Pigs’ Rocket Recordings 2017 debut ‘Feed The Rats’ – a mighty tsunami of rancorous riffage and unholy abjection that wowed critics and wreckheads alike – has seen the band build on their incendiary live reputation far and wide, from the sweatiest of UK fleapits to illustrious festivals like Roskilde.

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Ravenous Hounds + Beast with a Gun @ Rumsey Wells, KULK @ Concrete exhibition, St. Margaret’s Church of Art 5 April 2019

Still very much in the mood for some noise, punk and garage rock I was well-served by our city for all of that on Friday evening. Having really enjoyed seeing KULK again when they supported YAK at the Arts Centre for a brilliant gig a few days earlier I was pleased to spot that they had a performance slot at 7pm for the CONCRETE exhibition being held at St. Margaret’s Church of Art.  With their film being projected behind them it was as visual as it was musically powerful.  I’ll be seeing them for the third time in a fortnight tomorrow as they are a late addition to the billing at the Waterfront Studio for the Monday visit of Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs, Pigs which, needless to say, is completely sold out.





It was a good evening for music in the Lanes with Gaffa Tape Sandy also playing the NAC but to continue the theme of punky, noisy garage rock I headed to the Rumsey Wells for a 9pm start where both Ravenous Hounds and Beast with a Gun (including a bass!) were launching new recordings and where things were about to get even louder. Beast with a Gun have an EP available for download on Bandcamp whilst Ravenous Hounds have a brand new album also available on limited edition CD. A number of people were gig-hopping between the NAC and the Rumsey but I was happy to just stay and enjoy two of my favourite spirited noise merchants here on the same bill.

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They were both gloriously loud and extremely good fun, as always. It looks like the Rumsey may have possibly picked up the baton from the Owl Sanctuary for gigs like this and I was pleased to note an Owl t-shirt at the bar, more power to them, this was great! So loud even the soundcheck apparently scared a few people away from their spots near the stage area – I took that as a very good sign – and it was well attended by a crowd who loved what the heard.  More of this sort of thing please, thanks Rob, Gluttonous Mutt and Rumsey Wells!

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RAVENOUS HOUNDS are kicking off their year proper with this headline gig where they’ll be celebrating the release of the self-recorded debut album that has been in the works since day 1 of the band. The sound of the live set continues to grow and evolve, with a high energy and dense sound, taking influences from all the sharper edges of underground rock’n’roll. Driving baritone bass grooves, sax&synth-drenched psychedlic overtones, otherwordly guitar overdrive, you get the picture.

Graveyard Soul:

BEAST WITH A GUN are also imminently releasing a new EP and are returing with a slightly tweaked line-up. Lo-fi, high energy, straight up dirty garage punk rock’n’roll will be served up at its best.

‘World’ live at Norwich Arts Centre:

Gig in the main bar – FREE ENTRY – kicks off 9pm!”

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