The Gighopper : 20-26 May 2019

#TheGighopper : 20-26 May 2019
Community Singing and Music Making Workshop
Spiegeltent NNF
Colin Currie Quartet
Playhouse NNF
Liniker E Os Caramelows
Spiegeltent NNF
Brickies Open Stage
Brickmakers 7:30pm
Malts & Metre : Lewis Buxton + Rachel Blue + Poetry open mic
Brewdog 8pm
Jazz Jam with Lee Vasey
Fat Cat & Canary
Matthew & the Atlas
Norwich Arts Centre 8pm
Puss in Boots
Theatre Royal
The A.I.R. Presents
The Blueberry Music House 7:30pm
Bounce & Rhyme Time
Spiegeltent NNF
Baby and Toddler Disco
Spiegeltent NNF
Fake Magic
Spiegeltent NNF
Rachel Podger and Brecon Baroque
St Peter Mancroft NNF
Spiegeltent NNF
Gin City
Brickmakers 8pm
Open mic
Pear Tree
Acoustic jam session
Heath House 7:30pm
The Leisure Society
Norwich Arts Centre 8pm
Writers Night + Open mic
Platform Twelve 6pm (open mic 8:30pm)
Ali Smith
Jamali Maddix [SOLD OUT]
Bermuda Bob’s
Graham McGrotty
Duke of Wellington
Tony Hall Folk Group
Reindeer 8pm
A Little Bit of Light with Glass House Dance
Spiegeltent NNF
Mariam Batshashvili
Octagon Chapel NNF
Kit Downes
St Peter Mancroft NNF
Ghosts and Whispers : Clare Hammond
Playhouse NNF
Mother’s Ruin
Spiegeltent NNF
Norwich Slow Tune Session
Norwich Slow Session, Earlham Rd.
The Vamps
Tiki Jazz Jam
Bermuda Bob’s 7pm £3
How to Keep Time
Norwich Arts Centre 8pm
Big Steve Arlene
Les Garrigues
Mushy Peas
Jurnet’s Bar 8pm
Geetar at Frank’s : Crepuscule
Frank’s Bar 8:30pm
Open mic
Louis Marchesi
Open mic with Peter T
Walnut Tree Shades 8pm
Fine City Blues : Delta Groove
The Murderers 8:30pm
Mother’s Ruin
Spiegeltent NNF
Afternoon Social
Spiegeltent NNF
Judi Jackson
Playhouse NNF
Norwich Cathedral Choir
Norwich Cathedral NNF
Diamond Thug + History & Lore + Caswell + Ginny Dix
Bermuda Bob’s 6:30pm
Metal to the Masses Final
Brickmakers 7pm
City of Ale Launch
Waterfront Studio
Lee Vasey & Friends
Salhouse Lodge Inn
Horrible Histories
Theatre Royal
Live music
Rose Tavern 8:30pm
Highly Sensitive : Hannah Jane Walker
Norwich Arts Centre 8pm NNF
Salome : with live score
Playhouse NNF
The Dufay Spectacle
Octagon Chapel NNF
Ariwo with Camille George
Spiegeltent NNF
The Captain’s Beard + Samphire + Pirate Joe
B2 Venue 7pm
Red Hot Chilli Pipers
OPEN 7pm
The Doors Alive
Epic Studios 7:30pm
Brickmakers 8pm
Waterfront 10:30pm
Maid’s Head 9pm
Walnut Tree Shades 9pm
Reindeer 9pm
The Lovin’ Handful
Green Dragon Beer Festival, Wymondham
Agent Orange
The Crown, Costessey 9pm
Skaface UK
Rose & Crown
Flashback Friday
Platform Twelve
Horrible Histories
Theatre Royal
Playhouse Bar 8:30pm
Garage NNF
Chambers Cocktail Bar
Kro Magnon + Corlian + Mount Pleasant
A Tribute to Scott Walker
Jurnet’s Bar 8pm
Dove and Boweevil
The Cottage 8pm
Ultimate 80s & 90s
Mercure Hotel
Bank Holiday Band & BBQ
Britannia Gardens
King Size Papas
Louis Marchesi 8:30pm
Salsa Candela
Canary Social Club
The Floating Greyhounds
Mammal Not Fish + Bag of Cans
Banham Barrel 9pm
Rum Dogs
Butcher Bhoy 9pm
Warwick St. Live : Bank Holiday Special
Warwick St Social 3-8pm
Anandi & Debashish Bhattacharya
Playhouse NNF
Hannah Williams & the Affirmations
Spiegeltent NNF
Beethoven Symphony No.9 with Thomas Ades
St. Andrews Hall NNF
The Journeymen
Louis Marchesi
Norwich AfroBeat
Platform Twelve 7pm
Last Seen Alive + Headrush + High Definition
B2 Venue 7pm
Waterfront 10pm
How’s the J Mann
Brickmakers 8pm
Mojo Preachers
Walnut Tree Shades 9pm
The Bunkadoos + The Dirigibles
Reindeer 5pm
Sprowston Sports and Social Club 9pm
Mervyn & the Starbeats
Bob Carter Centre, Drayton 8:30pm
Karl Knights & Mary Lou
Cherry Tree
80s Night with Rob Chandler
The Talk 8pm
Alan Ley
Angel Gardens
Horrible Histories
Theatre Royal
Mammal Hands djs
Playhouse Bar 8:30pm
Ray Bradshaw
Norwich Arts Centre 8pm
Garage NNF
Lords of Strut
Bass Rotation
Britpop Brunch
Last Pub Standing 1pm
Saturday Night Swing
Last Pub Standing 8:30pm
Let’s Rock Norwich
Earlham Park 12pm
The George Michael Story
Space 7:30pm
Gonzo’s 10pm
Lamb Inn 8pm
Sunday Social
Platform Twelve 7:30pm
A Buskers Night In
OPEN 7pm
Sunday Sessions : Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds + Razorlight + The Coral
Earlham Park
Zephyra & Friends
Lee Vasey Big Band
Brickmakers 12-3pm
The Misfit Collective
Salhouse Lodge 3:30pm
Longwater Lane Community Centre, Costessey 7:30pm
Black Dragons
Walnut Tree Shades 5pm
The Rum Dogs
Reindeer 4pm
The Spacehoppers
Mulbarton Festival
Barny Holmes
The Gordon 4pm
Garage NNF
Silky Soul
Last Pub Standing 1pm
The Last Waltz
Cinema City 5pm
Reggae and Ska Night
Heartsease Pub 8pm
Motown and Soul Live
Oak Bar
Louis Marchesi
King Size Papas
Fat Cat Brewery Tap 3pm
Marlborough Arms 5:30pm
Garden Party
Rev de Cuba
The Marcanos
Ribs of Beef 5:00pm
Russian Night
Railway Tavern, Poringland
Brevard County
Rose & Crown
Soul Fried House Classics
Warwick St Social 8:30pm
Fine City Swing Tea Dance
St Peter Mancroft Chantry Rooms 11am
Jasper James
Bermuda Bob’s 9pm
Roll In Groove Records
Gringo’s 9pm
Soulshaker Presents
Bermuda Bob’s 9pm
Beautiful Dangerous
Bedfords 3pm


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PRB Presents : Daddy Long Legs + The Mighty Guevaras @ NAC 17 May 2019

This has been a busy and classic week of gigs after Fat White Family and Aldous Harding, so consequently I felt quite fatigued as I made my way to the NAC but that quickly melted away with the sight of so many familiar faces for yet another sold out gig with PRB Presents bringing a welcome return of Daddy Long Legs with local support from The Mighty Guevaras.


Some sold out gigs at the Arts Centre feel fuller than others and this one seemed particularly rammed, or maybe the bar was just especially popular with this crowd. Anyway, I sought a bit more space in the actual hall a good ten or fifteen minutes ahead of the opening set of the night from The Mighty Guevaras. It’s been a while since I saw them and I was really impressed by their sound and their set, a mix of covers and originals in a swamp blues, hill country blues style opening with an R.L. Burnside song and excitedly noting that they are on the billing at this year’s Red Rooster Festival, as is R.L. Burnside’s grandson.

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the mighty guevaras

It’s only about 18 months since Daddy Long Legs played the tiny Crypt at Bedfords on their previous visit to Norwich but word of mouth from that and their reputation after a couple of storming sets at Red Rooster meant they have built a sizable following in Norwich and the NAC was rammed.

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Daddy Long Legs

They are a terrific live band and came on in fine style to a rapturous reception, opening with them all at the front of the stage, including the drummer who brough a drum to the front. There was even something of a moshpit going on pretty quickly as Daddy Long Legs steamed their way through a very hot and sweaty, characterful set of an hour and a half or so. The drums (and even the stage floor), played with maraccas and drum stick was punchy and deep, the guitar superb and the evangelical Brian Hurd, Daddy Long Legs himself, just amazing on blues harp and vocals, remarkably sometimes at the same time! The crowd adored them and the set was a good mix of old live favourites and a selection from their new album  Lowdown Ways, produced by Jimmy Sutton of JD McPherson. I couldn’t resist getting a copy on white vinyl at the end of the gig.  PRB Presents did it again, with another storming night and we still have Guadalupe Plata and Starcrawler yet to return this summer … both of them incredibly also played at Bedfords Crypt a couple of years ago at previous PRB nights.

Daddy Long Legs

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“Brooklyn, NY-based trio DADDY LONG LEGS—Brian Hurd (vocals, harmonica, guitar), Murat Akturk (slide guitar), Josh Styles (drums, maraca) will make their Yep Roc Records debut May 10 with Lowdown Ways, their third studio album.

Produced by Jimmy Sutton and engineered by Alex Hall (JD McPherson, Pokey LaFarge, Jake La Botz) at Hi-Style Studios in Chicago, the album features 12 original compositions with songwriting contributions from JD McPherson and Sutton. A new direction from their first two studio albums (released by Norton Records), Lowdown Ways sees the boys widen their sonic horizons with field hollers, gospel, Cajun, and Mississippi Hill Music, coupled with their renowned supercharged, harp-driven R&B bangers.

The first single, “Mornin’ Noon & Nite,” premiered at WFMU. The track is now available at all streaming services.

Frontman Brian Hurd describes “Mornin’ Noon & Nite” as “a Hoodoo Stomper in the vein of John Lee Hooker and is about one’s pure, savage lust for his or her lover.”

When asked by Village Voice “What is DADDY LONG LEGS?,” Hurd answered, “Rock and roll salvation through the spirit of roots and blues.” While influenced by the likes of Son House, Captain Beefheart, Howlin’ Wolf, MC5, and Dr. Feelgood, their sound personifies garage rock and punk with a contemporary raw twist performed in their own brand of supercharged R&B.
Since forming in 2010, the band has released two studio albums, a live album and two 45s on Norton Records. Their last album was 2015’s DADDY LONG LEGS Rides Tonight. The band has toured with Jon Spencer, Hurray For The Riff Raff, The Sonics, Nikki Lane, Nick Waterhouse, amongst others.

Lowdown Ways is now available for pre-order. The vinyl LP arrives on limited edition opaque white vinyl.”

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… and some footage I just found on YouTube:

The 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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Aldous Harding @ Cambridge Junction J2 16 May 2019

When I first chanced upon the music of Aldous Harding a few years ago – probably through KEXP’s excellent YouTube channel – I was immediately captivated by a unique artist.  I soon purchased her album Party which was certainly among my favourite albums of that year and had been hoping to catch her live ever since.  Alas, there was no Norwich date on this tour but when I was told she was performing in Cambridge this was too good an opportunity to miss.  The same thinking for many of us from Norwich it would seem, as having made the short walk from the train station to the venue I spotted a number of familiar faces, with Norfolk photographers being particularly well-represented, though none of us were here to photograph, it was all about hearing Aldous.


The venue itself was a lovely surprise. This particular gig was housed in the smaller J2 space of The Junction, usually all-seated for this one the seats on the floor were taken out bringing the capacity up to about 350. Needless to say all tickets for this were snapped up long ago.


Support was from Melbourne’s Laura Jean. I missed the first part of her set but was enjoying what I did catch, despite the constant yabbering from someone at the back until the first person to crack told him to go outside and talk. Inwardly, we were all applauding him for that. It wasn’t especially loud but when everyone else is silent and trying to enjoy the beautiful music it was irritating.

No such chatter for the headline set from Aldous Harding though.  The lights dimmed and the background music stopped and then … for some moments … nothing. Time seemed weird as nothing happened and the tension grew but then we heard a door close backstage and the band came on, followed by Aldous Harding herself who takes pauses, and potential awkward silences and turns them into an art form. It’s powerful stuff before she has even played a note.  There’s something about a room full of people all in total silence … and then the songs happen. We soon know we are party to something special and taken on a personal journey. It’s several songs into the set before she speaks and that is a request to have some light on the audience so that she can see us. This took the intensity and intimacy to another level and I doubt there was a single person in the room who did not feel her stare and make eye-contact at some point.  We are well-used to respectful and attentive audiences but I have never known such a hushed and rapt crowd as this, we were transfixed and it was only after the gig that we realised we had just been in some sort of hypnotic spell, it was spellbinding stuff.

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For the most part she was sat playing guitar with a couple of songs performed at the piano and a finale where she kept the beat with a cup and a drumstick. A cover or two, including Gerry Rafferty’s Right Down the Line, one or two songs from Party but the majority of the set was from new album Designer, a copy of which I picked up from the merch stall, on gold vinyl no less.

Some footage here from fluffytoy77 on YouTube:

It was a quite remarkable set from this amazing artist, there may not be much in the way of chat but it does not matter as she has such presence. A thoroughly captivating musician who got an incredible ovation from a hugely satisfied and entertained sold out crowd. This was magical, powerful and very special, her voice is so incredibly versatile too. That’s now three outstanding though totally different gigs in the space of a week for me, starting with Gladboy at NAC and Fat White Family at The Waterfront.

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All of her videos are works of art too, bringing some very welcome Bowie-esque theatre and otherness to the medium.   Aldous Harding is most definitely one of the unique and distinctive characters who is always interesting, being herself and true to herself. Quite special.

It’s worth another mention of the venue too, this was my first visit to The Junction but I don’t think it will be my last.  One enters the venue into a very relaxed foyer area with a cafe vibe, bar and box office, it’s a bit like a cinema foyer but without the popcorn.  I immediately felt at ease here because it reminded me of Norwich Arts Centre as it was so friendly and relaxed. It’s good when we can comfortably enjoy the time before and after sets as well as the music itself. Gigs are of course all about the music and energy between performers and audience but when the crowd are put at such ease and actually made to feel welcome by friendly venue staff it makes all the difference and that is what elevates the gig into something even more memorably enjoyable, and this was certainly an unforgettable one. This whole gig experience was just a joy and it was lovely to bump into Norwich friends too. Big thanks to Andi Sapey for giving me a lift back to Norwich afterwards.

“New Zealand singer / songwriter, Aldous Harding, has been wowing audiences around her native country for years with her original ‘gothic folk’ music. She’s known for her sinister torch songs with a charismatic combination of wit and quiet horror. She comes from the same dramatic realm where Kate Bush and Scott Walker reside.”

Another piece of footage from the gig found on YouTube by El Tuco:


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Fat White Family @ The Waterfront 14 May 2019

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Fat White Family are a band I cannot claim to be overly familiar with but they came with extremely high recommendations from a variety of friends and musicians, including some of my favourite local bands … Gladboy recently told me that Fat White Family were a common denominator for them in that all six band members of that band loved FWF and it was no surprise to see them here for this one.

Support on this gig was from Sorry, a London band whom I saw in the same venue sharing the bill with Shame and Fontaines DC at the tail end of last year but again something wasn’t clicking and although some liked them they didn’t do it for me, nor many that I spoke with after. There was the odd flicker of promise but something was obviously lacking and we didn’t connect. Sorry, just not my thing.

If Sorry were plodding (as I heard them described) then Fat White Family were driving, insistent and intense, transcending genres and labels. Opening with When I Leave (!) and by third song I Am Mark E. Smith I knew we were into something very special and into Gigs of the Year territory.  Another friend remarked that he’d planned to pick up a vinyl copy of new album Serf’s Up and already, just a few dates into the tour, they were completely sold out. That tells you all you need to know about the quality of the new material and the live set. Filled with flavours of post-punk, a heavy dose of stomping 70s glam, 80s electro and even strong hints of Roxy Music plus the brooding darkness of Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, especially with those deep choral chants, and Slim Cessna’s Auto Club intensity whilst creating something utterly unique. The songs were big, dirty, loud and dramatic,  this was glorious, powerful stuff. The spirit of exciting rock ‘n’ roll is alive and well in Fat White Family who put on a superb live show.

So enjoyable that it felt over all too quickly at just shy of an hour but with a show of this quality and intensity that gave everything. They pleased everyone with a selection from Serf’s Up as well as a liberal sprinkling from their back catalogue, including the likes of I Am Mark E. Smith and Touch the Leather. They entertained the near capacity Waterfront throughout, the venue filled with a mixed crowd from youngsters to veteran first-wave punks. This was a gem of a gig and I join that long list of those who highly recommend them.


“FAT WHITE FAMILY return with their third album ‘Serfs Up!’

Serfs Up! is Fat White Family’s third album and their first for new label Domino. Released on Friday 19th April 2019 it marks the most gratifying and unexpected creative volte face in recent musical history.

The band have today shared the first track to be taken from the album, Feet, a triumphant return which perfectly heralds the overwhelming musical scope and ambition of the album.

Having released their second album, Songs For Our Mothers in January 2016, core-members Lias and Nathan Saoudi relocated to Sheffield and set about writing the album. Joined by co-conspirator Saul Adamczewski and recorded at their own Champzone studios in the Attercliffe area of the city, Serfs Up! was finished in late autumn 2018 with the help of long-time collaborator, Liam D. May and features a guest appearance from Baxter Dury on Tastes Good With The Money.

Serfs Up! is a lush and masterful work, lascivious and personal. Tropical, sympathetic and monumental. It invites the listener in rather than repel them through wilful abrasion. Fat White Family have broken previous default patterns of behaviour, and as such their third album heralds a new day dawning.

Gregorian chants, jackboot glam beats, string flourishes, sophisticated and lush cocktail exotica, electro funk and the twin spirits of Alan Vega and Afrika Bambaataa punctuate the record at various junctures, while the dramatic production of Feet is as immaculately-rendered as ‘Hounds of Love’-era Kate Bush. The dirt is still there of course, but scrape it away and you’ll find a purring engine, gleaming chrome.

Echoing within the arrangements throughout are traces of blissed-out 60s Tropicalia, Velvets/Bowie sleaze-making and star-gazing, 80s digital dancehall, David Axelrod-style easy listening, joyous Pet Shop Boys synth crescendos, acid house, post-PIL dub, metropolitan murder ballads, doom-disco and mouth-gurning, slow-mo psychedelia so by the time it comes to a close only a fool would deny that Serfs Up! is something very special. No longer is unadulterated music malevolence Fat White Family’s stock in trade; this is cultivated music for the head, the heart. For tomorrow’s unborn children.

Where once they soundtracked a grubby Britain of vape shops, Fray Bentos dinners and blackened tin-foil, a crepuscular comedown realm stalked by Shipman, Goebbels and Mark E. Smith, Fat White Family now inhabit another cosmos entirely. Serfs Up! is the product of a band of outlaws reborn. Few but themselves could have forecast it: Fat White Family survived. Fat White Family got wise. Fat White Family got sophisticated.”

Big thanks to Everything Is Fine Music for another very fine booking.



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Pony Up presents: Gladboy + Ravenous Hounds + Bug Teeth @ NAC 11 May 2019


When I arrived at the Arts Centre I quickly realised it was going to be one of those gigs full of friendly, familiar faces and a generally uplifting vibe. In the bar DJ Pappy (father of Gladboy’s George) was already spinning the tunes on vinyl and just after 8pm I headed into the hall for the opening set of the evening, from the rather special Bug Teeth. This is the project of Poppy, a 19 year old UEA student whose song Serotonin caught my attention last year.  Shortly after that I had the pleasure of hearing her perform live in one of her first gigs at Annie Catwoman’s Sonic Youths showcases at NAC. I was extremly impressed then but this set took things to another level still.

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There’s a dreamy quality to her voice and sound that reminds me of the feel of eighties shoegazey and indie acts with hypnotic guitar, backing beats and sometimes with a vocal quality reminiscent of Sundays’ vocalist Harriet Wheeler but Poppy creates something altogether unique and her own. She charmed, captivated and delighted the enthusiastic audience.  This was something special and magical under NAC fairy lights and possibly my first sighting of a glitterball in this lovely venue. These are heartfelt, sometimes melancholic but always beautiful songs that leave one feeling wrapped in a sensitive embrace of empathy and understanding, and healed in some way by the music. Bug Teeth’s new single Emily is released today through Spotify and she’s doing amazing things. She can be seen again at the Octagon Chapel on 31 May for Milly’s Sisters of Silents.

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bug teeth

Next up was one of my favourites, Ravenous Hounds, who recently released a self-titled new album. I’ve seen them in tiny underground cellar spaces and big stages like Epic and they always fill the space with their sound and energy.  Garage punk rock n roll at its best and an extra treat that they were on this bill, which was quite a mixed one but all the acts fitted together well, which showed in the way this lively audience was so appreciative of everyone in the evening’s line-up.

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And so to Gladboy – also Sonic Youths alumni – with their ever-expanding line-up and a stage adorned with inflatable canaries to celebrate our recent promotion, and even what looked like furry handcuffs on the mic stand! This is a band who love what they do, seem to have bucketloads of fun doing it and are different each and every time, making their shows quite an event. There was a celebratory mood on the floor and on the stage, giving the gig a sense of occasion. George took turns on drums, Sonny took turns on guitar, we were all made to sit down, stand up and sing along. It was great fun.






Less than a year ago the still very young band had only been going a few months and bagged a support slot to Starcrawler in this same venue. They were a trio back then and this time they headlined their own Pony Up gig with a line-up expanded to a six-piece to include trombone, synth, tambourine and backing vocals which has obviously developed their sound no end. I like that they have the drumkit up near the front of the stage too as Sonny is a phenomenal and energetic drummer.  You can hear many of their influences but the wide melting pot of these influences along with their creativity and originality means nobody else sounds like Gladboy. An interesting and exciting band.  A nice line of merch too with specially printed t-shirts for the occasion as well as sweets and a special edition newspaper!


“Spit-balling into the heart of the Norwich music scene from soon-to-be demolished UEA student digs, junkedelic misfits Gladboy started out as a loud, energetic and assured 3 piece who in less than a year, cemented their place as one of Norwich’s most intriguing upcoming bands – garnering support slots with Jeffrey Lewis & Los Bolts, The Regrettes, Willie J. Healy, Brix & the Extricated and L.A. glam rock provocateurs, Starcrawler.

Expanding to a 6 piece through the addition of synth, tambourine, and trombone, the band continued to refine and texture the noise that overwhelmed earlier incarnations and created a buzz centred around camp, theatrical and fun performances that range from blistering cacophonies of noise to gigs that encourage whole audiences to sit down. No words showcase this better than Outline’s review stating: ‘This is art-pop – think Bowie, early Talking Heads or Pulp – that veers into psych and dreampop but always has a roughness and bite that gives it an edge.”

Ravenous Hounds play high energy psych-punk-rocknroll that will shake the foundations of any venue set upon. Baritone & electric guitars and stomping drum grooves are soaked with saxophone and analogue synths, creating bold and exciting sound with a range of esoteric influences. Featuring former and current members of Savage Island / Juke & the All-Drunk Orchestra and Beast with a Gun.

Dreamy, emotional ambient pop – Bug Teeth is the solo project of 19 year old Poppy Johnson. Following on from sets with The Orielles and See Thru Hands, Bug Teeth combines intricate Slowdive-esque guitar arrangements, Four-Tet Style electronics and a crystalline voice that makes her one of Norwich’s most exciting prospects.

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Expect a blitzkrieg of spaced-out indie, banging electronica, 70s trouser problem soul and maybe even a dusting of old school Norwich sounds, as DJ Pappy drops all the big guns for one night only. The Gladboy fans came to hear Mrs Parsons; they went home with her dad.”


The 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.


To end the music for the evening, after this gig I purchased one of the t-shirts and then headed quickly over to the Louis Marchesi Crypt to catch an hour or two of the first Long Swords night. Sparks were playing as I walked down the steps to the crypt, which was a good sign, and it looked really well-attended too. It’s a cool blend of prog, krautrock, psych, glam and space disco. A welcome addition to the music calendar with a night in the crypt every month … and it doesn’t clash with Cave-In.



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TMT : HANK + The Wolf Number + Ghosts of Men + Guranfoe @ Epic 2 May 2019, Chad Mason + Yellowlees @ UEA Drama Studio 1 May 2019

On Thursday there was once again no less than 23 gigs, dances and open mics happening across our musical city. My destination of choice was Epic Studios for this month’s That Music Thing selection, one of the very positive outcomes of The Future of Norwich Music forum on Facebook and a show curated by Rick Lennox.  An advance online ticket for the gig is free and it’s still only 3 quid on the door for these events.  May’s line-up included two of my favourites in HANK and The Wolf Number, plus another chance to see local prog-rockers Guranfoe and for me a first opportunity to see Colchester’s rock duo Ghosts of Men.  Everyone present seemed really impressed and satisfied by all acts. The Wolf Number closed their wonderful set with a brilliant and unexpected tribute to the recently passed Keith Flint and HANK closed the night in truly excellent style. I was glad to catch them having unfortunately missed their recent NAC support slot due to a typical Norwich gig-clash.

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The previous evening I made my way through a particularly drunken campus as it was apparently “derby-day” and UEA had beaten Essex at something or other but I headed to the rehearsal room of the UEA’s Drama Studio where Chad Mason and Yellowlees were co-hosting a fundraiser for Cruse Bereavement Care.  Chad also played a few numbers at the piano, a beautiful version of Tonight and an unexpected but apt cover by one of his musical heroes, Nick Drake’s Pink Moon. He and Yellowlees had decided beforehand that they’d both do a cover, Yellowlees performing Peter Frampton’s Baby I Love Your Way.  I like the Drama Studio as a gig space and would be pleased to see more music taking place here.

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Chad plays alongside Shane O’Linski. Bark Prelude and Ross Mitson at Richard Penguin‘s Folk on the Pier fringe where he presents three days of his Tea-time Showcase. Chad plays on Sunday 12 May at Cromer Social Club.


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Dereham Blues Festival 11-14 July 2019

Preparations for the 2019 Dereham Blues Festival in full swing
Tickets for the opening gig kicking off the 2019 Dereham Blues Festival on July 10th featuring the sensational American blues guitarist Hamilton Loomis are selling as fast as his electric fingers move up and down his guitar fret board.
The headline concert at the Dereham Memorial Hall on Wednesday July 10th features Hamilton and his top band which also includes the Grammy award winning jazz saxophonist Fabian Hernandez. It is fabulous to think that a Grammy award winning musician is coming to Dereham to play alongside such a rising star as Hamilton Loomis.

Support on the night will come from top local Norfolk blues man and British Blues Award nominee Ron Sayer backed by top local band the Shunters. Ron is a firm favourite among blues fans locally and up and down the country.

Don’t miss this fabulous gig and to avoid disappointment, hurry and get your tickets straight away via the festival website or at .
Thereafter follows four days packed with the very finest music that is the Dereham Blues Festival featuring some 52 top blues acts drawn from the all over the East Anglia region and the UK from Thursday 11th July through to the super jams on the final day, Sunday 14th July.
13 Dereham town centre venues including clubs and pubs, bars and restaurants, cafes and even on the platform at the railway station will host live blues and roots music every day starting in the afternoons and running through to the late evening. A unique feature of the festival is that entry to all the venues is completely free. So order some refreshments at the venues and sit or stand to listen to and even dance to some of the hottest blues sounds around.
Once again this year the festival organisers received more band applications to play than there was space in the program, even though this year the festival has been extended by an extra day to five days from July 10th to 14th. The full programme and timetable have now been published and is available on the festival website
A brand new website by local software developer David Smith, available from the 29th April, includes the facility to create and print out your own schedule of acts you want to see, so now there are no excuses for missing your favourite bands!
As summed up by the Dereham Blues Festival’s chairman Harry Collins “I am so looking forward to this year’s festival which will be bigger and better than ever. Together with all the hard working volunteers who organise the festival we are proud to be associated with an event that brings so much to Dereham and boosts its place on the map economically, socially and musically.

Finally a big thanks must go out to the venues for hosting the music and of course the bands who come increasingly from far and wide to make the town centre come alive over the five days of the festival. Truly a whole load more than 12 bars of blues.”.
Don’t miss the 2019 Dereham Blues Festival July 10th – 14th. It’s going to be fabulous.


“The market town of Dereham in Norfolk has seen significant growth over the past few years and the town’s blues festival reflects and supports this continued social and economic development.
The estimated 2000 or so festival visitors provide a real economic boost to the town as well as bringing the place alive throughout the festival weekend in July.
The Dereham Blues Festival continues to be a growing success story in the region thanks to its two lead organisers, Norfolk Blues Society founders Doreen and Stewart Aitken. As founding members, they remain fully involved and are determined that the blues festival has a long future.

The festival is run by an entirely volunteer group of twelve local Norfolk blues enthusiasts and is supported by the Norfolk Blues Society –
We are proud to be associated with following sponsors of the Festival and we thank them for their support: East Bilney Garage who are the Headline Sponsors; Heineken, Main Sponsors; Stephenson Smart, a Main Sponsor, and Orchard Caravans, a Business Sponsor. Please see our website for more details at:
The 2019 Dereham Blues Festival will take place from 10th to 14th July 2019.
Applications from bands wanting to play in 2020 will be accepted from September 2019 via the new website and will remain open until February 2020.”

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