Hubs presents … By the Rivers, The Piratones, Dumbfoundus, Freya Roy at Norwich Arts Centre, plus the Bo Nanafana “It’s a Wrap” party, Saturday 2nd November 2013 – review
After a thoroughly miserable afternoon listening to the commentary describe Norwich losing at Manchester City by 7-0 I was really in need of a super evening of music. Hubs provided it tonight in abundance with a terrific line-up and another gig to add to some of my most enjoyable highlights of the year.
Opening tonight was the talented Freya Roy from Halesworth. Highlighting some newer tracks she played another beautiful set. Such was the buzz about the gig there was a bit of good-natured chatter carrying through the auditorium but Freya was totally unfazed and just continued her professional and faultless performance, winning over many new admirers in the process.
After a short break it was time once again for Dumbfoundus, who always bring a great atmosphere and sense of fun wherever they play, and especially tonight on Nathan’s birthday! Playing today as a trio with Tom on bass they sounded marvellous with a super blend of their own songs and covers. Starting with the wonderful Proper Brew they cheered everyone up with Eek-a-Mouse’s Ganja Smuggling, I Wanna be Like You from Jungle Book and later even Nirvana’s Heart-Shaped Box. Superb musicians with a sense of fun too.
I’m far from alone in being quite a fan of The Piratones and had been keenly anticipating their return to the live circuit, and with a new bassist although Robbie was also on stage despite having recently moved to London. Thanks to The Flavour Parlour they all looked amazing with Halloween face paint and the sense of occasion as they stepped up to start their set was palpable. It’s not an easy thing to do to describe just how much I enjoyed their performance, they looked and sounded amazing and the connection with the audience was beautiful. It’s joyous to watch and listen to musicians who so clearly adore what they are doing. I love them to bits!
By the Rivers played at OPEN earlier in the year and although I remember enjoying them I must have forgotten just how much, as tonight they were superb and I even had to put my camera away simply so that I could just enjoy then unencumbered as the rest of the audience were. Carrying the mood over from the Piratones set they played a stormer with the audience wild for them. Absolutely wonderful.
A truly wonderful and uplifting evening of music, but the night was not over yet as I headed across the city for the Bo Nanafana “It’s a Wrap” party with the Drink ‘n’ Jive DJs. The atmosphere here was incredible, some superb dancing and a very friendly mood which continued right up until its close at 3am.
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