Jug Jaw’s Beat Club “Never Turn Back” exhibition after-show party with Bleaky & the Meerkatz, Little Red Kings, Blood Bird, and Dean Chalkley dj set at Bedfords Crypt, Norwich 8 October 2015
After an absence of several months whilst Kill It Kid were touring Europe Jug Jaw’s returned with a bang on 8 October with an exhibition launch after-party for the new series of photographs by award-winning photographer Dean Chalkley (who took some of my very favourite photos of Amy Winehouse) – “Never Turn Back” is being held at Flint and runs through to 19 November before heading to London.
From Thursday 8th October 19:00
to Thursday 19th November 21:00
Never Turn Back is a unique photographic exhibition created by award winning image-maker Dean Chalkley.
This exclusive new photographic essay is an ode to friendship, space, and free spirit. The beautifully presented black and white fine art prints reveal a sea brined Yarmouth Coast, dusty junk shops, the curves of an old car as pleasing as a pin up girl, and the kids with feral grins kicking sand under a Norfolk sky.
Never Turn Back is a reminder of where you come from, or where you want to go. The message is in the title- just remember to bring your boots and your leathers with you. The exhibition will then travel to theprintspace gallery in Shoreditch, the creative heart of London, and will be presented from the 3rd to the 9th of December.
Norwich’s leading salon and gallery Flint, will host the exhibition.
Mon / Tue / Wed – 9:00 – 6:00pm
Thu / Fri 9 – 7:00pm
Sat 9:00 – 5pm
Telephone: 01603 616117
Coinciding with the first day of the Norwich Sound & Vision Convention and Festival Bedfords Crypt was still rammed full before anyone had even played a note. That note though was played by Little Red Kings who once again rocked the Crypt.
We then had a poem read for National Poetry Day before a short set by Chris and Steph of Kill It Kid, on fine form as always. No Lank Smith and the Pythons today but the night was closed with a long, frenetic and brilliant rockabilly set from Bleaky and the Meerkatz who played some well chosen covers … some of which were quite surprising but all of them worked and got the place dancing throughout. One or two delegates from the NS&V Convention cannot have failed to be wowed if they caught any of the numerous acts playing around the city and then ended their night here late on for this amazing event in a medieval undercroft with great music being played through vintage equipment to a packed out audience. Norwich loves its music. #NorwichMusicCityUK
We are thrilled and honoured to share this special event with you. As you may know Jug Jaw’s has enjoyed some notoriety of the past year and rather excitingly has become the catalyst for a very unique photographic exhibition by the award winning and highly renowned image maker Dean Chalkley ( http://www.deanchalkley.com/).
After an introduction through a mutual friend me and Stephanie had the opportunity to spend sometime with Dean. Several weeks later ‘Never Turn Back’ was complete.
It can be briefly summed up like this –
NEVER TURN BACK is a photographic essay depicting a group of friends, several are local Norfolk musicians and part of a young underground scene that revolves around the acclaimed Jug Jaw’s Beat Club in Norwich. Jug Jaw’s is a unique club night that recreates the hedonistic social clubs and basements pubs of Britain in the mid 1960s when British rock n’ roll first rose to notoriety in mainstream culture. It is the UK’s only authentic live music beat club, using only vintage sound equipment, analogue tape echoes, column speakers, real spring reverbs and a full back line of the rarest vintage valve amplifiers to deliver a soundscape exactly as it would have been in 1967. Chris Turpin and Stephanie Jean from Kill It Kid ( http://www.killitkid.com/) curate these happenings.
If you are interested in seeing the exhibition featuring some of our highly talented friends it will be at Flint on St Benedict’s Street from the 9th of October – 19th November then moving to London in December.
To mark the event we will be hosting a FREE JUG JAW’S on October 8th! There will be performances from the musicians that have taken part in the exhibition –
Little Red Kings, members of Kill It Kid and Hello Bear as well as the incredible rockabilly legends Bleaky & The Meerkatz to headline the whole event. After this we’ll be kicking out the jams with a vinyl DJ set from Dean Chalkley himself.
This really will be a special evening so tell your friends and do not miss! xx
More photos to follow …
words and photos (c) richard shashamane 2015