An incredible week of music in the city showed what a gig-going culture we have with well over 30 music events on Friday alone, with those at Norwich Arts Centre, OPEN, and The Owl Sanctuary all being sold out as we head into October which will see lots of festivals: The Norwich Sound & Vision Festival, The Fine City Blues Festival, The Magdalen Festival, Black History Month, Punk in the East Festival, Cocktail Week, The Hostry Festival, Norwich Science Festival, and the Norwich Beer Festival.
Coming from the lovely and lively Birdcage to the Arts Centre it was great to bump into friends on the way, looking forward to the gig, including Dan himself. A few minutes after I arrived, evidently one of the first, the auditorium doors were opened and Freddie warmed those of us there with a dj set of reggae classics. It was interesting to note the rare appearance of the stage crush barrier. A hint to the wildness to expect later on.
As things have panned out I saw Maya Law at the Birdcage all-dayer 10th birthday festival last weekend, at the NAC for the NS&V launch on Monday, and here again tonight for The Piratones Farewell Party (This is not the End!) and this was the most impressive of all of those gigs. In front of a large and enthusiastic audience she played a confident, flawless set, she thrived on the energy. As well as a mighty cover of You Know I’m No Good she played plenty of originals which show her songwriting talent as well as that amazing voice. Humbly introducing it as “a depressing slow one, if you need a wee you may want to go and have it now”, this song was one of the highlights for me. Increasingly self assured onstage Maya is definitely one to watch. Catch her with Allergy Kid at Space Studios on 13 October for NS&V and before this on Saturday’s Oxjam takeover.
After Maya’s set I made a dash to OPEN for the Tilting Sky gig launching Lee Gordon’s EP. The Gig Gods were on my side as Morganway were just coming onstage as I arrived. Yve is always a compelling performer but tonight she was in particularly sensational form, I don’t think I have ever known anyone who demonstrates just how much she feels the music as Yve. A nice moment was when Yve caught my eye and mid-song ran to where I was stood and put her scarf on me! There is such integrity and honesty about the way all of Morganway play and I love this very much, be it playing in a pub or on a big stage in front of a big crowd they always put everything into the performance. The fact that the songs are so darn good and they all play so well makes them magnificent.
There was a good vibe at OPEN too, I had thought I might pop to Take 5 to catch a bit of Pip Blom afterwards but I saw so many lovely friends … Hot Raisins, Morganway themselves included, it was really nice to stay a bit longer and catch up with these fellow music fanatics, I am gutted though that I missed the Turfclub Racebook set at the beginning of the night with full band, including those lovely Raisins.
Dr. Clyde were just starting their set when I got back to the NAC, it’s been too long since I saw them. A truly unique band with a multitude of influences showing in their music led by the vocals of the one and only Jasper. They had literally come straight from the studio, recording at the Dub Cavern with Junior Ras, Mikey of The Piratones and Solko, who produced their last EP so this is something to look forward to.
There was quite a vibe at the NAC, I have never seen the place quite so full and there were familiar faces in abundance. The Piratones certainly know how to put on a show and their fans know how to party, some of the wildest, exuberant scenes I have seen here, everyone wanted to see The Piratones (and Jess!) sent off in fine style and they certainly did that. After a set from Zeb it was time for the headliners themselves. The place was packed and spaces near the front at a premium from the off … but the atmosphere! Definitely the best atmosphere at a gig I’ve been to this year. The band themselves were all smiles, as usual, and visibly moved by the up for it audience. It was wild and noisy but very good natured. Armed with a case of Bud onstage the Piratones played for more than an hour to possibly the noisiest NAC, sweatiest crowd I can remember all year and they proved yet again that they are in the premier league of Norwich bands it’s just such a shame we might not see them again, for a while anyway, as Dan and Georgia are headed to New Zealand for six months and they may all quite possibly be relocating to Bristol which is a place dear to their hearts. There was a film crew in attendance though and if they have captured just an ounce of the magical atmosphere of this night then I’d love to see it. They could get a festival slot anywhere they choose with footage from this gig. Maya (Dan’s sister) even joined them onstage for one song towards the end, plus Harry Ixer too on Forest of Sin, which Dan teased with “We don’t do that one anymore, grinning from ear to ear as the opening bars were playing. It tore the roof off. A very special band with some of the soundest, loveliest, talented people you could wish to meet. They leave me with a big smile and some very fond memories. Thank you Piratones, have great adventures.
Words from the band that were more music to my ears were: “This is not the end!”
The time has come for us to leave the delicious treacle pit that is Norwich! Ahead lies adventures in hilly landscapes and cities with unfamiliar faces! Woah now….
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Norfolk-brewed blues, rock, dub trio. If you haven’t seen these incredibly talented bastards before, you’re missing out on some crazy tasty ear and soul edibles. Fill that hole.
Zebedee + 3CNB**
Slick hiphop producer 3CNB has joined forces with Piratones’ drummer and megaphone muncher Zebedee to debut their album.
New on the scene, with a voice way beyond her years, Maya, sister of Piratones’ vocalist Dan, has been shredding the airwaves with her concious lyrics and soul driven sounds. Her and her guitar will be gracing the stage first, so make sure you’re down early!
Freddy Steady will be keeping your feet at the ready inbetween acts with some old skool, 3rd wave, 2-tone and balkan ska.
See you there good folk, doors at 7pm.
Being on a bit of a post-gig high I decided to stay out a bit longer and chose Bar Tapas where the atmosphere is always vibrant, and the music and dancing continued until the early hours.
Many thanks to The Piratones and all at NAC, plus Bar Tapas.
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