Pony Up presents: YAK + KULK + Pin Ups @ NAC 30 March 2019

My Saturday evening started off in fine style with Norwich winning 1-0 away at Middlesbrough in front of the TV cameras in the late afternoon kick-off to extend their lead at the top of the Championship table. A detail worth mentioning, as becomes apparent shortly. Afterwards I dashed from UEA to the NAC for my third big gig of the week, in just in the mood for some loud rock and roll. I was not to be disappointed.

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Somehow the fact that Pin Ups had been added to the bill was a detail that had escaped me entirely so it was a nice surprise and bonus to find them kicking off the evening at 8:10pm.  Their name is one I have seen about a lot and although I think they have played Odd Box recently this was my first time seeing them. A Norwich-London trio they play melodic and catchy, powerful indie pop which went down well with those I spoke to but we all agreed their only slight blip was a funny moment when the London-based singer-guitarist, an Arsenal fan, had a gentle dig about Norwich City on our own patch, dedicating single “Do You Hate Yourself Yet” to the Canaries!  It was obviously a jovial pop at bandmates rather than us though and was laughed off.  We’re a good-natured bunch and they dodged that potential banana skin. They’re good fun and certainly have something about them.

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#SonicYouthsFam duo KULK are wonderful. I was so looking forward to seeing them again and having missed a few of their recent gigs I knew it was going to be special seeing them on the Arts Centre stage.  KULK bring art-rock noise, energy and a welcome degree of wild unpredictability.  Starting slowly I think some in the audience thought they were just warming and tuning up but then they exploded and got everyone’s full attention. Thunderous drums from Jade, whilst Thom hurled his guitar into the air, caught it and without breaking stride was bashing out crashing chords.  This was exhilarating stuff but whilst there is seeming chaos, wildness and spontaneity I also love their attention to detail. The stage looks good, the duo look right together with great chemistry, the flowers on the drumkit and amps, the lighting of the drumkit, and even the white Vox coiled guitar cable. They’re incredibly animated making KULK one of my favourites to photograph.  They obviously love what they are doing and could really be ones to watch.

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It was still twenty minutes before the Pony Up headline act and we were already feeling we’d seen a damn fine gig!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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By the time the bell in the bar rang to announce it was two minutes before YAK came onstage it was obvious there was quite a sizeable crowd gathered with the hall being almost full.

YAK are a London-based trio with guitar and vocals by the charismatic frontman Oliver Henry Burslem, originally from Wolverhampton and with a passing resemblance to a very youthful Jagger. With Vincent Davies and Elliott Rawson also both excellent on bass and drums respectively. Now signed to Jack White’s Third Man Records through Virgin they have just released their second album Pursuit of Momentary Happiness which sounds like it has quite a story behind it and must have used every bit of emotional energy as well as every last penny to bring to fruition but the results sound worth it if the live set is anything to go by. With a phenomenal sound, power and great songs, their set is outstanding.  In fact they Tweeted after this gig: “thought about throwing in the towel a few times over the last 2 years but so happy we didn’t, these last gigs have been off the hook…..

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Dressed all in white, barefoot and with great stage presence, Oli seems the embodiment of rock and roll spirit, dropping in musical song references randonly (including the chorus of Wreckless Eric’s Whole Wide World on Fried), animated and dripping in sweat.  Watching him and hearing the band play makes one feel sixteen again and I can imagine they inspire people to pick up a guitar and play rock and roll, they even made me feel a bit like that!!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

There’s nothing generic about them at all either, there’s garage rock, psych, classic rock, grunge, even a hint of Indian elements. Some moments bring to mind The Stooges, The Doors, BRMC, the Bunnymen but YAK always sound themselves, original and fresh, familiar yet different but overall absolutely thrilling and exciting.  There’s an unscripted part that brings an edge to the show, an electric air a bit like we had at that infamous Starcrawler gig, some chaos but all held together by brilliant musicianship and melody. YAK are precisely what I needed.  In a week where I had seen three notable gigs that were all amazing in their own way, THIS was the best one of all with the biggest Wow factor for me.

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Print to the People produced a striking and vibrant psychedelic poster to commemorate this gig with proceeds going to NAC’s 40/40 fundraising campaign so of course I got one and had it signed by both KULK and YAK, all of whom are lovely people and I enjoyed chatting to Oli who seems a really interesting and friendly chap. More power to him, YAK are fantastic and this was one of those special gigs, everyone felt it. Do not miss them if you get a chance to catch them perform live.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

It was nice chatting afterwards, YAK seemed every bit as happy and euphoric about a super gig as we were, and it was a truly great gig. YAK live are a gloriously wild rock and roll revelation, I loved it. A very mixed crowd too.

More photos to follow…

 

 

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Idles + Crows @ UEA LCR 28 March 2019

When tickets for this Idles gig went on general sale months ago it sold out within two hours so this was definitely the hottest ticket in town this week. With a strong sense of musical occasion this gig felt Big and the audience seemed a veritable who’s who of the Norwich music-loving community.

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Support came from London’s Crows, however I and some friends spent ages and much of their set stuck in the traditional, interminable wait at the LCR bar but they did impress me, even more so when I managed to secure a vantage point.

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The UEA LCR felt absolutely ram-packed and the expectation and excitement was quite palpable as 9:15 came and went, so when the lights dimmed and Bristol’s Idles came on fifteen minutes later a great roar went up from the floor.  The band started but the opening bars of Colossus were extended as Joe Talbot delayed the lines to build up the tension and energy even further.

 

 

 

 

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The crowd went absolutely bonkers, a heaving mass of limbs as most of the floor was one frenzied mosh-pit. A bit too frenzied at point for Talbot who several times had to tell some the livelier lads to respect those around them who may only be head-nodders like himself.  Not that he’s a head nodder onstage, the energy the band put into the set is phenomenal and guitarist Mark Bowen was certainly dressed for a workout in 70s/80s Superstars-era sports shorts, socks and trainers went on several walkabout in – and on – the audience.

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I admire and respect Idles but would not class myself as one of their most hardcore fans, mainly just listening to them in short bursts but I get what they are about and have several friends who are massive, harcore fans. The gig didn’t elevate me into that category of fan as I’d hoped but it was a great experience to witness the love and energy and anyway, it simply doesn’t matter, this was an experience … for the majority one which bordered on spiritual. The message, and just how much they and their songs mean to so many people who utterly adore them, singing along with every lyric of every song is obvious and powerful. I loved watching the crowd (congregation?) celebrate the occasion in such a passionate and connected way with each other (for the most part) and the band. Unity.

An in many ways amazing night, with very strong support from the excellent Crows. The LCR has never felt so full and there was a tremendous atmosphere.

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Thursday 28th March 2019
The Nick Rayns LCR, UEA
Doors: 7.30pm
£17.50adv
14s+

After a wrapping up sell-out UK and US tours, IDLES have confirmed a 2019 world tour, headlining their biggest venues yet. The run will include two London headliners at The Electric Ballroom and their first ever run of dates in Australia. Tickets go on public sale this Friday Nov 9th at 9 am local time, with tickets available at www.idlesband.com, full routing below.

IDLES’ new record ‘Joy As An Act Of Resistance’ debuted at no.5 in the UK charts, breaking Rough Trade’s all-time record for most pre-orders and sales in day. It is currently the no.1 best reviewed record of 2018 (average rating of 88 across 25 reviews) at Album Of The Year and in the Top 10 on Metacritic. The band saw not only singles but the album itself A-listed at 6 Music and earned major features, amongst others, with the likes of Q, Mojo, The Guardian and covers with DIY, Loud & Quiet, So Young and NME. They’ve arrived internationally too with only last week NPR Music declaring “I am an IDLES addict. It’s like mainlining an uplifting and unifying assault on nationalism, racism, intolerance, and class inequality.”

The band won Best Breakthrough at the Q Awards last month following their Jools Holland debut which NME called “history in the making…incomparably brilliant,” likening it to Arctic Monkeys and Kanye West’s first appearances on the show. Watch here. La Blogothèque also just filmed the band performing a couple ‘Joy’ standouts, watch them do stripped down versions of “I’m Scum” and “Gram Rock”.

 

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Lisa Redford – The Edge of Love EP

Norwich-based singer-songwriter and music columnist Lisa Redford launches her excellent new EP with a gig upstairs at the Louis Marchesi on 9 May ahead of its official release the following day.   It’s quite a local affair featuring a number of notable artists including Noel Dashwood, Mark Howes, Ivan McCready,  Alan Cook, and Jose McGill (who also produced) with Mikey Shaw mixing the EP at Jason Baldock’s Crunch Studio near Coltishall, with the physical CDs pressed by AudioTree.

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The EP was of course originally crowdfunded but the campaign was unfortunately heavily disrupted by the problems facing PledgeMusic and despite exceeding her targets she received none of the money so it is testament to her determination and the kindness and support of friends, pledgers and fans that it has happily seen the light of day.

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It’s a tremendous effort by all involved as the final result is a collection of five varied tracks beautifully played, produced; sung with heartfelt emotion and great clarity by Lisa herself with her songwriting skills shown to good effect.  The warmth of the overall sound makes for a hugely enjoyable listening experience with skilled dobro, guitars, upright bass, cello and pedal steel. The Edge of Love is an EP that was a pleasure to review as I was listening to it on repeat as I simply wanted to, these are great songs. A varied collection of tracks in the style of country, folk and Americana that sit comfortably together on an EP that all involved in should be most proud of.

Lisa Redford’s new EP kicks off in bright, confident style with the uptempo Let Go which has a “stronger on my own” attitude of liberation somewhere between Sheryl Crow and Frazey Ford’s independent spirit on Done. A cracking start to the record.
 
I Just Can’t Forget has a classic country feel, the tempo dropping for this reflective, lonely and melancholic piece that can easily be imagined forming part of a soundtrack.
 
This mood continues on the sparse and hauntingly atmospheric arrangement of Alone Tonight. Clear and expressive vocals, warm upright bass and sympathetic production from Jose McGill.
 
Anything But Easy picks up the tempo again with dobro intro from Noel Dashwood ahead of another superb vocal performance from Lisa. 
 
The EP closes with title track The Edge of Love which has more of a folk feel and a beat like that of a ticking grandfather clock and building cello-led strings that make it almost seem like Lisa is backed by the Lonely Hearts Club Band’s string section!
 
The Edge of Love EP is an extremely impressive release with strong, heartfelt vocals and accomplished songwriting, musicianship and production. One can feel the creative energy and love that went into this wonderful little collection of varied acoustic folk Americana.

Lisa Redford, Edge of Love EP

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Lisa Redford with Noel Dashwood

 

Upcoming Lisa Redford shows:

Saturday 30 March – Hygge Festival at Burnham Deepdale  2pm

Saturday 13 April – Warwick St. Social, Norwich 2pm

Thursday 9 May – “The Edge of Love EP Launch”, Louis Marchesi 7:30pm.  Tickets. Also       available at Soundclash and the Louis Marchesi.

Saturday 18 May – Clippesby Festival, Clippesby, Norfolk

 

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NORWICH: Louis Marchesi

Thu 9th May, 2019
Door time: 7:30pm


Norwich songwriter Lisa Redford (“one of our finest singer/songwriters” Bob Harris) launches her brand new EP “Edge of Love” produced by Jose McGill from award winning group The Vagaband. 

Lisa has earned wide acclaim for her heartfelt music which blends country, folk and Americana with memorable melodies and stunning vocals. Current single “Anything But Easy” has been gaining airplay on many BBC radio shows and stations worldwide. 

Special guests will include Noel Dashwood from Norwich based folk trio Alden, Patterson and Dashwood

“she brings an honest songwriting style and beautiful vocal styling to every one of her songs…In a sea of smart female singer-songwriters, Lisa Redford is an admiral.’’ Maverick Magazine

“There is a warmth and welcoming vibe to Redford’s music that really is difficult to resist.” Americana UK

“Elegant and tender folk, country and Americana.” Songwriting Magazine 

“Distinguished by classy songwriting and a heartfelt delivery..she’s a class act.” RnR Magazine

 

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Bodega + Dry Cleaning @ NAC 26 March 2019

This might have been the gig I was  crying out for and needed without realising.  I’d certainly been wanting something loud, noisy, new and exciting and this ticked those boxes. Knowing nothing whatsoever about support band Dry Cleaning and having not yet heard very much by Bodega I simply trusted the choice of Pony Up and the recommendations of some friends so I headed to Norwich Arts Centre on a Tuesday night with perhaps more in hope than expectation.  I was reassured by the presence of a large number of musicians, passionate music fans, Outline colleagues and old punks among the incredibly mixed group at the bar beforehand as we chatted over a pint of NAC 40/40 ahead of the music.  Sometimes before a notable gig there’s a palpable sense of occasion within the whole building and I was certainly feeling it here. It seemed pretty full too, I think it may have been sold out.

Without hearing a buzzer or fanfare 8:30pm arrived and although we couldn’t hear a thing through the closed auditorium doors we guessed the enigmatic and curiously named Dry Cleaning were probably taking stage.  Entering the hall it was clear they had just started, and they’d already hooked me before I even reached a vantage point near the front.  As I hinted earlier, I knew absolutely nothing about this band, not where they were from, how long they’d been going and certainly not what they sounded like but I liked what I was hearing very much.  Almost spoken word, deadpan delivery of the lyrics over some crashing post-punk psych guitars this was all right up my street. A bit of The Fall and Velvet Underground in there too, and even an element that reminded me of Carl Gustav and the 84s, remember them? In fact one of the songs towards the end of the set could easily have been penned by our own Shane O’Linski as one of his “list songs” with powerpoints and cashpoints et al listed by the singer as she reads from lyrics sheets. She’s a perfect and captivating foil to the three boys who are a mass of movement on guitar, bass and drums, the bassist’s face completely hidden by a mass of hair. The balance of this band feels so right.  The large crowd clearly approved of them too and I think the band might have quite liked us back, inviting us to their first headline show in London, which we learned was their home town. Other than their brilliant music we still don’t know much about them but that’s all anyone needs to know, isn’t it?

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After trawling YouTube into the early hours I found a couple of videos and this EP.

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To me Bodega is a part of California synonymous with my beloved Rainbow Girls but this band Bodega are from New York City and just about everything about their set seemed like an alarm clock to humanity, a wake-up call from the Matrix world of consumerism, capitalism and that ever increasing tranquiliser: digital life (there was even the hanging figure of a wired pc mouse dangling from the mic stand) as well as a punk attitude and a two-pronged assault of drums, bass and twin guitars. Bodega are a bit like a musical equivalent of the shades in the film They Live.

Bodega

Most of the things I have read in descriptions about them seemed entirely accurate. One YouTube commenter said they were a cross between The B52s and The Gang of Four, which is a right in a way, mixed in with a lot of The Fall and maybe even Talking Heads and Sonic Youth too, and it all makes sense in a heady punk art rock mix. With vocalists at the front playing guitar and drums, another powerhouse drummer at the back with a bassist and another guitarist whom I heard several people liken to Wilko Johnson no-less, they were also quite visual and so alive.

Bodega

Bodega

Having almost seen, the previous day, a fellow cyclist knocked over as he cycled straight through a red light at a crossing as he was scrolling on his phone, not even looking up from the screen as he waved a finger to the beeping car that just stopped in time, Bodega’s song Bookmarks felt pertinent.

Some field repairs to the drum kit, which had been taking an absolute pounding, seemed like an opportune moment for a quick loo-break and one could not help noticing that the bar was completely empty except for the staff which is quite a rarity and is another indicator of just how good the gig was.

Bodega

I think Bodega must have achieved what they set out to do here, I didn’t see any scrolling going on in the audience as everyone seemed awake and in the moment, in fact the mosh-pit was refreshing to see.  Beforehand I was not entirely sure what to expect from tonight’s gig but Bodega exceeded all I had hoped and wished for as a live experience and Dry Cleaning were a truly exciting discovery (even Bodega confessed they had a “band crush” on Dry Cleaning). Loud and exciting with two great bands and an excellent, large audience, what more could you wish for on a Tuesday night?  I already I know this is a gig of the year contender.

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Note the wired mouse around the mic stand.

Bodega

“BODEGA’s attack on digital life comes wrapped in winning post-punk noise” – Sunday Times

“Streamlined and minimal but bursting with intelligence, humour and ideas, BODEGA are the real deal” – DIY – 5/5

New York art-punks BODEGA released their debut album Endless Scroll earlier this year to rave reviews from the likes of Observer, Guardian, Independent, Financial Times, The Times, DIY, Uncut and more. Recalling the rich history of New York’s musical heritage whilst keeping its sight on the future, Endless Scroll revitalises the rock and roll vocabulary under the influence of post punk, contemporary pop, hip-hop, kraut rock, and folk-derived narrative songwriting. Endless Scroll was recorded and produced by Austin Brown (Parquet Courts) on the same Tascam 388 tape machine used for their LP Light Up Gold.

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Pony Up presents Bessie Turner + Our Quiet Friends + Maya Law @ NAC 23 March 2019

This Pony Up event at Norwich Arts Centre was opened with a strong set from Maya Law, fresh from playing St. Pancras Old Church in London the previous night.  I’ve seen Maya many times since she burst on the scene so impressively a few years back through Sonic Youths and Next Big Thing. She continues to grow and develop in fascinating ways, confident onstage as well she might be with that amazing talent. She is charming between songs too and has a commanding, powerful voice to convey the strong lyrics of her songs.  Yet another super set from one of our great artists, it was interesting to note the expressions of a few in the audience who had not seen her before … they were clearly blown away.

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Maya treated us to a couple of new songs, an old one, and her outstanding current single, Breeze.  She’s back at the NAC again next month along with her brother DLore, and Galli. 25 April.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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In the few months since I first saw Our Quiet Friends they have quickly become another one of my favourites and they’re rapidly evolving and developing too.  They sounded magnificent on the Arts Centre stage, the songs blending into one another with drones and effects inbetween. It’s a loud, noisey psych-out somewhere in space midway between Barrett-era Floyd and Hawkwind. I love them and don’t want the songs to end … I await a ten minute epic from them.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bessie Turner from Suffolk has had a lot of national acclaim and recognition since I first saw her play one of Iain Lowery’s OST nights at Cinema City way back in 2014. I haven’t seen her for a while as she understandably had to pull out of a support slot with The Moulettes here a year or so ago after being invited to play a live session on BBC Radio 2 for Jo Wiley.  Tonight’s gig was actually originally due to have taken place last month but poor Bessie was taken very ill and in hospital for a while so I was delighted that she is recovered enough to reschedule this date. She certainly seemed in good form on stage and was charm itself with the audience. Engaging and witty she asked one of the younger members of the crowd what his favourite school subjects were and when he answered that he was enjoying learning the guitar she invited him up onstage and asked him to play her guitar for one song. A beautiful moment.

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The music itself was dreamy, ethereal pop and with a bass sound played with a bow that sometimes reminded me of The Sundays or Cocteau Twins.

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Bessie is currently recording in London with Richard Woodcraft at Warner Music.

 

 

“Bessie Turner is a singer song writer based in East Anglia. Her style is an eclectic pastiche of her musical heroes; she is influenced as much by Lauryn Hill as she is Dionne Warwick. Yet it is her own uniqueness – in both her personality as well as her music – that sets her apart as an artist and performer. Her voice rings with a soulfulness that floats like a cloud; wistful, effortless and above all charming.

Bessie released her debut single Big Sleep on her own label in April 2017 to entirely unexpected acclaim; the song was viewed/streamed more than 10,000 times in the first 12 hours of her existence as a recording artist. With support from BBC Introducing and after performing a live session for BBC Introducing in Suffolk the single wound up with plays on BBC Radio 1 and 6 Music. Six weeks into her career Bessie Turner was asked by BBC Introducing to appear at Latitude festival.

Her second single ‘Words You Say’ was released In September 2017. It received its world premier from Jo Wiley on BBC Radio 2. The song has gone on to be played extensively by Jo Wiley and Zoe Ball on BBC Radio-2, Steve Lamacq on BBC Radio 6 Music and Huw Stepehens on BBC Radio 1. In December 2017 Bessie was invited to perform a filmed live session at London’s legendary Maida Vale Studios for Jo Wiley and Radio-2. The following month she recorded a stripped back set for Steve Lamacq’s Radio 6 Music show.

Bessie Turner’s debut EP 22:22 was self released on Don’t Try in April 2018. The same month she headlined her own run of UK and EU shows well as supporting Baxter Dury on selected dates of his tour.

Bessie was invited to headline the BBC Introducing Stage at Latitude 2018 where she also performed live on Zoe Ball’s Radio 2 show to millions of listeners worldwide. In August 2018 she headlined the BBC Introducing stages at Reading and Leeds Festival.

She is currently working with Grammy winning producer Richard Woodcraft on a follow up to 22:22.”

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Big thanks to Will and all at the Arts Centre.

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Lioness: The Amy Winehouse Experience @ The Waterfront, plus Yve Mary B and the Gypsy Candlesticks @ The Reindeer 22 March 2019

Over many years of gig-going I have seen very few tribute acts but the three I had seen before this gig were all excellent, one being The Ramonas, an original band in their own right as well as doing their superb Ramones set.  Many years ago I saw a Bob Marley tribute at the LCR, Buffalo SoulJah who were pretty good too but Think Floyd‘s recent gig at Epic made me re-evaluate my opinion on tribute acts and having given last year’s Amy Winehouse tribute at the Waterfront a miss I decided I’d give “Lioness: The Amy Winehouse Experience, the Legacy Tour” a go, especially as I am a big fan of Amy’s and it falling so close to my birthday. I’m extremely glad that I did.

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I found myself getting quite excited ahead of the 8:15pm set start and although there was a healthy sized audience it didn’t feel as crowded as The Waterfront can sometimes feel so I was able to secure a good vantage point close to the front.  As the boys in the band introduced her to the stage to the strains of Amy Amy Amy, Emma Wright walked on as “Mrs. Amy Winehouse!” to large and welcoming cheers.

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For over an hour and a half she and the band did a great job of faithfully interpreting Amy’s personal songs in a live setting, the stage having the standard lamps as a nice detail too. Her band are very good and she has an excellent voice but what I was not expecting was the stage presence to go along with that vocal ability, plus the Amy mannerisms and in-character banter with the crowd.  The real Amy played this stage a few times and there were some moments where it was easy to think she was here tonight too. I must admit I welled-up a couple of times, particularly on Wake Up Alone and Back to Black.

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It was quite an emotional experience but an uplifting one with plenty of the upbeat ska numbers in the set with the likes of Monkey Man and Hey Little Rich Girl alongside classics like Rehab, You Know I’m No Good, Cupid, Fuck Me Pumps and Stronger Than Me. This was a gig that I thought was going to be good but it exceeded all my expectations and was tremendous fun. It was a predominently female audience and there were some classic Amy beehives to be seen here and there but there were some males in attendance too. In the gents I overheard some chaps saying “The Mrs. dragged me along to this but I’ve got to say, this is bloody great!”  I was probably the opposite and invited my significant other but she absolutely loved it too.

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This was indeed “bloody great” and a real thrill to hear Amy’s songs performed live. I’d certainly do this again, in fact I really want to.

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The Waterfront Presents
THE AMY WINEHOUSE EXPERIENcE
AKA Lioness
Plus Support from Lauren Hope

The Waterfront, Norwich
Friday 22nd March 2019
Doors 6.30pm
Curfew 10.00pm
Tickets – £15.00 Advance STBF

In her short career, the talent of Amy Winehouse created a lasting impression on the music world of the 21st century. Recording three critically acclaimed albums from her debut ‘Frank’ in 2003, the Grammy Award winning ‘Back to Black’ in 2007 and the posthumous ‘Lioness’ in 2011 along with the covers of ‘Cupid’ and ‘Valerie’ with Producer Mark Ronson, no one can deny the talent and impact of this often-misunderstood star.

Lioness provide an authentic tribute to the precocious talent featuring TV’s ‘Stars in Their Eyes’ finalist and ‘X Factor’ bootcamp contestant Emma Wright as Amy Winehouse, plus a full backing band to recreate the authentic sound of this heady mix of jazz, soul and pop. With a full stage show showcasing the talent of this songstress will take you on a journey through the emotional roller coaster of her song writing, guaranteed to have you singing and dancing along throughout the performance.

The band are made up of hand-picked experienced musicians, carefully selected to maintain the accuracy to the original performances of the UK’s brightest star that so tragically burned out in 2011. The crafted show focuses on the vocal talent and soul of Amy, unhindered by the dark side to her addictions to alcohol and substances. Lioness provide, without doubt, the most authentic recreation of Amy Winehouse, designed to entertain and deliver the experience of Amy at her very best.

Having recently completed their third UK and Irish headline tour wowing audience covering in excess of 5,000 miles with 24 shows in 3 months closely followed by shows in both Spain and Gibraltar the band are red hot. The response from venues, promoters and audience alike has exceeded all expectations. The Amy Winehouse Experience AKA Lioness have delivered at every level.

Samples of live performances can be viewed online at:

• 2018 Spring Tour Trailer – https://youtu.be/2ZSHV7YwpJE

• 2018 Spring Tour Montage – https://youtu.be/KqCkrMOefwM

• 2017 Spring Tour – Behind the Scenes – https://youtu.be/WxPzX3pDCJQ

• Valerie – https://youtu.be/smg-hs3KkpI

• Back to Black – https://youtu.be/H1YMxQaCbaA

For further information visit www.amywinehousetribute.net

Audience Reaction

“When Amy died I was heartbroken one because a true musical artist had died to soon and two because I never got to see her sing live. I was so excited to hear of a tribute artist impersonating the iconic singing star but was sceptical and thought there couldn’t be another… So, so, so impressed thank-you ” – Nicky (Dublin)

“Wow! Emma Emma Emma…What an experience! You all brought your A-game, so cool and classy, great sound and vibe! I’ve no more words to express what you gave, I can only say I miss Amy a little bit less tonight…thank you Emma & guys! Xxx” – Lyndsey (Crewe)

“Amazing integration with the audience and it’s like Amy’s spirit jumps inside you when you’re on stage, you’re a very gifted artist. I was blown away and lost inside the rhythm the whole night. Thank you” – Michael (Blackpool)

“Great show tonight by @wearelioness at the @theeverymancork . Can’t get over how much her voice is like Amy Winehouse’s. If you like Amy’s music u need to go see these guys ” – Joyce (Cork)

“Amazing show at The Everyman last night! As a massive Amy fan, it was an absolute fantastic experience. LOVE the Lioness shirt I got too btw. Thanks again!” – Daniel (Cork)

“Exceeded expectations, brought Amy back to life. A must experience gig” – Charles (Manchester)

“You guys were fantastic!! What a great performance, Amy would be proud xx” – Dawn (Inverness)

“Such a great performance, amazing voices & coolest backing singers ever!” – Erin (Oxford)

“Last night was a truly majestic evening of beauty! Stood right at the railings at the front and felt like Amy was in your soul. Thank you for keeping the magic alive and will hope to see you back in Nottingham again soon” – Lee (Nottingham)

“I saw you tonight in Bristol. You’re the closest to Amy I’ve ever seen and I’d like to praise you all for putting the time and effort in to recreating the talent of one of the world’s best musicians. I really enjoyed the show. I’ll definitely see you again” – Connie (Bristol)

“Just wanted to say a massive thanku for the gig on sat at the O2 Glasgow, me and my friend had the best time. What a show, perfect voice. Hope you come back to Glasgow soon” – Alan (Glasgow)

“Introduced my 14 year old niece to Amy Winehouse last year and what an amazing way tonight for her to experience The Lioness… you capture the whole essence of her. Thank you!!” – Theresa (Birmingham)

“You must go and see them. They are brilliant. If you love Amy, you will love them” – Matthew (Brighton)

“Close as I’d ever get to my Amy. You’re amazing” – Inky Punky (Derby)

“What an awesome night! Your voice is truly beautiful” – Claire (Cheshire)

“She and the band are awesome! Saw them last month, go see!! ” Karen (Manchester)

“Amazing loved the show it was fantastic xx” – Margaret (Newcastle)

“Thanks for a fab show, great night out for me and my daughter. Thanks Lioness and your amazing band for being so great with Chloe, you all really made her night and mine of course xx” – Sarah (Gibraltar)

Venue & Promoter Responses “You were all so friendly and easy to work with, made my life very easy that night. The show was electric and had nothing but good feedback from customers. Hope to see you again soon.” – Alistair Horn (O2 Academy, Liverpool)

“You were all an absolute pleasure to work with that day. Even more so considering my day was incredibly hectic, I managed to catch the show and it was fantastic, everyone really enjoy themselves. I certainly heard a lot of customers complimenting the performance afterwards.” – Samantha Grace (O2 Academy, Islington)

“Thank you for a great weekend, the band and yourself were an absolute pleasure to deal with and the show is just incredible. I look forward to many more shows in the future.” – Phil Kealy (Tallaght Civic Theatre, Dublin)

“Lioness AKA The Amy Winehouse Experience isn’t just a regular tribute act. From the back to the front there is talented musician upon talented musician. On arrival the very petite (and very pretty) Emma does not look like Amy at all and may leave you wondering who you have booked but as soon as she belts out those first vocals during a sound check you know you’ll be fine! A short while later she reappears with Amy’s trademark swagger and snarl and you wouldn’t believe it’s the same person. The backing singers (and you can’t really call them this) are again vocally superb and the tracks they do during a costume change fit in perfectly with the crowd. Included in the set are all of the well known Amy tracks plus a few that maybe are not as well known – a great balance of ballads and get off the floor and dance it should keep everybody in the crowd happy.

The act are professional and easy to work with. They will provide social media activities to fit in with your event and provide any information / images required. We would definitely look to book again!” – Darren James (King George’s Hall, Blackburn)

With a 10pm Friday night curfew to make way for an Idles dj set there was still time for some more live music so I made my way to The Reindeer to catch an hour or so of Yve Mary B and the Gypsy Candlesticks.  This was the perfect way to end the night, Yve leading a band to excellent effect. We all know what a super voice she has but I love seeing her as the front person of a band and have missed that since the Morganway days.

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Yve was with a full band featuring drums, bass, guitars and pedal steel and played a mix of covers and originals, including one or two by her partner Tone Brook.  I loved the sound, a blend of folk, blues and classic era country, a real pleasure to experience this and I can’t wait for the next one.

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The previous evening I also managed to catch the last set by local favourites Dove and Boweevil, playing as the duo of Lauren and Bo at The Rose Tavern.  This was most enjoyable too though weirdly I had put the wrong SD card into the compact camera I carried with me, a card which had a recent close encounter with a vacuum cleaner!  As I sat at the table trying to rescue it I realised that just one file was salvaged and was astonished to see it was a photo of Mark and Lauren, playing at The Walnut Tree Shades in 2013!

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Huge thanks to Lioness, Lee, Yve, Jo, Mark and Lauren for the “Happy birthday” as I walked in, and to Taryn who made a birthday song for me, that touched my heart.

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Shane’s Shenanigans: The Mahatmas + Our Quiet Friends + Soyuz Rats @ The Reindeer, March 2019

Feeling very in need of some noise and volume, Shane O’Linski‘s March edition of Shane’s Musical Shenanigans at The Reindeer looked to be just what the doctor ordered.  The billed Vicars of Stiffkey were unable to play this one but the excellent line-up still included Soyuz Rats, Our Quiet Friends, and The Mahatmas with visuals throughout the night from Richard Rix. It was a fun evening of psych, space rock, noise, sonic, trippy prog, cosmic bass and hypnotic rock. Shane’s nights here are superb.

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The trio that are Soyuz Rats kicked things off at about 8:30pm, gloriously loud though alas apparently a bit too loud for a pub venue and things had to be toned down a little bit but they adapted things and it still worked. By their standards this was almost acoustic and for one they said “This is a jazz version of something that should be loud enough to disembowel you!”

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Despite the name Our Quiet Friends have some volume themselves though it was at a quieter level than the Rats. This is another band I love and who are evolving rapidly and are becoming wonderfully space-y. They play again at the NAC supporting Bessie Turner on Saturday 23 March, with Maya Law also on the bill.

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With a recently released and launched new album, gigs by The Mahatmas are always something of an event and they played an immersive and psychedelic set here, especially so with Richard’s projected visuals at the back of the stage. Their album “Gratis” can be obtained from Bandcamp, and as the name suggests, can be downloaded for “Pay what you want”, with a few physical copies available at gigs for £5.  Big thanks to Cosmo for my CD copy.

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The Reindeer itself is really evolving as a live music venue too and is looking and sounding the part, with some great ales and food on offer. Big thanks to Lou, the Reindeer is a fantastic addition to the list of live venues in the city and has gone from strength to strength in the year since she took over it.

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