The cat is well and truly out of the bag. Anti Despair Machine is taking its first step into the world of live music, as we bring a trio of amazing new bands to Norwich, with a little help from our friends at Dork Magazine. Keep on reading to find out everything you need to know.
London quintet Yassassin will return to Norwich later this month as part of the Women of the World Festival, a weekend of events taking place at venues across the city, with the bulk of the programme hosted by OPEN. Continue reading Yassassin announce Norwich gig as part of WOW Festival
In Gotta Catch ‘Em All! we share the best live music tips for Norwich in the month ahead. There’s plenty going on in April, if you know where to look. From the back room of a pub to a big scale venue, there are bands everywhere, just waiting for you to hear them. Read our top eight picks, then check out all the mentioned acts in our official Spotify playlist.
For fans of: Lily Allen, Declan McKenna, Charli XCX
Hear it live: Norwich EPIC Studios (2 April) – tickets.
Everyone’s favourite London teen Girli is going on tour – and she’s back with a new single just in time. Constantly nailing it with those #relatable scenarios, ‘Play It Cool’ tackles that awkward moment when your romantic partner of choice just ain’t in it for the long run. Don’t worry though, you’re cool enough on your own and you don’t need to play it cool – so goes the mantra Milly Toomey shouts over an infectious ‘Hey Mickey’ reminiscent pop track. Next week Girli makes her first ever appearance in Norwich, so don’t miss it. Get to know the pink punk in our interview where we talked about activism and shenanigans on tour with Declan McKenna.
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For fans of: Blur, Yuck, Grizzly Bear
Hear it live: Norwich Arts Centre (2 April) w/ Jeffrey Lewis – tickets.
An understated asset to the Norwich music scene is UEA; year after year the university introduces fresh talent to the city that might not have made it up the A11 otherwise. Recent alumni include Isaac Gracie and Ellie Bleach, and it’s impossible to predict what the next passing sound will be. The latest arrival? Jaunty three-piece Gladboy, whose lo-fi, garage noises come with 50s doo-wop charm. They recently dazzled us supporting Willie J Healey, and then in the bar at Norwich Arts Centre (where they return very soon supporting Jeffrey Lewis, mind). At the latter performance, frontman George Orton’s penchant for woo’ing a crowd was all too clear; he frequently stepped down from the tiny stage to the floor, ultimately winning over a tough room of several-pint-deep’ers.
Now the group have shared their first two recordings. A-side ‘The Weight of Expectation’ churns up Britpop slackerisms under the guise of tropical indie, but it’s the B-side that really tingles the ear. The dewdrop-delicate intro to ‘Take Me Away’ quickly blossoms into a frenzy of feedback and noise. Orton’s sing-talk vocal style creates an unexpected deadpan tone, before a hearty sprinkling of shoo-wops bubble over distorted guitar. Imagine ‘To The End’ had Damon been a greaser type and you’re mostly there.
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Following the initial announcement from Latitude Festival back in February, which saw The Killers, Solange, and alt-J named as this year’s headliners, a host of new acts have been added across the weekend.
Praise the lord, Black Honey are back. The Brighton foursome have been suspiciously quiet for some months now, and besides a big old cross-country hike with their pals Royal Blood, there ain’t been much chance to catch the Honeys live. Until now.
Our London-via-France-via-Venezuela favourites Calva Louise are currently on tour around the UK, and they’ve shared a new video for ‘I’m Gonna Do Well’. Isn’t that lovely of them? Watch the clip below…