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.
Girli plus Lion
Monday 2nd April, EPIC Studios
Outspoken, intelligent songwriting is what Girli is all about. If you aren’t familiar with the London singer/activist, you need only glance as far as tracks like Girls Get Angry Too and Hot Mess to understand what she’s about. Her lyrics preach empowerment and open-mindedness and her music sits somewhere between grime, punk, and late 90s pop. Plus, she looks permanently striking in her signature neon pink get-ups. It’s her first time in Norwich, and the first night of her UK tour, so it promises to be a right old party.
MØ plus Skott
Thursday 5th April, UEA LCR
Danish-born MØ has been in the pop game for a number of years now, but found mainstream success via her collaborations with the likes of Major Lazer on Cold Water and Leon On (which has racked up over 2 billion views on YouTube). Her own solo material ties dance-ready beats with ethereal, nordic melodies, and her live show promises to be an all-guns-blazing hi-fi pop spectacle.
Marigolds plus Other Half, Hello Pedro, Hugo Z
Sunday 8th April, The Mischief
From a huge music venue to the back room of a pub. Our favourite Norwich surf-poppers Marigolds make their return to everyone’s favourite shithole, courtesy of poorboy promotions. The quartet’s super catchy tunes (see the ‘Asleep In The Sun’ EP) have bagged them gigs across the country, but with university being ‘a thing’, chances to see them on home turf aren’t as common as they used to be. With three other acts on the bill (and no charge for entry!) there’s no excuse for missing this one. Unless you’re under 18. In which case, sucks to be you.
Walk The Moon plus flor
Tuesday 10th April, The Waterfront
It’s a welcome surprise to see Ohio pop group Walk The Moon hitting up The Waterfront. Fans of early 00s indie might remember the band from songs like ‘Anna Sun’, reckless, innocent pop numbers that reeked of a desire to escape small-town beginnings. And while their second album spawned chart-pop cheese (even your nan probably knows ‘Shut Up And Dance’) their third effort, 2017’s ‘What If Nothing’ is a crunchy and caffeinated sucker-punch of infectious melody. Expect nothing but good vibes.
Demob Happy plus Valeras, Creatures
Thursday 12th April, The Waterfront Studio
Demob Happy are the latest in a wave of gloom-rock bands (see also: The Wytches, Royal Blood) emerging from the cultural whirlpool that is Brighton. Their second studio album ‘Holy Doom’ dropped a few weeks ago, landing rave reviews from the likes of DIY and Louder Than War, and sees the three-piece step up their game from just another run-of-the-mill rock group, to all-powerful commanders of chunky riffs. Joining them are the Creatures (“70s looking cowboys straight out of Westworld”) and Valeras, an up-and-coming quintet from Reading.
Andrew WK plus Yonaka
Wednesday 18th April, The Waterfront
Technically it’s the support you wanna see for this one. While Andrew WK, long-haired rock monolith he is, promises to be quite the spectacle, this one’s worth going to for Yonaka alone. This is the group’s fourth tour this year so far (no, that’s not a mistake) after runs with the likes of The Cribs and The Amazons, and the practice is making its mark; their live presence is even more colossal than ever, and a couple of new songs make their already immense set even more unmissable.
Isaac Gracie plus Matt Maltese
Sunday 22nd April, Norwich Arts Centre
UEA alumni Isaac Gracie is no stranger to the streets of Norwich, but this will be his first show in the city in a number of years – and how times have changed. Since being scouted for his songwriting ability whilst still studying creative writing as a student, the young bard’s husky balladry has been widely celebrated and had a ton of radio airplay – Radio 1’s Annie Mac is a big fan. His debut album lands this month and is looking sure to jettison his career to new heights. Make sure you get here for Matt Maltese, too. The South Londoner is only 21 but is already a masterful, wry crooner. Watch the video for ‘Greatest Comedian’ for a taster.
Rejjie Snow plus Ebenezer
Tuesday 24th April, The Waterfront
Dublin’s Rejjie Snow is a hip-hop megastar in the making. After a long wait, he released his debut studio album ‘Dear Annie’ back in February, noted by Pitchfork for its “interstellar synths and sunny, melodic thump”. His performances are intense and lively, and have taken him to venues across the world. Don’t expect to see him somewhere as intimate as The Waterfront again for a long time.