In Gotta Catch ‘Em All! we share the best live music tips for Norwich and the region in the month ahead. Read our top eight picks, then check out all the mentioned acts in our handy Spotify playlist.
Eliza & The Bear plus Lauran Hibberd
Sunday 2nd September, The Waterfront Studio
After a tumultuous period drifting between albums and record labels, this jaunty London bunch have regrouped and assembled ‘Group Therapy’, a brand new album out in October. Get a preview of it as they bring their guitar-pop melodies back to the Waterfront Studio, and catch a couple of old favourites too.
Pioneers plus Vier, Emily Parish
Thursday 6th September, Gringo’s Tequila Bar
Free gig! It’s free! Take a punt on Pioneers, a delightful indie outfit hailing from Southampton. They’ll be joined by Vier, a brand new Britpop bunch who released their debut single ‘In My Head’ earlier this month. Good vibes all round.
Dream Nails plus Peach Club
Tuesday 11th September, The Waterfront Studio
No, this didn’t happen already – postponed from earlier in the summer, now’s your chance to catch riot grrrls Dream Nails. As well as touring alongside Cherry Glazerr, the group have made a name for themselves as fighters for equal rights, putting equality and diversity at the centre of their collective message.
The Islas plus Aphra, Green Gardens
Friday 14th September, Norwich Arts Centre
This Norwich quartet have been bubbling away crafting songs since they formed in 2016, and are currently gearing up to release their debut EP ‘A Generation To Forget’ (from which the title track evokes the clamour and glory of Jamie T, Arctic Monkeys et al). Get down early for Aphra; the rising warbler recently opened for The Regrettes at our second ever live showcase and released a smashing track titled ‘Candyfloss’ earlier this year.
Women Of Oxjam
Wednesday 19th September, Oxfam Magdalen Street
This year’s Oxfam benefit festival continues with a showcase of talented women musicians in the newly refurbished store on Magdalen Street. For a measly £3 you can see electro-pianist Ginny Dix, punchy five-piece Hot Raisin, new wave singer Sophie Mahon, and teenage newcomers The Caravan Club and raise some money for charity too. You’d be silly not to, really.
The Dirty Nil plus Clown Smash Everything, Kaves
Tuesday 25th September, The Waterfront Studio
Canadian alt/punk trio The Dirty Nil make loud, distorted rock ‘n’ roll bangers. Like this one. Or this one, which premiered over on Kerrang! not too long ago, “a love letter to any individual struggling with substances of self destruction”. Tbh, we’d never heard of them either, but fifteen minutes checking them out on Spotify had us hooked.
The Pearl Harts
Wednesday 26th September, The Waterfront Studio
Fans of Garbage and Deap Vally should turn an ear to The Pearl Harts; the grunge duo’s guitars are heavy, their swagger limitless, and with a debut record still fresh hot from the oven they’re ready and eager to deliver some thunderous riffs right down your unsuspecting little ear holes. Here’s a little taster to whet your appetite.
Sunday 30th September, EPIC Studios
End your September on a high as Teleman make their long awaited return to Norwich. With their expansive new record ‘Family of Aliens’ the band have rejuvenated their style, crafting an expansive and upbeat, futuristic soundscape, miles from their previously analogue-heavy form. In the slick walls of EPIC Studios their mathematical take on indie rock will sound even more immaculate on record.