In Gotta Catch ‘Em All! read our top eight live picks for the month ahead, and check out all the acts mentioned in our handy Spotify playlist. October is crammed full of up-and-coming bands. Some you’ll be familiar with, others probably not. And as usual there are a few local faces in there too.
Bloody Knees plus Muskets
Monday 8th October, Norwich Arts Centre
Some time away has done Bloody Knees a world of good. You may have chanced upon the Cambridge grunge outfit a few years ago when they hit the road with Wolf Alice and The Magic Gang, and recently they’ve returned with a refreshed look and a tasty new EP titled ‘You Can Have It’. Give ‘Spinning’ a whirl and see for yourself.
Black Honey plus PINS, Russo
Tuesday 16th October, Norwich Arts Centre
Must see, this one. Having traversed the planes of indie, garage, pop, and now disco in their few years of existence, Black Honey’s recently released debut album plays out like if Quentin Tarantino and ABBA collaborated on a batshit western-spaghetti adventure epic. As well as hitting the main stage at Latitude Festival this year, they’ve toured with Royal Blood, and slowly mastered a formidable live presence. Plus, get down early for some ghoulish riot-grrrl from PINS and Californian swagger courtesy of pop-rock newcomers Russo.
Blaenavon plus Boniface
Thursday 18th October, Norwich Arts Centre
It’s about time our favourite power trio headline in Norwich, having supported The Sherlocks (yikes) and The Hunna (yikes) many moons ago. Bridging the gap between their illustrious debut album ‘That’s Your Lot’ and its forthcoming follow-up, this is a perfect opportunity to catch some old favourites and potentially new cuts in a tiny room before the big ol’ venues rear their heads again.
Lucy Dacus plus Fenne Lily
Monday 22nd October, Norwich Arts Centre
A name you may not be familiar with, but one you certainly ought to. Hailing from Virginia, USA, Lucy Dacus is a mesmerising singer/songwriter with two stunning LPs under her belt. Fans of the soothing tones of Phoebe Bridgers and Julien Baker should also take note – this summer the three artists formed the supergroup boygenius and released a trilogy of beautiful songs. Support comes from the equally savvy London artist Fenne Lily – check out ‘On Hold’ for a taster.
Bad Sounds plus Indoor Pets, Dylan Cartlidge
Wednesday 24th October, The Waterfront Studio
Combining hip-hop influences with an unfathomable enthusiasm for gigging, at a typical performance from Bad Sounds you can generally expect to find 1. Joyful songs 2. Plenty of bouncing 3. Sweaty, sweaty mayhem. Throw Indoor Pets (formerly known as Get Inuit) into the mix and you’re gonna get double the trouble. Watch the new video for ‘Wages’ to get yourself warmed up.
Halloween Charity Party: Marigolds plus Tundra, Spit Kids, VIER
Friday 26th October, Gringo’s Tequila Bar
Costumes out, it’s time for a spooky Halloween knees-up. Taking to the floor at Gringo’s will be Marigolds (with a hot new line-up) Bury slackers Tundra, “electro punx from hell” Spit Kids, and rock ‘n roll newcomers VIER. Have a drink, have some sweets, and raise some money for mental health charity MIND in the process.
Bloxx plus Vistas, New Scientists
Sunday 28th October, The Waterfront Studio
Having toured alongside The Wombats, Sundara Karma, Pale Waves and more, Bloxx are more than acquainted with how to put on a wicked pop show. So far, you can count their released songs with your fingers, but they’ve all been total bangers, and when we sat down with the band earlier this year we found out that they’re total sweeties too.
Gladboy plus Bull, Bag Of Cans, Strip Mall
Monday 29th October, The Waterfront Studio
UEA-based bunch Gladboy are quickly building a reputation for being one of Norwich’s hottest home-grown groups. As well as playing for us in August supporting The Regrettes, they opened for Starcrawler back in June exhibiting a no holds barred approach at delivering unrelenting, psychedelic goodness. If that weren’t enough, they’ve also got a new EP coming and we’ve got an exclusive play of the first track right here!