In Gotta Catch ‘Em All! we dish out our top eight live picks for the month ahead, and whack together a handy Spotify playlist to give you a taste of them all. With the start of spring comes obscure New York rockers, local names on the rise, grime stars, underground talent and way more.
NAC Fundraiser: Sink Ya Teeth plus Our Quiet Friends + Lucy Grubb
Saturday 9th March, Norwich Arts Centre
Coinciding with NAC’s fortieth anniversary, the iconic venue has been awarded half a million big ones from the Arts Council for a major refurb over the next year. Which is fantastic, obviously. But they need our help to raise a bit of that cash first, and they’ve enlisted local art-poppers Sink Ya Teeth to headline a night of celebration and fundraising. Strapped for cash? It’s a pay-what-you-can with tickets starting at a measly £1. For a taste of local talent with newfound international acclaim, that’s an absolute bargain.
AJ Tracey plus Yung Fume
Sunday 10th March, UEA LCR
25 year old AJ Tracey has been an up-and-coming name in British grime for a number of years, and his self titled debut LP only added to the hype when it placed in the top three in the album charts last month. He’s turned his hand to dancehall and afrobeat, collaborated with Giggs, Not3s and Jorja Smith, and has a big year ahead of him, including main stage appearances at Reading + Leeds.
Wyldest plus Pin Ups + Tibetan Night Terrors
Friday 15th March, Bermuda Bob’s Hi-Fi
Bermuda Bob’s is the best place to stop for underground talent at the moment, case in point: Mixing airy synths with infectious indie-pop melodies, Wyldest might not be a name you’re familiar with yet, but now’s your chance to change that. Ethereal shoegaze is their forté, and ‘Dream Chaos’, their brand new album, is rife with the stuff. They’re joined by local post-punk outfit Pin Ups, and Hawaiian shirt heroes Tibetan Night Terrors.
Febueder plus Sam Eagle + Billy Lubach
Friday 22nd March, Bermuda Bob’s Hi-Fi
Get the bloody beers in, we’re back at Bob’s for Ascot natives Febueder (pronounced Feb-you-der, according to their Facebook) the project of multi-instrumentalists Kieran Godfrey and Sam Keysell. The band have explored a number of different styles since forming as teenagers, but their current form finds them in a deeply earthy sound, full of expansive guitar loops with brass and electronic elements sprinkled in too.
Bessie Turner plus Our Quiet Friends + Maya Law
Saturday 23rd March, Norwich Arts Centre
Another local name striding forwards to bigger things, Bessie Turner is a Suffolk singer-songwriter with a luscious sound and delicate storytelling ability. Her music has caught the ears of Radio 2’s Jo Whiley, who granted Turner a session at the famous Maida Vale studios late last year, and countless more, off the back of her bewitching EP ’22:22′. This, her biggest Norwich headline to date, promises to be a delightful glimpse at a rising star with a bright future.
Bodega plus Dry Cleaning
Tuesday 26th March, Norwich Arts Centre
This is the one you don’t want to miss. On their eccentric 2018 debut ‘Endless Scroll’, this New York art-rock troupe enlisted post-punk and krautrock sonics to deliver a striking, stark dissection and dance-ification of modern society’s addiction to technology. A slot on the famous Lake Stage at Latitude followed where the group drew a huge crowd, and the rest of their UK dates this year are either sold out or getting close.
Idles plus Crows
Thursday 28th March, UEA LCR
Okay, so obviously it’s sold out but if you can find a way into this one then do, duh. You know who Idles are. Bombastic tunes and funny faces.
YAK plus support TBA
Saturday 30th March, Norwich Arts Centre
Psych-rockers YAK topped the official Record Store chart with ‘Pursuit Of Momentary Happiness’ in February, the second album by the London group who deliver carnage with their every move. Cataclysmic noise with a vintage rock’n’roll swagger at its core has been the name of their game since they burst onto the indie circuit around 2015. Since then, they’ve opened for such acts as Peace, Warpaint, The Cribs, and Spiritualized. Expect nothing short of mayhem as they make their long overdue Norwich debut.