Summer draws closer. Festivals rear their heads. New bands and old hats are coming to town. These are the best ones.
Bury Fringe Festival All-Dayer
Saturday 4th May, The Hunter Club
Nip down to Suffolk this weekend and you can experience the best local talent East Anglia has to offer, showcased across four stages at the infamous Hunter Club in Bury St. Edmunds. Highlights include electronic duo Sink Ya Teeth, young bard and recent SXSW alumni Sam Eagle, ADM favourites The Glitter Shop and a whole heap of others.
Pip Blom plus Hex Friends + The Glitter Shop
Wednesday 8th May, The Waterfront Studio
Dutch songwriter Pip Blom has a knack for crafting catchy guitar tunes, so much so that she’s signed to Heavenly Records (King Gizzard, The Orielles) to release her forthcoming debut album ‘Boat’. Support comes from bewitching grunge trio Hex Friends who emerged from the ashes of Claws and Box Of Light, and if you can’t see them in Bury, The Glitter Shop are kicking the night off.
Gladboy plus Ravenous Hounds + Bug Teeth
Saturday 11th May, Norwich Arts Centre
These UEA natives have gone from strength to strength in their unstoppable rise to become one of Norwich’s key musical names; testament to that, this is their biggest show to date, and one which promises to be a right stomper. Familiarise yourself with their firecracker of a debut EP over ‘ere, described by yours truly as “one of the strongest releases from a Norwich-based band in fuck knows how long”.
Ten Tonnes plus Only The Poets
Tuesday 14th May, The Waterfront Studio
For something a little more family friendly than Fat White Family downstairs, head up to The Waterfront Studio on the 14th for the debut Norwich headline from Ten Tonnes, a.k.a. 23 year old Ethan Barnett, a.k.a the younger brother of a certain George Ezra. It’s sold out, but worth digging around for a ticket if infectious guitar-pop melodies float your boat.
Mini Mansions plus Sons Of Raphael
Saturday 18th May, The Waterfront Studio
Fans of Arctic Monkeys and Royal Blood should already be familiar with this American trio, who have served as tour support for both outfits. If that weren’t enough, they also share members with Queens of the Stone Age and The Last Shadow Puppets. But far from the guitar-heavy sonics of their other projects, Mini Mansions occupy broodier, more synth-oriented territory. Head along to hear cuts from their forthcoming third album ‘Guy Walks into a Bar…’ before it lands later this summer.
Sunday Sessions: Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds
Sunday 26th May, Earlham Park
Last May, the first edition of Summer Sessions Norwich didn’t exactly go down smoothly, but undefeated the one-day festival makes its return this year, headlined by yer Da’s favourite 90s knobhead, Noel Gallagher. This year’s unofficial theme could be ‘indie blokes who are definitely past their heyday’ – Razorlight and The Coral are next down the bill – but perched within the city radius and for a mere 50 quid a ticket, it’s certainly one of the more affordable, accessible big-name events to grace the region.
Ezra Furman plus Porridge Radio
Wednesday 29th May, The Waterfront
Without a doubt, Ezra Furman is one of the most innovative, progressive voices in popular music today. From his early days leading The Harpoons, formed at university in 2006, to his genre-bending solo albums like ‘Perpetual Motion People’ and ‘Transangelic Exodus’, and more recently the delightfully charming soundtrack to Netflix’s adolescent drama ‘Sex Education’, Furman’s musical catalogue is impressively expansive, and all-round equally marvellous. As a little bonus, the support are great too: London/Brighton outfit Porridge Radio, for fans of Goat Girl and The Big Moon.