December 9 2013 Latest news:
Wednesday, October 9, 2013
Nearly 100 acts spanning the music spectrum are getting set to take to the stage for this year’s Norwich Sound + Vision.
The annual festival celebrating emerging music and also hosting a conference for the creative industries opens on Thursday and is now in its fourth year.
“It’s the best and biggest year we have had yet,” said NS+V director Adrian Cooke.
“There are essentially 11 venues running and close to 100 acts, and there’s a really diverse line-up, with everything from folk to hip hop to rock to electronica and everything in between. It’s a really exciting mix.”
Mr Cooke said there were a huge number of highlights over the three-day festival, which runs until Saturday.
“On Thursday, Ghostpoet is going to be a big draw at Norwich Arts Centre,” he said. “The WombatWombat night in the Arts Centre bar also has some quite cool young bands, and the French music showcase at OPEN is headlined by We Were Evergreen. At Cinema City, Nordic Giants will be playing in front of a film, so it will be like they are scoring a film before your very eyes.”
Mr Cooke said one of the features for Friday night would be the Infectious Records Showcase at Norwich Arts Centre.
“Drenge are headlining the Infectious Records night which is going to be very good, while the Tru Thoughts Showcase at OPEN is headlined by hip hop artist Ty.
“Upstairs at The Waterfront there will be three bands, including indie pop group San Cisco, while Nina Nesbitt is performing downstairs.
“There is also a session gig at the Assembly House headlined by a band called Halls, and then in Olive’s in Elm Hill there is a showcase by UK label Monotreme, with the headline band Niagara.
About some of the highlights for Saturday, Mr Cooke said: “In the bar at Norwich Arts Centre there is a night hosted by a music podcast called The Rider, and they have Tom Robinson doing an acoustic set, and also Baltic Fleet is really interesting. At OPEN there is a showcase put together by ASL called The Line of Best Fit and one of the acts to watch there is Pawws.
“At The Birdcage on Saturday, Mega Emotion are among the acts. They are an exciting new Norwich band and the members were previously in Bearsuit.”
For the full Norwich Sound + Vision line-up, including all the music acts and the creative industries conference events, visit www.norwichsoundandvision.co.uk
Tickets are available for many of the individual Norwich Sound + Vision gigs, and people can also buy a NS+V gig wristband for £40 that entitles them to access to all of the gigs over the three days, subject to each venue’s capacity. A pass for access to all of the music events and conference events costs £80 (£65 concessions). Norwich Sound + Vision also has a Young People’s Stage at The Garage on Thursday, Friday and Saturday – for more on the music acts performing on the Young People’s Stage see tomorrow’s paper.