Preview: NOrwich complete gig guide August 17-23

Jelly Festival celebrates its fifth birthday with a line-up that includes Mercury Prize-winning Roni Size, renowned for being one of the founding fathers of drum n bass and a true giant in the dance music scene. Plus: Hathaway, The Cads, Paul Kelly.


Compton Hall, August 17-18

Jelly Festival celebrates its fifth birthday this year and returns to Compton Hall, on the B1355 near South Creake.

Promising a 'banquet of sound' and summer entertainment, the Jelly mix includes folk, indie, funk, soul, reggae, swing, Balkan, disco house, electro, drum n bass and dubstep.

The line-up includes Mercury Prize-winning Roni Size, renowned for being one of the founding fathers of drum n bass and a true giant in the dance music scene, and American band The Felice Brothers with their mud- stomping, washboard-thrashing folk.

Organiser Ben Gardner believes that they have reached the right balance between dancing, music and children's activities to make the festival a great family day out. 'As well as performances by The Felice Brothers, Killamonjambo and Mercury prize winner Roni Size there is a kids area where children can learn circus skills, make puppets and master the art of drumming,' says Ben. 'With the kids' area being close to the main stage parents can also watch the live acts while their children play, so you get the best of both worlds.'

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There will be five stages of music, circus performance, a children's area including workshops, activities and rides.

The festival campsite opens at 7pm tonight, hosting acoustic music, performance and film. Tomorrow it all begins at 9.30am. There will be music on the main stage until midnight; other venues at the festival close at 4.30am. Day tickets tomorrow are �29.50.

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Waterfront, August 17

Norwich indie-pop outfit Hathaway make their latest appearance at the Waterfront Studio tonight to make the launch of their debut album The Ocean Road.

Formed last year by brothers Luke and Adam Palmer their first two recordings, Evey and The Plantation, led them to an unanticipated publishing deal and the production of 10 melodic pop-rock tracks for their long awaited album, which also features third member Emma.

'We're in a great place in our lives and we want our music to reflect that,' said Luke, the band's lead singer and guitarist.

With an influences from a wide range of artists, including the former king of pop, Michael Jackson, and a love for a wide range of music, Hathaway have a rare combination of upbeat pop songs and hard hitting rock tracks whilst always maintaining their distinctive vocals and harmonies.

Support comes from local favourites fun-pop trio Hello Bear, whose own debut album This One Girl… is till well worth seeking out, and Norwich singer-songwriter Jason Pickett.

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Waterfront Studio, August 22

After their successful week-long festival, Tilting Sky returns to the one-off dates they do so well. Here they welcome Ipswich electro-pop five-piece The Cads who are currently riding positive reviews for their debut album, Lessons Illustrated, out on Monday.

Formed in 2009, they play a 'tropical' brand of indie — think Foals or Vampire Weekend. They've built their reputation for catchy tunes, live performances and visuals. The latter was helped last year by City of Norwich School pupils Ben Wormald and Declan Cunningham who produced footage used for the official video to promote the band's single, Blueprint.

The band enjoyed a early lucky break when they were invited to tour in Germany supporting New York singer Darwin Deez — not bad considering at the time the group have no manager, no record label nor a booking agent to promote them.

Still barely out of their teens, they are currently only partly based in Ipswich, with members scattered at various universities including Leeds and Bristol. However they've still found time to record their debut album funded entirely by gig fees and selling merchandise. Recorded in just two days at The Mill in Diss, with producer David Pye, the album is varying in styles, with a noticeably darker edge to some tracks, mixing experimental guitar sounds with the familiar catchy vocals and choruses.

Support on the night comes from three Norwich-based bands Mexico, Smokes Shoots & Leaves plus Cuttooth who are all making waves in their own unique way.

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Norwich Arts Centre, August 23

One of Australia's most distinctive songwriters and storytellers, Paul Kelly follows the release of his greatest hits compilation Songs From The South with a UK tour which brings him to Norwich.

Accompanied by his nephew Dan Kelly, this will be a set of warmly intimate and personable shows with a songwriter that has been feted by the critics.

Kelly has been mining themes of 'sex, death, memory, friendship and love' (to use his own words) since his debut in the 1980s. There is barely a genre or subject matter that he hasn't applied himself to over the course of his 25 albums. A searingly truthful and tuneful songwriter in the vein of Elvis Costello or Ron Sexsmith, he is notable as much for his weaving of comedy and tragedy as for the wide variety of genres he embraces, which include folk, rock, bluegrass, electronic and even dub reggae.

Now 56, he continues to innovate and refresh his back catalogue. Last year he issued The A-Z Recordings, an eight-disc live album that brought together one hundred of his songs performed acoustically – and commemorated the release by reproducing the album across four sold-out nights at London's Bush Hall.

He has recently been working on new material for his highly anticipated new album so expect to get a sneak preview or two.

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Jelly Festival: feat. The Felice Brothers + Roni Size + more (pop/rock/electronic) — Compton Hall

Hathaway + Hello Bear + Jason Pickett (pop/rock) — Waterfront

National Image + The Indebtors + more (indie/rock) — Hog In Armour

The Stylotones (ska/reggae) — Brickmakers

Them Harvey Boys (roots) — Brewery Tap

Pocket Gorillaz + Gravedale High (rock) — King Edward VII

Hot Smoke & Danger (blues) — Walnut Tree Shades

Norwich Guitar Academy Presents: feat. Andy James (rock/metal) — B2

Stephen Smyth (rock'n'roll) — Arkwrights

Norwich Folk Club — Christ Church Centre

UB Marley (reggae) — Lakenham Cock

DJ Jazzlord (vintage) — Rumsey Wells

Vikki H — Fiveways


Jelly Festival: feat. The Felice Brothers + Roni Size + more (pop/rock/electronic) — Compton Hall

Mosh Against Cancer: feat. Annotations Of An Autopsy + Crooked Minds + We Can't Dance + more (rock/metal/charity) — Waterfront Studio

Strumpshaw Party: feat. Crumbs For Comfort + Lee Vann + more — Strumpshaw Park

Random (prog rock) — Brickmakers

Bad Touch + Liquid Fuse + The Upgrade (rock) — King Edward VII

The Killer Tomatoes (rock) — Blueberry

Red Hot Rockers (rockabilly/rock'n'roll) — Boundary

Memphis Index (rock'n'roll) — Arkwrights

The Andy Robinson Band (blues/rock) — Walnut Tree Shades

Replica (rock) — The Gordon

Bus Stop (60s/70s) — Angel Gardens

Honeydripper (rock/blues) — The Farmhouse

Chibber (pop/rock) — Lakenham Cock

Pyevorotti — Trowel & Hammer

Radiant — Wensum Community Centre

Graham Johns — Keir Hardie Hall

Tony Cann — The Windmill

Alan Ley — Bread & Cheese

Tim Ballard — Heath House

Shannan — Quebec Tavern

Hannah — Robin Hood

Sebastian — Sprowston Social Club


Hayley Moses & The Bluegrass Forum (bluegrass) — Brewery Tap

Second To None (4pm) — Lakenham Cock

Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) — Brickmakers


Brickie Sessions (open mic) — Brickmakers

Jazz Jam: feat. Rich Buddie — Walnut Tree Shades

Jazz Jam — Silver Road Cottage


The Yow Yows (rock/pop) — Brickmakers

Johnny Jump Band (blues/country) — The Gordon

Derek Cubitt & Simon Brown Trio (jazz) — Rackheath Green Man

Open Mic — Hog In Armour


Tilting Sky: feat. The Cads + more (indie) — Waterfront Studio

Hogstroff: feat. Herd Of Giants + more (indie/rock) — Hog In Armour

Pure Acoustic (open mic) — Brickmakers

Open Mic — Garden House


Paul Kelly (folk/roots) — Arts Centre

Secondhand Blues (blues) — Walnut Tree Shades

Soul Power 74 (soul) — Brickmakers

Vagaband (indie/roots) — Rose Tavern

Johnny Jump Band (blues/country) — Micawbers Tavern

The Pat Falgate Trio (jazz) — Rumsey Wells

Dave Thomas & Friends (blues) — Walnut Tree Shades

Emma Hart (ukulete/singing) — The Crown Costessey

Soothsayer Promo (metal) — B2