Preview: Norwich complete gig guide July 20-26

It may only be a year since Ronan Parke shot to stardom on Britain's Got Talent but Poringland's most famous son is already unveiling a new direction at his latest Norwich gig. Plus: Lee Vann, Ultrazang, featuring Killamonjambo, and Catherine Feeny.


Epic, July 20

It may only be a year since Ronan Parke shot to stardom on Britain's Got Talent but Poringland's most famous son is already moving his career in a new direction.

The 13-year-old singing sensation finished as runner-up in the 2011 series of the popular TV talent show. Success has not immediately followed for Ronan though, and he has decided to change his management and the style of his music – with this Norwich gig to launch his new sound.

The Framingham Earl High School pupil's first, self-titled album reached number 22 in the UK charts but was largely made up of covers, including Vanessa Carlton's A Thousand Miles, which failed to make the top 40 singles chart.

He has now left Simon Cowell and Sony's Syco label, joined A D Records and been working with producer Dave Pemberton, who has worked with the likes of Groove Armada, The Prodigy, Jamelia and Robyn.

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After a roller-coaster first year in the music industry, the youngster is hopeful his new sound will bring him new success. He will be performing his new single, We Are Shooting Stars.

'I'm so excited about this gig because I haven't done a big performance like this for ages now so I've really, really missed it.'

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Rivergarden, July 21

He's the hard-working singer songwriter who works all day, gigs all night and still finds time to teach boxing, play guitar in a band and organise showcases for other musicians in Norfolk.

The multi-talented Lee Vann performs at The Garden Party at the Rivergarden on Yarmouth Road, entry free. It will also feature a host of local acts including MatchBox Heroes, Jack Evison, Starbuck, Flo Irvine and Laurence Brooks.

Lee, who when not performing solo also plays guitar for Norwich band Chasing Tigers, has spent the last year building up a loyal fan base, releasing his debut EP, I Sing, You Sing, selling out two headline shows and tirelessly gigging at least twice a week.

'Music has been an important part of my life for as long as I can remember,' said Lee, who manages a department at City Academy and is releasing his second EP, Turnaround, in November. 'The music I play is from so many different genres, from dubstep to Motown, funk to blues, indie to pop. I sing cover versions of songs and also have my own material, enough to easily fill an album.'

Lee's second EP will be launched with a headline gig at the Waterfront on November 10 where he will be supported by Dion Dublin's band, The Establishment. He will also be playing in Topshop in Norwich on August 25.

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Epic, July 21

Fresh from recording at Orchard Studios in Cambridge, funky Norwich collective Killamonjambo return to headline this show which promises to be something special.

Ultrazang will also feature psychedelic indie rockers Butterfly and freak-out ska/rockers The Scissors as well as burlesque dancers and a fire display.

Ultrazang have been running events in Ipswich for several years and have built a reputation for a unique psychedelic party atmosphere. The whole event will be streamed live to a worldwide audience from Epic TV, Norwich's newest performance venue based in Magdalen Street. Epic's last streamed event featuring James Toseland and The Rainband saw more than 22,000 people tune in for a live show.

It's been a busy time recently for popular six-piece KIllamonjambo — made up of Pete (drums), Bramley (trumpet), Jonny (sax), Kurney (bass), Jamie (vocals) and Frank (guitar) — who are famed for their high energy performances.

As well as hitting the studio, they recently played to over 15,000 people at the Riverside Festival in Stamford. The band plan to release their first album early next year and currently have a series of new videos in the pipeline, which if previous efforts are any guide should be something to look out for.

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The Bicycle Shop, July 23

American singer-songwriter Catherine Feeny, who having lived in Norwich last year moved back over the Atlantic, is back in the city to play this special show as part of a very short UK stop-over.

Now based in Portland, Oregon, she lived in Norwich from 2004 to 2008, when she had songs featured in the Hollywood film Running with Scissors, as well as the successful TV series – The OC and One Tree Hill.

She regularly returns to the city with her Diss-born husband, singer/songwriter/guitarist Sebastian Rogers, and considers Norwich to be her second home.

This special intimate show will see her featuring songs from her forthcoming album America. Last year the singer travelled from Oregon to Wall Street to join the Occupy movement and the break up of peaceful demonstrations has inspired much of her new album.

She'll also be performing material from previous recordings, People in the Hole and the acclaimed Hurricane Glass, which featured the song Mr Blue, a regular favourite on the BBC Radio 2 Bob Harris show.

With recent tours that include support for Martha Wainwright, Suzanne Vega and Dr John among many other legends, this appearance by the singer is one of only three in the UK this summer.

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Ronan Parke (pop) — Epic

Mister Pink (rock/funk) — Brickmakers

GI Sound System (drum n bass) — Edward VII

Dying Breeds + more (pop-punk) — B2

Norwich Folk Club: feat. Dave Webber & Anni Fentiman (folk) — Christ Church Centre

The Harvs (folk/acoustic) — Brewery Tap

Four Play (blues/rock) — Walnut Tree Shades

Big Red Boat (acoustic) — Silver Road Cottage

Octane & DLR (drum n bass) — Carnival

Janie K — Fiveways


Ultrazang: feat. Killamonjambo + more (hip/hop/indie/funk) — Epic

Pythia + Dreamctacher (metal/goth) — Waterfront Studio

DJ Luck + MC Neat (hip hop/dance) — UEA

The Kabeedies + Sam Kelly (indie/12.30pm/all ages) — Open

The Kabeedies (indie/7pm/over-18s) — Open

The Sweetbeats (reggae/ska) — Arts Centre

Want For Destruction (metal) — King Edward VII

Raw Edge (rock) — Brickmakers

Darwin & The Dinosaur + Hello Bear + more (indie) — B2

Gravy Presents: Khan (indie/rock) — Olives

Stone Cold (rock) — Angel Gardens

Frozen Raspberries (rock/pop) — Hog In Armour

The Glamtastics (glam rock) — Arkwrights

Wypeout (rock'n'roll) — Wensum Community Centre

Murphey's Lore (indie/folk) — Trowel & Hammer

Cruisin For A Blusin (blues) — The Jubilee

Secondhand Blues (blues) — Buck Inn

Soul Town with Martin Webb — The Leopard

Vic Martin — Keir Hardie Hall

Mick Stevens — Freedman

Graham McGrotty — Spixworth Social Club

Kevin (solo) — Heath House

Alan Ley — Quebec Tavern

Mickey Spanton — Sprowston Social Club

Mick Stevens — The Freed Man


Tilting Sky Festival: Hemmingway + more (indie) — Waterfront Studio

A13 Allstars (acoustic) — Bicycle Shop

Rockin Devils Blues Band (blues) — Boundary

The Planks (soul/3pm) — Brewery Tap

Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) — Brickmakers

Lee Vasey & Friends (8.30pm) — Silver Road Cottage

Pyevarotti (4pm) — Walnut Tree Shades

Gary (4pm) — Robin Hood


Tilting Sky Festival: Sargasso Trio + The Vagaband + more (indie) — Waterfront Studio

Catherine Feeny (folk/acoustic) — Bicycle Shop

Fingerstyle Collective (acoustic) — Arts Centre

Brickie Sessions (open mic) — Brickmakers

Jazz Jam: feat. Rich Buddie — Walnut Tree Shades


Tilting Sky Festival: Cielo + Mila Falls + more (urban/pop) — Arts Centre

Save Ferris (pop/rock) — Brickmakers

Andy Doyle Band (jazz) — Rackheath Green Man


Tilting Sky Festival: Ask Lydia + Sancho Blanco + more (indie) — Waterfront

Fighting Fiction (indie/rock) — Karma Kafe

Hogtroff Music Showcase: feat. Herd of Giants (indie/rock) — Hog In Armour

Witches + more (indie/rock) — B2

Haiku Salut (electronic/folk) — Rumsey Wells

Pure Acoustic (open mic) — Brickmakers

Open Mic — Garden House


Tilting Sky Festival: Affairs + Model Staggs + more (indie) — Waterfront Studio

Energy (funk/soul) — Brickmakers

Loose Leaf Drifters (indie/folk) — Rumsey Wells

Ghostriders Western Club: feat. Longshot (country) — TA Centre

Johnny Jump Band (country/blues) — Micawbers Tavern

The Planks (soul) — Walnut Tree Shades

The Vagaband (indie/folk) — Rose Tavern