Preview: Norwich full gig guide October 5-11

The John Peel Festival of New Music — running alongside Norwich Sound & Vision and offering some 50 bands in 10 venues between October 11-13 — gets underway with four-piece 'post electro' jerk-merchants Errors. Plus: Turbowolf, Azealia Banks, Hot Chip.


Norwich Arts Centre, October 6

Bristol psych-rock freaks Turbowolf, who deal in monster riffs powering a chaotic mix of rock'n'roll, punk and electronica, stop off in Norwich as part of their first headline UK tour.

Their long-awaited self-titled debut was released on Hassle last year to critical acclaim though many found them all but impossible to pigeonhole, partly due to the diverse influences of members Chris Georgiadis (vocals/synth), Andy Ghosh (guitar), Joe Baker (bass) and Blake Davies (drums).

The band devours influences from across the full spectrum of distorted guitars before spitting them back out. Think Black Sabbath on speed or Motorhead on acid.

Having heavily rocked this summer's festival circuit, including appearances at Download, Dot to Dot and Germany's Metalfest, they here headline the latest Twee Off night at the Arts centre and will be introducing new songs from their forthcoming covers EP.

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Their frenetic and fuzzed version of Lightning Bolt's Captain Caveman is sometime to beyond. They'll be taking a long break for recording purposes after this tour so this is your last chance to see them for a long time. Expect a tasty thick soup of distorted boogie rock, psychedelic weirdness and snarling punk attitude. Support from Black Moth and Broken Seas.

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Waterfront, October 7

Harlem raised singer/producer/MC Azealia Banks arrives back in Norwich after her last visit in February when she occupied the coveted opening slot for the NME Awards Tour 2012.

Since her first steps as a child in off-Broadway theatre productions to her training at La Guardia High School of Performing Arts – a breeding ground for acting talent – Azealia Banks' angelic voice popped up as Miss Bank$, with the Ladytron-sampling Seventeen attracting the attention of XL Records, before appearances on the 1Love video series and Major Lazer EP Lazers Never Die.

Now based in London, NME's coolest person of 2011 has seen her profile continue to skyrocket even if her hugely anticipated debut album is still no closer to release (it is currently set for release in February 2013). But a recent free mixtape, Fantasea, showcased an artist brimming with ideas, musically magpie-hopping from R&B jams to house loops, all backed with a cartoon-like persona (complete with ever more outlandish outfits) and punk attitude.

Catch her now because when that album finally drops she's sure to go mega.

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UEA, October 8

Fresh off the back of a sold out UK tour, a Sonar appearance and a Lovebox festival headline appearance, the ever hard-working Hot Chip arrive back at the UEA.

The Grammy-nominated electro-pop band are still plugging their excellent fifth album In Our Heads, which doesn't pack anything as instantly catchy as breakthrough hit Over and Over, but does further expand their trademark bittersweet dance-pop cum disco-soul. If there is any justice it will feature on many polls of the best albums of 2012.

This shouldn't exactly be a surprise. After years of self-releasing records, they signed with Moshi Moshi in 2003 and released their debut LP Coming on Strong in 2004. Their second album, The Warning gained more mainstream appeal as well as the attention of critics including a Mercury Prize nod.

And now with five albums spanning eight years, each record has produced at least one track that could be heard non-stop on dancefloors and radio stations.

Support comes from Disclosure

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Waterfront Studio, October 11

The John Peel Festival of New Music — running alongside Norwich Sound & Vision and offering some 50 bands in 10 venues between October 11-13 — gets underway with four-piece 'post electro' jerk-merchants Errors.

Originally formed in 2004 by Simon Ward, Stephen Livingstone and Greg Paterson on the back of a three-track demo recorded in Simon's bedroom, the band quickly made a name for themselves in their hometown of Glasgow with their unique take on dance music.

Their hard work paid off and they are now signed to the Rock Action label alongside the likes of Part Chimp and James Orr Complex.

The band's merged sound of electronic and analogue has become a signature: angular, spiralling guitars, underpinned by mesmerising beats, euphoric synths and pop hooks. They've previously toured with bands as varied as Underworld, Franz Ferdinand, Gary Numan and Mogwai.

They arrive to coincide with the release of new mini-album New Relics which follows on from the critically acclaimed Have Some Faith In Magic released earlier this year.

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The Enemy (indie/rock) — UEA

Murphy's Lore + Crumbs For Comfort + Llewelyn + Lucy Sampson + Inlay (Irish/roots/indie) — Epic

Lewis Mokler + Antonio Lulic + Dan Shears + Becky CJ + Adam Moss (acoustic/pop) — Open

Mucked Up Funkies (rock/funk) — Blueberry

Monkey Spanner (reggae/ska) — Brickmakers

Immortal Empire + Baalberith (metal) — B2

We Ghosts (indie) — Brewery Tap

Dave Thomas Band (blues) — Walnut Tree Shades

Norwich Folk Club: feat. Pilgrim's Way — Christ Church Centre

She/Sez (rock/pop) — Lakenham Cock

He Hews (swing/jump) — Arkwrights


Guitar Masters: feat. Andy McKee + more (acoustic) — UEA

Twee Off: feat. Turbowolf (indie/rock) — Arts Centre

4ft Fingers (punk) — Waterfront Studio

Love Songs To Wild Earth: feat. Nigel Shaw & Carolyn (acoustic/roots) — Puppet Theatre

Emma Hall Band (soul) — Brickmakers

Redeem The Dead (metal) — B2

Black River Falls (rock) — Blueberry

To The Last (rock) — Boundary

Blind Tiger + Truescape (rock) — King Edward VII

Stepback — Arkwrights

Paul Male — Angel Gardens

Daaron — Coach & Horses

Me Myself & I — Heath House


Azealia Banks (hip hop/pop) — Waterfront

The Planks (soul/3pm) — Brewery Tap

Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) — Brickmakers

Devil's Rocking Band (blues) — Boundary

Lena Black's Swing Style Playboys — Hog In Armour


Hot Chip (pop/electronic) — UEA

Lower Than Atlantis + The Dangerous Summer + Don Broco + Gnarwolves (rock) — Arts Centre

Of Mice & Men (rock/metal) — Waterfront Studio

Brickie Session (open mic) — Brickmakers

Jazz Jam: feat. Rich Buddie — Walnut Tree Shades

Jazz Jam — Silver Road Cottage


Young Guns + We Are In The Crowd + Your Demise (rock) — Waterfront

4 Geezers (rock) — Brickmakers

Kate Williams (jazz) — Rackheath Green Man

Roger Dowe (pop/folk) — Vauxhall Centre


The Fall + The Undertones + Bearsuit + Dingus Khan (indie) — Epic

The Skints (reggae/dub) — Arts Centre

The Actor & The Peach (acoustic) — Bicycle Shop

James Lawson + Alice Walker + Paul Goodwin (acoustic) — Bedfords

Pure Acoustic (open mic) — Brickmakers

Open Mic — Garden House


Norwich Sound & Vision: Errors (indie/electronic) — Waterfront Studio

John Peel Festival of New Music: Eugene McGuiness + Virals (indie) — Arts Centre

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (dance/rock) — Open

John Peel Festival of New Music: Balaclava Kid & Dad + Arrows Of Love + Parakeet (indie) — Hog In Armour

John Peel Festival of New Music: Arhai + George Ezra + Kamilla Lovett (indie) — St Lawrence Church

Bad Amplitude (rock) — Brickmakers

The Upgrade (rock) — King Edward VII

Stone Pony (blues) — Walnut Tree Shades

Inlay + James Porter + Ross Grant (folk) — Rumsey Wells

Johnny Jump Band (blues/country) — Micawbers Tavern

Pangaea — Rose Tavern