Preview: This week’s gig guide

Pioneering drum n bass night Rumble celebrates its 16th anniversary with a special return to the Waterfront featuring Grooverider and many more. Hardcore punk band The Wonder Years pay a visit and there are gigs by singer-songwriter Sam Baker and Shadows Chasing Ghosts.


Waterfront, September 9

Pioneering drum n bass night Rumble celebrates its 16th anniversary by returning to its original home for a special one-off night.

Andy Bunn, the original promoter started Rumble in 1997 at the Waterfront with headline DJ Kenny Ken. It was the first drum bass event in Norwich, at a time when the scene was almost non existent.

Rumble continued at the Waterfront for another year playing to packed crowds of eager junglists raving to the likes of Randal and DJ SS, before it relocated to the 1,500 capacity UEA due to a series of sell out events, the first of which featured Fabio and Grooverider. The following years took Rumble back to the Waterfront for the start of Rumble all-nighters plus events in Ipswich and most recently Atlantis Arena in Great Yarmouth. They also teamed up with that other local dance institution Pam's House for New Years Eve parties at Norwich Sports Village and have also staged Summerfest.

This special night, from 10pm-4am, will sees the return of many familiar faces including Grooverider (pictured), Fatman D, Optical, Flux, Hazard, Juiceman, Mutated Forms, Spyda, Perfection B2B, Dominator (Birthday Set), Azza B and Balistik.

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Norwich Arts Centre, September 12

Hardcore/punk troupe The Wonder Years were formed in 2005 out of the remnants of The Premier. After a series of split EPs with various bands their first full length album, Get Stoked on It!, released in 2007, caused their then-small fan base to grow significantly.

They subsequently signed to No Sleep Records and released an EP, Won't Be Pathetic Forever and a split EP with UK pop-punk band All or Nothing.

Following the band's storming sets on the Kerrang! Tour earlier this year, this date is part of a UK tour to promote their new album, Suburbia I've Given You All and Now I'm Nothing, which was inspired in part by the poem America by Allen Ginsberg.

The album tells the story of a growing culture of people in America trying to find their place in the world without compromising the beliefs that make them who they are. The theme is accompanied by catchy, raw pop-punk.

'Making this record was one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences we've had as a band,' explains frontman Dan 'Soupy' Campbell. Support comes from Valencia and Such Gold.

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Norwich Arts Centre, September 14

Texas songwriter Sam Baker is not that well known even in his adopted hometown of Austin. However, since the 2004 release of his debut Mercy, word of Baker's songs have slowly, but surely spun its way around the world.

Maverick Magazine awarded Mercy five stars and writers that have discovered this raw talent often compare him to fellow Texans Townes Van Zandt and Guy Clark.

He returns to the UK to promote the second part of the story, the self-released Pretty World. Co-produced by fellow Texan and songwriter Walt Wilkins, the new songs reflect a life lived well and nearly lost.

A lot can happen in a few years and Baker can tell you that a lot can happen in seconds. Back in 1986, he was travelling in a train through Peru, when the car he was in was blown apart by a terrorist bomb, killing fellow passengers and leaving him clinging to life.

Deafened and gravely injured, Baker spent the better part of the next decade working on both a physical and spiritual recovery.

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Waterfront, September 14

If you haven't already heard of this post-hardcore/screamo band, you probably soon will.

Formed in Essex in 2007, their mix of heavy break downs and sing along melodies is accumulating them a growing fan base and seeing them being accepted by every type of music audience, from the hardcore elite to pop punk.

Within months, they had recorded their first seven-song EP, Never Get A Wolfs Attention By Pulling Its Tail. Since then they have been constantly touring, playing several major festivals across Europe.

Inevitably their growing success attracted the attention of record labels and last year they released their debut full-length album, The Golden Ratio, on Small Town Records. Though it wasn't offering anything particularly new, it was packed with plenty of riffs, strong vocals, and decent sing-along choruses.

Support at this appearance at The Studio, the Waterfront's new gig space, comes from Polar, Norwich's progressive alternative/post-hardcore outfit Avosetta and Depth.

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Norwich Blues Explosion: feat. Dove and Boweevil + more (blues/folk) — Arts Centre

Rumble: feat. Grooverider + more (drum n bass) — Waterfront

Emma Hall Band (soul/funk) — Blueberry

The Collective (funk/soul) — Brickmakers

Play Some Punk: feat. Flicker + more (punk) — B2

Bristol Johnstone Experience (soul) — Brewery Tap

The Reno Brothers (rock'n'roll) — Walnut Tree Shades

Space Whale (ska/reggae) — Karma Kafe

The Firetones (rock'n'roll) — Arkwrights

Bad Touch (rock) — King Edward VII

Hot Cold Ground (rock) — The King's Arms

Mucked Up Funkies (funk/blues) — Norkie

Steemy Dan (tribute) — The Talk

The AJ Experience — Trowel & Hammer

Terry Adams — Perseverance

Chippy — Fiveways

September 10

Roots and Rhythm Day: feat. Dilanga & Rabo De Foguete (Latin) — Arts Centre

Wapsallions (pop/rock) — Brickmakers

Pain Penitentiary + more (metal) — B2

Beyond Duplication (rock) — King Edward VII

Big Black Cadillac (rockabilly) — Blueberry

Martin Stephenson (folk/pop) — Olives

Lou & The Diamonds (60s) — Arkwrights

Outathablues (blues) — The Stanley

Breaking Belief (rock) — Boundary

The AJ Experience — Norkie

Davie J — Angel Gardens

Tony Cann — Bread & Cheese

Kevin Solo — Royal British Legion

Clive Paul — Heath House

Andy York — Gas Club

Graham Chatt — The Nelson

September 11

East 17 (pop) — Waterfront

The Keno Kings (blues) — Boundary

Luke Arnold & Tim Ainslie (folk/blues) — Brewery Tap

Anto Morra (country/Irish) — Blueberry

Neville Rowe — Royal British Legion

Lee Vasey Big Band (12pm) — Brickmakers

September 12

The Wonder Years + more (pop-punk) — Arts Centre

Stookey Blue (folk) — Micawbers Tavern

Brickie Sessions (open mic) — Brickmakers

September 13

Twee Off: feat. Screaming Females (indie) — Arts Centre

Planet Beet Presents (indie) — B2

Brickie Blues Club: feat. Slow Gin (blues) — Brickmakers

Andi Hopgood and the Simon Briown Trio (jazz) — Rackheath Green Man

Odi (folk/acoustic) — Bicycle Shop

Live & Direct (acoustic) — Rumsey Wells

September 14

Sam Baker (roots/blues) — Arts Centre

Shadows Chasing Ghosts (punk/indie) — Waterfront

Astral Void + more (indie/rock) — B2

Roy Schneider (Americana) — Bedfords

Live Lounge: feat. Amy Bristow + more (acoustic) — The Langtry

Pure Acoustic (open mic) — Brickmakers

September 15

James Hunter (rock/soul) — Arts Centre

Freeload (rock) — Brickmakers

Beyond Duplication (rock) — Blueberry

Johnny Jump Band (rock/blues) — Micawbers Tavern

Loose Leaf Drifters (indie) — Rumsey Wells

The Keno Kings (blues) — Walnut Tree Shades

Ghostriders Western Club: feat. Campbells Country (country) — Royal British Legion

Graham Horne — Rose Tavern

Open Jam — King Edward VII