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10 gigs not to miss this autumn

PUBLISHED: 10:03 16 August 2010 | UPDATED: 15:42 29 October 2010

Louis Kerry

From established artists to upcoming talent, the second half of 2010 is shaping up to be a music-lover's dream. LOUIS KERRY picks 10 Norwich gigs not be missed this autumn.

From established artists to upcoming talent, the second half of 2010 is shaping up to be a music-lover's dream. LOUIS KERRY picks 10 Norwich gigs not be missed this autumn.

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1. NME Radar Tour

Waterfront, September 28

Headlined by female-fronted London-based trio The Joy Formidable, the NME Radar tour, as ever, promises some of the best upcoming indie bands on the scene. Having previously introduced Norwich to acts such as La Roux, Crystal Castles, Friendly Fires and Blood Red Shoes, expect to see the next generation. The Joy Formidable's own flavour of darkly joyous soft-loud racket has been compared to Sonic Youth and Arcade Fire. Also on the bill are Chapel Club with more to be announced.

t Further listening: www.myspace.com/thejoyformidable

2. Ocean Colour Scene

UEA, October 3

Rather amazingly celebrating their 21st anniversary, rock'n'folk pioneers Ocean Colour Scene return to show us once again exactly why they have been so successful. Whilst they're bound to play all the classic hits such as The Riverboat Song and The Day We Caught The Train, they're also planning to air some songs from their ninth studio album, Saturday.

t Further listening: www.myspace.com/ocsmusic

3. Lacuna Coil

Waterfront, October 11

Italian goth-metal heads Lacuna Coil make a rare stop in Norwich for an intimate gig at the Waterfront as part of their Survive tour. With dual male/female Latin-tinged vocals from the charismatic Andrea Ferra and sultry Cristina Scabbia, the band have a whole five album back catalogue to pick from, plus songs from new album, Shallow Life. Supported by British grunge band Slaves to Gravity.

t Further listening: www.myspace.com/lacunacoil

4. Bowling For Soup

UEA, October 15

America's funniest pop-punk band return to Norwich with their Just Can't Get Rid of Us Tour. They're joined by vintage British alternative rock band A, pop rock heartthrobs Forever The Sickest Kids and female-fronted nutcases The Dolyrotts. Anybody who has seen a Bowling For Soup gig before will tell you to expect the unexpected. However don't be surprised if they knock out all the hits such as 1985 and Girl All The Bad Guys Want.

t Further listening: www.myspace.com/bowlingforsoup

5. Marina and the Diamonds

UEA, October 20

Having previously sold out both the Arts Centre and the Waterfront in the past 12-months, Marina and the Diamonds make it a hat-trick with a date at the UEA. Following a host of festival appearances this summer, including Latitude, no-one could accuse the Greek/Welsh wonder of not putting in the effort. She's bound to play the hits from her hit debut The Family Jewels, including I Am Not A Robot and Hollywood. Support comes from another female fronted pop act Spark.

t Further listening: www.myspace.com/marinaandthediamonds

6. My Passion

Norwich Arts Centre, October 29

Kerrang! cover stars My Passion bring their wacky mix of dance music and punk rock to the Arts Centre. Having already been endorsed by Red Bull for festival tours around the UK including Download, T in the Park and the Underage festival, they've been more than successful as of late. However they haven't stopped there, being picked to play on the influential Kerrang Tour, which has kick-started many major bands careers. Support comes from crazy Swedish metalheads Dead By April.

t Further listening: www.myspace.com/mypassion

7. Seth Lakeman

Waterfront, November 10

Returning once again to the Waterfront, modern folk hero Seth Lakeman brings his tales of love, loss and human struggle. The Devon born singer-songwriter is one of England's most talented multi-instrumentalists, playing everything from the fiddle to the violin to the banjo. Having been nominated for a Mercury Music Prize, performed at festivals across the country and toured with The Levellers, Billy Bragg and Jools Holland, he has built himself a strong following.

t Further listening: www.myspace.com/sethlakeman

8. Goo Goo Dolls

UEA, November 15

It's been 24-years since the Goo Goo Dolls formed and here Norwich gets to celebrate as John Rzeznik and co stop off to showcase their nine studio albums in all their glory. As well as a huge back catalogue, songs from the band's new album, Something For The Rest of Us, is sure to get an airing. Let's not forget the bands one true classic, Iris, which pushed the band to superstardom within weeks of release.

t Further listening: www.myspace.com/googoodolls

9. Athlete

Waterfront, November 21

As part of their 13 date UK tour Athlete stop off at the Waterfront in support of their new compilation album, The Singles 01:10. Their indie-pop has been so prominent and so consistent that it has even gained Athlete platinum selling albums and a Mercury Music Prize nomination. This is a chance to see them play all the singles from their 10-year career such as Wires, Beautiful and El Salvador, in a surprisingly intimate venue.

t Further listening: www.myspace.com/athlete

10. Ellie Goulding

UEA, November 24

In less than a year, Ellie Goulding has gone from an unknown singer-songwriter, to one of the UK's most successful and critically acclaimed female solo artists. Having previously sold out the Waterfront and supported Passion Pit at the UEA, she's on very familiar here. Performing the hits, Starry Eyed, Under The Sheets and Guns And Horses, she is sure to execute a night of dazzling electronic pop while crowd sing back every word.

t Further listening: www.myspace.com/elliegoulding

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