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Norwich Arts Centre’s new season features music galore and an eclectic mix of performance

PUBLISHED: 12:44 07 March 2018 | UPDATED: 15:09 08 March 2018

Norwich Arts Centre - The Baghdaddies
Photo: Brendan Clayton

Norwich Arts Centre - The Baghdaddies Photo: Brendan Clayton

Brendan Clayton

Music galore and an eclectic mix of theatrical and comedy treats are in store for audiences at Norwich Arts Centre.

Norwich Arts Centre - Shonen Knife
Photo: supplied by Norwich Arts CentreNorwich Arts Centre - Shonen Knife Photo: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre

The St Benedicts Street venue’s latest programme is packed with every kind of music and much more.

Kelly Robb, from Norwich Arts Centre, said: “Spring is on its way and we’re excited to launch our new March and April programme with a little something for everyone!”

Music Highlights

Norwich Arts Centre - The Audit
Photo: Adam York GregoryNorwich Arts Centre - The Audit Photo: Adam York Gregory

New and established artists are part of the latest line-up at Norwich Arts Centre which includes some foot-tapping retro bands.

Cali soul rockers The BellRays are performing on March 16, meanwhile Bob Log III - described as “the loudest strangest stuff you’ve ever heard” - is in Norwich on March 22, and funk and soul act Speedometer is returning to Norwich with collaborator James Jr on March 23.

Paul Weller fans will be in for a treat on March 24 when 11-piece tribute act The Style Councillors recreates live the 1985 album Our Favourite Shop, and on March 30 people will be able to step back to the 1950s with C’mon Everybody! and Bobby Cochran.

Indie and pop is the name of the game for much of the April programme, including Japanese trio Shonen Knife, who draw inspiration from The Ramones, heading to Norwich on April 12 and Mancunian proto-punks Cabbage performing on April 13. Norwich’s own Tibetan Night Terrors return on April 20 with their zesty take on tropical indie, and singer/songwriter Isaac Gracie is performing on April 22.

Norwich Arts Centre - The BellRays
Photo: CARLOS PUMANorwich Arts Centre - The BellRays Photo: CARLOS PUMA

For a more laidback evening, there is lots of soul or electro including slick, lo-fi melodies from Boom Bap Festival presents Frankie Stew and Harvey Gunn on March 10. Teenage RnB newcomer Mahalia is bringing her strong vocals to the stage on March 11, meanwhile electronic innovator Lapalux is visiting on March 17 courtesy of HARK, and Mercury Prize nominated outfit Portico Quartet will be performing their singular, cinematic sound on April 5.

There is also a sprinkling of folk, world and acoustic music too. Josienne Clarke and Ben Walker will perform their captivating folk songs on April 10 and Talisk’s mix of concertina, fiddle, and guitar will be on stage on April 17. Mary Coughlan’s emotional blues, folk, and jazz takes centre stage on April 19 while The Baghdaddies’ cocktail of Balkan melodies, latin grooves and sizzling brass is set to entertain on April 21.

Performance Highlights

Norwich Arts Centre - Blazin' Fiddles.
Photo: supplied by Norwich Arts CentreNorwich Arts Centre - Blazin' Fiddles. Photo: supplied by Norwich Arts Centre

A diverse programme awaits fans of theatre, live art and comedy.

Tonight Off The Kerb is presenting a night of comedy featuring Angela Barnes (Mock The Week, Live at the Apollo) and cult favourite Bec Hill, meanwhile Chortle Award winner Simon Munnery will be bringing laughter with his latest show on March 29.

On March 14 Carry on Jaywick - a new verbatim play made up entirely of the words of real people - will present a story of hope among the hopeless, laughter in the darkest times and a celebration of what it means to fight for where you come from, and a week later, on March 21, The Audit (or Iceland, a modern myth) will use text, performance, film, music and animation to tell the story of the true value of money and the human cost of greed. Poet Luke Wright will be performing his show Frankie Vah on March 28, and on April 18 contemporary dancer Hayley Matthews will present Home Solo, an intimate performance about an epic tale of feeling at home in your own skin.

Norwich Arts Centre - Carry on Jaywick
Photo: Ethan MillerNorwich Arts Centre - Carry on Jaywick Photo: Ethan Miller

For more information on Norwich Arts Centre events and to book tickets, visit www.norwichartscentre.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 660352.

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