Shaggy to Ryley Walker: eight gigs not to miss in Norfolk this week

PUBLISHED: 14:26 15 June 2017 | UPDATED: 14:26 15 June 2017

Shaggy will be performing at the UEA. Picture: Submitted

Shaggy will be performing at the UEA. Picture: Submitted


Mr Lover Lover, the Jamaican-American reggae fusion superstar comes to the UEA, while the Americana star is at Norwich Arts Centre, plus AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd, In Hunter, Mr Eazi and more.

Phil Rudd Band swaps stadiums with AC/DC for the Waterfront with his own band. Picture: SubmittedPhil Rudd Band swaps stadiums with AC/DC for the Waterfront with his own band. Picture: Submitted


UEA LCR, Norwich, June 15, 7.30pm, £25, 01603 508050,

Mr Lover Lover himself, the Grammy-award winning Jamaican-American reggae fusion superstar, arrives at the University of East Anglia. The 48-year-old singer, real name Orville Richard Burrell, is best known for Boombastic hit singles such as Oh Carolina, Angel and It Wasn’t Me, the later of which topped Billboard’s Hot 100 chart. He has also released 12 studio albums, winning a Grammy in 1996 for Best Reggae Album with Boombastic.

Phil Rudd Band

Waterfront, King Street, Norwich, June 15, 6.30pm, £25, 01603 508050,

He’s been more used to playing to mega crowds in stadiums, but here former AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd brings his band to the intimate surroundings of the Waterfront. He had a well publicised fall from grace with the Aussie rockers after a brush with the law, but he remains one of the best rock drummers around and here arrives off the back of the re-release of his album Head Job.

Afro-pop star Mr Eazi comes to Norwich Arts Centre. Picture: SubmittedAfro-pop star Mr Eazi comes to Norwich Arts Centre. Picture: Submitted

Ian Hunter & The Rant Band

Waterfront, Norwich, June 16, 6.30pm, £22.50, 01603 508050,

Ian Hunter joined Mott The Hoople in 1969 and recorded four iconoclastic albums as they hit international stardom with the glam-rock anthem, the David Bowie penned, All The Young Dudes. He visits on the back of his album, Fingers Crossed, which includes his Bowie homage, Dandy, and features his magnificent Rant Band. Support comes from indie-folk duo The Worry Dolls.

The Vapours

Epic Studios, Magdalen Street, Norwich, June 17, 7.30pm, £15, 01603 727727,

Ryley Walker. Picture: SubmittedRyley Walker. Picture: Submitted

New Wave band who had a worldwide hit with Turning Japanese in 1980 and who have reformed after 35 years to perform a small number of gigs in the UK. The band split in 1981 after sour singles and two albums. Originally discovered by Jam bassist Bruce Foxton and co-managed by Paul Weller’s father John, the band reached number number in the UK charts with Turning Japanese, from the now iconic album New Clear Days.

Mr Eazi

Waterfront, Norwich, June 17, 6.30pm, £20, 01603 508050,

Afro-pop superstar from Nigeria who has been hailed as one of Africa’s hottest new talents. His memorable hooks over traditional instrumental sounds have helped him to gain the attention of mainstream audiences, not just world music wonks. Here he brings his hits such as Skin Tight, Hollup, Bankulize and there will be mash-ups and new materials to relish too.

Laurence Jones

Ralph Wyld's Mosaic. Picture: Maddermarket TheatreRalph Wyld's Mosaic. Picture: Maddermarket Theatre

Waterfront Studio, King Street, Norwich, June 17, 6.30pm, £12.50, 01603 508050,

Brit-blues guitar sensation who has won several major awards and sold serious numbers of his four solo albums. His latest, Take Me High, has been produced by legendary Mike Vernon. He brings his crack band featuring Roger Inniss on bass and Phil Wilson on drums/backing vocals, a power trio of modern day blues rock with an edge, known for their take-no-prisoners, incendiary live sets.

Ryley Walker

Norwich Arts Centre, June 20, 8pm, £12 adv/£14 door, 01603 660352,

Singer-songwriter who plays guitar like Bert Jansch and sings like Tim Buckley, yet has a musical style that’s all his own. Still only in his mid-twenties, he’s received rave reviews for albums, Primrose Green and Golden Sings That Have Been Sung. Expect a memorable night of beautiful music from one of modern American folk’s most acclaimed artists. Support from Health & Beauty.

Ralph Wyld’s Mosaic

Maddermarket Theatre, Norwich, June 20, 7.30pm, £12, £6 under-25s, 01603 620917,

Having visited Norwich Jazz Club with Tom Hewson’s trio in 2015, vibraphonist Ralph Wyld returns with his own sextet, Mosaic. Featuring critically acclaimed musicians, they combine contemporary jazz and chamber music with intense improvisation and the unusual line-up. Ralph cites Gil Evans and Steve Reich among his influences. The band’s debut album, Subterranea, will be available on the gig.

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