It’s live music time…
... at Norwich Arts Centre
Only London attracts the best bands and County folk have to travel to the capital to see them (or make do with cheesy tribute versions) – right?
Not if you live in Norwich. This tiny city in the middle of nowhere (seriously, have a look at a map, it’s out on its lonesome) attracts top name bands to all its venues without having to beg.
Just last week I was looking for someone to see and Kitty, Daisy & Lewis, Richard Hawley and Turin Breaks were all billed to play that week, while Cat Empire and Joan as Police Woman were packing their bags ready to be Norwich bound. It’s like Christmas for music lovers.
Being one of them, it was high time I check out the Norwich Arts Centre, a compact and bijou venue set in an old church (with 31 churches in the city centre alone, some were inevitably going to double up as gigging venues, cafes and accommodation). And what a great spot for live music!
The Centre has won countless awards (including the NME Best Small Music Venue award in 2014), has a well-stocked bar serving hot drinks and a range of spirits, and a beautiful garden for a drink between sets come summer.
Snacks on sale include Heather’s World Famous Veggie Burgers; ingredients sourced from Tom at Benedict Street Food Stores, while the bread comes from Pye Bakers, both within walking distance of the venue.
On the bill on the evening of my visit, Kilamanjambo – six lads signed to Love Records and who released their second EP in 2012. Their mission: to celebrate funk through tearing horn lines, sexy trumpet and sax combos and solos, and a lively performance which sees them – wait for it – take their tops off one by one and parade around semi-naked. How much did I pay for my ticket again? £9 – bargain!
Check them out on this link:
Norwich Arts Centre, 51 St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4PG.
Tel: 01603 660352. norwichartscentre.co.uk