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Your 2022 local culture hotlist

New year, new exciting things to do! There's a jam-packed schedule of cool cultural happenings coming to Norfolk this year, and we know all about 'em. Diaries at the ready, let's go!

MUSIC TO MY EARS

If live music’s your jam, there’s a hot first half of the year coming at you strong. As always, UEA venue The LCR has a stellar line-up, particularly for indie fans. Echo and the Bunnymen kick off proceedings on 11 Feb to celebrate their 40 years-long career (I know, I feel old), followed by Wolf Alice on 26 Feb, Jake Bugg on 28 March, The Fratellis on 2 April and Kasabian on 21 July. Electro-pop fans will want to catch Example on 8 Feb and Charli XCX on 21 May, while swing jazz aficionados should keep a lookout for Postmodern Jukebox on 16 May and Jools Holland on 27 May. Next door at Earlham Park, Simply Red perform on 25 Jun and Craig David arrives on 13 Aug (talk about re-re-wind).

On the other side of the city, Carrow Road Stadium is hosting some massive names this summer, including The Killers (supported by Blossoms) on 9 June and Elton John as part of his retirement Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour on 15 June – tickets are extremely thin on the ground for both, so you’ll have to beg, borrow or steal.

Fancy an outdoor gig? Head to High Lodge, Thetford Forest on the Norfolk/Suffolk border, where there’s a series of Forest Live concerts happening in June: Rag’n’Bone Man on Thurs 16, Keane on Fri 17, Madness on Sat 18 and Jess Glynne on Sun 19.

GET YOUR HANDS UP

There’s plenty of festival picks in our county this summer, across every music genre imaginable. Love a bit of 80s nostalgia? Hit up Let’s Rock Norwich at Earlham Park on 28 May, headlined this year by Billy Ocean and The Human League. Prefer folk music? Cromer’s Folk on the Pier festival (aka, ‘the best gig on the North Sea’) takes place from 6 to 8 May, and is packed with up and coming talent from across the UK.

Of course, for a weekend of electronic and dance music, you can’t beat heavy hitters Sundown Festival (above) at Norfolk Showground, Norwich, which takes place 2-4 Sept, and Houghton Festival at Houghton Hall, King’s Lynn, which takes place 11-14 Aug. We’re still waiting on line-ups for both, but we expect great things.

Brand new for 2022 is Wideskies & Butterflies, arriving at Raynham Estate in North Norfolk on 5-7 Aug. For a newcomer it has an impressive line-up already, including Natalie Imbruglia, Toploader and Levellers (hello, 90s vibes) with more to come.

LAUGH OUT LOUD

With comedians finally out on tour again, there’s plenty to giggle at in Norfolk this year. At Norwich Theatre Playhouse, expect to see Dylan Moran on 6-8 Mar, Lou Sanders on 31 Mar, Shaparak Khorsandi on 16 Apr and Seann Walsh on 10 Jun.

March is the month to catch comedy at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange – highlights include Ed Gamble on 3 Mar, Henning Wehn on 25 Mar, and Al Murray on 31 Mar.

Over at The Corn Hall in Diss, Mark Watson continues his tour on 26 Feb, and if you missed Shaparak Khorsandi in Norwich she takes the stage at The Corn Hall on 18 Jun.

We’re also keeping our eyes peeled for the latest line-up from outdoor comedy fest Comedy in the Park, coming to Earlham Park, Norwich on 14 Aug. Watch this space…

ALL THE WORLD’S A STAGE

As always, Norwich Theatre‘s schedule is jam-packed full of big hitter shows and musicals. See: The Book of Mormon, 25 Jan-5 Feb; School of Rock, 15-19 Mar; The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time, 3-7 May; Dreamgirls, 31 May- 11 June; We Will Rock You, 20-25 June; and Chicago, 11-16 July.

Magic fans will love Derren Brown’s Showman, on 22-26 Mar, and Magic Goes Wrong from Mischief (who you’ll know from The Play That Goes Wrong), 19-23 Apr. Prefer a re-telling of a classic? Try the Leeds Playhouse production of The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, 5-9 Apr, or Emma Rice’s adaptation of Wuthering Heights (above), 12-16 Apr.

After two years of delays, local production company fEAST is touring Norfolk and Suffolk with historical play The Canada Boys, about two Norwich brothers planning to leave the mustard trade for a fresh start in Canada. Catch them at Wells Maltings on 3-4 Feb; St George’s, Great Yarmouth on 5 Feb; Aylsham Town Hall, 10-11 Feb; Sedgeford Village Hall, Hunstanton, 12 Feb; The Garage, Norwich, 18-19 Feb; Westacre Theatre, 20 Feb; The Corn Hall, Diss 24 Feb; Old Buckenham Village Hall, 25 Feb; and Sheringham Little Theatre on March 5.

Shakespeare fans should catch RoughCast Theatre’s production of Macbeth at The Corn Hall, Diss on 17 Mar, or Romeo + Juliet by The Gorleston Theatre Company over at Pavilion Theatre, 21-23 Apr.

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