The football season has finished, only the small matter of a World Cup remains to be sorted out in Russia. There is no Glastonbury this year, but still more outdoor music festivals than you can shake a tent pole at. The holiday season is almost upon us but, for those of us remaining in Norfolk, still plenty of live music to look forward to over the next two months. So here are some of the highlights to look forward to as we spend ‘Summer in (and around) the City.


The Rum Dogs head up an evening at the Octagon Chapel on the 1st. This is a gig organised by Love Music Hate Racism. Do both.

This not a love song, and John Lydon may not have been Rotten for a while now, but he is elevated to the status of national treasure nonetheless. Check out his Public Image Ltd at the Nick Rayns LCR on the 6th.

The Blues Band have been doing ‘exactly what it says on the tin’ since 1979. Previous to that, founder members Paul Jones and Tom McGuinness were in 1960’s chart-toppers Manfred Mann. There is a chance to hear them at the Maddermarket Theatre on the 7th.

Norm’s is the new Friday night

for Norwich music lovers at Bedford’s Crypt. Pop along and acquaint yourselves with local psych/junkadelic sensations Gladboy there on the 8th. The Weight of Expectation will indeed be rewarded.

Kasabian will be rocking the trees in Thetford Forest on the 10th. Squirrels and velociraptors will tussle in fights of arborial proportion. Throw nuts, or Shoot the Runner. The choice is yours.

Double sibling pop-rockers The Magic Numbers return to Norwich Arts Centre on the 13th with new album Outsiders. Fans of The Harry Hill Movie will be disappointed if B&B Song doesn’t make the setlist. Support comes from the wonderful Ren Harvieu.

Singer songwriter Hattie Briggs was recently named Fender Undiscovered Artist of the Year 2017/2018. Find out why when she returns to Norwich and plays at The Guildhall on the 14th. Also confirmed is our very own dobro-playing Noel Dashwood.

Welcome everybody’s favourite Supergrass, Gaz Coombes, back to Open on the 16th. He got a Mercury Prize nomination for Matador. Now he’s the World’s Strongest Man.

They caused a sensation when they appeared in Norwich earlier this year. Don’t miss LA alternative band Starcrawler when they return and play Norwich Arts Centre on the 22nd. Consider



yourselves informed.

Fancy a weekend excursion into Suffolk? Flatlands Festival returns to The Water Meadow at Wenhaston (between Halesworth and Blythburgh) on the 29th and 30th and features a cracking line-up including The Piratones, Binbag Wisdom, The Wolf Number, Georgia King and Maya Law. And it is a lot cheaper than that ‘other’ festival down Henham way.


Led by bowler-hatted ‘droog’, Monkey, The Adicts remain one of the most distinctive punk bands of the 1980’s. Their ‘Special East Anglian Show’ gets July off to a riotous start at The Waterfront on the 1st.

A popular feature of Norwich summer evenings are the free Head Out Not Home events organised by Norwich BID. They re-commence on the 5th, and occur every Thursday evening throughout July and August. Check social media for line-up and locations.

Local band Lost Levels launch a new album at Norwich Arts Centre on the 6th. Its an Odd Box night, so expect a packed line-up. Brighton’s Max Taylor is already confirmed for the bar.

Every year the Lord Mayor’s Celebrations seem to get bigger and better. This year, over the weekend of 6th-8th, expect live music stages on Westlegate and St Gregory’s Green; BBC Introducing from The Bandstand, and Maui

Waui from the Big Top Stage in Chapelfield Gardens; and Norwich Arts Centre curating live music from The Forum Stage on Millenium Plain. And it is all free.

Canadian dance/electronic band JOYFULTALK are joined by Norfolk’s Broads at The Waterfront Studio on the 10th. Music inspired by very different landscapes, but sharing a common beauty.

That there Latitude be on in Suffolk on the weekend of 12th-15th. Solange, The Killers and Alt-J, all washed down with endless pints of cider, and maybe a swim in the lake?

Craig David is at Newmarket Racecourse on the 20th. He backed a horse on Monday...

David Gedge leads The Wedding Present back to Norwich Arts Centre on the 21st. They should get a good reception.

East coast rockers Burn The Headlines return with a new album, Ghosts, and a gig at Epic Studios on the 28th.

And finally... Southampton’s Scarecrow Boat sail up the Wensum to Gringo’s on the 31st to share a tequila or three with local bands Shadowboxer and Sharks Can’t Hold Hands. End the month with a Mexican wave?

Have a great summer. Enjoy the festivals, and remember to keep supporting all your local venues.

David Auckland

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