The month begins during Independent Venue Week, a nationwide celebration supported by BBC Music, and featuring several events within our fine city – Gringo's Tequila Bar showcasing five local acts including the amazing Front Bangs on the 1st, Norwich Arts Centre welcoming Lucia on the same night, and Open hosting Tim Burgess & The Anytime Minutes on the 4th. Get out and support your independent local venue – not just this week, but every week.

Their are two gigs on the 2nd that could link up nicely. The Warwick Street Social has a Saturday aſternoon Access to Music showcase starting at 2pm, and then Ideal Surreal take over in The Mash Tun for their night that includes Maximalist Banquet, Stromm, and Okuri Okami. Award yourselves a Liveline gold star if you make it to both.

Canadian hardcore punks Cancer Bats fly into Epic Studios on the 6th. Meanwhile, on the 8th, Jah Wobble's Invaders of the Heart will be forcing their way up Magdalen Street complete with latest album The Butterfly Effect. From bats to butterflies in the space of three days. That's Epic!

Kaiser Chiefs have sold out the Nick Rayns LCR on the 10th. So it would appear that every year we actually love them more and more.

Suffolk's Bessie Turner gets a headline show at Norwich Arts Centre on the 16th. If you have not heard her on BBC Introducing, BBC Radio 2, or seen her at Latitude, then this is your final wake-up call.

Fantastic news that The Brickmakers in Sprowston Road has secured a new lease, ensuring that bands like Swedish metallists We Are The Catalyst, (playing The B2 on the 23rd alongside The Killing Culture and Rats Packing Grenades), will continue to rock our city. Well done and good luck to the entire team at the Brickies.

And why not end the month at a convening of Lady Dove's Funk Club at The Reindeer in Dereham Road on the 28th. Lauren Dove and friends guarantee a lively atmosphere and a warm welcome.


Release the hares, and let the madness commence. There's a Dodgy start to the month at the Nick Rayns LCR on the 2nd, but I expect that we will all be Staying Out for the Summer.



hristmas already seems but a distant memory – the mistletoe rash is clearing up nicely, and I have been dining out on Creme Eggs for the best part of four weeks already. The live music listings have been filling up nicely as well, so here is my pick of the best for February and March.

Fight your way down to the Waterfront Studio on the 6th and check out three-piece grunge outfit Sœur. Excellent local support is provided courtesy of both Kulk and Kaves.

Ideal Surreal's night at Karma Kafé on the 8th includes London outfit Wonk Unit and ukulele collective The pUKEs. “It's punk son, but not as we know it”. Have the Joy- Rides on standby.

Fans of local favourites Hot Raisin should Paddle Fast their way up Constitution Hill to Sewell Barn Theatre on the 9th. Rain Valley People and Andrew Taylor complete the flotilla.

Barbara Dickson will be packing out Theatre Royal on the 10th. Slightly late for January February, but plenty of time in which to lose another suitcase in another hall.

Have the Wyldest night out ever when the London shoe- gaze trio bring their Dream Chaos Tour to Bermuda Bob's on the 15th. Thank the team at Odd Box for sorting that one.

Join The Sixties Invasion at Open on the 22nd, when Dozy, Beaky, Mick and Tich, The Tornados, and The Foundations revive

The Legend of Xanadu, launch Telstar, and Build Me Up Buttercup. Dig out your autograph books for that one.

Gig of the month for me has to be Bodega at Norwich Arts Centre on the 26th. Those who saw the New York art- rockers play the Lake Stage at last summer's Latitude will know exactly what I mean.

Check out the first semi-final of the revived Rocket From The East competition at Epic Studios on the 27th. Big prizes await the eventual winners, who last time around were Port Isla (and they went on to sign with Parlophone Records).

I will be back at Norwich Arts Centre on the 28th for the Valencian sunshine arriving in the form of Solana. Now based in Bristol, they radiate a unique blend of folk and world rhythm, and will also tell you how 'paella' should be correctly pronounced.

And that is it for another two months. The clocks spring forward on the 31st, meaning longer days and, hopefully, warmer evenings. Meanwhile, the Creme Eggs will be in the shops for at least another three weeks. Enjoy!

David Auckland

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