Step out in style - it's The Return of the Fabric Four. Unquestionably back in fashion, acid jazz quartet Corduroy will be cutting a dash at Norwich Arts Centre on the 4th.

The Guardian described this Tyne brand quintet's music as 'pulverising but accessible metal', and gave their King of Cowards album four stars. Round up the Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs when they play the Waterfront Studio on the 8th.

Surf rock trio Tundra bring the essence of Sugar Town to Bermuda Bob's Homegrown evening on the 11th together with Norwich buds Hex Friends (former members of Claws and Box of Light), and countryside punks WRECK.

Support Joe's Crusade, and help those affected by the consequences of mental illness. This fundraising night at Karma Kafe on the 12th features a quality line-up that includes Finn Doherty, K.M.B., and Sadie Nencini.

Rock'n'soul blues at The Brickmakers on the 14th features New Jersey's Billy Walton Band. With tracks from new album Wish For What You Want, experience the spirit of Asbury Park within this iconic Norwich venue.

Follow rap collective Jungle Brown as they hip hop their way along Timber Hill to Bermuda Bob's on the 25th. London's Faye Meana, and our own Hannah Tobias, will also be there.

Having played alongside the likes of The Levellers, Hayseed Dixie, and The Stranglers, festival favourites Julie McLelland & The Band From County Hell arrive in the heaven that is Norfolk on the 27th to perform at The B2.

Alexander Carson, the creative force behind Wooden Arms, launches his solo album at The Birdcage on the 29th together with former Wooden Arm, Milly Hirst. Give them both a big hand.

Scottish favourites Honeyblood close April by playing the Waterfront Studio on the 30th, ahead of the release of new album, In Plain Sight. Keep your eyes peeled for that one.


Signed to Gingerbread Records in 2015, singer- songwriter Jamie Lawson makes his Norwich Arts Centre debut on the 3rd. the same venue where a certain Mr Sheeran supported Nizlopi seven years earlier.



There's even more Spring in our step this year - four extra days off, no less than three Bank Holiday weekends and a two week arts festival in the city. Even more reason to get out of the garden centres and into a gig venue during April and May. Put aside the potting compost and the bedding plants, abandon the trowel and the seed trays, and harvest some great live music instead. Choose from this pick of the bunch of what is blooming good in Norwich over the next two months.

Amsterdam's Pip Blom brings her band to the Waterfront Studio on the 28th, together with her debut album, Boat, which will probably be moored up outside.

Squeeze's Chris Difford begins his Up The Junction tour at Norwich Arts Centre on the 14th for an evening that will be undeniably Cool for Cats. Annie Get Your Gun?

Get a taste of The Unthanks on the 15th. at Open. Nowt to do with the Golden Triangle, but Tyneside sisters Rachel and Becky, together with Niopha Keegan, will perform as an unaccompanied trio. Padlock your Pashleys, and park them round the back.

Following the release of their third album, Shadow Work, and a European tour that included an appearance at Montreux Jazz Festival, acclaimed Norwich trio Mammal Hands return to Epic Studios on the 17th, with support from Georgia King's excellent new band Galli.. Mmm, definitely nice.

Former Deep Purple vocalist and bass player Glenn Hughes will be producing an emission of Smoke On The Water at the Nick Rayns LCR on the 18th. Expect a Highway Star or a Fireball to linger over Earlham Road following that one.

Hoots Mon. Neither typo

nor tribute band, Red Hot Chilli Pipers have been described as 'the most famous bagpipe band on the planet'. Experience them, and get a flavour of what they do, at Open on the 24th.

Sunday Sessions return to Earlham Park on the 26th. Along with the pigeons, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds will once again be aiming to make their mark on a large outdoor crowd.

The football season may have finished, promotions and relegations having all been determined, but the line-up of Barlow, Donald and Owen will be returning to Carrow Road on the 30th. Orange might be absent, but Take That will be leſt in no doubt that the future is definitely yellow.

Finally, where else could you possibly lay your hat? With Paul Young, obviously, spreading the Love of the Common People down at Epic Studios on the 31st. Still No Parlez? Well get yew down, and join yew in.

And that is it for another two months. June already beckons like a Midsummer Night's Dream, and then it's off to the Royal Norfolk Show to buy a brand new combine harvester. I'll meet you by the beer tent for a pie and a pint, and a Wurzel-style musical mardle.

Words David Auckland

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