23-24 APRIL Pepperland Theatre Royal, Nowrich

Five decades of love for one of the world’s most iconic albums is being celebrated this spring with an exciting dance piece inspired by the music of The Beatles.

Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band is the musical backbone of Pepperland which comes to Norwich April 23-24.

Performed by the Brooklyn-based Mark Morris Dance Group, it sees the company perform to new arrangements of songs like With A Little Help From My Friends and Penny Lane alongside new pieces inspired by the album’s sound.

Composer Ethan Iverson says it was daunting and he wanted to do it justice. He recalled: “Mark is such a genius that I thought I could do it with him. The album is a favourite record of mine from high school. They made a masterpiece, really. It has that kind of weight and each new generation discovers it with awe.

“It’s important to note that Pepperland isn’t like a Beatles concert and people shouldn’t expect that. Their music is the fundamental backbone of the piece, but the album now is essentially a piece of folk music.”

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23 MAY-02 JUNE City of Ale Pubs & Bars around Norwich

City of Ale is an award-winning ten-day city-wide celebration of pubs, brewing and beer taking place in pubs and bars all over the fine city from 23 May – 2 June.

Specifically devised ale trails take you from pub to pub through the city’s lanes and lesser known by-ways, from the historic heart to the leafy outskirts and back. Enjoy a beer, chat with the landlord or the locals and collect a stamp from each pub to claim your special limited-edition badge at the end of each trail. Each enamel lapel-pin badge features an iconic building portrayed in the old railway poster style. Collect the whole city if you can!

Pubs range from ancient to more modern; quirky to traditional; city-centre bar to corner boozer. What they all have in common is the quality and range of beers they offer.

There’ll be an enormous range of events including: the Launch Party at the Waterfront, meet the brewer, tap takeovers, beer and food matching, Morris dancing, pop-up pub museums, beer- themed quizzes and treasure hunts.

Discover your favourite beers, learn about styles and flavours, and explore the fine city as you enjoy its fine brewing and pub heritage.

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31 MAY The Luka State Open, Nowrich

The Cheshire based band have received 3.2 million spotify streams, many un last 6 months, plus 4.2 million You Tube streams, so guess a number of you will know about them.

They have a new single ‘What’s My Problem’ is already picking up play via BBC Radio 1, BBC Introducing, BBC 6 Music, Radio X, etc and it will be included to their forthcoming debut LP.

The music they write, nods to the early work of The Clash, Manic Street Preachers and The Jam. The Luka State’s foundation lies at a youth club where Conrad and Sam first met at the age of twelve, which now serves as their rehearsal space – it also provided them with a venue to showcase their recent short film, Elvis Ain’t Dead. [precis of xsnoize review Feb 2019]

“Supergrass crossed with Kasabian? I think they’re very much better than that.” BBC 6 Music

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