Let's kick off with an all- dayer at The B2 on the 1st. POW3RF3ST 2019 runs from 1pm until 11pm and features nine bands, with the mighty WarCrab headlining. Awaken your dark desires with this carefully craſted blend of Death, Sludge and Doom Metal, and maybe wash them down with a chilled Pinot Grigio?

Brighton quartet Yonaka blew the leaves off the trees when they supported Kasabian in Thetford Forest last June. See what they can do inside Norwich Arts Centre this year when they headline on the 4th. They will be signing copies of new album, Don't Wait 'Til Tomorrow, in HMV at 1.30pm.

Popular regular night Norm's returns to a new home at Space Studios in Swan Lane, and events blast off on the 7th with Our Quiet Friends, Vanity Fairy and Damp Matches. Welcome back, Norm. We have missed you,

Bermuda Bob's are gaining a reputation for bringing eclectic acts to Timberhill, and on the 12th it is the turn of Icelandic singer-songwriter Axel Flóvent to set up his stall. Hailing from the fishing village of Husavik, expect songs inspired by beautiful

countryside and all things elemental.

It will be a Rapper's Delight at The Waterfront when Wonder Mike and Master Gee bring legendary hip-hop act The Sugarhill Gang ashore on the 13th. Re-live those early 80's hits in the company of the first band ever to get a rap single into the top 40 of the Billboard Hot 100.

Local favourites The Bloodshake Chorus appear at The Reindeer in Dereham Road on the 14th. Like theatrical escapees from The Rocky Horror Show, The Bloodshake Chorus certainly live up to their name. Vegetarian options are available.

Expect the sun to shine when the ironically-named Miserable Man takes the stage at the Warwick St Social on the 15th. Well known on the Norwich scene, expect Mr Happy Feet to make you smile with his mix of Jamaican Ska. Rocksteady and Roots.

The annual series of Forestry Commission gigs get under away on the 20th, with shows at High Lodge from Foals, Paul Weller, Jess Glynn and Stereophonics. Just follow the A11. Or stay at Epic Studios in Magdalen Street for The Orb on the 21st and fall in love all over again with Clare



June and July see the days getting longer, the sun getting stronger, and live music moving out of doors as the festival season really gets under way. Our Suffolk neighbours, Lowestoſt, will be celebrating the solstice on the beach with First Light Festival, and Latitude is another excuse to stray across the border, but the music continues unabated within the city, and Norwich Pride have declared the whole of July as Pride Month. So pop on your favourite t-shirt and shades, and take your pick from these live summer sizzlers.

Grogan and Altered Images on the 22nd.

Finally, the show that everyone is talking about – the amazing Starcrawler return to Norwich Arts Centre on the 30th. If you need to ask, then it's possibly not for you.


I'm still tingling from her cover of LCD Soundsystem's New York, I Love You But You're Bringing Me Down at last year's BBC Proms. Sharon Van Etten is at the Nick Rayns LCR on the 1st. Form an orderly queue for that one.

The Head Out Not Home series of free outdoor musical events return to the city centre every Thursday evening from the 4th until the end of August. Check out local press for details, and hang around aſter work for a drink, a meal, or a bit of late night shopping.

Meanwhile, Solana bring their unique blend of world, folk and jazz influences to Norwich Arts Centre on the 4th for their re-arranged Norfolk date. Almost a homecoming gig for brother and sister Tamsin and Rowen Elliott, the globe-trotting five- piece return to again gently remind us how to correctly pronounce 'paella'.

Spooky Men's Chorale are a group of male Australian singers who, under the guidance of 'spookmeister' Stephen Taberner perform ABBA covers, Georgian folk songs, and songs about power tools and cooked breakfasts. Get yourselves properly spooked at The Playhouse on the 9th.

Come out and support the local bands who are raising funds for MIND with Punk Rock Stars In Their Eyes at The Waterfront on the 13th. Acts confirmed so far include Ducking Punches (as Robbie Williams) and Hex Friends (as Black Sabbath). You know you want to.

Latitude Festival runs from 18th - 21st. Main stage headliners this year are George Ezra, Snow Patrol, and Lana del Ray. Just in case you are interested.

Alternatively, give Banham Fest a try from 26th to 28th. A weekend ticket costs about 80% less, and you don't need to cross any county lines to get there.

However you choose to spend your June and July, have fun, remember to slip-slop-slap, and I'll meet you in August, when we can compare T-shirt tan-lines.

Words David Auckland

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