Why not kick the month off with Adelaide sisters Germein, currently in the UK promoting their eponymous debut album. Catch them at the Waterfront Studio on the 1st, or start saving up the airfare to see them back in Oz.

'If music be the food of love, play on'. Orsino would surely love the Gunton Festival of Food and Music, now in its third year. Be at The Gunton Arms at Thorpe Market on the 3rd when Daddy Long Legs and Hollie Cook head the lineup, and the food will be equally sumptuous.

The Tilting Sky host The Waterfront Sessions on the 4th, casting off outdoors at 2pm before sailing indoors for the evening. Enjoy the best of local country and Americana acts, including Morganway and The Vagaband. as well as hot food and a pop-up beer festival.

Get along promptly to Anteros Arts Foundation on the 9th if you want to catch Camille Davila, The Neutrinos and Bridget Holmes doing their thing. It will be rather special.

The mighty Queensrÿche this year celebrate the release of their 15th studio album, and are bringing The Verdict European Tour to The

Waterfront on the 13th. Go along, and tell me what you think.

Newmarket Races round off their annual series of musical evenings on the 16th with Olly Alexander's electro- poppers Years & Years. The last race on the card is The Rubbercover Handicap Stakes. I kid you not.

Melbourne hard-rock party starters Massive arrive at The B2 on the 18th. Once compared to Guns'N'Roses by Kerrang Magazine, this is a taste of Oz that you should not miss.

Local trio, and BBC 6 Music favourites, Mega Emotion, top the bill at Bermuda Bob's Rum Shack on the 24th. Support comes from Floral Image and the intriguingly- named Animals In The Form Of Spheres.

Gig of the month for me is at the Waterfront Studio on the 27th when Norwich's Peach Club unleash their homecoming celebration following a headlining tour and the release of their Post- Modern Siren EP. Support comes from Lemondaze and K.M.B.

The wonderful Head Out Not Home evenings come to an end with a celebratory event at Open on the 29th. Show your appreciation for all the wonderful free Thursday



With college students busy with summer jobs (or away backpacking); families dispersed around the Mediterranean (paying top prices and discovering just how few euros they are now getting to the pound); more festivals around the country than you can shake a glo-stick at, and one of our top venues (Norwich Arts Centre) closed for refurbishment; things might seem fairly quiet in Norwich over the next two months. Scratch below the surface, though, and you will find that the city's thriving music scene still has one or two tricks up its sleeve...

night street entertainment over the summer months in the company of Québécois folk ensemble, Les Poules à Colin.


September kicks off with yet another Australian rock band, The Faim, from Perth, who arrive at Epic Studios on the 1st. Don't mention the cricket.

And they are closely followed by Melbourne's Press Club at Bermuda Bob's Rum Shack on the 4th. It's beginning to feel a bit like Earl's Court around here. Local support in the shape of the excellent Tundra and We'll Be Detectives.

The legendary Raymond Froggatt plays Maddermarket Theatre on the 5th. 'Froggy' began as a rock'n'roller in the 1960's, and almost took up permanent residency at the famous Cromer Links Pavilion during the early 1970's, before later moving into country music.

Don't miss the return of The Velveteers to Odd Box Promotions' night at Bermuda Bob's on the 13th. Last time they nearly blew the roof off. This time they are sharing the bill with explosive duo The Pearl Harts. Will the building survive?

Live music returns to Norwich Arts Centre on the 16th. Irish accordion maestro Sharon Shannon and her band get to test out the new PA system along with Senegal's Seckou Keita. Welcome back, NAC.

If you've been Looking For Linda, it might be worth checking out Epic Studios on the 21st, when Scottish duo Hue And Cry are due to be playing.

Check out The Birdcage on the 26th, when Pop Level present a trio of local acts in the shape of Hydra Lerna, Bridget Holmes and Lucy Pearson. Catch these rising stars in one of Norwich's most iconic bars for around the cost of a pint.

...And You Will Know Us by the Trail of Dead. Or so the story goes. Find out if it is true or not at The Waterfront Studio on the 29th.

And that brings the curtain down for another two months. As the nights draw in during October and November I shall be double checking my own drapes and cords before heading out into the city. And, as George Formby famously declared, 'I'll be leaning on a lamp post on the corner of the street...'.

Words David Auckland

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