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Arts Centre (Norwich)

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51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
http://norwichartscentre.co.uk/

Internationally recognised, Norwich Arts Centre is firmly established in the heart of Norwich’s cultural community as the leading contemporary arts venue. Delivering a daily programme of live music, theatre, dance, live art, visual art, spoken word and continually supporting the development of artists; Norwich Arts Centre really is the best small venue in Britain.

In 2014 the venue received the prestigious NME Britain’s Best Small Venue award, having previously been shortlisted for the award in 2011, 2012, 2013. In 2014 it was also honoured with both a EDP People’s Choice Award for best small to mid-scale venue, festival or organisation and a LIVE UK Music Business Awards for Best Venue Teamwork.

September 2019

Baluji Shrivastav OBE

September 22 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£11.50 – £13.50

Seasons of India

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Richard Strange

September 23 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£22.50 – £24.50

performs the songs of Lou Reed

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Folie à Deux

September 25 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£4 – £12

Gossamer Thread Circus

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Jess Morgan & Nels Andrews

September 26 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£9 – £11.50

Songs & Books Tour 2019

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Brass Funkeys + Mutant Vinyl

September 27 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£9 – £13.50

Spirited Second Line Revelry, Galloping Gypsy Czárdas, Soulful Jazz Funeral Marches, Pumping Brass Driven Funk! The Brass Funkeys are an 8-piece London-based Brass Band who draw on the traditions of New Orleans. Formed in 2011, they have played at major festivals including Glastonbury, Wilderness and the North Sea Jazz Festival as well as London venues including The O2 Brooklyn Bowl, Koko Camden, and Ronnie Scott’s. Whether performing a powerful amplified stage show or as a totally mobile marching band, the…

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October 2019

Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band

October 2 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£14 – £25

+ DJ support from Ronnie Orbit (Tropical Shakedown) + Soul Stew in the bar The modern-day leaders of Ghanaian highlife music are back! Pat Thomas & Kwashibu Area Band’s sophomore release ‘Obiaa!’, produced by Kwame Yeboah and Ben Abarbanel-Wolff at Lovelite Studio’s analogue HQ in Berlin, is a deep and soulful journey into the heart of Ghana’s indigenous highlife music celebrating the timeless and iconic voice of Pat Thomas, the 72 year-old “Golden Voice of Africa”. After producing Ebo Taylor’s…

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Spacehopper Experience

October 4 @ 8:00 pm - October 5 @ 1:00 am
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£6 – £8

The Spacehopper Experience – A complete audio and visual experience. Spacehopper will be performing live acid-tinged euphoric trance, along with the finest selection of DJ’s, Full on UV Submersion, Lasers and Computer Projections. You may have caught Spacehopper perfoming Live and Direct at: Equinox, Bearded Theory, Harlequin, Landed, Maui Waui, WOW and Alchemy to name but a few. 8pm – 1am

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Chainska Brassika

October 5 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£14 – £17

+ support ” They’re a brilliant band – you want to see them live. They’re incredible!” David Rodigan MBE on BBC1Xtra “Chainska is one of the most impressive and promising upcoming acts in the Reggae/Ska genre that I have seen or heard in while.” The Skatalites “…One of my favourite bands at the moment, Chainska Brassika…they are terrific!” Peter Vrakking on Extra Gold Radio, Netherlands Since their foundation, Chainska Brassika have travelled far and wide, igniting crowds and setting countless…

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Ibibio Sound Machine

October 7 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£14 – £39

“Music is a universal language, but spoken language can help you think about what makes you emotional, what makes you feel certain feelings, what you want to see in the world,” says Eno Williams, frontwoman of Ibibio Sound Machine. When Williams uses both English and the Nigerian language from which her band’s name is derived for their dazzling new album Doko Mien, the group somehow produces a world of both entrancing specificity and comforting universality. A language entirely of their…

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Defying Gravity

October 8 @ 8:00 pm - 10:30 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£5 – £6

An Evening with Jordan and Cathi Unsworth

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Essex Girl

October 9 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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PRESENTED BY MARIA FERGUSON “a valuable addition to the current feminist dialogue” Spy in the Stalls Essex Girl: a young working-class woman from the Essex area, typically considered as being unintelligent, materialistic, devoid of taste and sexually promiscuous. – Collins English Dictionary. Kirsty is a sixteen-year-old girl growing up in 00s Brentwood. She likes WKD, Elton John, Pie and Mash and Charlie Red body spray. She’s on a quest to win Sexy Ricky’s heart and pass her GCSEs. She also…

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Acid Mothers Temple + Our Quiet Friends

October 11 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£12.50 – £14.50

The sprawling universe of that is Acid Mothers Temple was formed in 1995 by Kawabata Makoto. Originally titled the Acid Mothers Temple soul-collective and encompassing musicians, dancers, artists, farmers, channellers, ex-yakuza, mermaid researchers and professional vagrants, the collective has always had at its core a dedication to improvised music. Now with a history of over two decades, and a discography of over one hundred releases, which is not to mention the numerous solo and side-project releases which encompass everything from…

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DJ Format + Chrome

October 12 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£8 – £11.50

The title of his 2003 debut album says it all: Music For The Mature B-Boy. That’s DJ Format for you, boiled down to the essence. He’s the grown up producer/beatmaker who, admittedly, spends far too long digging for bafflingly scarce records to play, sample, and make you dance. His five artist albums, featuring rap heavyweights like Edan,Mr Lif, Phill Most Chill, Jurassic 5, and of course long-time collaborator, Abdominal, have been called some of the highpoints in UK hip hop.…

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Black Mountain

October 14 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£17 – £19.50

Black Mountain’s Stephen McBean turned 16 after Woodstock but before Varg started burning down Norwegian churches. And yet, until just two short years ago, McBean had lived his entire adolescence and adult life without a proper driver’s license, that first and most coveted ticket to personal independence. When he did finally take the wheel in 2017, he essentially became a Sixteen Year Old for the first time, blowing out the doors off the DMV like a pyrotechnics display at a…

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Snapped Ankles

October 15 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£13.50 – £16

They came from the trees. Now settled in fertile east London, Snapped Ankles maintain the feral energy of the forest. Fight or flight. Primal motorik rhythms, the rush of white noise and post-punk angles; an aural onslaught played out on homemade log synths, electrified guitars and sticks beating hell on taut animal skin. Snapped Ankles have flourished in the sub-tropical climes of warehouse and squat parties, moving onto performance art collaborations with filmmakers and shows in unlikely locations such as…

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Acephalous Monster

October 16 @ 8:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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by Ron Athey

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Rosie Lowe + Chloé Bodur + Harry Edwards

October 17 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£11.50 – £15.50

part of Wild Paths Festival Rosie Lowe is a singer & songwriter whose mostly downbeat material draws from R&B as much as contemporary electronic music. Born in Exeter, she had an unconventional upbringing — she was raised in a wooden house built by her father that did not have a television. She studied at Goldsmiths, university of London, where she took a course in popular music and taught herself how to use production software. Chloé Bodur 20-year-old singer-songwriter from North…

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Anna Meredith + Pom Poko + Lyla Foy

October 18 @ 7:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£17.50 – £22.50

part of Wild Paths Festival Anna Meredith Anna Meredith is a composer, producer and performer of both acoustic and electronic music. Her sound is frequently described as ‘uncategorisable’ and ‘genre-defying’ and straddles the different worlds of contemporary classical, art pop, techno, ambient installations and experimental rock – or as the Guardian said: “majestic bangers" Her music has been performed everywhere from the BBC Last Night of the Proms to flashmob body-percussion performances in the M6 Services, PRADA, Chloe & Fendi…

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The Icicle Works

October 19 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£23.50 – £25

The Icicle Works celebrate 35 years of the music of the Mercury-nominated artist Ian McNabb Their greatest songs and more Two hour show plus, with interval. No support Emerging from the profligate network of Liverpudlian bands that existed during the punk rock and new wave era, the Icicle Works was formed by Ian McNabb (3 November 1960, Liverpool, Merseyside, England; vocals/guitar), Chris Layhe (bass), and Chris Sharrock (drums). McNabb was formerly in City Limits with the near-legendary Edie Shit (b.…

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Lucy Grubb

October 24 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£5 – £7

EP Preview

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Kyla Brox Band

October 25 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£14.50 – £17

EUROPEAN BLUES CHALLENGE WINNER 2019 Kyla Brox is the daughter of Victor Brox – British R&B royalty! She set out on her amazing blues career singing with her father in the 90’s. In 2019 she won the coveted European Blues Challenge and also launched their critically acclaimed album “Pain & Glory”. Kyla is undoubtedly one of the very best soul-blues singers the British Isles has ever produced. “The finest female blues singer of her generation” Manchester Evening News “Manchester’s answer…

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The Membranes + Other Half

October 26 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£9 – £13.50

The Membranes finally follow up their critically acclaimed universe-explaining 2015 album ‘Dark Matter/Dark Energy,’ which received rave reviews and radio play on BBC 6 Music and became the bestselling album in the band’s history. The new album, ‘What Nature Gives…Nature Takes Away’ is a double album, using the band’s own 20-piece choir to juxtapose their dark drones and melancholic epic power across sixteen songs about the beauty and violence of nature. The album features guest appearances from the likes of…

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She Drew The Gun

October 28 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£13.50 – £16

A record of steely conviction in uncertain times” **** – Q “it’s like an angry, Scouse-inflected PJ Harvey. Ie: bloody brilliant” – Sunday Telegraph Louisa Roach isn’t a protest singer. The ambitious, melodic psych pop this Merseyside artist makes under the moniker She Drew The Gun is too abstract for that label, more dreamy than didactic. But it’s fair to say this rising star – winner of Glastonbury’s Emerging Talent contest in 2016 – works adjacent to that tradition, taking…

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Songs of Sanctuary

October 29 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£8 – £10

Classical Syrian/Contemporary Folk Fusion Songs of Sanctuary is a fusion of classical Syrian music and contemporary folk songs performed by folk songwriter Sam Slatcher and Raghad Haddad from the National Syrian Orchestra, the musicians from the Stories of Sanctuary project. Songs of Sanctuary is a stripped back and intimate arrangement of the Stories of Sanctuary songwriting project that brings together people from different backgrounds – including Syrian refugees and long term residents of County Durham – through writing originals songs.…

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Oh Yes Oh No

October 30 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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This is a show about having sexual fantasies that don’t align with your politics. It’s about understanding what you want, and wondering how the hell to ask for it. Award-winning performance artist Louise Orwin asks the difficult questions as she takes you on a surreal joyride through femme sexuality and violence. Made exclusively with the candid input of those willing to talk openly and honestly about their sex lives, this one-woman show interrogates identity, consent and power play. Featuring explicit…

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Martin Carthy & John Kirkpatrick

October 31 @ 8:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Arts Centre (Norwich), 51 St Benedicts Street
Norwich, Norfolk NR2 4PG United Kingdom
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£15 – £17

These two leading interpreters of English folk traditions – folk guitarist/singer Carthy and squeezebox virtuoso/singer Kirkpatrick – are long-time collaborators in a variety of seminal musical projects: from John’s iconic 1976 Morris tunes album Plain Capers through Steeleye Span to Brass Monkey. Their enduring enjoyment of playing with each other shines through in their performances – warm, natural and charismatic. Pure English folk pedigree!

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