Music & Drama 

Saturday 1st October 

21:00 Open  

Price: £ 7 Adv

The Norwich Soul Train

 

A night train taking you on an uplifting journey filled with Funk, Soul, Disco and Motown classics, leading you along the tracks and grooves with those licks of hard hitting horns, punchy rhythms and storming beats!

A quarterly event to set OPEN's dancefloors alight with all things funky, taking its influence from the classic US show, Soul Train.

We are back in the Banking Hall and Club for an all out extravaganza!

Expect dancers, extra lighting and visuals, soul train danceway and dance offs, make up artists giving 60s, 70s & 80s looks to those who want to get in the groove, and a whole lot of soul!

Funk, Soul & Motown in the Main Hall & Disco and Boogie in the Club Room.

10 DJs // Dress up, get down!

Tuesday 4th October 

20:00 Norwich Art Centre  

Price: £ 10.00 Adv; £12.00 Door

Loyle Carner

“Loyle Carner is Britain’s most recent new hope in hip hop,” according to The Fader and countless others. The 20 year old emcee from South London has been causing quite a stir following the release of his debut ‘A Little Late’ EP in September of last year. All but one track on the EP was produced by Loyle’s right hand man and live partner Rebel Kleff. The two of them create reminiscent old school hip hop with their own UK and modern influences.

Friday 7th October 

19:30 King's Lynn Corn Exchange

Price: £ 17.50 concession; £21.50 

Jackson Live In Concert 

Michael Jackson is not only remembered as one of the most influential artists of all time, but many of today’s artists have been inspired by his iconic style. His career spanned nearly five decades of music, and he was continually at the forefront of popular music.

 

Jackson Live in Concert sees long-time fan and hugely talented Ben recreate the Michael Jackson experience with his stunning rendition of all his favourite songs.

Ben’s portrayal of Jackson  has to be the most accurate and exciting tribute to the King of Pop to have ever toured UK theatres. Ben is joined on the stage by his Incredible Band and Dancers who work their way through all the hits. He’s got the look, the moonwalk and the voice! His renditions of Thriller, Beat it and Billie Jean are truly sensational.

Jackson Live in Concert features all-live vocals and superb musicians and dancers, fabulous costumes, and of course all the signature dance moves associated so fondly with the undisputed King of Pop. Pure MJ!

Sunday 9th October 

20:00 Norwich Art Centre  

Price: £ 15.00 Adv; £18.00 Door

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble
 

“Trafficking in a free-flowing blend of jazz, hip-hop and Afrobeat, the group can resemble the world’s funkiest marching band one minute, an unhinged New Orleans funeral procession the next.” – Los Angeles Times
 


“A huge brass bridge of genuinely hypnotic polyphony connecting the cosmic jazz of Sun Ra’s Arkestra with the urgency of hip hop and the sweeping emotional scale of a Curtis Mayfield blaxploitation opus.” – FADER
 
HBE are seven brothers from the south side of Chicago who come from an extraordinary musical family.
The band freely mix the brass band tradition with generous doses of hip hop, soul and funk, creating an intoxicating and boisterous blend that is just barely contained on their newest release Fly: The Customs Prelude. They have toured throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, Africa and South America playing with everyone from Prince, Mos Def , Mick Jones (The Clash) and Damon Albarn (Blur, Gorillaz). They’ve performed Coachella, WOMAD AU, Jazz at Lincoln Center, The Sydney Opera House and Carnegie Hall. The documentary film Brothers Hypnotic, explores their music, work ethic, life and experience of being raised by their jazz legend father Phil Cohran. After screening in major cities and festivals, it aired on PBS. Their song, “War” was featured in the blockbuster hit movie, Hunger Games.

Tuesday 11th October 

18:30 University of East Anglia, LCR 

Price: £48

UB40

Birmingham's acclaimed reggae band have been together since 1978 and have had numerous hits including 1 In 10, Cherry Oh Baby, Homely Girl and Red Red Wine. Following the departure of vocalist Ali Campbell in 2008, UB40’s five remaining founding members Robin Campbell, Brian Travers, Jimmy Brown, Earl Falconer and Norman Hassan continue to record and tour extensively.

Tuesday 11th October 

19:30 The Waterfront

Price: £ 19.80

Lee 'Scratch' Perry

The godfather of dub and the high priest of reggae. Bob Marley's producer and a truly original musical innovator. From 1970s Jamaica to the present day his music has been consistently excellent and his influence consistently enormous.

Thursday 13th October 

19:30 Open

Price: £7.00

NGOD

NGOD are a four piece alternative/experimental rock band from Bradford who throw out track after track of well-produced up-and-down beat, angular rock that sprawls from the stage in sheer blockades of power.

Whereas most two-guitar four-piece bands seem to have a built-in attitude of riff-first, ask questions later, NGOD appear to approach each of their beautifying three-minute packets from all angles via all instruments. This comes across in their music, each track presenting a synthesis which in the hands of lesser musicians would come across poorly.

Monday 24th October 

20:00 Norwich Art Centre  

Price: £ 15.70

Akala

Taking hip-hop back from the corporate world, MOBO award-winning hip hop artist, writer, poet and educator Kingslee 'Akala' Daley wages war on the mediocre rap industry with his diverse combination of influences including trance, folk, punk and soul.

Over the years Akala has developed a stellar live show with his renowned drummer/award-winning music producer Cassell 'TheBeatmaker' (Plan B, The Streets and Keziah Jones).

Thursday 27th October 

19:00 Open

Price: £ 22.50

Afro Celt Sound System

 

With sales now topping one and a half million albums and two Grammy nominations to date, Afro Celt Sound Systemcelebrate their 20th anniversary with a stunning new album, ‘The Source’ (29th April / ECC Records) and a UK tour bringing their exhilarating live show to venues around the country.

"a delirious mix of primal intensity, spiritual beauty and explosive rhythms.....a colossus of an album.”  fRoots Magazine

This European and African based collective have been a ground-breaking force in music ever since they started, along the way finding kindred spirits across international talent and forging a reputation for exhilarating shows. The new album’s characteristic energy has already translated brilliantly to Afro Celt Sound System’s latest live sets, which kicked off 2016 in style with sell-out shows at Glasgow and London.

Afro Celt Sound System LIVE features the core band members Simon Emmerson, Guinean vocalist, kora and balafon virtuoso N’Faly Kouyate and charismatic dhol master Johnny Kalsi, along with percussionist Robbie Harris and fiddle-player Eòghann MacEanruig,Ged Lynchon drums, Simon 'Palmskin' Richmond on keyboards and electronica and Val Etienneon backing vocals, with the gritty, witty rhymes of Gaelic rapper, musician and language activist Griogair.

On some shows, the band will be joined by the hauntingly soulful Armagh-born vocalist and flautist Rioghnach Connolly and the devotional harmonies of the Guinean female quintet Les Griottes.

Friday 28th October 

20:00 Norwich Art Centre  

Price: £ 10.00 adv; £ 12.00 door

Fine City Blues: A celebration of Otis Rush & BB King

Featuring Travis “Moonchild” Haddix

 

“Red, white, black, brown or yellow, rich or poor, we all have the blues” B. B. King
 
Blues is a melting pot that gave birth to soul, rock and roll, and countless other musical genres. Two of the key ingredients of that melting pot were Otis Rush and BB King.
 
Fine City Blues is bringing together a celebration of their work featuring local and US musicians influenced by them in a great programme of their finest tracks.

Saturday 29th October 

20:00 Norwich Art Centre  

Price: £ 10.00 adv; £ 12.00 door

Fine City Blues: Women In Blues

“This be an empty world without the blues.” Ma Rainey
The first recognised Blues record was recorded by a woman. Women have been influential throughout the history of Blues music but it’s not been an easy journey. Recognition is in short supply and it is time to start to readdress that by celebrating Women in Blues past and present. For the first time in Norwich Fine City Blues is dedicating a day to Women in Blues.

 

In association with Norwich Arts Centre.

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