In Profile: Bearsuit

PUBLISHED: 08:24 10 October 2012




With the Norwich Sound and Vision festival just around the corner here is a guide to the bands who will be performing in Norwich.

Band profile: City five-piece Bearsuit who consists of Charlene Katuwawala (bass, vocals, keyboards), Lisa Horton (keyboardist. vocalist), Joe Naylor (drums, vocals), Jan Robertson (guitar, keyboards, vocals) and Iain Ross (guitar, keyboards, vocals).

Bearsuit have previously played various festivals including Latitude, Bestival, The Great Escape, Dot To Dot, Indietracks and Offset, as well as several abroad including SXSW, Emmaboda (Sweden) and CMJ in New York, where we were voted ‘Best Breakthrough Act’ in a New York Times poll of badge-holders and received shining reviews, including Pitchfork.

their debut single “Hey Charlie, Hey Chuck” was voted number four in the Peel programme’s Festive Fifty of 2001.[1] They recorded four Peel Sessions in 2001 and 2002 and their single “Chargr” was number two in the first Festive Fifty after Peel’s death.

What the experts say: “In an era when almost everything is quite like something else, Bearsuit are not quite like anything.” John Peel

The Fall + The Undertones + Bearsuit + Dingus Khan

Wednesday 10 October : 7.30pm

£20.00 adv : £22.00 door

At EPIC Studios in Norwich (Magdalen Street)

Fundraiser for the John Peel Centre of Creative Arts in Stowmarket

This is the launch event for the John Peel Festival of New Music and we are delighted that these two iconic bands have agreed to play. Norwich Arts Centre have been working with John Peel’s wife Sheila Ravenscroft to help establish both the new venue in Stowmarket and the festival as a permanent legacy to the much missed DJ.

If anybody would like to make a donation to the new John Peel Centre for the Creative Arts in Stowmarket please visit

Three day Festival wristbands are available for £35 from Norwich Arts Centre but do not include the fundraiser event as announced above.

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