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Saturday, October 12, 2013
Friday night of Norwich Sound and Vision sees at least 45 acts perform at 13 venues across the city. But how many of these is it possible to see? David Powles found out.
It’s a somewhat intimidating prospect working out where to head when given access to so much music across one night.
Impossible to escape the fear that wherever you are, the really memorable gig will be happening either at the venue you’ve just left or the one you don’t quite manage to get to.
What a prospect, nevertheless, and across six hours of Friday night and Saturday morning the quality, as well as the variety, of performances on show was dazzlingly brilliant.
Firstly it’s off to the cosy surroundings of The Bicycle Shop where acoustic solo artist Grant Ley plays an enjoyable set to much fewer people than he deserves to.
Ley deserves credit for not letting the sparsity of the crowd stop him from putting on an energetic performance complete with audience chit chat, sing-a-longs and handclaps.
Up the road, Cinema City is playing host to Raevennan Husbandes, a guitar-playing solo artist who has a bit of a buzz building up around her. And rightly so.
You can wrap yourself up in the Lowestoft-singer’s cosy acoustic numbers and warm voice. Check out stand out track ‘House of Wood’ if you want a quick introduction - it will leave you wanting more.
A decent crowd has built up at the more eclectic surroundings of The Birdcage where Damien Flynn is busy finger-plucking some Leonard Cohen-esque tunes to deep, at times dark and throughly thought provoking lyrics.
It threatens to be a night highlight until his guitar turns on him, untunes itself and brings the gig to a disappointing end.
I’d been most excited by the prospect of Halls at The Assembly Rooms - partly because of the intriguing location but mainly because a trawl of the band on YouTube promised much - think solo Thom Yorke.
Sadly, even a healthy crowd gets subsumed by the vast surroundings, the sound quality is poor and the band appear defeated before they even begin.
We cut the set short for the lengthy walk to Epic because we don’t want to miss a second of Killamonjambo’s headlining set.
If you spot this band on the bill, take a note and stick the date in your diary, because you are guaranteed a good time.
Their riotous fusion of ska and funk gets everyone in the crowd bouncing before a large proportion joins them on stage for a rip-roaring finale.
It’s getting late and this is when NSV comes alive - and subsequently the choices get harder.
While many head to the Arts Centre for what appears to be (judging by tweets) a brilliant show by the hotly-tipped Drenge, we’re at Open for the final throngs of Ty - a well-established British hip-hop artist.
The large crowd are swept up by his seamless rapping and he keeps the body bouncing until the early hours by MC’ing over many memorable guilty pleasures.
By the end, one night of NSV has provided six acts across six venues - and a great mix of memorable performances.
Crazy to think you can get three nights of that for just £40. We’re lucky to have this festival - more of you should check it out.