Norwich Arts Centre’s summer season of gigs and performances

Norwich Arts Centre summer 2016 programme: Hurray For The Riff Raff. Photo: submitted.

Norwich Arts Centre summer 2016 programme: Hurray For The Riff Raff. Photo: submitted. - Credit: submitted

From American folk to tropical dance via reggae and more, there is an eclectic mix of music set to entertain audiences at Norwich Arts Centre this summer.

Norwich Arts Centre summer 2016 programme: Julian Marley. Photo: submitted.

Norwich Arts Centre summer 2016 programme: Julian Marley. Photo: submitted. - Credit: submitted

The St Benedicts Street venue has a packed programme of gigs and performances throughout July and August.

Among them, Julian Marley - Grammy nominated reggae star and son of the legendary Bob Marley - will be at Norwich Arts Centre on August 18 complete with his full 11 piece live band.

On Tuesday night Hurray For The Riff Raff, headed by Alynda Segarra, is kicking off the summer season with her new take on the American folk tradition meanwhile fellow folk artists Ryley Walker and Danny Thompson will be performing on August 4.

Lots of world music will be taking to the Norwich Arts Centre stage.

Norwich Arts Centre summer 2016 programme: Samia Malik. Photo: submitted.

Norwich Arts Centre summer 2016 programme: Samia Malik. Photo: submitted. - Credit: submitted

Samia Malik will perform Azaadi: Freedom on July 6, combining original bilingual songs with projections, translations and visual art to explore issues around gender, race and identity. Poet-guitarists and soul rebels Tinariwen will be in Norwich on July 18 with music from the Sahara Desert, meanwhile on July 22 The Busy Twist will be bringing their tropical dance music from Ghana to the house night Shift.

The West African Blues Project - a collaboration between Senegalese vocalist Modou Touré and British blues maestro Ramon Goose - will be in Norwich on August 8.

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Steely Dan tribute band Steemy Dan will bring their 10-piece band on July 8 meanwhile Canadian indie rock band The Besnard Lakes will be in Norwich on August 17.

Comedy fans can enjoy a night of Edinburgh Festival Fringe previews on July 12, with Tom GK showcasing his satirical show Responsibilities (or how a horse was tried for murder) and Tom Skelton taking the audience on an Orwellian odyssey from the year 2061.

Norwich Arts Centre summer 2016 programme: West African Blues Project. Photo: submitted.

Norwich Arts Centre summer 2016 programme: West African Blues Project. Photo: submitted. - Credit: submitted

True Stories, on August 21, is a night where everyone is invited to take the spotlight and tell their stories around the firepit. The theme for the night is Truth or Dare. Anybody who would like to share a story on the night should email truestorieslive@gmail.com

Grace Jackson, from Norwich Arts Centre, said: 'To complement the long, light evenings of July and August we have a programme full of gigs and performances. Some highlights for me include West African Blues Project and The Busy Twist, who will bring us the exuberant sounds of Africa.'

She added: 'Away from Norwich, we're particularly proud that the show that we co-produced for the Edinburgh Festival, KlangHaus, is showing at London's Royal Festival Hall from July 7 to 29. It was a huge success in Edinburgh and we know London will love it.'

Visit www.norwichartscentre.co.uk or call the box office on 01603 660352.

Norwich Arts Centre summer 2016 programme: Besnard Lakes. Photo: submitted.

Norwich Arts Centre summer 2016 programme: Besnard Lakes. Photo: submitted. - Credit: submitted

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