Deaf Havana to Cara Dillon: this week’s best gigs in Norfolk

Deaf Havana play a home county gig at the UEA in wake of their album It's Called the Easy Life. Pict

Deaf Havana play a home county gig at the UEA in wake of their album It's Called the Easy Life. Picture: Chuff Media - Credit: Chuff Media

The Norfolk rockers hit the UEA, while the sweet-voiced folk singer visits Norwich Arts Centre, together with gigs by KRS-One, Broadside Ballads, Lucy Spraggan and more.

Deaf Havana

UEA LCR, Norwich, February 23, 7.30pm, £16.50, 01603 508050,

Norfolk rock success story — members hail from King's Lynn and Hunstanton — return to their home county for this gig on the back of their biggest album so far, It's Called the Easy Life, which debuted on the charts in the Top 10. Previous album, the brilliant Old Souls, had catapulted the band into the UK rock big league in 2013, however the band almost split up. Thankfully they didn't and the result is their most eclectic and expansive album yet. Support from Dinosaur Pile-Up.

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Waterfront, King Street, Norwich, February 24, 6.30pm, £20, 01603 508050,

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Hip-hop pioneer comes to Norwich for the first time. The pioneering Bronx-based hip-hop group with a socially conscious message, Boogie Down Productions (BDP) was the vehicle of rapper Kris 'KRS-One' Parker. When it comes to rap, few have been as consistent and influential. Throughout his 20 year career trajectory he has given fans over a dozen classic albums, spoke at more then 500 universities including Harvard and Oxford, been nominated for Grammy Awards, and become a touchstone for conscious urban music. Support from The Mouse Outfit Soundsystem.


Waterfront Studio, King Street, Norwich, February 25, 6.30pm, £12.50 adv/£15 door, 01603 508050,

Electro-funk via dance pop outfit return with brand new material but depleted, namesake and bassist Daniel Fenech-Soler having exited the band last year alongside fellow co-founder Andrew Lindsay. The Northamptonshire band are now a vehicle for the remaining members, brothers Ross and Ben Duffy. New album Zilla is energetic, hook-filled and more diverse.

Broadside Ballads

Norwich Arts Centre, February 27, 8pm, £14 (£12 cons), 01603 660352,

Three of the UK's most innovative folk artists — Mercury Prize nominated song collector and singer Sam Lee, singer and fiddle player Lisa Knapp and experimental composer and sound artist Nathaniel Mann — collaborate for the first time to reinvent a collection of British broadsides, the low cost daily song sheets sold for pence, giving a rare insight into Britain's music, literature and political history. They lead a five-piece band, with special guest musicians Pete Flood and Seth Bennett.

The Sherlocks

Waterfront Studio, Norwich, February 28, 7.30pm, £9, 01603 508050,

Following up from their sold out tour in September, upcoming Sheffield four-piece, consisting of two sets of brothers, return in what could be a big 2017. They have been steadily building a solid live following and were the first unsigned band since Arctic Monkeys to sell out local venue the Sheffield Leadmill. They have drawn obvious comparisons from their influencers, The Jam, The Clash, as well as the Arctic Monkeys, but this is a band with their own unique sound.

Man and the Echo

Open, Bank Plain, Norwich, February 28, 7.30pm, £8, 01603 763111,

Warrington band who released their debut album at the end of 2016 which proved a breakthrough year having also performed at Glastonbury. The four-piece played on Billy Bragg's Leftfield Stage in a year where the their oddball pop with a touch of socialist ideals also won airplay on Radio 2, Radio 4, 6 Music and Absolute Radio. There is a touch of ABC, The Smiths, the Divine Comedy, Dexys, Super Furry Animals, blue eyed soul, 50s/60s crooning, literary references, social commentary, humour and much more in their sound.


Epic Studios, Magdalen Street, Norwich, February 28, 7.30pm, £9.50, 01603 727727,

After a number of different releases and years of touring, New Jersey DIY-alt-country band whose sound blends elements of indie rock, pop and country, visit in support of their second album, Cardinal. Existing in various forms over the past several years with a rotating cast of members, songwriter Evan Stephens Hall and drummer Zack Levine are the core having been playing together since early childhood. This album is more vivid and fine-tuned but still in the twangier reaches of American rock.

Lucy Spraggan

Waterfront, Norwich, March 1, 7.30pm, £14.50, 01603 508050,

Lucy Spraggan appeared on the X Factor in 2012 but had to drop out due to illness, which seems to have done her a favour in the long run. Since then her audition video has been viewed 35 million times on YouTube and she was signed to Columbia Records. Her debut album, Join the Club, was a Top-10 success and latest, We Are, released on her own label, CTRL Records, repeated the feat. Unusually for an X Factor wannabe, she cited Don Maclean and Kirsty McColl as major influences, embellished with the folk riffs of Peter, Paul and Mary and taking on the punchy riffs of traditional R&B.

Cara Dillon

Norwich Arts Centre, March 2, 8pm, £18 (£16 cons), 01603 660352,

Irish folk singer Cara Dillion is one of those rare talents. Whether she's singing her native traditional songs of lost love and emigration, or their original compositions, you will be hard pressed to find a more emotive and captivating performer. The sweet-voiced folk singer here entertains with her songs from A Thousand Hearts, her fifth solo album, another small masterpiece of song and emotion, ethereal and radiant. She has won every folk award going, but confesses to being no purist, making music that reaches beyond the constraints and limitations of tradition.

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