Hackney Colliery Band to Rat Boy: gigs not to miss in Norfolk this week

Hackney Colliery Band bring the South London Soul Train to Atlantis Tower, Great Yarmouth.

Hackney Colliery Band bring the South London Soul Train to Atlantis Tower, Great Yarmouth. - Credit: Archant

The 21st century brass band bring their mix of beast and brass to Great Yarmouth, while fresh from being sampled on the new Kendrick Lamar album, Rat Boy is in Norwich. Plus Roving Crows, Peatbog Faeries and a Bowie tribute.

Rising London-based contemporary rockers Albany Down play at the Open in Norwich.

Rising London-based contemporary rockers Albany Down play at the Open in Norwich. - Credit: Archant

The Prettiest Starman

Norwich Arts Centre, April 28, 8pm, £10 (£8 cons), 01603 660352, norwichartscentre.co.uk

Celebrating the 45th anniversary of David Bowie's Starman with a special show by this Colchester band who are all Bowie fanatics and who will perform two sets of classic hits. Lead singer Anton Pace has even made his very own Starman quilted space suit as worn by Bowie on Top Of The Pops. Images and film clips of Bowie will make this visual as well as sonic treat.


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Roving Crows

Garboldisham Village Hall, April 29, 8pm, £12 (£11 cons), 01379 652241, disscornhall.co.uk

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Despite being based in Worcestershire and Gloucestershire, this four-piece deliver Irish folk-rock. Renowned for their high-energy live performance, and having won many awards including Best Live Act at Spiral Earth Music Awards, they mix Celtic-inspired song backed by tribal rhythms and electronica-infused dance grooves. They arrive on the back of latest album, Bury Me Naked.

Hip hop beats and found samples mixed with scruffy and engaging indie rock, Essex artist Rat Boy is

Hip hop beats and found samples mixed with scruffy and engaging indie rock, Essex artist Rat Boy is at the Waterfront. - Credit: Archant

Stone Foundation

Norwich Arts Centre, April 29, 8pm, £13.50, 01603 660352, norwichartscentre.co.uk

Offering up the sound of Memphis, via the Midlands, this UK soul band's new album, Street Rituals, has been produced by and features Paul Weller. The Mod legend after he contacted them telling them how he was keen to work with them and they recently supported him at the Teenage Cancer Trust gig. Support from Danny Champ.

Hackney Colliery Band

Atlantis Tower, Great Yarmouth, April 29, 10pm-5am, £10 on door, hackneycollieryband.co.uk

Jehst will bring fresh rhymes and some dope beats to Norwich Arts Centre

Jehst will bring fresh rhymes and some dope beats to Norwich Arts Centre - Credit: Archant

The South London Soul Train heads east as this nine-piece headline a funky all-nighter in Great Yarmouth. Formed in 2008 theirs is a tour de force of trumpets, trombones, saxes, sousaphone, marching percussion and electronics, a contemporary take on New Orleans marching bands and the traditional British brass bands. Also eclectic dancefloor fillers from DJs including Snowboy, Richard Routledge, Rob Messer and Jon Goodrum.

Albany Down

Open, Bank Plain, Norwich, April 29, 7.30pm, £9, 01603 763111, opennorwich.org.uk

Rising London-based contemporary rockers with influences ranging from classic acts like Led Zeppelin to modern bands such as The Black Keys and Clutch. They released their third studio album, The Outer Reach, last year. The music mixes thunderous guitar riffs and pounding drums juxtaposed with soulful, soaring, emotionally-charged ballads.

Rat Boy

Waterfront, King Street, Norwich, May 1, 7.30pm, £13, 01603 508050, ueaticketbookings.co.uk

Hip hop beats and found samples mixed with scruffy and engaging indie rock, Essex artist Jordan Cardey picked up a loyal following that marked him out as one to watch and he has just seen his track Knock Knock Knock sampled on the new Kendrick Lamar album. He brings his anarchic live show having just shared his bolshy post-Brexit single Revolution. Support from The Sherlocks and High Tyde.

Peatbog Faeries

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, May 2, 8pm, £17, 01284 758000, theapex.co.uk

Following the release of their latest album, Blackhouse, this legendary band are back on the road. Hailing from the Isle of Skye, they were trailblazers of the Celtic dance music renaissance, mixing traditional jigs and reels with jazz, hip hop, reggae and more. Its a mix of hazy and high octane Celtic dance music. Imagine The Orb meeting a ceilidh band.

My Vitriol

Waterfront, King Street, Norwich, May 3, 7.30pm, £16.50, 01603 508050, www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk

Alt-rock band, once heavily hyped as the next big thing and oft-credited with ushering a 'new wave of shoegaze' dubbed 'NuGaze' in the early 2000s, return after a lengthy hiatus with their limited release album The Secret Sessions. Last year saw the band's live return to support Muse at the O2 Arena and shows and festivals across Europe.

Jehst

Norwich Arts Centre, May 4, 8pm, £10 adv/£12 door, 01603 660352, norwichartscentre.co.uk

With a string of albums under his belt – from 2002's The Return of the Drifter through to 2011's critically lauded The Dragon of an Ordinary Family – Jehst's gritty beats and lyricism has earned him a global reputation. A beat maker and hugely sought after emcee, he is simultaneously both a worldwide and underground artist and visits promising fresh rhymes and some dope beats. Also on the bill are Manik MC, Jazz T and Booda French.

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