It’s Christmas with Slade leading this week’s six gigs not to miss

Merry Xmas Everybody as Slade come to Norwich on their It's Christmas Tour. Picture: Submitted

Merry Xmas Everybody as Slade come to Norwich on their It's Christmas Tour. Picture: Submitted - Credit: Archant

Merry Xmas Everybody is sure to feature as the 1970s glam-rockers deliver an early Christmas present for Norfolk and Suffolk music and festive nostalgia lovers.

• Slade

Waterfront, King Street, Norwich, December 9, 7pm, £22.50, 01603 508050, www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk

Slade's unique blend of glam-pop-rock, outrageous flamboyance and pure fun saw them score 23 Top 20 singles of which six were number ones. This time of year, of course, it is their evergreen, unavoidable festive hit Merry Xmas Everybody. Led by founder members Dave Hill and Don Powell, but long without Noddy Holder, they are back to play hits like Cum On Feel The Noize and Coz I Luv You as well as that Christmas sing-along. Support from The Glamtastics.


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• The Wedding Present

Aquarium, Wellington Esplanade, Lowestoft, December 9, 7.30pm, £18, 01502 573533, www.aquariumlive.co.uk

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David Gedge's punky indie pop survivors return with their scratchy guitars and brilliant, poignant, cynical-romantic lyrics. They may have been around for more years than they'd care to remember, but the last few years have been some of their busiest years ever including a string of EPs with Gedge singing in French, German and Welsh.

• Amy Rigby

Cromer Community Centre, December 10, 7.30pm, £11, www.eventbrite.co.uk

American singer-songwriter Amy Rigby visits Cromer supported on bass by her husband Wreckless Eric. Amy established herself as a solo artist in 1996 with debut album Diary of A Mod Housewife. She will revisit classics and play new songs from her upcoming solo album due next year.

• Seth Lakeman

Open, Bank Plain, Norwich, December 11, 7.30pm, £22.50, 01603 763111, www.open247.org.uk

Award-winning folk-singer, songwriter and multi-instrumentalist stops in Norwich in support of his new album, Ballads of the Broken Few, playing with his band. Seth has successfully steered English folk music into the mainstream with high-energy performances and a series of best-selling albums over the last 10 years. His previous albums include 2014's Word of Mouth which entered the UK Top 20 album charts on its release, Mercury-nominated Kitty Jay and the gold-selling Freedom Fields.

• Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats

Norwich Arts Centre, December 11, 8pm, £14 adv/£16 door, 01603 660352, www.norwichartscentre.co.uk

Bringing sonic psyche-frazzling heaviness and blood-drenched pop that have made them one of Britain's great cult bands, playing from their fourth opus The Night Creeper as well as single Pusher Man and Iron Maiden cover Remember Tomorrow. Support from Vodun.

• Big Country

The Apex, Bury St Edmunds, December 14, 8pm, £22 adv/£24 door, 01284 758000, www.theapex.co.uk

Following their 30th anniversary 'Steeltown' tour, Big Country return marking three decades since of the album that followed that release 'The Seer'. Famously, the album included an appearance by Kate Bush, who joined the late Stuart Adamson on the title track. Support from Flaming June.

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