Preview: From Ne-Yo to The Orb, 12 gigs not to miss this week

Ne-Yo who is appearing at Norfolk Showground Arena, the venue's biggest gig to date.

Ne-Yo who is appearing at Norfolk Showground Arena, the venue's biggest gig to date. - Credit: Archant

Grammy Award-winning R&B superstar Ne-Yo and Dr John Cooper Clarke taking his singing debut in conjunction with Hugh Cornwell are amongst this week's diverse gigs. SIMON PARKIN highlights 12 not to miss.

• Ne-Yo

Norfolk Showground Arena, November 24, 6pm, £40, 01603 508050,

It's not often that a Grammy Award-winning singer performs in a venue more used to agricultural shows, but this gig by prolific R&B singer Shaffer Chimere Smith, aka Ne-Yo, could help Norfolk Showground's push to bring bigger artists to the region. Ne-Yo, who has sold more than 10 million albums worldwide and whose hits include Miss Independent, So Sick and Because of You, will be the biggest indoor music event the venue has staged so far. His latest, sixth, album, Non Fiction, finds the honey-voiced singer on typically ultra-smooth lover-man seductive form. His falsetto and rich tenor sound as flexible as ever.

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• Lanterns On The Lake

Open, Bank Plain, Norwich, November 24, 7.30pm, £12, 01603 763111,

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Earlier this year this Newcastle indie-rock quintet played a very special homecoming show with the Royal Northern Sinfonia. The 40-piece ensemble, guided by the arrangements of composer Fiona Brice, added a wealth of texture to a band already very familiar with expansive and beautiful sounds and they've just released a sublime 10 track live recording on that concert. They will be back on more normal form here, drawing from their acclaimed studio album, Beings, comprising dynamic post-rock atmospherics and tender revelations from Hazel Wilde's vocals. Support from Irish solo star Ciaran Lavery, who is about to release Live At The Mac recorded at a landmark show in Belfast last December.

• Dr John Cooper Clarke & Hugh Cornwell

Waterfront, King Street, Norwich, November 25, 6.30pm, £25, 01603 508050,, Clifton Road, Cambridge, November 26, 7pm, £21.50, 01223 511511,

Renowned punk poet Dr John Cooper Clarke and former Stranglers main man Hugh Cornwell might make for music's oddest couple of the year. But it's a match made in the rock 'n' roll heaven on their eyebrow-raising new album, This Time It's Personal. The album, which features 10 hand-picked songs, marks Dr John's debut, at the age of 67, as a lead vocalist. 'No one knew he could sing!' laughs Cornwell. 'When you tell people they go 'You're kidding me.''

• Recreations and The Magnetic South

Norwich Arts Centre, November 25, 8pm, £7 adv/£9 door, 01603 660352,

Having finally put the moniker Get Cape, Wear Cape, Fly to bed at a ceremonious gig at the end of Southend Pier, Sam Duckworth continues apace under his new guise, Recreations. Following the release of the album, Baby Boomers 2, and a summer of festival performances, he will here be performing his iconic debut album, Chronicles of a Bohemian Teenager, with his new live band The Magnetic South. Coinciding with the show is the release of the Beaches Ain't S*** EP, featuring four brand new tracks showcasing Duckworth's prolific songwriting abilities and experimental flair. Support from Dan Allen (Ducking Punches) and Savage Island.

• Jim Moray

Norwich Folk Club, Christ Church Centre, November 25, 8pm, £12,

Singer, musician and producer Jim Moray comes to Norwich Folk Club on the back of his new album Upcetera, which he describes as being like 'learning to do it all again from scratch'. It follows his False Lights project with songwriter and guitarist Sam Carter which saw them make a glorious folk rock ruckus that owed more to Radiohead and Queens Of The Stone Age than Steeleye Span, and which won them a Best Album nomination at the Radio 2 Folk Awards for their debut LP Salvor. In another musical shift, Upcetera, takes influences from composers like Michael Nyman and Steve Reich.

• Phil Campbell's All Starr Band

Open, Bank Plain, Norwich, November 25, 9pm, £16, 01603 763111,

A special live performance in tribute to the late, great rock legend Lemmy and Motörhead featuring guitarist Phil Campbell and friends, followed by DJ playback of Motorhead classics until 2am. Campbell was lead guitarist in Motorhead for three decades. He has toured the world, sold millions of albums and headlined the biggest festivals. His passion to keep the music alive led to the formation of Phil Campbell's All Starr band. The set list will be full of classic Motörhead songs infused with covers of some of Phil's favourite bands including Black Sabbath.

• Mostly Autumn

Waterfront, King Street, Norwich, November 27, 7pm, £15, 01603 508050,

Counted amongst the top 100 best prog bands of all time and winners of Best Live Concert and Best Female Vocalist in the Classic Rock Society awards, Mostly Autumn's musical palette is diverse, they draw on influences from the golden age of 1970s prog-rock, but have developed their own unique sound that both captures the essence of that era and yet looks forward into the future. They have built a loyal and cult following since their first album 16 years ago and in that time such luminaries as Steve Hackett, Bob Harris, and Ritchie Blackmore, who invited them to support his Rainbow revival, amongst those who've sung their praises.

• Terrorvision

Waterfront, King Street, Norwich, November 28, 7.30pm, £20, 01603 508050,

After a break of over three years, Yorkshire rockers Terrorvision are back. Following their appearances as special guests to Thunder, the band arrive in Norwich on their own headline tour to coincide with the 20th anniversary of their platinum selling Regular Urban Survivors album. Bassist Leigh Marklew said: 'It's the album that made us the 'go-to' Brit-Rock band of the 90s, if killer pop hooks, eccentric lyrics and crazy live shows were your cup of tequila.' Support comes from Tax The Heat, whose critically acclaimed debut album, Fed To Lions, recently received nomination for the category of Best New Band at the Classic Rock Awards.

• Sarah MacDougall

The Bicycle Shop, St Benedict's Street, Norwich, November 28, 7.30pm, £10,

Acclaimed Swedish-Canadian alt.folk singer-songwriter Sarah MacDougall is joined by ascendant Canadian singer-songwriter Ben Kunder in support of their widely praised current albums, Grand Canyon, MacDougall's fourth and most expansive work to date, and Golden, Kunder's alluring debut. Sonically richer than ever she has donw previously, Grand Canyon sees Sarah challenging herself and pushing new boundaries musically and sonically, with songs about identity, love, fear, rootlessness and forgiveness.

• Honeyblood

Junction, Clifton Road, Cambridge, November 28, 7pm, £11, 01223 511511, Arts Centre, November 29, 8pm, £10 adv/£12 door, 01603 660352,

This Glasgow indie-pop duo come out of nowhere to deliver a stellar debut album of sweet but sharp grunge-pop in 2014. No sooner had guitarist/vocalist Stina Tweeddale and drummer Shona McVicar joined forces than they were unleashing some of the raw yet fully-fledged anthems. Here they return with more catchy fuzz-rock from their just released follow-up, Babes Never Die. For Stina the title came from somewhere close to her heart, literally. 'I have those words tattooed on my ribs,' she smiles. 'I guess you could call it a war cry; to never let yourself be defeated.' Support from PINS.

• Chris Wood

Octagon Chapel, Colegate, Norwich, December 1, 7pm, £12.50, 01603 508050,

Multi-award winning folk artist Chris Wood is an uncompromising writer whose music reveals his love for the un-official history of the English speaking people. With gentle intelligence he weaves the tradition with his own contemporary parables. His eagerly awaited new album, So Much to Defend, includes reflections everything from minor league football to empty nest syndrome, learning to swim and cook-in sauces to, not least, the Gecko as a metaphor for contemporary society. A self-taught musician, composer and song writer, his unique has seen him named Songwriter of the Year at the Spiral Earth Awards and Folk Singer of the Year and the Radio 2 Folk Awards.

• The Orb

Waterfront, King Street, Norwich, December 1, 7.30pm, £20, 01603 508050,

Prepare for trace-like beats and ambient spaced-out monologues about Little Fluffy Clouds. Ambient pioneers The Orb arrives in support of their new full-length album, COW/Chill Out, World!, which continues the duo's Kompakt connection, after last year's Moonbuilding 2703 AD LP (and this March's Alpine EP) on the revered Cologne label. This date is part of a special tour dates that is made up of two-set events and feature a celebratory 25th anniversary performance, in full, of their seminal debut, Adventures Beyond The Ultraworld, and greatest hits from their storied career, followed by music from their new chill out offering.

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