The six must-see gigs in Norwich this September
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Music maestro Alex Flood picks out the best of the live gigs on offer in and around Norwich this month.
• Roger Eno – Norwich Arts Centre – September 5
The lesser known brother of enigmatic, musical chameleon Brian Eno, Roger is fully deserving of recognition in his own right. A multi-instrumentalist of astounding talent and a keen singer, the 55 year old from Woodbridge, Suffolk is the proud of auteur of a discography comprising 26 studio albums spanning a career of 21 years, hardly the work of a man working in his elder brother's shadow. Primarily composing eerie ambient music, the gothic décor of Norwich Arts Centre is a perfect setting for a night of opulent soundscapes and extravagant instrumentation from a real home-grown gem.
• Reload Festival – Norfolk Showground – September 6-7
East Anglia's premier retro-music festival returns this September ready to soundtrack the end of summer 2014 with a plethora of vintage soul, funk and pop. The two day event, held at the incomparable Norfolk Showground, features such big-hitters as Kool and the Gang, Soul II Soul, Sister Sledge and even everyone's favourite eighties cheesemonger Rick Astley! Regardless of your age, this family friendly event is an ideal closer for this season's festivities, and this year's line-up could prove to be the best yet!
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• Frank Turner and the Sleeping Souls – UEA LCR – September 11
A seemingly perennial fixture on the European touring circuit, the rough 'n' ready, punk-folk troubadour from Hampshire reprises the LCR stage on September 11 for an interesting night that will see him take reflection of his career thus far, performing a set list comprising his best material of the past seven years. Turner is currently in the process of collating the third instalment of his B-sides, covers and live version compilation series, as well as embarking on a 15-date UK tour (of which one of the stops will be this UEA gig) aimed at performing in smaller towns that wouldn't normally have concerts.
• Ravi Shankar Opera Project: Sukanya – NAC – September 17
Conductor, and former Shankar apprentice, David Murphy, presents an evening in celebration of cult sitarist Ravi Shankar's life and work on this late-summer evening, including an exclusive preview of the ground-breaking new opera that proved to be Shankar's last work, Sukanya. A true musical genius is how the man widely known as 'the Godfather of world music' shall be remembered, and Murphy's gala of eastern music is an unmissable chance to hear some of Shankar's finest work in person.
• DZ Deathrays – Epic Studios – September 22
The less-well known venue on Magdalen Street, Epic studios, has played host to an increasing number of top class artists in recent years, and Melbourne natives and NME favourites, DZ Deathrays, are the latest in this line. Purveyors of an insistently grinding mixture of dance punk and thrash metal, the male duo of Shane Parsons (vocals/guitar) and Simon Ridley (drums) have drawn comparisons to other well-known rock 'n' roll duos such as the White Stripes and Blood Red Shoes, and with their second full length album, 'Black Rat', recently released on I OH YOU records, the band can draw on a rapidly increasing back catalogue of fast-paced, balls to the wall riff-rock.
• The Horrors w/ Telegram – the Waterfront – September 22
Despite its date clashing with the DZ Deathrays show at Epic Studios, this alternative option may well in fact trump the Aussie rockers raucous show. Featuring two of the best British bands of recent times, albeit one slightly more senior in terms of band hierarchy, the Horrors date at the Waterfront in September, supported by Anglo-welsh rockers Telegram, is set to be one of the indie highlights of 2014 for Norwich's avid music lovers. A sublime mixture of psychedelic krautrock, followed by the Horrors own brand of shoe-gaze dream-pop is in order for the night of September 22, and is not one to be missed.