The Strypes to WOW Festival: Six gigs not to miss this week in Norfolk

The previously 1960s obsessed Irish upstarts return with a 1970s New Wave sound, while WOW boasts a diverse line-up headlined by The Mouse Outfit.

The Smith Street Band

The Smith Street Band - Credit: Archant

Andy Fairweather & The Low Riders

Memorial Hall, Dereham, July 6, 7.30pm, £25-£22, 01362 693821,

Now in its fifth year, the 2017 Dereham Blues Festival’s opening features Andy Fairweather Low and his band The Low Riders. Andy’s career spans from the late-60s when as lead singer with the band Amen Corner had a Number 1 hit with “(If Paradise Is) Half As Nice”, followed by a string of top 10s, the most famous being as a solo performer with Wide Eyed And Legless. Over the years he has performed with the very best including Eric Clapton, Bill Wyman and Jimi Hendrix. Support from Dove & Boweevil Band.

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Waterfront, King Street, Norwich, July 7, 6.30pm, £12.50, 01603 508050,

These 1960s obsessed four Irish upstarts made a scarily convincing facsimile of the era’s best bands (complete with Bo Diddley covers) on their debut album, Snapshot, which spawned singles including Blue Collar Jane and You Can’t Judge A Book By Looking At The Cover. After 2015’s Little Victories, they return following release of their third album Spitting Image, which takes influences from late 70s heroes like Squeeze and Elvis Costello, with a much less blues-y sound than we’ve heard from them before. Support from Man & The Echo and Gentlemen.

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WOW Festival

Where: Woolsey Bridge Fields, Diss, July 7-9, 4pm, £20, £10 under-16s Fri evening/£30, £15 under-16s Sat/£25, £10 under-16s Sun,

WOW, in Burston, near Diss, has built a reputation as a family friendly festival with music including acoustic, roots, ska, bluegrass and everything in between, mixed up with a bit of swing. It draws headliners from across the world but otherwise focuses on talent from this region. This year’s line-up includes The Mouse Outfit, Horseman and the Uppercut Band, Mammal Hands, Dingus Khan, Dodo Street Band, Horo Quintet, SuperGlu, Whiskey Moonface, Alden, Patterson and Dashwood, Hello Bear, Morganway and many more. Weeked tickets available, under-5s free.

The Dickies

Waterfront Studio, King Street, Norwich, July 9, 7pm, £15, 01603 508050,

Clown princes of punk, not to mention surprisingly longstanding veterans of the LA scene, the oldest surviving LA punk band still recording new material. Here they visit on their 40th anniversary tour still delivering winningly goofy songs inspired mostly by trashy movies and pop culture camp. Their covers were just as ridiculous as their originals, transforming arena rock anthems and bubblegum pop chestnuts alike into the loud, speed-blur punk-pop — basically the Ramones crossed with LA hardcore.

The Smith Street Band

Epic Studios, Magdalen Street, Norwich, July 10, 7.30pm, £12, 01603 727727,

Aussie folk-punk visit off the back of their fourth album, More Scared Of You Than You Are Of Me, probably their boldest and most ambitious release to date. It sees them expandtheir unique sound to fit in choirs, string sections, even synthesisers and electronic drum kits. They have recruited special guests vocalists, further filling out their now famous singalong choruses. Support comes fellow Aussie rockers The Bennies, with whom already this tour they have reprised their live cover of the classic Nirvana track Territorial P***ings, from Nevermind.

Tunde Jegede

Norwich Arts Centre, July 11, 8pm, £10 (£8 cons), 01603 660352,

Pioneering composer and multi-instrumentalist Tunde Jegede arrives in Norwich as part of his ‘21 Concerts in 21 Cities’ project. He is an internationally renowned kora player, cellist and composer, whose soul-stirring music blends the ebb and flow of traditional kora-playing with his own dynamic contemporary compositions. Having performed with everyone from the Royal Philharmonic Orchestra, Brodsky Quartet, Toumani Diabate and the Pan African Orchestra his music bridges both African and European, a synthesis of classical, jazz and traditional.

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