Norwich Art Centre July / August 2023 Listings

Norfolk’s maverick art-rock heroes The Neutrinos return to Norwich Arts Centre on 7 July in advance of a mammoth string of at least 170 August shows at the Edinburgh Fringe, under their arts collective banner, KlangHaus - and the tally could reach 212!
Norfolk’s maverick art-rock heroes The Neutrinos

Friday 7July

The Neutrinos + Special guests: Birds of Hell

Norfolk’s maverick art-rock heroes return to Norwich Arts Centre to play a selection of tunes old and new that in their trademark style, ranging from the thunderously loud to pin drop quiet – and right back again!

8pm | £12-£20 | Standing

Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre

Sunday 9 July

Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre

The Norwich Lanes Association are delighted to announce the return of the Norwich Lanes Summer Fayre on Sunday 9th July 2023 (11am to 5pm).
Once again this much-loved event will be part of Norwich City Council’s, Lord Mayor’s Weekend.

We’ll be opening our venue, bar and gardens with live music on the lawn so pop down and say hello.
11am-5pm | Free

Wednesday 12 July

Adam Buxton’s BUG: David Bowie Special

Comedian Adam Buxton returns with the BUG David Bowie Special for a fan’s journey through selected moments in the career of an artist whose influence on modern popular culture will continue to be felt for decades.

The BUG Bowie Special incorporates music videos, rare clips, animations and comedy in a show that like Bowie himself, is by turns inspiring, moving and hilarious – a must see for Bowie and comedy fans alike.

7.30pm | £12-£16 | Seated | SOLD OUT

Thursday 13 July

The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band

The latest album from Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band was written by candlelight and then recorded using the best technology available . . . in the 1950s, conveying the hopes and fears of pandemic living.

The country blues trio that won over crowds on more than one Warped Tour knows how to make an audience move.

8pm | £13-£16.50 | Standing

Friday 14 July

Round Midnight presents Binker Golding + support

Multi award-winning saxophonist & composer Binker Golding returns witha live show consisting of Golding’s best & most mature writing yet. It’s a work full of optimism & warmth which reflects on the passing of time, ageing, adulthood, love & death. It’s a road trip with a destination a thousand miles away.

8pm | £13-£17.50 | Standing

Sunday 16 July

John Osborne: The New Blur Album

To commemorate Blur’s 2023 reunion, writer and storyteller John Osborne brings his Radio 4 show The New Blur Album back to the stage for some special performances.

This is John’s story of life, love, friendship and growing older, with the new Blur album as a constant backdrop.

7.30 | Pay What You Can Afford £4.50-£12.50 | Seated

Wednesday 19 July

Jack and the Giants + Santa Rita & Jake Raywood

Their debut EP ‘Harrows’ introduces the world to the rich, melodic and intricate sound of Jack & The Giants as they fuse inspiration from folk, grunge, jazz and alt-country with poetically blunt and often bleak lyrics. Jack’s songs are told through soaring cello lines, complex rhythms and unique instrumentation to create ethereal sounds that swoop from powerful intensity to delicate fragility.

8pm | £8.50-£12 | Standing

Ale Tasting Evening with Wildcraft Brewery

Thursday 20 July

Ale Tasting Evening with Wildcraft Brewery

Join us for an ale tasting evening and talk with Wildcraft Brewery.

Price includes 3 pints of ale : )

‘Wildcraft Brewing is an independent craft brewery based in North Norfolk, we have a passion for great beer, sustainability, and foraging. We love supporting independent local pubs, bars, venues, and bottle shops in any way we can to ensure they thrive and are an important part of their community. And finally being as environmentally friendly as we can, with the smallest carbon footprint we can manage.’

Thursday 20 July – Saturday 22 July

NAC Summer Ale Festival

Norwich Arts Centre Mission Hall bar will be host to a large selection of ales, IPA’s, bitters, porters and stouts supplied by Wildcraft Brewery and Adnams.

Friday 21 July

The Foreign Locals + Rule of Six

The Foreign Locals, musical story tellers taking you from chilled to thrilled in 60 seconds. As wild as their hair but as juicy as a pear.

8pm | £10.50-£14 

Saturday 22 July

Summer Ale Festival Beer Garden

As part of the NAC Summer Ale Festival, our bar and beer gardens are open between 1pm and 6pm on Saturday 22nd July. From Thursday 20 June to Sunday 23 July, the Norwich Arts Centre Mission Hall bar will be host to a large selection of ales, IPA’s, bitters, porters and stouts supplied by Wildcraft Brewery and Adnams.

Look out for details of the festival’s ale tasting event available soon!

1pm-6pm | Free entry

Saturday 22 July

Projection One

Following the success of their new years celebration, Projection One are back at Norwich Arts Centre for another night of Afrobeat, Latin and Global Grooves. The night will feature a lineup of local guest DJs bringing their own flavour of tropical sounds.

8pm | £12-£13 | Standing

Sunday 23 July

Sunday Swap-O-Rama!

In collaboration with We Wear The Trousers

Swap your unwanted clothes for new-to-you treasures and help us build the Slow Fashion community in Norwich, with talks and workshops championing DIY fashion. Learn new skills, meet like-minded folks.

1.30-2.30pm Social and workshop | 2.30-3.30pm Swap | £4-£6

Sunday 23 July

The House of Love

The House of Love returned in 2022 with critically acclaimed new album ‘A State Of Grace’.

“masterful songs that hark back to the wonder years…

A great return from Guy Chadwick who has been revitalised by a bunch of young players who seriously know their stuff. Catch them live if you can!” – Louder Than War.

8pm | £28 | Standing

Tuesday 25 July

Glass House Dance present Dance-Along Cabaret

Willkommen, bienvenue, welcome……

Have you ever wanted to step into the movies and dance in one of the best musicals ever made? Now’s your chance! Join your hosts Laura and Sarah and learn simple dance moves from iconic moments in the film, followed by an interactive showing of Cabaret. Leave your troubles outside, because in here, life is beautiful…

Dressing up welcome but not essential.

7pm | Pay What You Can Afford £6.50-£12.50 | Seated (with room to dance!)

Thursday 27 July

The Breakup Monologues

Award-winning comedian Rosie Wilby shares funny, bizarre and poignant tales of heartbreak and recovery with special guests, including musician Grace Petrie and writer / performer Molly Naylor, in a live recording of her acclaimed podcast. Rosie has been obsessively researching the psychology of love for a decade and has even been dubbed the ‘queen of breakups’ by BBC Radio 4.

7.30pm | £10.50-£12 | Seated

The Pride Ball Norwich Arts Centre

Friday 28 July

The Pride Ball

The Pride Ball returns to the Norwich Arts Centre on Friday 28 July, with nonbinary diva and drag superstar, Liv as your hostess.

Get ready to party with some of Norwich’s most iconic drag artists and LGBTQ+ performers as we celebrate Pride in true Norwich style!

With classic Pride anthems, fierce drag artistry and an empowering night of community – The Pride Ball is the perfect warm-up for the Norwich Pride march and weekend!

8pm | £8.50-£12 | Standing

Saturday 29 July

PONY UP presents Other Half + Suds + Kitty Perrin + Hello Pedro

Norwich based Other Half met through a mutual love of the UK DIY punk scene, driving a really long way to shout at people and (broadly) vegan slop.

8pm | £7.50-£10.50 | Standing

Sunday 30 July

Human Library

The Human Books are drawn from the groups in society that are stigmatised or stereotyped, marginalised, mistreated or misunderstood, from race to religion or refugees, disability to discrimination, LGBT to mental health and more.

Come along and have a chat with a Book (all questions are welcome without judgement) or just chat to us about the concept and perhaps get involved.
4pm-5pm | Drop-in | Free entry

Sunday 30 July

True Stories Live: Out and About Pride Special


True Stories Live is a lively, moving and unpredictable event where people tell true stories about their lives in front of a warm, supportive audience. There is no audition process or strict set of criteria – you just have to have a story to tell, based loosely on the set theme. Our speakers come from a wide range of different backgrounds. If you perform regularly in another context, you’re welcome.

7.30pm | Pay What You Can Afford £6.50-£12.50 | Seated & Standing

We Are Scientists + support

Monday 31 July

We Are Scientists + support

Duo We Are Scientists are America’s finest indie band. With co-signs from the likes of, Kings of Leon and The Killers, the group have had multiple chart-topping successes. Their onstage charm adds to the electrifying energy of We Are Scientists live.

8pm | £23 | Standing

Thursday 3 August

PONY UP presents Brown Horse + Langkamer + Santa Rita

Brown Horse are an alternative country band from Norwich. Taking influence from artists including Uncle Tupelo and Lucinda Williams, they mix guitar driven 90s alternative rock with the folk and country sounds of the 70s. Expect a cosmic gumbo of hot licks, double denim and heart-breaking songcraft.
8pm | £7.50-£10.50 | Standing

Sunday 13 August

Roger Eno and Dominic
Beginning with an idea to employ answer phone messages, movement and narrative in ‘The Mysteries’, artist Dominic Allan and Composer Roger Eno eventually decided to utilise the power of stasis.
Entering the room,a handful of people at a time,viewers have 15 minutes to write their own internal script,to interpret for them- selves what they see and finally to draw their own conclusions.’
7pm | Pay What You Can Afford £4.50-£12.50 | Seated

Tuesday 15 August
MVT presents Hamish Hawk
Edinburgh-born singer/songwriter has a richly warming baritone voice and intense lyrical compositions.
8pm | £14 Bring a friend for free | Standing

Wednesday 16 August
PONY UP presents cumgirl8 + support
Founded on the idea of taking back control and fighting against toxicity, cumgirl8 is a true adventurist-punk group.
8pm | £10.50-£14 | Standing

Thursday 17 August

Everything is Fine presents Thumpasaurus + support

Los Angeles-based Thumpasaurus are a gang of five superbly-skilled young American musicians taking hugely divergent influences and channelling them into something uniquely Thumpasaurian.

8pm | £17-50-£20.50 | Standing

Friday 18 August

Little Wander presents Grace Petrie: Butch Ado About Nothing
Join her as she explores what butch identity means in a world moving beyond labels, and tries to work out where it, and she, belong in the new frontline of queer liberation. Sounds funny, right?

7.30pm | £16 | Seated & Standing


Sunday 27 August


One of the last surviving players of the tonkori – a 5-string harp performed by the indigenous Japanese Ainu people – OKI mixes traditional Ainu folk songs with international influences as varied as dub, Irish folk, throat singing, African drumming and music from Central Asia.
7.30pm | £12-£16 | Seated & Standing

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