Norwich Arts Centre

Norwich Arts Centre
Norwich Arts Centre
Reeves Yard, St Benedict's Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4PG
  • Telephone 01603 660352
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Norwich Arts Centre, housed in the converted 14th-century church of St Swithun, has a lively programme of exhibitions and family events, but is also distinguished by a commitment to live performance, featuring touring bands and live comedy. The centre earned a small but notable place in rock history as being the venue where, in 1991, Manic Street Preacher Richey Edwards notoriously squicked out journalist Steve Lamacq by carving the words '4 REAL' into his own forearm. The centre has hosted many other bands and comedians, including Nirvana, Oasis, Coldplay, The Libertines, Mark Lamarr, Sue Perkins and Mark Thomas.

Norwich station is situated about 20 minutes away by foot, to the east of the city. Bus stops on nearby Westwick Street are served by routes 5, 28, 29, 29A, 29B and 29S.

  • Provides: Wheelchair access
  • Open since: 1977

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There are 32 events at this location

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Ben Watt

London-born musician and producer, best known as one half of the duo Everything But The Girl. Current collaborator and acclaimed guitarist Bernard Butler (Suede) will be joining Watt on his November solo tour of the UK.

Mon 24 Oct

Times to be confirmed / £15 / 01603 660352

The Blue Aeroplanes

Veteran idiosyncratic band from Bristol.

Fri 27 Jan 2017

By The Rivers

Self-penned reggae tunes with positive messages from the Leicester-based six-piece.

Sat 26 Nov

£10 / 01603 660352

Dale Watson

A staunch adherent of old-style honky tonk and Bakersfield country, Dale Watson positioned himself as a tattooed, stubbornly independent outsider who was only interested in recording authentic country music. As a result, he never sold many records, but his music was championed by numerous critics and alternative country…

Sun 6 Nov

£15; £12.50 adv / 01603 660352

Don Letts (DJ Set)

Reggae and dub.

Fri 11 Nov

£12; £10 adv / 01603 660352

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Equations For A Moving Body

Follow Hannah Nicklin as she trains for and attempts a full-distance triathlon in a contemporary performance which uses documentary footage and scientific theories to explore the limits of the human body.

Wed 26 Oct

Pay what you can / 01603 660352

Foy Vance

The singer-songwriter and musician from Bangor, County Down, performs lilting alternative folk.

Tue 15 Nov

£15 / 01603 660352

Frightened Rabbit

Folk infused indie rockers from Selkirk sweeping all before them.

Sat 3 Dec

Phone for prices / 01603 660352

From Ibiza To The Norfolk Broads

A solo production that tells the story of a young David Bowie obsessive. Set against a soundtrack by the late legendary musician.

Wed 16 Nov

£10 (£8) / 01603 660352

Furnace Mountain

The classy Virginian four-piece plays Appalachian roots music.

Tue 1 Nov

£12 (£10) / 01603 660352

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Gemma Ray & Joe Gideon Feat. Jim Sclavunos

Special double bill performance from the indie musicians and songwriters.

Tue 25 Oct

Glenn Tilbrook

Solo show from the former Squeeze frontman.

Mon 12 Dec

£17.50–£20 / 01603 660352

Grant Ley

With heartfelt lyrics and catchy melodies, singer songwriter Grant Ley sets you on a roller coaster of emotions with every performance.

Thu 3 Nov

£9; £7 adv / 01603 660352

The Handsome Family

Mordant wit from the Addams family of country rock. Rennie writes the lyrics about killing small mammals and husband Brett delivers them in his dry baritone.

Tue 21 Feb 2017

£15 in advance; £17 on the door / 01603 660352


Glasgow-based grunge rock duo featuring Cat Myers on drums and Stina Tweeddale on guitar and vocals.

Tue 29 Nov

£12; £10 adv / 01603 660352

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Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson

The acclaimed vocalists sing reggae, pop and lover's rock.

Wed 2 Nov

The Japanese House

Alt pop artist Amber Bain performs in support of her recently released EP, Clean.

Sat 5 Nov

John Hegley: New And Selected Potatoes

The consummate wordsmith and performance poet hits the road to perform new and older works, sung and spoken.

Thu 17 Nov

Jonathan Pie: Live

  • 3 stars

The comic reveals the truth behind recent news events both home and abroad.

Mon 14 Nov

JP Cooper

Folk, blues and soul from the Mancunian singer-songwriter.

Fri 21 Oct

Prices to be confirmed / 01603 660352

With Prose.

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The King Blues

Politically-conscious rudeboy rocking from London influenced by street poetry and protest music.

Sat 4 Feb 2017

£14 phone for availability / 01603 660352

Kristin Hersh

The great Throwing Muses singer on a rare solo tour.

Mon 21 Nov

£18; £15 adv / 01603 660352

Lewis Watson

Oxford singer-songwriter in the Ed Sheeran mould.

Mon 28 Nov

£15; £12.50 adv / 01603 660352

Lovers Rock Monologues

Music and theatre presented by Janet Kay, Carroll Thompson and Victor Romero Evans, telling hte Lovers Rock tale.

Wed 2 Nov

£15 / 01603 660352


Exquisite melancholic harmonies from the Mormon slowcore trio from Minnesota.

Thu 1 Dec

£22.50; £20 adv / 01603 660352

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The Mouse Outfit

Hip hop and rap nonet featuring Dr Syntax and Sparkz.

Sun 13 Nov

£14; £12 adv / 01603 660352

Nine Below Zero

Hard rockin' blues and R&B outfit.

Thu 10 Nov

£15; £12.50 adv / 01603 660352

Pete Wylie

Liverpudlian post punk singer-songwriter.

Fri 4 Nov

£15 / 01603 660352


The established collective, who have been performing together for over 10 years, present an evening of gritty jazz and funk.

Fri 18 Nov

£10.50; £8.50 adv / 01603 660352

Uncle Acid & The Deadbeats

Sabbath-heavy doomy metal with psychedelic overtones from the Cambridge-based combo.

Sun 11 Dec

£16; £14 adv / 01603 660352

Women In Blues For Fine City Blues Festival

Fine City Blues Festival celebrates the contribution of women to Blues music.

Sat 29 Oct

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