Norwich Arts Centre

Norwich Arts Centre
Norwich Arts Centre
Reeves Yard, St Benedict's Street, Norwich, Norfolk, NR2 4PG
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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

Events at this venue

There are 42 events at this location

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Alice Lee: II

The Norwich based artist presents her print work and technical drawings predominantly of birds and typography pieces.

Wed 29 Mar

Free / 01603 660352

Thu 30 Mar

Free / 01603 660352

Fri 31 Mar

Free / 01603 660352

…and 3 more dates until 4 Apr

Birds Of Hell

Pete Murdoch performs his take on indie music alongside his band. With support from Teen Brains, Rory McVicar, Waves and LK.

Sat 1 Apr

£7; £5 adv / 01603 660352

The Blockheads

Ian Dury's redoubtable band return to pay tribute to their late, great frontman.

Fri 22 Dec

£22 (£20) / 01603 660352


The five-piece band plays foot-tapping tunes and gives spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step dancing.

Tue 25 Apr

£12 (£10) / 01603 660352

Chainska Brassika

The band delivers raucous ska blended with roots reggae as they celebrate the release of their new single Don't You Try.

Tue 18 Apr

£12; £10 adv / 01603 660352

The Comet Is Coming

The Mercury-nominated London-based outfit presents its fusion of jazz, funk and electronica.

Mon 8 May

£14; £12 adv; £8 under 25s / 01603 660352


A satirical drag eulogy for a world past its use-by-date that joyfully critiques alpha-masculinity and the built environment.

Wed 5 Apr

Pay what you can / 01603 660352

Daniel Lanois

The Canadian guitarist, singer-songwriter and producer performs his latest material.

Mon 3 Apr

£16; £14 adv / 01603 660352

David Ford

A night of country, pop, Americana and honky tonk blues.

Sat 3 Jun

£16.50 / 01603 660352

DJ Format & Abdominal

The hip hop DJ and rap star back together again.

Fri 26 May

Dr Phil's Health Revolution

Dr Phil, the GP known for being funny, combines his medical credentials and humour for a show to leave you in rude health.

Tue 11 Apr

£15 (£12) / 01603 660352

Factory Floor

Electro punk noise trio, influenced by the austere post-punk electronica of Cabaret Voltaire.

Sat 15 Apr

£12; £10 adv / 01603 660352


The five-piece from London perform colourful psychedelic rock music.

Tue 9 May

£10.50; £8.50 adv / 01603 660352

Francois And The Atlas Mountains

The band plays idiosyncratic indie-folk with world music influences.

Fri 31 Mar

£12; £10 adv / 01603 660352

Free Lunch With The StenchWench

Catherine Hoffmann charts the drive for survival as a member of the feral underclass of austerity Britain sharing songs and stories of her 1970s and 1980s upbringing creating an interactive performance that moves across a range of contexts.

Wed 19 Apr

£3–£10 / 01603 660352

Haley Bonar

The Canadian-born American singer-songwriter and musician, who hails from South Dakota, performs her original folk and indie-rock material with her backing band. She heads to Liverpool on her UK tour in support of her latest album, Impossible Dream, which was released last year.

Tue 4 Apr

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 01603 660352


Ecclesia Theatre Company presents HIDDEN A love story about invisible disability Chris is a city lawyer, Jess is a Ph.D student. Two ordinary people in a relationship who want to get on with their lives. The birth of their son and the economic crash create a catalyst of events that leads them to discover who they…

Wed 12 Apr

Pay what you can / 01603 660352

Ian McCulloch

The Echo & The Bunnymen frontman performs a selection of the band's songs in a solo performance.

Wed 26 Apr

£22 Phone For Availability; £20 adv, Phone For Availability / 01603 660352

Icicle Works

The return of the psychedelic pop group from Liverpool whose widescreen pop tunes were briefly popular in the mid-80s.

Sat 18 Nov

£17.50 / 01603 660352

James Leg & The Bonnevilles

A double bill of hard rocking blues delivered by the American musician and Irish band.

Sat 20 May

£12; £10 adv / 01603 660352


The London-based rap artist, William G. 'Billy' Shields, brings his rhymes to the stage.

Thu 4 May

£12; £10 adv / 01603 660352

John Scarratt: 13 Futures

Working in a variety of mediums the locally-based graphic designer and illustrator presents his image of the future.

Wed 12 Apr

Free / 01603 660352

Thu 13 Apr

Free / 01603 660352

Fri 14 Apr

Free / 01603 660352

…and 16 more dates until 3 May

Letters to Windsor House

  • 4 stars

Louise Mothersole and Rebecca Biscuit return with their new play on, or about, or circling, the housing crisis.

Thu 27 Apr

£3–£10 / 01603 660352

Los Campesinos!

This six-piece band hail from Cardiff and perform their indie-pop originals, both old and new.

Sat 6 May

£16; £14 adv / 01603 660352

Lost Bodies By Nicola Hunter

Physical art piece conceived and performed based on bodies and living. Produced by Xavier de Sousa.

Wed 17 May

£3–£10 / 01603 660352

The Mouse Outfit

Hip hop and rap nonet featuring Dr Syntax and Sparkz.

Thu 25 May

£16.50 in advance; £18.50 on the door / 01603 660352

With Speech Debelle.

Moxie Dance Party

An inter-generational dance party featuring a set from producer Mina who specialises in pop from all ages, soul, Afrobeat, dancehall and Beyonce.

Sat 13 May

£5 / 01603 660352

Nashville In The Round

An evening in the style of Nashville's famous Bluebird Cafe as country music singers Sarah Darling, Jenn Bostic and Kyshona Armstrong, each a respected recording artist in her own right, perform songs in the round from the music city.

Tue 23 May

£12.50 / 01603 660352

No Dogs, No Indians

Poet Siddhartha Bose weaves together true and fictional tales of British colonialism and its legacy, celebrating the 70th year of India's independence.

Wed 24 May

£10 / 01603 660352

Off The Press Collective: Paperback

To celebrate World Book Day, 20 artists produced a brand new artwork inspired by their favourite book from a list of 100 classics. Participating artists include Joel Millerchip, Natalie Blofield, Sam Foley and many others.

Wed 10 May

Free / 01603 660352

Thu 11 May

Free / 01603 660352

Fri 12 May

Free / 01603 660352

…and 22 more dates until 7 Jun


The headliners perform Afro-jazz grooves alongside Crumbs For Comfort, Fever Kings, Starbuck, Himazas, Tom Malachowski, and more in aid of Norfolk And Norwich El Viejo Link.

Sat 8 Apr

£10; £8 adv / 01603 660352


The foursome hail from Manchester and perform their rock material, led by singer-guitarist, Faith Holgate.

Thu 13 Apr

Times to be confirmed / £9 / 01603 660352


Jangley indie pop from Manchester's Pins.

Thu 13 Apr

£9 / 01603 660352

The Prettiest Starman

A homage to David Bowie featuring a set of his best loved songs, sing-a-long, and video clips performed by Anton Pace, Paul Rutterford, Nelson Nice, and Cara Bruns.

Fri 28 Apr

£10 (£8) / 01603 660352


Goodtime folk with a mix of traditional, contemporary, Klezmer and Celtic by the Bristol-based band.

Fri 7 Apr

£14; £12.50 adv / 01603 660352

Sonic Youths: #ICYMI 2

Artist Luke Peter Foster joined by HappyGhost UK presents his brand of alternative spoken word artistry.

Thu 6 Apr

Pay what you can / 01603 660352

Sonic Youths #ICYMI 3: Mullally

The singer from Great Yarmouth performs his soulful arrangements packed with modern production techniques.

Fri 12 May

Pay what you can / 01603 660352

Stone Foundation

Northern soul band from the Midlands, rocking the old school rhythm'n'blues sound on Hammond and horns.

Sat 29 Apr

£13.50 / 01603 660352

Stone Foundation

The collective performs their rock material from their upcoming album Street Rituals.

Sat 29 Apr

£14.85 / 01603 660352

Stone Foundation Tour

The musical bond between Neil Sheasby and Neil Jones is as concrete as their band name: Stone Foundation.

Sat 29 Apr

Tibetan Night Terrors

The Norwich-based band perform quirky and stompy indie soaked, tropical disco grooves.

Fri 14 Apr

£7; £5 adv / 01603 660352

Tropical Shakedown

Keith Slater and Cameron Black will be joined by Rich Fo and Amy Nomvula for a night of tropical dance music from Africa, The Caribbean and Latin America.

Sat 22 Apr

£5 / 01603 660352

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