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

Event times

There are 40 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 8 Mar

Free / 01603 660352

Thu 9 Mar

Free / 01603 660352

Fri 10 Mar

Free / 01603 660352

…and 21 more dates until 4 Apr

The Baghdaddies

The five-piece band perform an eclectic fusion of world music mixing Balkan melodies with ska and Latin grooves, and an energetic brass section.

Sat 11 Mar

£12; £10 adv / 01603 660352

Broadside Ballads

Traditional folks songs from Sam Lee, Lisa Knapp and Nathaniel Mann.

Mon 27 Feb

£14 (£12) / 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

Cara Dillon

Folk singer-songwriter from County Derry.

Thu 2 Mar

£18 (£16) / 01603 660352

Chainska Brassika

The band delivers raucous horn driven ska blended with roots reggae.

Tue 18 Apr

£12; £10 adv / 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

£15 / 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

Ducking Punches

This quintet, who call Norwich home, presents its own version of folk-punk.

Sun 30 Apr

£8; £6 adv / 01603 660352

Ecclesia Theatre Company: Hidden

Scott Hurran directs Nicola Werenowska's love story about invisible disability. Chris and Jess are in an ordinary relationship but a catalyst of events leads them to discover who they really are.

Wed 12 Apr

Pay what you can / 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

Francois And The Atlas Mountains

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

Fri 31 Mar

£12; £10 adv / 01603 660352

Haley Bonar

The American singer-songwriter hailing from South Dakota takes to the stage to perform her original fol and indie rock sounds in support of her latest album, Impossible Dream.

Tue 4 Apr

Times to be confirmed / Phone for prices / 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

Jarrod Dickenson

Americana, folk and roots blues singer-songwriter.

Tue 21 Mar

£11; £9 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

Mammal Hands

Experimental compositions from the acclaimed trio consisting of saxophonist Jordan Smart, pianist Nick Smart and drummer Jesse Barrett.

Fri 17 Mar

£14; £12 adv / 01603 660352

Mud Morganfield

The eldest son of the legendary Muddy Waters performs a selection of his original blues compositions alongside classic tracks.

Mon 20 Mar

£15 (£13) / 01603 660352

Nathan Fake

The Norfolk-born artist plays electronic music.

Tue 7 Mar

£9; £7 adv / 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


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

Sam Coe & The Long Shadows

The band at the forefront of the new UK Country Music revival, playing honest country songs with just a touch of pop.

Sat 4 Mar


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 1

Local artists Maya Law and Allergy Kid performs an acoustic, hip hop and electro collaboration.

Fri 10 Mar

Pay what you can / 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

Speakeasy Bootleg Band

Swing, jive, Harlem swing and jazz by the Liverpool-based ensemble.

Sat 18 Mar

£15; £13 adv / 01603 660352


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

Sat 25 Feb

£10.50; £8.50 adv / 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 Midland-formed collective with a cult status perform a unique blend of jazz, blues and soul.

Sat 29 Apr

£14.85 / 01603 660352

Thorpe St Andrew School Showcase

The young musicians perform a variety of musical traditions including rock, pop, classical, blues, and jazz compositions.

Mon 27 Mar

£10; £7.50 adv / 01603 660352

Tibetan Night Terrors

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

Fri 14 Apr

£7; £5 adv / 01603 660352

Tropico 5th Birthday

Tropico residents OGs Havez, Levi Fruits, Jives and Get_0ne spin house, garage, grime, UK funk, soul, disco, hip hop and R&B guaranteed to take you on an exotic journey.

Fri 3 Mar

£12; £10 adv / 01603 660352

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