Festival Journey - Alternative Festival

As part of our varied and diverse programme of international and local artists, take a look at some of the events at this year's Festival for those of us who like a more alternative edge, with experimental music legends, rising alt-rock and comedy with a punk rock politic.

SUN RA ARKESTRA
Friday 13 May, 8pm

In the year of their 60th anniversary and on the release of their new album Babylon Live on In + Out Records, we welcome the Sun Ra Arkestra to OPEN to celebrate and recognise the impact of the band on the sound and evolution of avant garde jazz.

Headed up by band leader Marshall Allen, the Arkestra's longest serving member, these artistic pioneers will take you on a sonic journey through time and space.

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MAX RICHTER ENSEMBLE
Thursday 19 May, 8pm

British electro-acoustic artist Max Richter presents From SLEEP, live on stage at Norwich Theatre Royal. The album, celebrated in Rough Trade's Top 5 albums of 2015 and Jarvis Cocker's Album of the Year for 2015, is scored for piano, strings, electronics and voice and described by Richter as his ‘personal lullaby for a frenetic world’.

Having performed the whole album at ATP's Nightmare Before Christmas 2015, the Max Richter Ensember will also be recreating music from The Blue Notebooks, a record described by Pitchfork as 'one of the most affecting and universal contemporary classical records in recent memory'.

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CHASTITY BELT
Friday 13 May, 8pm

As part of Norwich Arts Centre's [Live] Art Club programme, regular new music night Pony Up presents Washington four piece Chastity Belt.

Having released their 2013 album No Regerts and 2015's Time To Go Home to critical acclaim, Chastity Belt bring their indie, noise pop sound to Norwich's premiere night for rising artists. Stick around for post-gig Pony Up DJs til late.

'...making a strong case for being the most important band to emerge from Washington state’s Emerald City since Nirvana' UK Press Association

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TIN MEN & THE TELEPHONE
Wednesday 25 & Thursday 26 May, 7.30pm

Download the 'Tinmendo' app now and start making your own beats to be worked into this innovative and surprising participatory show. This talented and technical trio of musicians move between visceral rhythms of hip hop and Balkan music, while reacting to the audience's interaction instructions via your smartphones, blurring the lines between artist and audience. 

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PENNY ARCADE
Monday 23 & Tuesday 24 May

New York's undisputed Queen of the Underground brings award-winning show Longing Lasts Longer to the Adnams Spiegeltent.

The former Andy Warhol Factory superstar, CBGBs punk rock pioneer and internationally respected writer, poet, actress, theatre-maker and icon of artistic resistance turns contemporary stand-up on its head to create a crack in the post-gentrified landscape.

'It's a revelation that calls for a revolution' ***** The Adelaide Advertiser

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Norwich City of Literature

Politics of identity, nationality and social responsibility are at the fore in the programme of literary speakers and performers on the weekend of May 21 & 22 this Festival.

Graphic novelists Una and Nicola Streeten discuss how women use graphic novels to work through painful experiences without losing hope in Not a Misery Memoir; Ben Rawlence reads from City of Thorns, his account of four years in Dadaab refugee camp in amongst its 350000 inhabitants; Matthew Green documents post-confict experiences of British soldiers and a failing system of care affecting ex-military and mental health issues across the board.

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