Festival Bar

at The Band Stand

Thursday 20 - Sunday 30 May

Festival Gardens

Book Now

Tickets: Free, but please book a table in advance

Our Festival bar is working a little differently this year in light of Covid restrictions. But that doesn’t mean we haven’t got something a little bit special for you!

We open on the evening of Thursday 20 May alongside Requardt & Rosenberg’s Future Cargo and have daytime bar for The Garden Party (Saturday 22 & Sunday 23 May) or Garden Sessions (Saturday 29 & Sunday 30 May).

Then, from Friday 21 May, we’ve shaped-up nine nights of alfresco bar offering, with amazing beers and spirits from our friends at Adnams and some sensational musical beats on the Band Stand, carefully curated with a little help from BBC Introducing.

Head along to enjoy a pint, a pizza, and some sensational sounds from a line-up of great local talent. Just book a free table session in the bar for either the early or the late session. Simple!

Please note:

  • Timeslots will be limited to an hour and a half for daytime bookings, and two and a half hours for evening bookings.
  • The bar will be card payments only.
  • If you do not arrive within 30 minutes of your booking, your table will be given to someone else

Important information

The Band Stand line up

Friday 21 May

Comb

Comb is the alias of Henry Jackson Newcomb, an artist, musician and digital creative based in Norwich. Comb is a resident for the club nights All Shapes and Soul Train, and has been DJing regularly in Norwich and across the UK for the last 10 years. He has recently set up a record label, I Travel to You, launching in May 2021 with the first four-track 12″.

Kira

Kira Robin hosts the monthly radio show ‘That’s How I Feel’ on Balamii Radio, where she shares a taste of the music she loves, flavours of Jazz, Hip Hop, Nu-Soul, Broken Beat & beyond. She is the Comms Manager for both South London based record shop ColdCuts // HotWax & music education platform CDR, and manages the jazz collective ‘Levitation Orchestra’.

Saturday 22 May

Christina Alden & Alex Patterson

Christina Alden and Alex Patterson are the main song writing force behind award winning folk trio Alden Patterson and Dashwood. They have been playing and singing together for the last seven years and have toured extensively in the UK and Europe – including a twenty-three date tour with Show Of Hands, a show at Glasgow Royal Concert Hall for Celtic Connections and main stage performances at some of the UK’s most prestigious folk festivals. Their debut album Hunter is due for release in Spring 2021.

‘Immensely talented musicians’ fRoots
‘Pure calm and clear vocals’ Songlines
‘Exceptionally well written songs’ Shirefolk

Sunday 23 May

Phoebe Troup

Phoebe Troup is a Norwich-based singer songwriter who grew up in the rocky mountains of Colorado. Her songs combine transatlantic folk traditions with contemporary melodies and themes.

Mari Joyce

Mari Joyce is a Norwich based songwriter, creating meditative and heartfelt songs with a grounded earthy presence, accompanied by vocalist Joahanna Herron, cellist Alex Hobbs, violinist Alex Patterson, and percussionist Iestyn Griffith. They released their debut album ‘Dear Moon’ this year, which Folk Radio described as ‘a dark and soulful album of complex songs with a spiritual groove.’

‘Rather bewitching’ Mark Radcliffe, BBC Radio 2

Monday 24 May

 

 

The Rabbitts

The Rabbitts are a couple in love; two travellers with a passion for music. Lucy and Odhran met whilst at university in the UK and have been sharing a love of music and adventure ever since. Their songs are acoustic at heart but experimental in nature; they challenge their listeners to follow them to new and undiscovered places. Sharing the role as lead vocalists their creative harmonies nest perfectly in a bed of acoustic instruments. Lucy has a unique mandolin style which is complemented by Odhran’s imaginative finger-style guitar arrangements, while bass, percussion, and the effects used add further depth to their work.

Their music has frequently aired on BBC Introducing Norfolk and their song ‘Blue Echo’ was track of the week in August 2020. Recently they have also gained regular support from BBC folk shows in both Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire. With several gigs and festivals lined up for 2021 The Rabbitts and their new music will be making a strong return to the stage.

‘Killer tone and psychedelic vocal blending’ Glide Magazine

L U 

L U (aka Lucy Pearson) is a Norwich-based artist, producer and DJ. She will be bringing her irresistible disco floorfillers and fresh original productions to The Band Stand. Grooves guaranteed.

The British songstress has collaborated with some of the hottest artists in the UK, including working with established artists such as Louis la Roche and Osborne. 

L U is now embarking on her own solo project honing in on a weird and wonderful style that showcases her gift for instantly memorable melodies. Her debut single Liquid Gold (released February 12) pays tribute to classic 80’s dance anthems, but the production is uniquely forward-thinking. With imaginative synths and propulsive rhythms, L U creates an immersive experience that is impossible to get swept up in. The single received incredible support, with placements on Spotify’s editorial playlists New Music Friday UK and New Pop UK, along with Popjustice’s New Music Friday: The Popjustice Edit on the day of release. Fashion brands H&M and COS have also included the single in their in-store playlists.

Tuesday 25 May

Macie Nyah

That singer with the curly hair and all things pink, Macie Nyah is a 20 year old pop singer/songwriter who was born and raised in Norfolk, but is currently studying her degree on the Creative Musicianship course at the Institute of Contemporary Music Performance in London. Macie, who has already performed on stages at Festivals such as Latitude and Sundown, takes her influences from the likes of chart-topping artists such as Anne-Marie, Dua Lipa and Raye and hopes to one day be placing alongside them. Macie’s music is a strong introduction in representing her main goal which is to empower and inspire both her fellow females and whoever else may need it.

Floral Image

The journey? Well, it began in the deep, dark depths of the Norfolk countryside in 2019, eventually crystallising into the five-piece Psych-Indie-Electronica-Rock band that you see today, located in the third-eye of Norwich, UK. Since that night of genesis, the band has gone on to become known for their astronomically mind-melting live show and their self-released demos which were selected by Huw Stephens, earning ‘Ones to Watch’ status on his Radio 1 BBC Music Introducing Show.

Wednesday 26 May

Other Half

Other Half’s 2020 debut Big Twenty is a violent and caustic slice of life, marrying twitching post-punk and tightly-wound hardcore with sardonic storytelling. The album charts the downward course of a handful of recurring characters and the unpleasant places they go in search of identity, community and belonging. The release garnered praise from various outlets, with The Line Of Best Fit calling Big Twenty’s vivid world ‘volatile and dark, but also enthralling to hear’.

Live, the band draw from the energy and intensity of post-hardcore luminaries like Drive Like Jehu and Fugazi whilst never straying too far from the hooks of bands like Pixies and Les Say Fav.

Damp Matches

Brash, hard-hitting alt-rock with a tasteful sprinkling of hip hop. Sounds good, right?

Hailing from the Fine City of Norwich, Damp Matches cut through the indie band/singer-songwriter norm of their local scene to deliver a brash and high-energy take on contemporary rock music.

Switching seamlessly between the soaring vocals of Helena Lewis, evoking the likes of Thom Yorke and Conor Mason, and the grimy hip-hop of bassist Will Calvert, who channels a ying-yang mix of Zack De La Rocha and Loyle Carner, their unique combination of sounds range from the haunting to the viscerally hard-hitting. Ferocious and abrupt guitar lines from Dominic Clarke and Stephen Spiers have drawn comparisons to the likes of Rage Against The Machine, Royal Blood, Slaves and Queens of the Stone Age, all punctuated by the driving drums of Lee Jaggard.

Having swiftly gained a reputation for putting on raucous and energetic live performances after a slew of incendiary shows across the city, Damp Matches are quickly becoming one of the most sought after rock acts in Norwich.

Thursday 27 May

Charlotte Ware

Charlotte is a 22 year old saxophonist and actor having just graduated an Actor Musicianship course at Rose Bruford College in London. Now back in Norwich where she grew up, Charlotte enjoys mixing jazz and blues with a more contemporary beat; playing soulful improvised pieces and some well known tunes.

Sam Braysher

Alto saxophonist Sam Braysher is based in London, but grew up in Dereham, Norfolk. His new trio album, Dance Little Lady, Dance Little Man, features Jorge Rossy (of Brad Mehldau Trio fame) and Tom Farmer (Empirical, Anoushka Shankar), and has received glowing reviews from The Observer, The Times, Jazzwise and Jazz Journal. His 2017 debut Golden Earrings, with the American pianist Michael Kanan, was also warmly received by critics.

Braysher returns to the duo format here with the guitarist Will Arnold-Forster, a Yamaha Jazz Scholar and, like Sam, a Guildhall School of Music & Drama Chartered Surveyors’ Jazz Prize winner.

The pair will play a set of swinging selections from the Great American Songbook and Jazz canon.

Friday 28 May

Lucy Grubb

‘For a young lady from the Flatlands of East Anglia she sure can write and sing a Hill Country Song worthy of Allison Krauss or even Emmylou Harris.’ Rocking Magpie

Lucy Grubb is a singer/songwriter from Norwich blending modern Americana with Country undertones. After years of honing her skills at UK festivals such as Glastonbury, Red Rooster and Latitude, Lucy most recently headlined The Den Stage at Cambridge Folk Festival and received a ‘rapturous reception’- Nic Rigby, BBC News. With two EPs under her belt, her debut EP being named Best UK EP of the Year by Belles & Gals and her second EP gaining a 5* review from Maverick Magazine, Lucy is set to release her third EP this summer, June 4th. Grubb was set to perform at the prestigious Country2Country Festival at the O2 London in March which has been postponed until 2022.

Aphra

Welcome to the Wibbly Wobbly World of Aphra. With her band of hot boys, Aphra makes jaunty pop with hints of folk, rock, and soul. ‘For the most part, the music is upbeat and cheerful, which bellies the seriousness and thoughtful nature of the lyrics’ Outlook Magazine 

Aphra gathered early success around the launch of their first EP, selling out a headline release show at The  Waterfront Norwich and their track “Billboards” was BBC Introducing Norfolk’s track of the week. Pre Covid Aphra had established themselves firmly in their local music scene, playing festivals such as Latitude  and Sundown and supporting Billie Marten and The Regrettes on their Norwich tour dates. Aphra has  recently moved to the big smoke; London Town to chase down some dreams. 

Dance and Cry like no one’s watching!

Saturday 29 May

Soul Stew 

Soul Stew’s parties focus on creating an inclusive dance space for music lovers. They provide genre defying dance floor sounds from all corners of the globe.

Their vinyl only policy has brought some of the world’s most respected crate diggers to play their parties including Mark Grusane, Sadar Bahar and Volcov. Their parties and lineups are often selected as Resident Advisor picks for the East of England.

Tickets

This year, you’ll need to book a table before you turn up to the Festival Bar. You do not need to book in household bubbles for the Festival Bar.

We will ask for a contact number at the point of booking for NHS Test and Trace, we also ask that all members of your party scan into NHS Test and Trace on entry to the bar.

As with all Festival events this year, we’ll be putting in place a number of Covid-secure procedures to keep everyone safe.

Read our full COVID safety policy here

Select a performance

Thursday

20 May

06:00 pm

£0.00

Thursday

20 May

08:45 pm

£0.00

Friday

21 May

06:00 pm

£0.00

Friday

21 May

08:45 pm

£0.00

Saturday

22 May

12:00 pm

£0.00

Saturday

22 May

01:40 pm

£0.00

Saturday

22 May

03:20 pm

£0.00

Saturday

22 May

06:00 pm

£0.00

Saturday

22 May

08:45 pm

£0.00

Sunday

23 May

12:00 pm

£0.00

Sunday

23 May

01:40 pm

£0.00

Sunday

23 May

03:20 pm

£0.00

Sunday

23 May

06:00 pm

£0.00

Sunday

23 May

08:45 pm

£0.00

Monday

24 May

06:00 pm

£0.00

Monday

24 May

08:45 pm

£0.00

Tuesday

25 May

06:00 pm

£0.00

Tuesday

25 May

08:45 pm

£0.00

Wednesday

26 May

06:00 pm

£0.00

Wednesday

26 May

08:45 pm

£0.00

Thursday

27 May

06:00 pm

£0.00

Thursday

27 May

08:45 pm

£0.00

Friday

28 May

06:00 pm

£0.00

Friday

28 May

08:45 pm

£0.00

Saturday

29 May

12:00 pm

£0.00

Saturday

29 May

01:40 pm

£0.00

Saturday

29 May

03:20 pm

£0.00

Saturday

29 May

06:00 pm

£0.00

Saturday

29 May

08:45 pm

£0.00

Sunday

30 May

12:00 pm

£0.00

Sunday

30 May

01:40 pm

£0.00

Sunday

30 May

03:20 pm

£0.00

Norfolk & Norwich Festival brings tens of thousands of people together in celebration – it has been doing this for nearly 250 years. Through our arts education work, we lead and support celebration, creativity and curiosity in communities across Norfolk.

2021 offers hope for the creative sector, and as an arts charity, we are redoubling our efforts to share meaningful art and cultural experiences with people across Norfolk. We rely on support from our audiences, partners and supporters to continue to bring innovative and inspirational programming and commissioning to the region, and to empower those who might not otherwise have access to the life-changing power of the arts. Find out more about how you can support us, as an individual or as an organisation below.

Make a Donation to Norfolk & Norwich Festival

Amount to Donate £ 0
£