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The Band Stand

Thursday 18 – Sunday 21 & Thursday 25 – Sunday 28 May

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Beautiful evenings of alfresco tunes, The Band Stand returns with the best young music-makers bringing you beats to sink your beer to.

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The Line-up

Saturday 13 May

6pm-9pm: 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.

Thursday 18 May

6.30pm & 8.30pm: Gabby Rivers

Gabby Rivers is a 20 year old singer/songwriter performing upbeat indie/alternative originals with soulful and powerful vocals. She has a 5 piece band and so far in her musical journey she has performed at festivals and venues across East Anglia, including Latitude music festival, Reading music festival, Secret garden party, Wildpaths music festival, The Cambridge Junction and the Apex in Bury st Edmunds and more. She won the Bury sound competition in 2019. She released an EP called Headache in 2020 which has received support from BBC introducing and one of the tracks from the EP has been played on BBC 6 Music. In 2022 she went onto release a new era of music including tracks such as UH OH, Paradise and Boredom rows and did a sold out Headline show at voodoo daddy’s showroom in Norwich.

Friday 19 May

6.30pm: LA NUCCI

LA NUCCI is a promising new artist hailing from the vibrant music scene in Ipswich. Known for his mellifluous style and impressive lyrical skills, he has quickly made a name for himself as one of the most exciting up-and-coming rappers in the game.

Drawing on a range of influences from across the hip-hop spectrum, LA NUCCI’s music is characterized by its smooth, melodic flow and thoughtful, introspective lyrics. With a focus on crafting memorable hooks and catchy verses, he has already built up a loyal following of fans who are drawn to his unique sound and captivating live performances.

8.30pm: Avenhue

Avenhue is a rapper/producer based in SE London but originally from Norwich. As well as performing/DJing at multiple festivals and venues including We Out Here, Latitude, Boombap, The Jazz Cafe and Roundhouse. Avenhue has made a name for himself in the creative field putting on events and facilitating other artists in achieving their vision in whatever the chosen medium is. He currently hosts Fwrdmtn’s monthly show on Soho Radio as well as running the club night Bunk in Norwich. He has received multiple national radio plays for his singles both as Avenhue and his former group Cabrakid.

In 2020 he helped establish Fwrdmtn, a collective that focuses on doing things in the arts in a different and exciting way with fellow creative Latekid. Avenhue is focussing on getting the word out about the group and continuing the work that they have started in many different fields.

Saturday 20 May

1pm: Lottie Gray

19-year-old singer-songwriter Lottie Gray spent most of her childhood nurturing her imagination, conjuring stories from her bedroom on the south Norfolk coastline, where she grew up. Creating an intimate, open conversation between audience and artist, Gray writes exactly how she feels.

Influenced by the prolific Joni Mitchell, Taylor Swift and Kacey Musgraves, Lottie’s ability to jump across genres has taken her songwriting to extraordinary heights. Blending elements of country and pop, her creations boast raw and poetic lyric writing, expressed through Lottie’s powerful vocals.

Presented by BBC Music Introducing in Norfolk

2pm: Bella Askew

Bella Askew is a Norwich based vocalist, songwriter, guitarist and performer. She’s been developing her sound and collaborating with incredible local musicians hitting the scene with her Neo Soul EP; Just a Phase. Her song writing incorporates rich tones and soulful melodies with songs that are confessional and personal stories of her own life that reveal her inner character.

Presented by BBC Music Introducing in Norfolk

3pm: MAMA OH NO

A Soul/Rock band, with members from both England and Denmark. Combining energetic swampy blues with sparkling indie chords and garage jazz drums, this band is one you don’t wanna miss!

Presented by BBC Music Introducing in Norfolk

6.30pm & 8.30pm: The High Points

The High Points are a 4 piece multi genre from Norwich specialising in funk and soul but not shying away from other genres as displayed in their earlier music from their Instant love album and Acoustic EP. 2021 saw them go full time as musicians and things picked up a lot more, gaining over 2500 fans across all platforms in less than 6 months. They released their new album Bust a move which was recorded across 2019 and 2021 to a great response from radio stations such as BBC Introducing and fans alike.

Sunday 21 May

1pm: JULIET

JULIET is moving on with life, with her chilled beats and feisty attitude. Delivering songs with ear-worm hooks from the ashes of love, loss, and flirtation with charming honesty; JULIET strives to create relatable, laidback tunes drawing inspiration from her life experiences and transforming negatives into positives though a soundtrack of spoken word R+B, and hip hop. Hailing from South East London, JULIET lives in Norwich.

2pm: Baker

Self-produced singer songwriter originally from the Midlands, a cross between the streets and tenacious D.

Presented by BBC Music Introducing in Norfolk

3pm: i.am.afiya

i.am.afiya is a singer/songwriter from South London and self taught instrumentalist, playing both guitar and piano. Her music in genre bending, inspired by her love of music across all genres. Some of her biggest influences include King Krule, Lianne La Havas and Hiatus Kaiyote to name a few.

Presented by BBC Music Introducing in Norfolk

6.30pm: Nyree Williams

Nyree’s sweeping vocals hearken back to the romantic tones of old time Country, Jazz and Blues, whilst her songs verge between wry pieces of storytelling and introspective renderings of things that have gotten under her skin. In Norwich, Nyree has performed at Merchant’s House, The Arboretum and Pogue Mahon’s, and her first headlining London show was at The Guitar Social last October. Her debut single Penelope, alongside Old Hollywood inspired music video is available to stream now. Nyree is also an actor, and her most exciting venture to date has been writing songs for and performing in Arts Council-funded gig-Theatre piece The Woman in the Film at Roundhouse in June.

Thursday 25 May

6.30pm & 8.30pm: Sam Eagle

23-year-old Sam Eagle is a multi-talented musician, songwriter, and producer hailing from Norwich. After receiving critical acclaim for two EPs, Sam is gearing up to release his self-produced debut album. His music blends indie-folk and groovy beats, with Sam’s signature deep chords and direct lyrics. Drawing inspiration from a range of artists including David Byrne, Radiohead, Thundercat, Nick Hakim, and Kendrick Lamar, Sam creates a sound that is uniquely his own, characterized by experimentation and imaginative composition.

Friday 26 May

6.30pm & 8.30pm: Alexander Carson

Alexander Carson is a non-binary singer-songwriter/composer based in rural North Norfolk, United Kingdom, who spends the majority of their time bumbling around a remote cottage in the woods making obtuse sounds, comforted and accompanied by two ambivalent cats, one over-excited dog, and one long-suffering partner.

Carson first picked up the piano at age 4 (which is especially difficult considering the weight) and was classically trained, their music reflects this discipline, and despite its simple-sounding structure, certain portions of their work are unplayable by most musicians owing to the concealed complexity.

Carson is inspired by the mundanity of modernity and aims to articulate the absurdity of human existence in their music. This is all presented with a surrealist sense of humour to soften the often melancholic timbre of the music.

Essentially their music is trying to set one Oscar Wilde quote to music: “Life is much too important a thing ever to talk seriously about”

Saturday 27 May

1pm: Jake Raywood

Jake Raywood is a self producing singer-songwriter based in and around Norwich who takes inspiration from classic songwriting from artists like Elliott Smith and Nick Drake and uses it to examine mundane, everyday experiences and elevate them to a place of beauty. His sound is gentle and vulnerable and his recordings harness closeness to create intimacy which sits silhouetted against the sparseness of minimal instrumental arrangements.

2pm: Kitty May

Kitty-May is a 19-year-old singer-songwriter from Suffolk who is inspired by growing up in the forest surrounded by nature. Her haunting songs explore the place between being awake and asleep as well as powerfully expressing unspoken stories and emotions. She is in the first year of studying for a music degree in Norwich and regularly performs in the city and beyond.

3pm: Maple Ward

Maple Ward is a singer-songwriter based in Norwich whose music is driven by her desire to process and express her emotions. Her songs are known for their raw honesty and vulnerability, inviting listeners to connect with her personal experiences through her lyrics and melodies. Maple’s sound combines haunting vocal hooks, folk-inspired guitar, and punchy ukulele pop. Maple regularly performs across East Anglia. Her notable performances include Latitude Festival, The Banham Barrel and The Lord Mayor’s Procession in Norwich.

6.30pm & 8.30pm: Esme & Emerson

The duo, Esme Emerson, are British-Chinese siblings who write indie-pop/indie-folk tunes from their family home in Suffolk. Their music—characterised by gentle melodies and delicate harmonies—is a careful balance of both electronic and organic elements. In tandem, they create the intimate sound and enchanting world that is, sincerely, Esme Emerson.

Their debut EP—‘S For Sugar, D For Dog’—was released in 2022, accumulating over 300,000 streams on Spotify and receiving support from tastemakers such as Radio 1, Radio 6 Music and Communion Music.

Sunday 28 May

1pm: Abi Harrold

Abi Harold is a multi-disciplinary artist who loves to tell stories. Whether it be images, words or sound — her stories always begin with curiosity and vulnerability. In 2022, Abi was given an Irish bouzouki. She stumbled into songwriting as a way to process the bruising and joy of feeling deeply. Now performing locally, Abi shares songs to celebrate the growing pains of being a young artist.

2pm: Retro Firefly

Retro Firefly is the music project of Lowestoft-based singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Samantha Penman. She began writing music in her early teens, frequently finding inspiration in nature and her upbringing along the Suffolk Coast. Her music has a folksy, indie-pop vibe, taking inspiration from artists such as Twenty One Pilots and Aurora.

3pm: Matt Hammond

‘Percussive Guitar, with a dash of vocals’

Matt combines an eclectic mix of alternative styles with finger-twisting techniques, once described by BBC Introducing as a guitar wizard.

Gaining support from local radio and festivals, Matt looks towards releasing more singles backed with live video sessions and local concerts towards the end of summer 2023.

Tickets: This is a non-ticketed event

Image credit: Malachy Luckie

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