Friday 9 May – Sunday 25 May
Tickets for Norfolk & Norwich Festival (NNF) go on sale TODAY as they announce their full Festival line-up. Take a look at their promo video here.
Serious have shaped the music programme with the Festival, so take a read of what we have in store for you this year.
SNARKY PUPPY + THE COMET IS COMING
SHINGAI SHONIWA, DAVE OKUMU & THE INVISIBLE
Kicking off the Festival, as we’ve just mentioned, are the supremely talented Snarky Puppy. They’ll be joined by MOBO-winner Shabaka Hutchings who presents his wild new collaboration The Comet Is Coming, which features Soccer 96 – the duo of Tottenham’s Betamax on drums and Brighton’s Danalogue on squelchy soundscapes and vocals. They went down a storm at their EFG London Jazz Festivaldebut, so get ready for music that Shabka describes as ‘Cosmic. Sci-fi. Hipster. Punk’. With Snarky Puppy and The Comet is Coming combined, this will be a night sure to send limbs flying over at Open.
Also coming up at Open on Sunday 11 May is the special collaboration Stars Align. This New Music Biennial Festival premiere brings together Shingai Shoniwa from The Noisettes with Mercury-winning producer Dave Okumu and his Ninja Tune band The Invisible.
MADELEINE PEYROUX + SERAFINA STEER
HUGH MASEKELA + ANDY SHEPPARD
TOUMANI DIABATE + PHILIP SHEPPARD
Over at the Theatre Royal, there is a trio of stellar concerts taking place across the Festival. Madeleine Peyroux on Tuesday 20 May is already sold out, but you can still get tickets for Hugh Masekela on Wednesday 21 May, where we’ve just added renowned British saxophonist, Andy Sheppard, to the evening’s bill. Hugh then goes on to play Hay Festival the following week on Monday 26 May, we recommend booking tickets now to avoid disappointment. The third concert on Thursday 22 May sees Toumani Diabaté, the world’s most celebrated kora exponent, play for the first time with his sonSidiki. In the first half, they have invited cellist Philip Sheppard to play a special short set, to counterpoint their kora duets.
RIOT JAZZ BRASS BAND ft MC CHUNKY
Late night action over in The Spiegeltent will feature music from the trans-atlantic collective, Family Atlantica, on Saturday 17 May, brass wielding sentinels Riot Jazz Brass Band ft MC Chunky (whom incidentally, are the sound behind Norfolk & Norwich’s fab promo video) on Tuesday 20 May and the relentlessly fiery Molotov Jukebox on Saturday 24 May – check out their video premiere of Neon Lights here.
THE WESTBROOK BLAKE
In the beautiful setting of St Peter Mancroft Church we have The Westbrook Blake– Mike Westbrook’s legendary settings of William Blake’s powerful poetry – on Saturday 10 May. Then on Saturday 24 May, Dutch harpist Lavinia Meijer plays Ludovico Einaudi and Philip Glass. From one beautiful setting to another, Lavinia performs atLondon’s Union Chapel two days prior on Thursday 22 May. The glorious acoustics of both venues should make these very special concerts indeed.
JOE BOYD & OLIVIA CHANEY
JAVIER LIMON & MAGOS HERRERA
At Norwich Playhouse Joe Boyd & Olivia Chaney present Songs and Stories on Thursday 15 May, whilst on Monday 19 May, Mexico’s great star Magos Herrera is joined by Javier Limon, the renowned producer of a string of great albums including: Mariza, Paco de Lucia and Buika. The following day (Tuesday 20 May), Javier Limon and Magos Herrera will play London’s Union Chapel. There’s a powerful melodic spirit when these two take to the stage together…do not miss it!
Anglo-Scandinavian trio, Phronesis aka ‘the most electrifying experience to be had in British jazz’ (The Telegraph), kick off their UK tour here at the Festival. They play Diss Corn Hall as part of NNF on Tuesday 20 May, before taking the sounds of their brand new albumLife To Everything to Bridport, Bristol, Gateshead, Manchester,London, Belfast and Birmingham. Take a look at their brand new video teaser here.
S.CAREY (of Bon Iver)
Last but not least of our Festival highlights is S.Carey (of Bon Iver)who plays Norwich Arts Centre on Wednesday 21 May before embarking on his debut London performance at Village Underground on Thursday 22 May.
For more information and to book tickets for performances across the Festival visit: serious.org.uk/nnf
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