Live Music Venues in Norfolk
Published date: September 2018
You can’t beat live music and in Norfolk there are some great music venues; from large open-air concerts to pubs offering more intimate experiences. Whatever your preferred genre, you are sure to find some live music at one of these Norfolk music venues.
Originally set up by Norwich City Council in 1990, The Union of UEA Students took over the running of the premises and it is today one of Norwich’s most popular live music destinations.
The Waterfront is a 700 capacity all-standing venue with a 14 and over age-limit for live gigs and over 18 limit for club nights. The venue is keen to support local talent and regularly hosts events where local bands and individuals can perform.
Over the past 25 years the Waterfront has played host to an illustrious list of internationally recognised artists including; Radiohead, Arctic Monkeys, The Proclaimers, Courtney Pine, Faithless, Elbow, Fun Lovin Criminals, Paul Weller, The Prodigy, John Mayall, Nirvana, Amy Winehouse, Pulp, and Stereophonics.
The LCR, Norwich
The LCR, Norwich is an all standing venue that has a maximum capacity of 1550 for gigs and slightly higher for club nights. On the University of East Anglia site, live gigs have been an important part of life in the region for many decades. Organised by the Student Union and open to the public, big names from the music industry have played at the LCR.
If attending a gig and arriving by car, park in the Main Car Park, a 2-minute walk from the LCR. The area directly outside the LCR is generally cordoned off on gig nights. Again, use the Main Car Park for dropping off and picking up.
Brickmakers and B2 Venue
The Brickmakers and B2 Venue are on Sprowston Road, Norwich and are live music venues that play host to bands and individuals 7 nights a week. Enjoy anything from soul, to funk to indie to metal. On a Monday night the Brickmakers host an open stage event where acts can perform. You can see anything from poetry, comedy, bands, acoustic songwriters, soloists, duos, a choir or brass band.
Thetford Forrest is an outdoor music venue hosting atmospheric concerts in a beautiful location surrounded by pine trees. Each year several concerts take place at Thetford Forrest and this summer it played host to The Script, Gary Barlow, Paul Heaton Jacqui Abbott and Kasabian.
Visitors are advised to bring their own folding picnic chairs or rugs. If a standing area has been designated directly in front of the stage, seating brought into the venue will not be allowed in this area. A fully licensed bar and a variety of hot food outlets are on site, but please note these do not accept card payments.
Norwich Arts Centre
Norwich Arts Centre is a venue that delivers live music, amongst many other things.
An intimate venue, it received the prestigious NME Britain’s Best Small Venue award in 2014, having been shortlisted for the award in the previous 4 years. It was also honoured with an EDP People’s Choice Award for best small to mid-scale venue, festival or organisation and the Dr Frank Bates Musical Theatre and Dance Award.
Located on 51 St. Benedict’s Street, Norwich, Norwich Arts Centre hosts a variety of live music events throughout the year from a mix of genres.
The Fat Cat Brewery Tap
The Fat Cat Brewery Tap is on Lawson Road in Norwich and offers weekly live music to suit all tastes, good food and good beer.
Various open-air concerts take place during the summer at Blickling Hall, a National Trust property that is 14 miles from Norwich city centre.
A Classic Ibiza event, where Ibiza dance tunes meet classical orchestra took place this summer; it doesn’t sound like it should work, but it does! The setting is dramatic, especially when the sun goes down over the grounds and the laser show begins.
This year The Great British Prom on the Blickling Estate saw the National Symphony Orchestra perform alongside local servicemen and women and the Cranwell Military Wives Choir. The venue has a variety of food stalls on site as well as a licensed bar, toilets and free parking.
OPEN is amongst other things, a live music venue, in fact there are two live music venues all under the same roof.
Located in the old Barclays Bank building on Bank Plain, in the heart of Norwich’s city centre, OPEN has two unique and flexible spaces, Banking Hall and Club. The venues are suitable for between 50 and 1450 people and with the help of local and national promoters it hosts an array of live gigs. From jazz to hip hop, pop, folk and indie, to rock and reggae; all genres are catered for.
The Rampant Horse Inn
Located in the market town of Fakenham, The Rampant Horse Inn is a traditional English Public House that has regular live music events.
Corn Exchange, King’s Lynn
King’s Lynn Corn Exchange is a popular entertainment venue that offers a variety of live music events.
Situated on the historic Tuesday Market Place in the heart of King’s Lynn, the Corn Exchange plays host to an eclectic mix of live music; from opera, pop, jazz and soul to punk and metal.
Walnut Tree Shades
The Walnut Tree Shades on Old Post Office Court, Norwich is a Public House dating back to the sixteenth century.
Located in the centre of Norwich, you will find live music on up to 5 nights a week, a well-stocked bar and traditional pub food available.
Prince Regent Pub
Live music every week at the Prince Regent Public house, 33-34 Regent Road, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk. The pub also offers traditional pub food and a well-stocked bar.