A five-gig showcase featuring 11 acts from across Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Lincolnshire has been put together by Twisted Melon Promotions. It will be a feast for live music fans who will have a choice of events in Lynn (two), Downham, Stamford and Norwich, with headline acts including Kingdom Keys, Lightscape, Vanilla Pod and Franko Fraize.
The full schedule:
Friday from 9pm at The Voodoo Lounge in Stamford: Lightscape, Kingdom Keys, The Wise Naive, Sacred Nations.
Saturday from 7.30pm at Lynn Workers Club: Vanilla Pod, Dirty Kirst, Lightscape, Vulpes.
Sunday from 2pm at Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place for the Christmas Lights switch-on: You & I, The Wise Naive.
Sunday from 5.30pm at Downham Market Club: Kingdom Keys, Lightscape, Franko Fraize, Among the Citizens.
Thursday from 8pm at Norwich Arts Centre: Lightscape, Kingdom Keys, Franko Fraize, The Everlaine.
TRISTON FINNIS of Twisted Melon Promotions looks at four of the acts in the programme:
On Saturday, Vanilla Pod perform in Lynn for the first time in three years, heading to the King’s Lynn Workers Club. They are West Norfolk’s longest established Punk Rockers and arguably the most successful act the town has ever produced.
The band was formed in 1995 with original vocalist Paul Davis, but having recorded an initial demo Paul left the band. Eyebrows were raised when they replaced him with 15-year-old schoolboy Rob Bunting! With the new line-up Vanilla Pod released their debut single Rebound on local record label Off-Shoot and never looked back.
Over the years there have been a number of line-up changes including in 2001 becoming a five-piece, as well as the introduction of Leon Muncaster and Goober Patrol and Toy Dolls bassist Tom Blyth. At the end of 2010 Tom was forced to leave the band when he emigrated and was replaced by long standing friend Matt Clarke.
The current line-up fell into place when John Waterfield called it a day and was replaced by One Car Pile Up drummer Robin Tow to join founder member Steve Pitcher, Rob Bunting, Leon Muncaster and Matt Clarke.
Pod are now 21 years old and have released six albums with a seventh in the pipeline: Trigger, Faster Disco, Third Time Lucky, Surrounded by Idiots, Poets on Payday and Seeing Out the Sunrise. The single Dead End Town released from Third Time Lucky received a good deal of airplay on Radio 1 while Surrounded by Idiots was released as far afield as Japan. The band have flown the flag for King’s Lynn across the world, touring Australia, Hong Kong and all over Europe.
This Saturday they will be joined by their good mates Dirty Kirst, a melodic punk rock four-piece from St Neots. Also on the bill are Norwich rock act Lightscape, coming to Lynn as part of their four-show run with Twisted Melon, and West Norfolk’s new kids on the block, Vulpes. Tickets are only £5 and available from www.twisted melon.bigcartel.com while a limited number will be available on the door.
For the Downham Club gig on Sunday there’s the chance to see and hear Franko Fraize who recently performed the Radio 1 Big Weekend, appeared at the Reading and Leeds Festivals, toured with Rudimental, The Enemy and Reverend & The Makers, as well as just completing a Maida Vale Live Session for Radio 1.
This Sunday they’ll be joining Kingdom Keys and Lightscape at Downham and completing the line-up will be Twisted Melon Battle of the Bands finalists Among The Citizens. All ages are welcome and entry is only £3 with advance tickets available at www.twist edmelon.bigcartel.com.
Kingdom Keys are a six-piece melodic rock act, bringing integrity and passion-fuelled songwriting to the British rock scene.
Formed in early 2015, the band writes raw and emotive modern rock music, which would appeal to fans of bands ranging from Incubus to Foals. In July, Kingdom Keys released their debut EP Beyond What You See through iTunes, Amazon, and Spotify. With artwork by David Drake (The 1975, Django Django), the band’s self-produced EP has received an 8.5/10 rating from Invicta Magazine and have been noted as a “really accomplished performance” by BBC Introducing’s Jay Lawrence. In September, the band played “a most impressive, coherent, accomplished and confident performance” (Punktastic) at this year’s Fort Fest Festival supporting Lonely The Brave, Young Guns and Arcane Roots.
Lightscape are a five-piece rock band from Norwich whose style and influence are vast, with an electric take on what a rock band in today’s day and age should sound like. They have a lively stage show, big choruses and riffs, while musically interesting but still accessible. Lightscape have achieved a lot in the past year, recording their first self-titled EP at Crystal Sound in Lynn and getting it mastered in Abbey Road.
After playing their first show in London, Lightscape have had lots of packed-out support/headline shows at the Open in Norwich – two of which to note would be with Renowned festival headliners Lonely the Brave, and another headlining BBC Norfolk’s introducing show The Cut, which was filmed and broadcast on air. They have enjoyed airplay on BBC Radio as well as two interviews with Sophie Little, and having the track of the week with Jay Lawrence for their song Blinded by the Lights. Lightscape have just released a new EP called For Present, For Past, with three new tracks. It was all recorded at Hidden Tracks Studios, by Oz Craggs (Mallory Knox, Feed The Rhino).