2014 was an exciting time for us at Epic Studios; with over 100 shows across the year, we worked really hard to bring you an exciting and diverse range of events and we’re pretty proud of what we achieved!
Read on for a round-up of Epic Studios’ music highlights of 2014/2015!
Over the last year, part of our aim has been to bring you all some of the best up-and-coming new acts that we could get on our stages and we like to think this exactly what we did! Highlights include Pulled Apart By Horses, the NME New Breed Tour – featuring Honeyblood & Superfood – and of course our sell-out Front Bottoms show in September. Absolute honourable mentions have to go to the unique and exceptional Slaves, choice alternative rock band Lower Than Atlantis (another sell-out) and the utterly frenzy-inducing Gnarwolves.
We like to keep things fresh and exciting but have also tipped our hats to some of the most valued heritage acts that are still very much on the scene. Of course we have to mention The Blockheads, Big Country and From The Jam, but Bad Manners deserve some kind of lifetime achievement award for the amount of pure party spirit that they poured into Epic Studios in December; Buster Bloodvessell and his merry men kicked off our festive season with a bang that rang in our ears for days! He may have been banned from Top of the Pops, but he is welcome here any time.
We can’t write about 2014 without mentioning Norwich Sound & Vision Festival. Epic Studios was exceptionally proud to get involved with this fantastic, collaborative event, and to play host to the three festival headliners. We kicked off the proceedings on the Thursday with an amazing line up; Public Service Broadcasting, Radiophonic Workshop & Ulrich Schnauss. All icons in their own right; and we’re very proud that we bought these three superb acts together on one bill – what a way to open the festival!
The second night of Norwich Sound & Vision saw London drum & bass duo Chase and Status headline, with support from Dimensions. This was one of our biggest bookings to date and pretty different to any events we had put on before. It was a huge success and the prestigious pair kept our dancefloor heaving with revellers to the last beat dropped – a perfect Friday session. Closing the three-day event was The Hold Steady with support from The So So Glos and Ducking Punches; a line up which we thought added an extra level of diversity to our program for the convention.
But these weren’t the only acts that captured your attention at Epic Studios during 2014. May saw music alchemist Mr Scruff, DJ his way (and the crowd) into oblivion; Acid Mothers Temple caught us all up in their psych-rock wizardry in August and brilliant pianist Nils Frahm captivated us all with his eclectic and unconventional, classical/electronica crossover performance in October.
Then, of course, there’s November’s Grandmaster Flash show which seems to have been everyone here’s highlight of 2014. The founding father of hip hop himself took to the stage and ignited a positively adoring crowd, announcing that he wanted to bring not ‘a show’ but a party to Norwich, incorporating the best in popular music that spanned from the 70s to genres of the current day. I think it’s safe to say, that’s exactly what he did.
2015 is shaping up to be an equally promising year at the studios. We’ve already had an evening of funk and soul with King of the Swingers Geno Washington and the Ram Jam band; an exciting night of hip hop with Blackalicious, and two sold-out Peace shows. We hosted the Designers Show for this year’s Norwich Fashion Week, and a Roller Derby with the gutsy Norfolk Brawds and are looking forward to more fantastic events.
Coming up, we’re hosting the warm up for Boom Bap Festival with The Four Owls and Harry Ixer and welcoming TV and pop icon Toyah Willcox to our stages on Saturday 28th. Then, over the next couple of months, we’ll be partying with Hip Hop/Jazz group The Mouse Outfit; reggae-dub four-piece The Skints; British folk artist Beans On Toast; and noise-rock connoisseurs Swans are stopping by too…Phew!