Lewis Oxley

Music, Venue

Snapped Ankles – lost in an industrial forest

A slightly bemused Norwich came down with a freaky fever as what can be described as an industrial forest, took hold of the Norwich Arts Centre. The music on menu was a taste of the radical avant-garde: done with a feral appetite. Truly not for the faint-hearted. Snapped Ankles combined trees with trippy soundscapes while looking like Star Wars’ Ewoks with neon green lasers shooting out…

Music

Concrete’s Great Gig Guide Oct/Nov

She Drew the Gun: NAC  Norwich Arts Centre will house She Drew the Gun and support act Bugeye on October 28th. The England based act describes themselves as creating “hypnotic and darkly ornate psych-pop” and are fronted by guitarist Louisa Roach. An interesting act to check out, especially if you’re yet to visit Norwich Arts…

Arts

Tracey Thorn at the 2019 Spring Literary Festival

After the cancellation of her original date, Tracey Thorn, rather than open the 2019 Spring Literary Festival, came to ‘bury it’ to use her own words. In conversation with senior Creative Writing lecturer Henry Sutton, Thorn, one half of legendary pop duo ‘Everything but the Girl’ and former Marine Girl, was both witty and charming….

Music

Indie in the digital age

In the final installment of his three-part celebration of indie’s 40th year, Lewis Oxley looks at indie’s foray into the digital age. If the 90s proved anything, it was that the independent record labels driving the movement on would hitting a new brick wall – step in the major buyout period. This would be postponed…

Music

The Indie Genre

In the second of his three-part celebration of indie’s 40th year, Lewis Oxley discusses how it left its DIY roots and established itself as a popular genre. As the 1980s dragged on, the independent music scene was flourishing more than its founding fathers could ever have imagined. The success of Factory and Rough Trade’s lead…

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