With festivals and live music, there's something for everyone With festivals and live music, there's something for everyone

Norwich has strong connections to the arts, boasts a range of entertainment and performance venues and is host to a variety of festivals throughout the year.

Film and theatre venues

For film lovers there are two multiplex venues in Norwich City centre - Odeon and Vue, and one of the finest arthouse cinemas in the East of England – Cinema City.

Comedy nights

Comedy nights are well catered for in the city, and these range from big scale events such as the Norfolk Comedy Festival, to monthly evenings at Red Card Comedy, and open-mic nights at local pubs for the budding amateurs.

Live Music

Norwich has three stand-out music venues, as well as a wide range of pubs and smaller venues regularly putting on live music.

The LCR, a 1500 capacity venue on campus at UEA and run by the Union of UEA Students, attracts the biggest and best bands. Over the years big acts have included U2, Manic Street Preachers, Kasabian, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Iron Maiden and Coldplay.

The Waterfront, also run by the Union of UEA Students, hosts a varied line-up of acts and the Norwich Arts Centre was the regional winner of the NME's Best Small Venue Award in 2011.


There are festivals to celebrate most passions in Norwich including the culture-packed Norfolk and Norwich Festival, the twice-yearly UEA Literary Festival featuring authors such as Jeanette Winterson and Ian McEwan, Norwich Fashion Week, and the Norfolk Food and Drink Festival.

If you do choose to stick around over the summer, there are a number of great music festivals to choose from in East Anglia including the increasingly popular Latitude, which offers music alongside stand-up comedy, poetry and crafts.