Sea Power at Norwich Arts Centre

All good things come to an end. Tonight, in Norwich was my fourth Sea Power gig in eight days. A welcome return to a bit of normality and for me a great break away from the four walls that have been my castle and at times my prison for 18 months. Seeing different sights and meeting new people made a big change from living my life through a screen. Tonight was also the last night of their short tour.

Today was also my first visit to the rather lovely city of Norwich. While there was a beer festival on, given that it was a nice day, I thought it would be a better use of my time to see some of the city and headed to Norwich Cathedral finding a surprising guest, Dippy, the Natural History Museum’s diplodocus skeleton (well a plaster cast). It’s not something you expect to see in the nave of a church. It did mean I ended up spending more time in the cathedral than I expected and it didn’t leave much time to see much of Norwich. But what I saw, was very nice. I will have to go back next summer.

As on other nights of the tour Pale Blue Eyes did a fine job of warming the crowd up.

Closing the tour, the set list was pretty much the same set as the first night, only dropping North Hanging Rock. Unusually for a Sea Power tour, the set list has been pretty consistent throughout. The changes have really been trying some new songs. With a new album out in the new year and a two year hiatus in playing live, it made sense and to be perfectly honest, the familiarity was like sitting in front of a warm fire drinking a hot chocolate. A good way to welcome us back.

As I would expect. The lads were on form tonight. They have been throughout the tour. Clearly enjoying being back on stage. What’s been great is seeing how much the audience have enjoyed being back gigging. While the lack of mask wearing makes me uncomfortable, I kept out of the boisterous part of the crowd. It was just great seeing a bit of before times again.

Even though I got caught up in a slight fracas with somebody who was extremely drunk (did I mention there was a beer festival). The whole day was pretty perfect. A day sightseeing, a gig by a great band and a few pints. Thank you Sea Power for giving me a few days of my old life back.

Set List

  • Heavenly Waters
  • Machineries of Joy
  • Larsen B
  • Doppelgänger
  • Spring Has Sprung
  • What You’re Doing
  • The Lonely
  • Two Fingers
  • Lights Out For Darker Skies
  • We Only Want to Make You Happy
  • Folly
  • Lucifer
  • Bad Bohemian
  • Remember Me
  • Carrion
  • All In It
  • A Trip Out
  • Waving Flags
  • The Great Skua