The Maccabees to play free Norwich Arts Centre gig in December

Norfolk venue has been named Britain's Best Small Venue by NME in association with Jack Daniel's.

The Maccabees will play a gig at Norwich Arts Centre after the venue was today named Britain’s Best Small Venue by NME in association with Jack Daniel’s.

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“We’re delighted to have won and really excited for The Maccabees,” says venue director Pasco-Q Kevlin. “They’re an extremely talented band who already have an association with the venue because they’ve played here before, but they’re way out of our league now. So from my perspective it’s great to work with a band who are playing at that level. They’ll have a great time here.”

The Maccabees’ guitarist Felix White, meanwhile, is looking forward to getting close to the band’s fans once again. “Small venues have always been important to us, but we don’t get to play them much any more,” he said. “We’re really looking forward to playing Norwich Arts Centre again, particularly because we’ll have just finished an arena tour with Kasabian, and it will be the opposite experience to that. At smaller venues you end up having conversations with people.”

Previous winners of NME’s annual award for Britain’s Best Small Venue in association with Jack Daniel’s include Southampton Joiners (2013) and Tunbridge Wells Forum (2012).

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