Live: Alestorm / Korpiklaani / Heidevolk

UEA, Norwich February 22, 2024

by Emily Studd

Heidevolk begin the night with their pagan folk metal from the Netherlands.

The Viking theme of their performance is emphasised by the runic background, which cleverly not only spells out the band’s name but also promotes their latest album.

Heidevolk get the evening off to a good start (Picture: Becky Steel)
Heidevolk get the evening off to a good start (Picture: Becky Steel)

The energy in the place really ramps up for Drinking With The Gods (Valhalla), with the audience drinking along.

The Dutch outfit set the scene well for what follows before heading off to come drinking with the rest of us.

Heidevolk bring their brand of folk metal (Picture: Becky Steel)
Heidevolk bring their brand of folk metal (Picture: Becky Steel)

Each member of Korpiklaani comes on individually to milk the acclaim, with the loudest cheer reserved for vocalist Jonne Järvelä, the one founder member still with the band.

Järvelä doesn’t take himself seriously, slapping his arse during the performance, but the folk-metallers have high energy throughout the set. It filters through to the crowd, creating a loop as the band feed off them, and we get a pit and some crowd-surfing.

Korpiklaani: Fancy a pint? (Picture: Becky Steel)
Korpiklaani: Fancy a pint? (Picture: Becky Steel)

A cover of Boney M’s Gotta Go Home gets everyone dancing before chants of “Beer!” are heeded with a rendition of Beer Beer by the Finns.

The last song of the set is Vodka and – sticking to the alcohol theme – Korpikilaani then join their fans at the bar for drinks, chats and photos. They are fabulous companions all evening.

Korpikilaani make for great companions (Picture: Becky Steel)
Korpikilaani make for great companions (Picture: Becky Steel)

Alestorm take the stage by storm with songs that were made for chanting.

The Scots’ giant inflatable duck is brought out and the whole place is pumped.

Alestorm get the place buzzing (Picture: Becky Steel)
Alestorm get the place buzzing (Picture: Becky Steel)

The pit goes wild for the pirate-metallers’ self-titled song, and after Hangover the energy increases further with Mexico.

Patty Gurdy comes out and brings haunting vocals to accompany the slower Voyage Of The Dead Marauder but P.A.R.T.Y. turns the dial up again before Captain Morgan’s Revenge gets the place dancing.

'You're all cunts so fuck you all' (Picture: Becky Steel)
‘You’re all cunts so fuck you all’ (Picture: Becky Steel)

Gurdy returns to the stage for Zombies Ate My Pirate Ship before ultimate party song Fucked With An Anchor brings to a close the most jolly of drunken weekday evenings.

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