Preview: Wild Paths

Laura Misch at Wild Paths 2019 (Picture: Andrew Gooding)

by Adam Aiken

Venues across Norwich are gearing up for Wild Paths, with more than 20 locations and “DIY spaces” preparing to host more than 200 live acts during the four-day festival.

Featuring genres such as indie, hip-hop, neo-soul, post-punk and new-wave jazz, the festival will also include after-parties, conferences and art fairs.

The headliners of this year’s Wild Paths – which runs from October 14 to October 17 – include Sports Team, Biig Piig and Palace. They’ll be joined by acts including Steam Down, Olivia Dean, Flamingods, Jelani Blackman, The Big Moon, Nine8, Afriquoi, Emma-Jean Thackray and Billie Marten.

Jose Gonzalez at Wild Paths 2019 (Picture: Andrew Gooding)

There’ll also be speakers, artists, drag queens, tattooists and DJs, and some of the highlights include Gilles Peterson discussing his new book Lockdown FM, a late-night jazz jam and festival supper clubs.

It all kicks off on Thursday with speakers and panellists including music industry pros and artists chatting about everything from current musical trends and tour stories to production techniques and sustainability.

The music gets under way on Friday and runs through to Sunday evening.

Gaffa Tape Sandy at Wild Paths 2019 (Picture: Andrew Gooding)

Wild Paths also has an environmental emphasis. Two years ago it realised its goal of being free from single-use-plastic, and this year organisers are working to make the whole festival carbon-neutral.

Click here for more details and to buy day, weekend and VIP tickets.

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