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Personal Trainer

Wednesday 01 March 2023, 7pm - 10:30pm

Voodoo Daddys Showroom

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+ bag of cans

Voodoo Daddys Showroom | 7a Timberhill, Norwich, NR1 3JZ

please note: this is a 16s+ show | Voodoo Daddys Showroom is not wheelchair accessible

Amsterdam-based collective Personal Trainer seek out sharp-witted ways to prolong the innate joy of being a band just plugging in and playing. Willem Smit, the group’s conductor and cheerleader, started the band as an ultimate love letter to the vibrant scene he himself inhabits. Initially, it meant playing shows in impromptu lineups, with individuals of varying skill levels, interests and sensibilities. At the hub of this volatile energy, Smit embraced his role as jester in court, performing his own songs like a lost tourist on a karaoke bender.

This enthusiasm became reciprocal, as bands ranging from Pip Blom, Bull, Home Counties, The Klittens to Global Charming – as well as Smit’s other outfits Canshaker Pi and Steve French – frequently rubbed elbows on stage. Personal Trainer-shows became known as rousing rituals, with songs that more or less sounded like all your favorite indie rock luminaries jam-packed into big-beaming pop psalms. One of the band’s early career highlights was a 24 hour performance at Amsterdam’s legendary pop temple Paradiso.

“An understated and slow burning joy – full of subtlety that you can’t help but return to” - So Young Magazine

“Their juxtaposition of bleak verses with an impassioned, hard-hitting rock chorus illustrates the beauty and harshness of our inability to fully understand things” - Paste Magazine

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Please note: We won't be sending out physical tickets or e-tickets for this event. All you will need to do is arrive at the venue just before the start of the event with your order transaction number (which is given in your confirmation email) and some form of ID.