We’ve had the time of our lives: Brickies landladies leave after 20 years

Just Regional
Dec 9, 2022 3 mins read

It’s the end of a musical era in Sprowston as 2022 draws to a close.

New Year’s Eve will see the very last show at The Brickmakers with Pam South, Emma Rose and Charley South at the helm.

In a 20-year-long reign as what many people consider to be Norwich’s top music pub, the trio have seen thousands of bands grace their stage – some of which are now household names on playlists around the globe.

“It really has been an amazing 20 years,” said landlady Charley South. “We have seen some wonderful young musicians hone their skills on our stage from a very young age and it’s been an absolute joy to see them grow into accomplished artists.”

Famous names who played “The Brickies” in the early stages of their careers include Ed Sheeran and You Me At Six – both of whom have gone on to sell out arenas around the world.

The three landladies regularly opened their doors to young musicians, and very early on created a second room – B2 Venue – to harness young talent across the city, and give original bands a platform.

“B2 Venue really came into its own,” said Emma. “We wanted to support young musicians and we just didn’t have enough nights in the week to offer gigs on the main stage, so we built B2.

“It developed a thriving scene of its own – one that we hope the new owners continue to embrace.”

In January, Pam, Emma and Charley will hand the reins over to publicans Claire and Dale Brooks, who have been running regular music events at The Walnut Tree Shades in the city for the last 10 years.

“We have accomplished more here at The Brickmakers than we ever set out to do – we have realised all of our dreams and more,” said Pam.

“We really have had the time of our lives, met some lovely people and made lifelong friends. It’s going to be hard to leave something we have loved for so long, but the time is right to hand over the baton of the local music scene and we are confident that Claire and Dale will love it just as much as we have.

“We would just like to thank all the bands that have supported us over the years, our wonderful customers, our patient and lovely neighbours and, of course, our staff. The Brickies wasn’t just about the music but those that came to enjoy it. It’s been amazing, and next time you see us we will be dancing in the crowd with you all!”

You can celebrate with the trio on New Year’s Eve, when two local bands, Blind Tiger and Dirty Havana, ring in 2023.

“Both bands started on our stage when they were just teenagers many years ago,” said Charley. “It’s a fitting end to a glorious era and we wouldn’t want it any other way.”

t Tickets for the show are on sale from Ents24.

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