hi, i don't go to uea but live in norwich and often go to the uea lcr to gigs. there are some quite big names that come. i've seen new found glory, bowling for soup and ordinary boys and seeing good charlotte in april. theres also been bands like the feeling and the kooks play there and sum 41 are playing in feb. so its pretty good.
Loads and loads of good bands come to the UEA. www.ueaticketbookings.co.uk if you want to take a look at the current ones yourself; I believe they've also got a full list of bands that have played there since ~1970 as well.
Personally I've seen the likes of Bloc Party, Ash, Bloodhound Gang and The Feeling at UEA and have got tickets for The Hives. Recently they've had Faithless, Kasabian and The Stereophonics but the tickets for those sold out veeery quickly
If you like live music then to be honest there are only two other universities in the country that compare for gig, UEA simple has LOADS of gigs and big name one at that.
the LCR (that the main campus club) host you standard indie/rock/pop gig (but also metal/folk... you get the idea) for band that fill 1500-3000 capacity venues... i.e. bloc party, NME tour, lemar, sum 41, down and even blondie!!
the waterfront (union run club in town) hosts more metal/rock gigs for smaller tours (<1000 capacity)
but as i said there are simple loads of them, so if that is a major fact (which for some including me, it is) i can't recommend it enough!
We are holding our first Black History month in October, and we have meetings planned, but also a night of music, 2 film showings and many things happening in the evenings. So do come along to some of those, and if you want to help at all, please do contact me.
Also, for the people who want to get involved in the union, the few who can be bothered, students are all welcome to union council which meets on Thursdays every fortnight and goes on often from 7pm-10pm. Not the most invigorrating idea of time for everyone, but if you want to get involved with the behind the scenes work of the union, you can come here.
also a small secret, there are sometimes a small number of concert tickets kept behind for students at the ticket office, generaly for the more popular bands. so even when it says on the website that stuff's sold out it's worth wearing your uea hoody and smiling sweetly just incase they have any left