Opinion: Why 4,500-seater venue would make Norfolk THE perfect place to live

PUBLISHED: 09:53 02 October 2014

An artists' impression of how the arena, hotel and civic centre could look

An artists' impression of how the arena, hotel and civic centre could look


You know that feeling when someone is having a party, everyone else is invited but for some reason you have failed to make the cut? Well they are the same emotions you go through being a music lover in Norfolk, writes David Powles.

Since moving back to my home county eight years ago, I’ve witnessed some fantastic gigs at some fantastic city venues. The people of Norwich are truly lucky to have not just The Nick Rayns LCR and The Waterfront to call upon for live music, but also the Arts Centre, Epic, Open and a host of other excellent venues.

Equally, however, I’ve lost count of the number of times one of my favourite bands has announced a tour – and the only way I’m likely to see it is by travelling down to the capital or across to the Midlands.

Eventually, you become so accustomed to Norwich being left out of the diaries of certain bands, you stop scouring their touring schedules full stop.

Radiohead, Blur, The Beastie Boys, Franz Ferdinand and Elbow are just some of the bands I’ve seen live in similar sized venues elsewhere in the country – but never imagined being able to watch them on my doorstep. If this dream becomes reality, it truly will make Norfolk THE ideal place to live.

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  • The prospective owners of this venue are also a major booking agent that also owns a chain of venues around the country. Their touring artists are normally offered to the UEA etc. because the company doesn't own a venue in the area. If built, the new venue owners (who are also a major booking agent) will stop all of their artists from playing at other venues in the city and instead only book them into their own venue. This would force several Norwich venues to close. However, Norwich needs a large exhibition centre capable of attracting major trade shows, indoor sports events and concerts. That would need a seated capacity of around 10,000 to make it viable for the booking agents of major artists. A council owned 10,000 capacity venue would genuinely attract events that wouldn't otherwise consider the area and so wouldn't have much of an impact upon the other venues.

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