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Norwich Sound and Vision to double in size as it welcomes John Peel festival

20:14 17 September 2012

Sound and Vision festival director Adrian Cooke with his team before the launch event at the Curve in The Forum. Photo: Steve Adams

Sound and Vision festival director Adrian Cooke with his team before the launch event at the Curve in The Forum. Photo: Steve Adams

A city-wide festival will double in size with more than 100 bands playing live, organisers revealed tonight.

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Norwich Sound and Vision (NSV) returns for its third year between October 11 and 13 and plays host to the first-ever John Peel Festival of New Music.

And the conference will also offer film screenings, live debates and 60 speakers, including from the United States, giving performers an insight into the music and multi-media industries.

Adrian Cooke, NSV festival director, said at tonight’s official launch at The Curve, in The Forum: “We’ve had to prove ourselves in the first two years, particularly as we were new and we had to show the festival’s value to the city, county and the general region.

“But I think people are getting it now. I think the colleges are also working out how it’s good for their students meeting real people in the industry now.”

Music fans will have 10 venues to choose from to see more than 100 bands, with Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs lined up to play Open, in Bank Plain, on October 11.

Errors, Tall Ships and Mary Epworth also appearing during the event.

Wristbands are on sale for £35 for the three days of music and £80 for a full delegate pass, which includes all the conference events.

Stuart Hobday, director of the Norwich Arts Centre, said: “It’s going to be at least twice as big this year as last year - and it was pretty big last year.

“This year one of the major things that’s happened is a partnership which came along as part of the John Peel Archive project.

“They were doing separate fundraising for the John Peel Centre in Stowmarket, they came to us to do a fundraiser in Norwich and we said we could do it.”

The Fall and The Undertones will appear at Epic, in Magdalen Street, Norwich, as part of NSV’s efforts to raise money for the John Peel Centre for Creative Arts. This event in honour of the legendary DJ, who died in 2004, is ticketed separately.

Mr Hobday added on NSV: “It’s been a lot of work but we are really looking forward to it coming round, which is quite exciting.”

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