Norwich Sound and Vision is a great boost for the city

PUBLISHED: 10:10 11 October 2013 | UPDATED: 10:10 11 October 2013

In Memorium performing on the Young People's Stage for Norwich Sound and Vision Festival at The Garage. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

In Memorium performing on the Young People's Stage for Norwich Sound and Vision Festival at The Garage. PHOTO BY SIMON FINLAY

Archant Norfolk

Young stars from Norfolk’s music scene were among the acts to take to the stage as this year’s Norwich Sound + Vision festival got under way.

Now in its fourth year, the festival celebrates new music acts and also hosts conference events spanning the music, film and TV, and interactive industries.

It opened yesterday, and among the events to entertain festivalgoers was the first night of the Young People’s Stage at The Garage. The Rumble, Harry and Amelia, Let’s Eat Grandma, In Memorium, and Crown the Prophecy were among the acts to take the spotlight on the special stage for talented local musicians.

Meanwhile, elsewhere in the city there was a night filled with musicians from the French music scene at OPEN, while Mercury Music Prize nominated avant-garde hip hop/indie artist Ghostpoet was among the line-up at Norwich Arts Centre. An array of other bands entertained crowds at various venues across the city. The night of music followed a day of conference events bringing people together from across the creative industries.

The festival is growing each year, and Stefan Gurney, executive director of Norwich BID (Norwich Business Improvement District), said it was a great boost for the city.

He said: “Norwich BID is proud to sponsor this year’s Norwich Sound + Vision conference. Norwich has very strong creative roots and it is great to see this event continuing to grow, promoting the city as a place of excellence in the creative industries.

“This three-day music festival and creative industries conference will build upon its strong reputation, attracting up to 10,000 visitors, adding to the vibrancy of Norwich and helping raise the profile of the city and the commercial creative businesses within it.”

Adrian Cooke, Norwich Sound + Vision director, said: “We’re really pleased to be working with Norwich BID and getting their support to help us grow Norwich Sound + Vision into a truly world-class event that will continue to attract more and more visitors from far and wide.”

Norwich Sound + Vision runs until tomorrow. For more about all the music and conference events visit

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