Your guide to the Norfolk performers set to take to the It’s Your Festival stage

It's Your Festival - local performers who will be appearing in this year's Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Photo: Bill Smith It's Your Festival - local performers who will be appearing in this year's Norfolk & Norwich Festival. Photo: Bill Smith

Wednesday, May 7, 2014
11:51 AM

Bands, choirs, theatre groups and more are getting ready to take to the Norfolk and Norwich Festival stage for a special day celebrating local performers.

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Outside the Forum

• Sistema in Norwich - Young people’s orchestra.

• Norwich Community Choir - Community choir performing a cappella.

• Anam Cara Dance - Norwich-based traditional Native American and belly dancing group.

• The Triangle Band - A Norwich-based Ceilidh band featuring fiddles, percussion, hurdy gurdy, banjo, bazouki, cello, flutes, whistles and guitar.

• Norwich-based Invidia Voices, the Rock and Soul Choir - Upbeat rock and soul classic in six-part harmony.

• No Mans Land by Norwich-based The Theateers - World War One theatre piece.

• Hellesdon Brass Band - The band plays a wide range of music from classical to show tunes, pop songs and marches.

All kinds of music and an array of other cultural treats are set to entertain audiences when It’s Your Festival puts the spotlight upon about 45 acts from across the county on Sunday, May 25.

When the NNF team put a call out for local performers to take part they were inundated with acts, and now the final line-up can be revealed for this day of free festival fun.

The colourful setting of the Adnams Spiegeltent will host a packed line-up, and It’s Your Festival will also see performances throughout the day on the Bandstand in Chapelfield Gardens, outside The Forum, along Gentleman’s Walk, and on St Gregory’s Green.

Lizzie Hall, production administrator at Norfolk and Norwich Festival, said: “We have had such a great the response to this event and were so impressed by the variety of performances and incredible talent from across the county that applied.

St Gregory’s Green

• Words and Women - A mix of local female writers and their writing coupled with singer-songwriter performances.

• Ruby Daniels, from Corpusty, sings with acoustic guitar.

• First Date by Norwich-based Minotaur Theatre Group - Comedy following couples on their first dates.

• UEA Translation MA students - Students will read from their translations of poems, plays, and fiction.

• Robert Grossmith, from Wymondham, reading autobiographical short story The Shed.

• Joe Osborne - Guitar and harmonica.

• Romy Gensale - Solo singer/songwriter with plug-in acoustic guitar.

“We are really pleased to be promoting local talent as part of Norfolk and Norwich Festival and are putting the finishing touches to the final programme, which currently includes 45 acts representing lots of different art forms and age groups.

“I am really excited about Norwich city centre being alive with performance and the best thing is that it is free for audiences to discover and explore– they may even find the next big thing!”

The day celebrating talented local performers is being made possible by the Norwich Business Improvement District (BID) and is supported by Norwich Evening News and Mustard TV.

NNF14 It's Your Festival act - LUNAR.NNF14 It's Your Festival act - LUNAR.

THE ADNAMS SPIEGELTENT

• Still in the City, an event supported by Norwich Improv’ Ensemble - Improvised performance involving three to five performers plus members of the public participating in a simple improvised score.

• The Garage presents SLAM in the Spiegel - Emerging young musicians handpicked from SLAM nights at Norwich’s The Garage.

NNF14 It's Your Festival act - Komiza.NNF14 It's Your Festival act - Komiza.

• The Prisoners Cinema - Jonathan Krisp - Electronic music with a nod to disco/folk and psychedelia incorporating synths, drum machine, laptop, sampling and sequencing.

• Norwich-based Gossamer Thread’s Travelling Show - Featuring vaudeville, mind reading and hula hoop.

• DRILLAZ - Great Yarmouth-based Seachange’s young circus troupe performing with Lost in Translation circus.

• J‘n’A - Gorleston-based comedy double act.

NNF14 It's Your Festival act - Joff Whitten.NNF14 It's Your Festival act - Joff Whitten.

• Miss Jennifer Juggle Hat - Norwich-based performer who juggles top hats.

• Hula Hoop - performed by Norwich-based Bethany Ramm.

• Daniel Dee - Fleggburgh-based ventriloquist performs Rat Pack songs.

• The Secret World of a Geisha - Skylar Fox - Burlesque theatre.

NNF14 It's Your Festival act - KTroo.NNF14 It's Your Festival act - KTroo.

• Box of Light - Norwich-based psychedelic country soul four-piece band.

• Inlay - Norwich-based four-piece folk band, mixing contemporary folk into their own compositions.

BAND STAND (CHAPELFIELD GARDENS)

NNF14 It's Your Festival act - Invidia Voices.NNF14 It's Your Festival act - Invidia Voices.

• We’ll Be Detectives - A Wymondham-based alternative rock band performing classic covers and original work.

• Matchbox Heroes - Led by Chris and Andy Walker and influenced by bands ranging from Feeder to Keane, the Norwich-based acoustic/pop/rock upstarts perform catchy songs with sing along choruses and soothing melodies.

• K.TWO.K and guests - Kevin Keil, from Dereham, performs acoustic rap ballads with guitar and keyboard.

• Das Fenster and The Alibis - Norwich-based three-piece band influenced by Film Noir performs theatrical rock-a-billy with voodoo shrine on stage.

NNF14 It's Your Festival act - Broken Maps.NNF14 It's Your Festival act - Broken Maps.

• LUNAR - Beccles’ duo performing synthesised folk/pop music.

• Komiza - Poignant, dreamy, four piece electric folk band from Norwich.

• UEA Sonic Arts Guitar Ensemble - Adrian Lee, UEA School of Music students and others, explore emerging horizons in contemporary collaborations for electric guitar.

• Loop and Layer - Solo artist Joff Whitten, from Brandon, creates dreamy hypnotic music using loop pedals and guitar, bass, analogue synths and vocals.

NNF14 It's Your Festival act - Matchbox Heroes.NNF14 It's Your Festival act - Matchbox Heroes.

• Paul Thompson - Acoustic singer/songwriter, from Baconsthorpe, described as “blissed out Donovan meets John Martyn” and performing upbeat folk with a loop box.

GENTLEMAN’S WALK

• George Edwards and Sam Washington - Acoustic duo from Woodbridge who play guitar and cajon and take influence from a mix of genres.

NNF14 It's Your Festival act - Ophir Ilzetzki.NNF14 It's Your Festival act - Ophir Ilzetzki.

• Labyrinth by Norwich-based Lax Lyrical - Adaptation of Theseus and the Minotaur using the audience as the labyrinth with poetic narration, puppetry and physical theatre.

• Mamooth! by Broken Maps - A Cromer-based acoustic duo performing a mix of indie, folk and pop.

• Jonny Goode - Norwich-based singer/songwriter performing with plug-in acoustic guitar.

• Carnival Bloco - NORCA samba band and stilt walkers.

• Jumping with Johnny Jump! - Norwich-based The Johnny Jump Band perform Americana, Rock and Roll, Skiffle, Folk, Blues and Punkabilly.

• Political Science 101 by Norwich-based Dr Ophir Ilzetzki - Original composition for a minimum of 30 untrained performers.

• Norwich-based KTroo - Exercise fans bounce into shape with rebound boots and soul-tapping beats.

• It’s Your Festival is taking place across Norwich on Sunday, May 25 from 11am until 6pm, with times and the running order of acts to be confirmed closer to the day.

• The Norfolk and Norwich Festival runs from Friday, May 9 until Sunday, May 25. For more information about It’s Your Festival and other NNF events visit www.nnfestival.org.uk

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