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More than 20,000 music-lovers expected at Let’s Rock Norwich! and Sunday Sessions

PUBLISHED: 09:03 26 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:13 26 May 2018

Crowds enjoying Let's Rock Norwich! festival 2017 at Earlham Park. Picture: LEE BLANCHFLOWER

Crowds enjoying Let's Rock Norwich! festival 2017 at Earlham Park. Picture: LEE BLANCHFLOWER

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More than 20,000 people descend on Norwich to party in the park and enjoy two days of music from the last three decades this weekend.

The Human League. Photo: Courtesy of UK LiveThe Human League. Photo: Courtesy of UK Live

Let’s Rock Norwich! will be taking fans at Norwich’s Earlham Park back to the 80s for the second year in a row today, with performances from acts such as The Human League and Jason Donovan.

Tomorrow, a new festival called Sunday Sessions will bring revellers back to the present day - including sets by Tom Odell, best-known for John Lewis’ Christmas advert, and indie rock stars Reverend and the Makers.

Already 20,000 tickets have been sold but there are still tickets available for both today and tomorrow - with organisers advising people to buy tickets online today to avoid the possibility of being disappointed at the gate.

Tickets are still available in tier three for the Let’s Rock event, costing £42, while there are around 500 left for the Sunday Sessions - including 120 VIP tickets.

Kaiser Chiefs. Photo: Courtesy of UK LiveKaiser Chiefs. Photo: Courtesy of UK Live

The biggest draw of the weekend will likely be for Sunday Sessions headliners Kaiser Chiefs, who will bring the two-day celebration of music to a close.

The full bill for Saturday will also include Sonia, Real Thing, T’Pau, Katrina, China Crisis and Sonia, while tomorrow will add Circa Waves, British Sea Power, The Bluetones, Gabrielle Aplin, Lucy Spraggan, Goldie Lookin Chain Legends to the headline acts.

The events’ organiser UK Live confirmed that the added attraction of the Sunday Sessions has doubled ticket sales over the whole weekend from 2017, with 10,000 tickets sold last year for the Let’s Rock event.

A spokesman for Let’s Rock and Sunday Sessions said: “With 20,000 people expected at Earlham Park this bank holiday weekend, we couldn’t be more excited.

15,000 fans turned out for the Let's Rock festival at Earlham Park last year15,000 fans turned out for the Let's Rock festival at Earlham Park last year

“Let’s Rock Norwich is in its second year and we are also excited to add Sunday Sessions to the weekend festivities - and Kaiser Chiefs should close the weekend with a bang.”

Park and ride information

Two bespoke Park & Ride services will operate for the above events at Earlham Park. The ‘Blue’ service will operate from Costessey Park & Ride and the ‘Yellow’ service will operate from County Hall Car Park on Martineau Lane NR1 2DH.

Club Tropicana will welcome its VIP guest for the the second year on May 26Club Tropicana will welcome its VIP guest for the the second year on May 26

Special fares apply to cover the additional costs of running the later service - Adult £5, 16-19 £4, Child £3 and Group (max. 5 people) £15. A single from Earlham Park to either site will be £3. Please buy these tickets from your driver with cash or on the East Anglia Buses app.

• First bus from Costessey & County Hall: 0930am

• Last bus from Earlham Park: 1145pm (Costessey) and 1150pm (County Hall)

• Car park spaces: 1100 (Costessey) and 900 (County Hall)

• Frequency: Up to every 8 minutes (every 30 minutes during the day outside of the busy periods)

Buses

During both events, First Eastern Counties Buses will put on a frequent service on its Blue Line 25 and 26 routes between Norwich city centre and the University of East Anglia (UEA). They will stop at University Drive stop A.

In the evening of Let’s Rock Norwich! and Sunday Sessions the bus firm will provide extra capacity between 10pm and midnight back to the city centre.

Parking

There are 400 car parking spaces costing £15 per car on University Drive, Norwich, NR4 7AF.

Disabled and blue badge parking will also be provided.

Check our live traffic map before you travel

Weather forecast

Saturday: A cloudy start with the possibility of rain this morning, becoming brighter and drier as the day goes on with sun expected later on in the afternoon. Highest temperatures will be close to 19 C.

Sunday: Expect slightly better weather than Saturday with highs of 21 C. No rain is forecast at the moment.

Let’s Rock line-up

■The Human League

■Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD)

■ABC

■Solo guitarist and singer Nick Heyward, who used to be part of 1980s pop group Haircut 100

■Heaven 17, which was formed out of the original Human League group

■Neighbours star Jason Donovan

■British soul group The Real Thing

■T’Pau, led by singer Carol Decker

■Lead singer of Katrina & The Waves Katrina Leskanich

■Liverpool group China Crisis

■Toyah

■SONIA

■Hazell Dean

■Girl group Fuzzbox

■Annabella Lwin from Bow Wow Wow

■Brother Beyond

■Peter Coyle (formerly of The Lotus Eaters)

■Black Lace

Sunday Sessions line-up

■Kaiser Chiefs

■Tom Odell

■Circa Waves

■The Bluetones

■British Sea Power

■Reverend and The Makers

■Gabrielle Aplin

■X Factor’s Lucy Spraggan

■Goldie Lookin Chain

■DJ set by Sub Focus, who will be joined by ID

■Grime MC P Money

■SaSaSaS

■Redlight

■DJ Luck and MC Neat.

The Eastern Daily Press and Norwich Evening News will also be in attendance across the weekend, offering a goody bag for just £1.50 containing a copy of the EDP and the Evening News and either an inflatable guitar, saxophone or microphone.

We will have coverage from the festivals all weekend on our website and don’t miss Monday’s paper for an eight-page pull-out with pictures and reviews.


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