Countdown is on for Jools Holland-style event at Gorleston’s Ocean Room

The Room event in 2013. Photo: Howie Marsh

The Room event in 2013. Photo: Howie Marsh - Credit: Howie Marsh

The countdown is on for the return of a Gorleston live music night, based on television show Later with Jools Holland.

After a three year break the event, called The Room, is back for its 10th anniversary.

Organiser Howard Marshall said the Room was created in 2007 to give local artists a chance to play their own original music, instead of covers, to a decent-sized audience.

Based on Later with Jools Holland, the night had multiple bands, on multiples stages.

And excitement for this year's event has already been building with posters popping up around the county, and people discussing the event online.


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At its height The Room attracted more than 800 guests, and organiser Howard Marshall said for 2017 the event – at Gorleston's Ocean Room on April 29 - will bring the same atmosphere and talent.

Mr Marshall, who holds the night together as compère, said: 'The Ocean Room, as a natural amphitheatre-style room, is the perfect size and layout for the five stages that are created for each artist.'

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He added: 'I decided to bring the show back following the constant requests from fans, the reforming of local 80s band Foot In The Door and the anniversary.'

Already confirmed are Rivers, who played the opening night in 2007 and will be playing tracks from their 10-year repertoire, and also Traneuropa who formed out of local band Llewelyn but with a very different style to their music.

Mr Marshall was also proud of securing Morganway, who he said were 'one of the hottest bands in the area at the moment, with their music likened to the Rumours era of Fleetwood Mac with a modern twist'.

He was also pleased to welcome back Norwich-based Americana and roots band The Vagabond who raised the roof in 2014, with 'a stunning performance'.

Big Steve Arlene will bring his own brand of country music to the melting pot of eclectic music on the night.

Finally classic boogie rock band Foot in the Door will perform with many of their classic self-penned songs from the 80s, as well as some new material.

The house band the H Gang will end the night with a set of covers featuring an all-star line up of artists from the last 10 years of The Room.

Tickets cost £7 on the door, for more visit www.the-room.biz or search 'The-Room' on Facebook.

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