Liars, Tall Ships and Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs announced for John Peel-inspired Norwich festival

A city-wide festival expected to attract thousands of people has revealed its first bands for 2012.

US group Liars lead the bill for Norwich Sound and Vision, with Tall Ships, Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs, Mary Epworth and Errors among the initial 17 bands.

The event returns for its third year between Thursday, October 11, and Saturday, October 13, and includes the John Peel Festival of New Music.

Festival director Adrian Cooke said: 'I'm really happy with the bands. There are some a bit more established, such as Liars, who have been around for a while. They are not necessarily mega-famous but they have a big fanbase and lots of buzz around them.

'And we have a whole lot of bands around that are getting a lot of attention from BBC 6Music and Radio One. It's quite a mix musically and I think it's a very attractive line-up. I think the bands totally fit the whole John Peel ethos of supporting emerging artists.'

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Norwich Arts Centre, The Waterfront, Open and Epic are among the venues. Early bird tickets to watch the bands are on sale for �25 until July 31, with delegate passes, which includes the full music, film and multi-media conference, available for �60.

The line-up also includes: Mayday Parade, Cold Specks, Reckless Love, Eagulls, Luke Abbott, Vuvuvultures, Public Service Broadcasting, Rozi Plain, Hey Sholay, Bwani Junction, The Way Home and Secret Sailing Club.

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