Back to the 80s! Retro Let’s Rock Norwich music festival featuring Spandau Ballet lead singer Tony Hadley close to selling out

Tony Hadley who is headlining Let's Rock Norwich! The Retro Festival at Earlham Park in Norwich on J

Tony Hadley who is headlining Let's Rock Norwich! The Retro Festival at Earlham Park in Norwich on June 24, 2017. Pictured is Tony Hadley. Picture: Let's Rock Norwich! The Retro Festival. - Credit: supplied by Let's Rock Norwich!

A 1980s live music extravaganza is close to selling out with only 200 tickets remaining.

Musical Kim Wilde who is appearing at Let's Rock Norwich! The Retro Festival at Earlham Park in Norw

Musical Kim Wilde who is appearing at Let's Rock Norwich! The Retro Festival at Earlham Park in Norwich on June 24, 2017. Picture: Nikolaj Georgiew. - Credit: Nikolaj Georgiew

Let's Rock Norwich! is taking place at Earlham Park this Saturday and will showcase 12 chart-topping acts from the era from noon-10.30pm.

It is the first time the Let's Rock festival has come to East Anglia and will play to 15,000 people - one of the largest crowds on the nationwide tour.

The headline act is Spandau Ballet lead singer Tony Hadley who will hit the stage at 9.30pm.

Steve Haywood, marketing manager for UK Live, the Berkshire firm behind Let's Rock Norwich!, said: 'We are really excited to come to Earlham Park. It is going to be a good party atmosphere.

'The Norwich show is going to be our largest show this season. It is going to be big. It features a really good core of 1980s pop stars who can really belt out a tune.'

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It is the ninth year of the Let's Rock retro music tour, which started small in the Berkshire village of Cookham attracting 900 people.

Since then it has expanded and this year's tour started in Cookham on May 17.

Norwich marks the midway point of the tour, which will reach 100,000 music fans.

The festival moves on to Exeter, Southampton and finishes at Clapham Common in London.

Mr Haywood said: 'The tour has been fantastic. It is going really well. It has been our busiest season this year.

'Most people come to Let's Rock festivals because of the nostalgia. Our audience grew up in the 1980s and everyone has a special song from when they grew up . The festival allows them to see stars from the 1980s perform 30 years later which is wonderful. It means something to people.

'Parents can also introduce their kids to the music. It is a real multi-generational event.'

As well as the music, which will be performed on one stage, Let's Rock Norwich! will include children's activities.

Revellers will also be asked to come in 1980s-themed fancy dress.

Mr Haywood said there would be a heightened security presence at the festival in light of the recent Manchester terrorist attack.

He advised festival-goers to only bring essential items as security bag checks on the day will be vigilant.

To buy tickets visit www.letsrocknorwich.comWho is playing at Let's Rock Norwich! festival?

Spandau Ballet lead singer Tony Hadley will headline the inaugural Let's Rock Norwich! festival this weekend.

Other live acts from the 1980s will be Bananarama, Howard Jones, Kim Wilde, Belinda Carlisle, Midge Ure, Go West, Nik Kershaw, Boney M, Chesney Hawkes, Jaki Graham and Captain Sensible.

Gates open at 10am and the festival starts at midday. It will finish no later than 10.30pm.

Organisers are advising festival-goers to arrive at Earlham Park early.

There is no car parking facility available on the day and people will have to use the local park and ride service.

If you have a family ticket, which covers two adults and two children aged three-12, all family members must arrive at the event together. Family tickets cost £108.90.

Tickets cost £23.10 for a child aged three-12; £47.30 for an adult; and £132 for a VIP pass.

Park and ride information

Park and ride spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.

A return ticket is £5 per person and a single ticket from the event to either park and ride site at Costessey and County Hall will cost £3.

Tickets can be bought on the bus or in advance on the Konectbus m ticket app.

The Costessey park and ride blue service will run from Long Lane, Norwich, NR9 3LX.

The first bus leaves Costessey at 9.30am and the final bus from the University of East Anglia (UEA), close to Earlham Park, for Costessey leaves at 11.45pm.

Other park and ride services will run from County Hall at Martineau Lane, Norwich, NR1 2DH, on the yellow line.

The first bus will leave County Hall at 9.30am and the final bus from the UEA for Martineau Lane leaves at 11.50pm.

Both bus services will run every 10 minutes in peak times and every 30 minutes during off peak times.

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