Oasis, Queen and David Bowie tribute acts to play in Norwich park
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Families and fans of live music will be able to rock out in what will be a first for a city park.
The Norwich Fake Festival - featuring six top music acts - is due to come to Eaton Park for one day only on Saturday May 12, noon-11pm.
It is part of the well-established Fake Festivals' nationwide tour where Oasis, David Bowie, Blondie, Queen, Red Hot Chili Peppers and Foo Fighters tribute artists will perform under a marquee in front of 1,800 people.
Eaton Park, which opened to the public 90 years ago, has never hosted an event like this before and has been welcomed by Norwich City Council and the Friends of Eaton Park.
Matthew Packer, Norwich City Council's cabinet member for parks and open spaces, said: 'We are happy to support the city's much loved parks being used for a variety of events that bring entertainment to different parts of the city.
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'It is great to see Eaton Park being recognised as a venue in this way, and council officers will work with the organisers to facilitate this family-friendly event.'
Helen Mitchell, chair of Friends of Eaton Park, said the decision to bring the festival to the green space was a 'vote of confidence in the park as a great place to do events'.
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She said: 'We are keen to see the park used more. This is a great public space.'
Ms Mitchell believed the 80-acre green flag space was 'beautiful' and 'friendly'.
She praised the city council for working with volunteer groups and private organisations, which helped raise funds and preserve the park for future generations.
The park hosted a circus for the first time in 2017 and the Norwich Fake Festival will be another first, according the group chair.
Jez Lee, Fake Festivals founder, said: 'It is a family-friendly day out where young kids have the chance to get close to live music. It has a great atmosphere.'
Fake Festivals will pay the council rent to use the park.
Tickets range from £15-£80 and have to be booked in advance.
To book tickets visit www.fakefestivals.co.uk/2018/Norwich