December 13 2013 Latest news:
Tuesday, September 3, 2013
It was party time at Norwich Arts Centre as this year’s Norwich Sound + Vision Festival was officially launched.
The festival - a showcase for rising stars of the music scene and incorporating a conference spanning many of the creative industries - will run from October 10 to 12. Last night’s launch party marked the countdown to the event and people enjoyed music from Heart of a Dog, Mat Riviere, Crystal Bats, and 2012 Next Big Thing winner Raevennan Husbandes.
NS+V director Adrian Cooke said: “We’re very excited and proud to be announcing the line up for this year’s Norwich Sound + Vision. When we launched the very first NS+V back in 2010 the intention was always to create an event that embedded the ethos of the biggest event of this type in the world, SXSW in Austin.
“I think this year we’ve managed to do that by not only increasing the scale of the music festival, but also the conference side of things. We have a comprehensive conference programme taking place over the three days in three different venues: here in the Arts Centre, Cinema City and EPIC Studios. The programme will feature interactive panel discussions dealing with many hot topics within three distinct strands of the commercial creative industries: music, film and TV, and the digital and interactive industries.”
New for this year is The Norwich Game Expo which will showcase some of the latest video games.
About 100 music acts are set to feature in NS+V including UK hip-hop artist Ghostpoet, singer-songwriter Nina Nesbitt, and rock group Drenge. Acts revealed last night included AlunaGeorge, Foxes, Jazzanova, We Were Evergreen, Sivu, Pawws, Kiran Leonard, Crushed Beaks and San Zhi. During NS+V The Garage will also become the Young People’s Stage, a platform for bands and musicians aged 18 and under.
Mr Cooke said the success of NS+V was down to partnership working and the festival was pleased to have three new partners - Norwich University of The Arts, SyncNorwich and Norfolk Indie Game Developers’ group.
• Visit www.norwichsoundandvision.co.uk
• The Convergence International Digital Forum is at EPIC on October 9 and people are invited to pitch digital ideas to top commissioners and investors. Visit www.cidfo.com