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The Bluetones and Reverend and the Makers announced for new Norwich festival at Earlham Park

PUBLISHED: 13:02 09 February 2018 | UPDATED: 09:57 10 February 2018

Crowds enjoying Let's Rock Norwich! festival 2017 at Earlham Park. Picture: LEE BLANCHFLOWER

Crowds enjoying Let's Rock Norwich! festival 2017 at Earlham Park. Picture: LEE BLANCHFLOWER

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A host of new artists have been announced to join headliners Kaiser Chiefs for a new Norwich music festival - including The Bluetones and Reverend and the Makers.

Earlier this month Kaiser Chiefs were unveiled as the act set to close the Sunday Sessions festival at Earlham Park on Spring bank holiday weekend.

They will be joined by Circa Waves, The Bluetones, Reverend and the Makers, British Sea Power and Subfocus on Sun, May 27.

The event, which sees The Eastern Daily Press team up with Sunday Sessions as a media partner, will conclude a weekend of music at the city park with Let’s Rock Norwich! being held the day before.

Uk Live, which also organises Let’s Rock Norwich!, are behind Sunday Sessions and marketing manager Natalie Yost said they brought the festival to Norwich due to the city’s enjoyment for music.

“There is always so much excitement at Earlham Park and in the city and there is a real momentum for things like this in Norwich,” she said. “The whole place just oozes enthusiasm.”

If the event is a success in Norwich, the company hopes it can be launched across the country.

Indie band The Bluetones, from Hounslow in London, were formed in 1993 and kept going for more than two decades until their split in 2011.

In 2015 the band announced they would be reuniting for a new UK tour.

Sheffield’s Reverend and the Makers’ debut album The State of Things in 2007 gave them their first UK top ten single in Heavyweight Champion of the World

The band released their sixth album Death of a King in September 2017, which debuted to Number 11 on the UK Albums Chart, their best performing album since their 2007 debut.

Councillor Gail Harris, deputy leader for Norwich City Council, said these events show Earlham Park is becoming known as a music venue.

“It’s exciting that this type of high profile music event with such a top quality headliner is becoming a regular feature in Earlham Park, one of Norwich’s best-loved parks,” she said.

“The opportunity this gives our residents to experience world class music on their doorstep is something to be celebrated, as is the opportunity to, once again, showcase our fine city.”

Early bird tickets for Sunday Sessions cost £30 and are on sale today from www.sundaysessions.net

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