Fun festival will be magnet for families

Kim Briscoe An International urban music star who has a second home in Norfolk is bringing a Unicef music festival to Norwich this month.

Kim Briscoe

An International urban music star who has a second home in Norfolk is bringing a Unicef music festival to Norwich this month.

The Eskape to the Muzic Festival and family fun day is being headlined and championed by Magnet Man, a Unicef ambassador who has toured with American rap star Busta Rhymes and popular singer/songwriter James Blunt.

The charity day, at the Norfolk Showground on Bank Holiday Monday, August 25, features a range of music from hip hop, to reggae, rock and indie, as well as fairground rides, bouncy castles, a Viking battle and a fun dog show for children.

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The festival will be raising awareness and funds for the Bremen branch of Unicef, in Germany, and its Schools for Africa and Kids and Aids campaigns.

Families are also being urged to bring along any old football boots, football kit, school supplies, pencils, books and other such items to the festival.

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The supplies are needed for an area in Africa called Jurunku, where the Unicef team, along with Magnet Man's own charity the Make a Difference Foundation, will be travelling to in October to give the items to the children from the Mandinka Tribe, who live in a very remote area.

Thanks to charity efforts, the children now have a school building for the first time, but they are too poor to buy supplies and the football equipment will allow the soccer-mad youngsters to have their first ever sports day and special football match.

Magnet Man, who hails from Barbados, has performed twice with urban star Rihanna at the Barbados Music Awards and also supported James Blunt on a stadium tour in Cyprus.

Other acts will include Sean 1, a rapper from Barbados, Jamaican reggae act Raymond Wright, Norwich's own Lee Vasey Band, local bands Circus and Vanilla Kicks, as well a special section for local acts from the hip hop grime music genre,

The family fun day includes live Viking battles and an authentic Viking village, fairground rides with the usual dodgem cars, bouncy castles, and big slides.

The Miniature Horses for the Disabled Association will be doing a display, and there will be a Dog of The Year Show for pet and pedigree pooches.

The event is from 10am to 10pm, and tickets cost £8 for adults, £7 for concessions, £3.50 for children aged five to 15, and under-5s get in free.

Tickets are available from Soundclash Records in St Benedicts Street, Norwich, by calling 01603 761004, or online from

More information about the festival is available from

t Do you have a story about a charity event in Norwich? Contact reporter Kim Briscoe on 01603 772419 or email

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