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How to make the most of Norfolk Spectacular

PUBLISHED: 06:30 30 August 2011

The first Norfolk Spectacular is taking place at the Norfolk Showground on September 3-4.

The first Norfolk Spectacular is taking place at the Norfolk Showground on September 3-4.

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The scene will be set for one of the biggest music festivals in Norfolk's history when 30,000 people, 2,000 tents and a host of chart-topping acts descend on the county this weekend.

And the Evening News has created a survival guide to help you get the most out of the Norfolk Spectacular.

See a new a band

The biggest names in urban music are taking to the Main stage of the Norfolk Spectacular, with X Factor winner Alexandra Burke and MOBO winner Tinie Tempah. But don’t be afraid to stray from the masses. Up-and-coming acts are performing on both the Arena Stage and the Main Stage over the course of the weekend.

Protect your tent

With unpredictable weather, thousands of people, and the chance to have the odd beer or two, it is likely a tent mishap is not far around the corner.

So bring gaffa tape to mend those broken poles and keep a handful of spare pegs close at hand.

Get some sleep

The temptation at any camping festival is to party all night and long into the morning. But do not run the risk of burning yourself out. Take a nap and the chances are you will enjoy the festival a lot more.

Stylish, bright and practical

Like any Saturday night out, you want to be looking your best when strutting around the festival site.

But you do not want to be standing in flip flops, shorts and T-shirt when the skies open and the ground becomes mud soup.

The answer: mix your favourite clothes with something practical.

Wellies are a must, and while a waterproof may seem like a fashion faux pas, you may think differently when you are bone dry and your friends are soaked to the skin.

Also, try and wear something bright. That way you will be easily spotted in a crowd if you get separated.

Do I need to bring a phone?

Phones are a gamble at any big event. They are great for finding friends when lost, but they also make you paranoid of festival thieves. Best advice is to leave it at home and stick close to your pals.

Do not try and see everything.

It may seem like bad advice, but a festival is also about enjoying the atmosphere. With a fun fair, stalls and numerous bars and food stands, there’s plenty to see along with the music.

Can I bring the kids?

The answer is yes. The Norfolk Spectacular prides itself on being a child-friendly festival like Latitude. That said, there is no entry for children under five and youngsters 14 and under must be accompanied by an adult.

The essentials

The Norfolk Spectacular will take place on Saturday September 3 and Sunday September 4 at the Norfolk Showground.

Artists on the Main Stage include X Factor winner Alexandra Burke, MOBO nominee Chipmunk, Tinie Tempah, Taio Cruz, Tinchy Stryder, Eliza Doolittle and N-Dubz.

The Arena stage will boast a line-up of rock and indie acts such as Terrorvision, The Qemists and The Duke Spirit.

Visit www.norfolkspectacular.co.uk or call the booking line on 0871 224 113.

For all the best in local entertainments listings and reviews see the Going Out section in the Evening News every Friday and visit the Going Out section at www.eveningnews24.co.uk

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