Norwich Lord Mayor’s celebrations to include Take That tribute act

One of Great Britain's top Take That tribute acts will be bringing the Lord Mayor's Celebrations to life this coming weekend.

The Magic of Take That is just one of lots of music acts that will be cranking up the volume around the city centre on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.

The tribute act to the ever-popular boy band will take over Chapelfield Gardens from 8pm to 10pm on Saturday with Robbie Williams and Take That cover acts to complete the famous fivesome.

The Forum stage on Millennium Plain will be packed with an array of acts, from dance and music to opera and samba, from 1pm to 10.30pm on Saturday.

Acts lined up for The Forum stage include: The Garage, a hip hop, beat-box, musical theatre showcase; Whirling Dervish, an unusual spinning and turning dance; Benjamin Lake, an award-winning international opera and West End artist; and Bollywood Sparkles, modern Indian dancing.

There will also be the BBC Norfolk Introducing stage in Chapelfield Gardens, between 1pm and 4.30pm, which will feature up-and-coming local bands, including We Can't Dance and Cakes and Ale.

Councillor Brenda Arthur, leader of Norwich City Council and cabinet member for culture and events, said: 'The local band showcase is a really popular element of the celebrations programme. It's a fantastic chance for us to celebrate some of the talent we've got here in Norwich.

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'Chapelfield Gardens is the perfect setting for everyone to enjoy some free live music and support our local bands.'

Between the BBC Introducing stage and The Magic of Take That in Chapelfield Gardens there are two other music acts.

London hip hop and blues soulsters Belleruche will bring their variety of genres to the stage between 5pm and 6pm before Kasai Masai brings the traditional sounds of Africa with an urban twist between 6.30pm and 7.30pm.

For those who want to continue the party on the Saturday night, a Meltdown Mardi Gras Carnival rock night is on at The Waterfront, or for those looking for a relaxed Sunday, Norwich Pops Orchestra are performing The Magic of Musicals at St Andrew Hall and the 28-piece Cawston brass band will be on in Eaton Park, both at 3pm.

The Evening News will be building up to this year's Lord Mayor's Celebrations with preview articles every day this week before eight pages of preview in Saturday's special edition Lord Mayor's Evening News. This will be followed by a 12-page picture special in the Evening News next Monday.

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