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Reader letter: Norwich needs a proper concert venue

PUBLISHED: 14:54 11 December 2016 | UPDATED: 14:57 11 December 2016

Packed crowds show their appreciation at the Download Festival at Donington Park. Photo: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire

Packed crowds show their appreciation at the Download Festival at Donington Park. Photo: Lewis Stickley/PA Wire

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I would like to agree with previous correspondents regarding a purpose-built concert venue.

Norwich is growing at such an alarming rate - it seems ridiculous that we haven’t got such a venue already. The UEA, Waterfront, Open, Maddermarket, St Andrew’s Hall are not fit for purpose. I think Norwich should be hosting music festivals like Download every year. What do we get? “Norwich Rocks” - a bunch of 80’s pop acts propping up their pensions. Why can’t we have Metallica, UFO, Scorpions, Black Stone Cherry, Faith No More, Soundgarden, ZZ Top, Alice Cooper all on one big weekend in the summer?

Bands seem to play here and never return. We either get them before they’re famous or get them when they’ve finished being famous - Norwich might as well be Norway. When they tour in the UK - it’s always South, Midlands, North-East and West, Scotland, London, but it’s never Norwich. Why?

We should have an O2 size concert venue. If we can waste £178m on a road no one wants, why can’t we spend council money on something we really need - a concert venue.

• Tony Self, Sprowston


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