10 facts about 10 acts at Let’s Rock Norwich!

PUBLISHED: 16:32 24 May 2018 | UPDATED: 12:41 08 October 2018

T’Pau, The Human League, Heaven 17 and Jason Donovan. Photos: Courtesy of UK Live

T’Pau, The Human League, Heaven 17 and Jason Donovan. Photos: Courtesy of UK Live


Retro hits will draw thousands to Earlham Park in Norwich on Saturday. Simon Parkin looks at who will be taking to the stage at Let’s Rock Norwich!

Toyah, Nick Heyward, ABC and Katrina. Photos: Courtesy of UK LiveToyah, Nick Heyward, ABC and Katrina. Photos: Courtesy of UK Live

Thousands of music lovers will descend on Norwich’s Earlham Park this weekend as it plays host to sounds both retro and current at two music festivals.

Kaiser Chiefs will close new festival Sunday Sessions after a line-up that includes the likes Tom Odell, Circa Waves, The Bluetones, Gabrielle Aplin, Reverend and the Makers, British Sea Power and Lucy Spraggan.

The event will conclude a weekend of music that will begin the day before, on Saturday, with Let’s Rock Norwich! Boasting a line-up featuring synth-pop pioneers The Human League, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Heaven 17 and ABC.

Let’s Rock Norwich! Retro festival returning to city park this weekend

The Let’s Rock! tour was held in Norwich for the first time last year and drew a sell-out crowd. Its success means the retro music festival returns and will also feature chart-topping hits from the likes of Jason Donovan, Sonia, Real Thing, T’pau, Katrina, China Crisis, Toyah and Sonia.

Also on the line-up is The Rerobates Party Live featuring Hazell Dean, Fuzzbox, Bow Wow Wow’s Annabella, Brother Beyond and Peter Coyle Ex Lotus Eaters. Black Lace’s Conga Party will be providing the cheesy party classics.

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

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark celebrating 40 years at Let’s Rock Norwich!

The two events, which sees the Eastern Daily Press team up as a media partner, are expected to draw up to 30,000 people over the two days and build on the reputation of Earlham Park after previous big scale concerts The Big Weekend and Little Mix.

• Let’s Rock Norwich! Earlham Park, May 26. Tickets £55-£30, under-12s free. For more information and to book tickets visit



The Human League

From their origins as an all-male pioneering electronic Sheffield band, took a pop turn when Philip Oakey recruited singers Joanne Catherall and Susan Ann Sulley and scored global success with mega-hit album Dare.



The Lexicon of Love the 1982 debut album from the pop outfit, fronted by lead singer Martin Fry, is regularly named as one of the albums of the 1980s.


Nick Heyward

Solo guitarist and singer who used to be part of 1980s chart-topping pop group Haircut 100, but more recently he collaborated with actor Greg Ellis, who read Heyward’s poetry to his musical backing.


Heaven 17

Let’s Rock will be a reunion of sorts as Martyn Ware, the man, along with Glenn Gregory, behind Heaven 17, was a founder member of the original Human League.


Jason Donovan

Neighbours star turned pop chart-topper, turned stalwart of West End musicals, his 80s fame was so great his waxwork was a star exhibit in the infamous House of Wax in Great Yarmouth.



Led by singer Carol Decker, they enjoyed a string of hits in the late 1980s, notably China in Your Hand, which has lyrics that refer to the novel Frankenstein and its author Mary Shelley.


The Real Thing

British soul band that enjoyed million-selling 70s and 80s hits, singers, Chris Amoo and Dave Smith are continuing in tribute to the sudden death of brother and band member Eddy Amoo in February.


Katrina Leskanich

Lead singer of Katrina & The Waves best known for the 1985 hit Walking on Sunshine, they also won the 1997 Eurovision Song Contest with the song Love Shine a Light.



Charismatic, outspoken and impossible to categorise, the restless punk-pop performer has had eight Top 40 singles, written books and appeared in films including Quadrophenia and Derek Jarman’s Jubilee.



The bubbly Liverpudlian singer, best known for the chart-topping hit You’ll Never Stop Me Loving You, came second in the 1993 Eurovision Song Contest, something the UK can only dream of these days.

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