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

PUBLISHED: 16:01 24 May 2018 | UPDATED: 10:36 25 May 2018

The Human League performing on the Big Top stage on the eve of the Isle of Wight Festival. Picture Yui Mok/PA Wire.

The Human League performing on the Big Top stage on the eve of the Isle of Wight Festival. Picture Yui Mok/PA Wire.

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A city park will be filled with live music this weekend following the return of a retro festival.

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

Chart-topping hits from the 1980s will be performed by popular acts in Norwich’s Earlham Park on Saturday, May 26.

Let’s Rock Norwich! The Retro Festival, which opens at 10am and finishes at 10.30pm, will be headlined by The Human League, as well as other major names.

Other big bands and performers, including the Kaiser Chiefs and Tom Odell, will be playing their hits to large crowds on Sunday, May 27, as part of Sunday Sessions.

It will be the second year Let’s Rock Norwich! has come to Earlham Park as part of its nationwide tour.

Jason Donovan. Photo: Courtesy of UK LiveJason Donovan. Photo: Courtesy of UK Live

But this summer will be first ever Sunday Sessions event for Norwich.

Both gigs promise to be family-friendly and are supported by the Eastern Daily Press.

Let’s Rock Norwich!, organised by UK Live, first came to Earlham Park last year and attracted 15,000 people.

Sunday Sessions, has also been organised by UK Live.

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

It will be headlined by the Kaiser Chiefs and a Sub Focus DJ set.

Tickets for Let’s Rock Norwich! cost £30-£55 for teenagers and adults aged 13 and over.

Children aged three-12 can watch the gig for free.

Let’s Rock Norwich! is also free for children under three.

The only remaining tickets for Sunday Sessions cost £45 and £50.

During both events, First Eastern Counties Buses will put on a frequent service on its Blue Line 25 and 26 routes between Norwich city centre and the University of East Anglia (UEA).

They will stop at University Drive stop A.

In the evening of Let’s Rock Norwich! and Sunday Sessions the bus firm will provide extra capacity between 10pm and midnight back to the city centre.

Konectbus will be running Park and Ride services for Let’s Rock Norwich! and Sunday Sessions from Costessey Park and Ride and the County Hall car park on Martineau Lane, Norwich (NR1 2DH). Visit www.konectbus.co.uk/events

There are 400 car parking spaces costing £15 per car on University Drive, Norwich, NR4 7AF.

Disabled and blue badge parking will also be provided.

Visit www.letsrocknorwich.com and www.sundaysessions.net to book tickets and for more information.

Saturday Let’s Rock Norwich! line-up

Below is the line-up for Let’s Rock Norwich! on Saturday, May 26:

■The Human League;

■Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (OMD);

■ABC;

■Solo guitarist and singer Nick Heyward, who used to be part of 1980s pop group Haircut 100;

■Heaven 17, which was formed out of the original Human League group;

■Neighbours star Jason Donovan;

■British soul group The Real Thing;

■T’Pau, led by singer Carol Decker;

■Lead singer of Katrina & The Waves Katrina Leskanich;

■Liverpool group China Crisis;

■Toyah;

■SONIA;

■Hazell Dean;

■Girl group Fuzzbox;

■Annabella Lwin from Bow Wow Wow;

■Brother Beyond;

■Peter Coyle (formerly of The Lotus Eaters);

■Black Lace.

Sunday Sessions line-up

Below is the line-up for the Sunday Sessions which will take place across three stages:

■Indie rock band the Kaiser Chiefs;

■Singer-songwriter Tom Odell;

■Indie rock band Circa Waves;

■Indie rock group The Bluetones;

■Rock band British Sea Power;

■Rock group Reverend and The Makers;

■Singer-songwriter Gabrielle Aplin;

■X Factor musician Lucy Spraggan;

■Comedy rap group Goldie Lookin Chain;

■A DJ set by Sub Focus, who will be joined by ID;

■Grime MC P Money;

■Drum and bass act SaSaSaS;

■DJ Redlight;

■DJ Luck and MC Neat.

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