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Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark to headline Let's Rock Norwich!

PUBLISHED: 16:27 22 November 2017 | UPDATED: 16:42 22 November 2017

Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys of OMD. Photo: Submitted

Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys of OMD. Photo: Submitted

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OMD confirmed to appear at the retro festival in Earlham Park on a bill that also includes fellow snyth-pop legends The Human League, ABC, Nick Heyward and Heaven 17.

Andy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys of OMD. Photo: Mark McNultyAndy McCluskey and Paul Humphreys of OMD. Photo: Mark McNulty

Pioneering 1980s synth-pop duo Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark will headline retro music festival Let’s Rock Norwich!

Formed on the Wirral in Merseyside, OMD pioneered the electronic music genre in the early 80s combining massive chart success with experimentation on albums such as Organisation, Architecture and Morality and Dazzle Ships.

Hits such as Enola Gay, Maid of Orleans and Souvenir propelled them into the stratosphere and helped shape the musical landscape of the eighties.

The band, fronted by co-founders vocalist and bassist Andy McCluskey and keyboardist Paul Humphreys, have now been confirmed as the missing festival headliners on a bill that already includes fellow snyth-pop legends The Human League, ABC, Nick Heyward and Heaven 17.

The Let’s Rock! tour was held in Norwich for the first time earlier this year. The festival at Earlham Park drew a sell-out crowd to see a line-up that included Bananarama, Tony Hadley, Kim Wilde and Howard Jones are among the stars. Its success means Let’s Rock Norwich! The Retro Festival will again take place at Earlham Park next year on May 26.

Crowds enjoying Let's Rock Norwich! festival 2017 at Earlham Park. Photo: Lee BlanchflowerCrowds enjoying Let's Rock Norwich! festival 2017 at Earlham Park. Photo: Lee Blanchflower

Next year will be the tenth year of the Let’s Rock retro music tour, which started small in the Berkshire village of Cookham attracting 900 people.

As well as Norwich the tour will travel across the country next year visiting places including Leeds, Southampton and Exeter.

Already confirmed to appear in Norwich are 80s chart-toppers Jason Donovan, The Real Thing, T’pau, Katrina, China Crisis, Toyah and Sonia. The festival will also include The Rerobates Party Live featuring Hazell Dean, Fuzzbox, Bow Wow Wow’s Annabella, Brother Beyond, Peter Coyle Ex Lotus Eaters and Black Lace’s Conga Party providing the cheesy party classics.

OMD re-united in 2007 and have been playing sold out concerts to critical and fan acclaim ever since. They have continued to make new albums such as History of Modern, English Electric and their most recent, Punishment of Luxury (their 13th studio album).

• Let’s Rock Norwich! The Retro Festival takes place at Earlham Park on May 26. For more information and to book tickets visit letsrocknorwich.com

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