A summer of music is rocking its way to the city, ready to get you up and dancing your way through the season. We've got concerts in the park, jazz in the gardens, ska in the fields and singing in the streets! Here’s a look at what’s going to be getting you moving from now until August.
Image: Let's Rock Norwich! at Earlham Park; photo courtesy of Norwich City Council.
LET'S ROCK NORWICH! - RETRO FESTIVAL
Grab your legwarmers, fingerless gloves and anything neon because Earlham Park will be going back to the 1980s this Saturday, 24th June, for Let's Rock Norwich Retro Festival. This is your chance to dance along to all the hits from your favourite decade, with a line-up packed with stars from your childhood bedroom walls – Tony Hadley, Bananarama, Kim Wilde, Belinda Carlisle and, the one and only, Chesney Hawkes. For ticket availability and prices, check the website.
Norwich is blessed with many beautiful parks and this summer they will be buzzing with brass bands every Sunday for the Bandstand Concert series. Bring your friends, a blanket and some nibbles and lose yourself in big beats from the bandstand. Check the Bandstand Concert programme to see the list of parks and dates. The music starts at 3pm but arrive early to get a good spot. All concerts are free to attend.
JAZZ PICNIC IN THE PLANTATION GARDEN
Big Band favourites from Glenn Miller, Duke Ellington and Frank Sinatra will be playing out across the Plantation Garden when The Pavilion Big Band entertains on Sunday 25th June. The Grade II English Heritage registered garden provides the perfect setting of beauty and romance for a summer’s evening picnic. All you need to bring is your favourite picnic food and drink and your best dancing shoes! Tickets are available from the Plantation Garden.
LORD MAYOR'S CELEBRATION
This is one of the most colourful highlights in the city calendar. For three days the carnival spirit sweeps over the streets with music, performance, entertainment and a wonderful street procession. The main event is Saturday’s Lord Mayor’s street procession where you can line the route from the top of St Stephens Street, along Red Lion Street, Castle Meadow, Upper King Street and Tombland in the Cathedral Quarter. Watch colourful floats, dancers and performers winding their way through the city from 5pm and into the early evening. There’s music in Chapelfield Gardens on Saturday evening with Maui Waui from 11am and Street Tunes and Beats dotted around the city centre, plus, the Norwich Arts Centre Stage outside The Forum. Evening musical entertainment continues in Chapelfield Gardens where you can celebrate the talent of the local music scene on the BBC Introducing stage until 10pm.
DANCING IN THE LANES
Norwich Lanes is THE place to be seen if you like vintage, retro, music, art and fashion. The cobbled streets and quaint alleyways are brimming with colourful one-off shops, ambient cafes, lively pubs and world cuisine. The Lanes Summer Fayre returns on Sunday 9th July with live music, DJ booths and pop-up performances filling the historic streets and alleyways.
WYMONDHAM MUSIC FESTIVAL
Wymondham Music Festival returns for its 22nd year with open-air events, recitals and concerts in the historic South Norfolk market town. There’s a packed programme of musical entertainment with highlights to suit all ages and tastes. A big crowd is expected for the annual DixieMix Jazz Picnic which takes place on Monday 3rd July on Becketswell Meadow; bring a blanket and a picnic and settle in for a free evening of jazz. Wymondham Youth Orchestra will be playing a summer concert inside Wymondham Abbey on Saturday 8th July and there’s a Teddy Bears’ Picnic, on King’s Head Meadow, with musical fun for under-fives on Sunday 9th July. Visit the event website to see the full events programme.
WoW MUSIC FESTIVAL
Woolsey Bridge Fields, near Diss, will be packed with campers and festival-goes for the sounds of ska, acoustic, roots and more from Friday 7th July. Grab your tent and wellies and pitch up for the full three day festival, or buy separate day tickets if you want to catch your favourite band without fully throwing yourself in to the full WoW weekender. When you need to give your dancing legs a break there are plenty of stalls selling food, drink, crafts and clothing to keep you busy. Headliners are The Mouse Outfit, Horsemen & The Uppercut Band and Ushti Baba. See the line-up and book tickets at the WoW Music Festival website.
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