Norfolk Spectacular puts local bands on festival bill

The Kabeedies
Image caption The Kabeedies are working on their second album to be released in 2012

Local bands have been added to the bill of a new music festival in Norfolk.

Acts including The Kabeedies, Foreign Office and The Dirty Tricks will play at The Norfolk Spectacular following the addition of an alternative stage.

The event on 3 and 4 September will star top urban names including Tinie Tempah and N-Dubz on the Main Stage at the Norfolk Showground in Norwich.

Headliners for the Arena Stage are '90s indie favourites Terrorvision and Chapel Club.

Up to 40,000 music fans are expected to turn out for the festival which organisers hope will become an annual event.

'Massive indie scene'

"We're looking to establish the festival each year from now on and we wanted to broaden its horizons by offering the other stage," said Arena Stage organiser Marc Ball from Envy Productions.

Indie bands will step out on the Saturday, with rock acts taking over on the Sunday.

"Norwich has a massive indie scene and rock scene and we wanted to represent that over the two days," added Mr Ball, who moved back to Yelverton in Norfolk two years after playing with various bands in London.

"I know a lot of the local bands who are playing and wanted to give them an opportunity to play with established artists."

Mr Ball's own band Dead Red will be performing a set on the Sunday alongside Norwich-based band The Dirty Tricks.

Singer and guitarist Andy Norman said The Dirty Tricks were delighted to get the chance to play to such a large crowd.

"We've done around 160 shows in 18 months all over the country, but it's good to be able to play on a big stage in your home town," he said.

"It is great that bands around here can get out to play with those who are nationally recognised - we all want to end up like them playing the big stages all the time."

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