The Killers, Buble and Let’s Rock - updates on Norfolk’s big events amid Covid-19 pandemic
PUBLISHED: 15:03 25 March 2020 | UPDATED: 15:03 25 March 2020
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From The Killers at Carrow Road to Let’s Rock Norwich in Earlham Park, here is how coronavirus is affecting the big events coming to Norfolk this year.
Burnham Market International Horse Trials
Sussex Farm, Burnham Market
April 9 to 11
A decision is still yet to be made on the Saracen Horse Feeds Houghton International Horse Trials due to take place from May 21 to 24.
The Vintage Sixties Festival
May 28 to 29
The festival celebrates all things vintage, with live music and a market running across the weekend, and at present this event is still happening.
May 30 to 31
The organiser of the festival posted on their Facebook page on March 13 that the event is still planned to go ahead, but they will update if there are any changes. The special guests appearing are Gavin and Stacey stars Larry Lamb and Steffan Rhodri and former Blue Peter presenter Peter Purves.
The Gin and Rum Festival Norwich
St Andrew’s Hall
April 3 to 4
The organisers have posted on Facebook that the festival is still running, but they are closely monitoring the situation and advice from Public Health England. The event features more than 60 different gins and 60 different rums and live music.
Norwich Big Weekend
April 4 to 5
Norwich Big Weekend is inviting everyone to rediscover the amazing things to see and do in the city and is giving away 600 pairs of free tickets to attractions and experiences. All those who entered the ballot have now been emailed to say the event is on hold and there will be more updates soon.
City of Norwich Half Marathon
Norwich City Centre
The organisers are set to update runners in the next few days and they have suspended entries for the event.
Norfolk & Norwich Festival
May 8 to 24
The East of England’s flagship arts festival, which attracts over 85,00 people each year, has been cancelled to protect the safety of audiences, artists and staff.
Big Norfolk Sausage Bash
Aylsham Market Place
The popular food and drink festival has been postponed to ensure the “health and wellbeing of those attending event” and a new date is set to be announced soon.
Cromer and Sheringham Crab and Lobster Festival
Evington Gardens, Cromer
May 16 to 17
Featuring live cooking demonstrations, music and with plenty of delicious seafood to buy, the Crab and Lobster Festival attracts thousands of people each year. The 2020 event has now been cancelled, including the opening show, art trail, festival and grand auction.
Pensthorpe Bird and Wildlife Fair
Pensthorpe Natural Park
May 16 to 17
The organisers have announced that this year’s fair will be cancelled, due to the anticipated further spread of Covid-19 and they will return in 2021 with an “even bigger and better event”.
Friday Night Live/Let’s Rock Norwich/Sunday Sessions
There is something for everyone over the May Bank Holiday weekend in Earlham Park, with acts including The Streets, Wet Wet Wet and The Libertines performing.
While Friday Night Live and Sunday Sessions are still going ahead the moment, Let’s Rock Norwich, which celebrates the music of the 80s, has been postponed until Saturday, September 26.
Norwich Games Festival
May 25 to 30
The Forum has decided to cancel the upcoming festival in light of updated guidance from Public Health England as it “falls within a period identified as the likely peak of the coronavirus pandemic”.
Red Rooster Festival
May 28 to 30
Taking place just across the border in Suffolk, this year’s festival has been postponed until September 4 to 6 and main headliners Richard Hawley and Asleep at the Wheel have confirmed they are still available for the new dates.
Around 3,000 people attend the festival each year and they are currently working with agents and management to move the rest of the bill.
Carrow Road, Norwich
The Killers are heading to the stadium on their UK tour and will play classic hits such as Somebody Told Me and Mr Brightside, alongside new material from their new album Imploding The Mirage. Tickets are all sold out, but the concert could be affected if there is a ban on events with crowds above a certain number. The group posted on March 12 on their Facebook page that they are “looking forward to a great summer of shows” and have expressed no intention of cancelling.
Norwich Nearly Festival
June 13 to 14
Featuring tribute acts for artists including Ed Sheeran, Lady Gaga and Queen, the Norwich Nearly Festival is still set to go ahead and so is the Oulton Broad one in Nicholas Everitt Park on June 27 to 28.
June 18 to 21
This year’s line-up features Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds, James Morrison, Will Young, Madness and Rag’n’Bone Man and there have been no updates at present.
Westlife Carrow Road
The second Carrow Road concert this year comes from Westlife who are bringing their Stadiums in the Summer tour to the city, featuring their greatest hits alongside new music. At the moment the gig is still going ahead.
First Light Festival
South Beach, Lowestoft
June 20 to 21
The launch of First Light, a 24-hour, non-stop, multi-arts festival, last year was a huge success and saw 30,000 people attend. The 2020 event has now been cancelled due to Public Health England’s advice to avoid mass gatherings over the coming months.
Royal Norfolk Show
July 1 to 2
This year’s Norfolk show has been cancelled for only the second time in its peacetime history in light of the “unprecedented public health emergency”. Celebrating the best of Norfolk, the show attracts around 85,000 visitors and contributes around £20m a year to Norfolk’s economy.
Great Yarmouth Wheels Festival
July 4 to 5
There will be an array of classic and contemporary vehicles lining up on the seafront across the weekend and at the moment it is still going ahead.
Lord Mayor’s Celebration Weekend
Norwich City Centre
July 3 to 5
The Lord Mayor’s Weekend is a highlight in the city calendar and the main event is the Saturday parade as the Norwich streets come alive in an explosion of colour and performance. No events have been cancelled at present.
Magic of Thailand Festival
July 11 to 12
Featuring authentic food and entertainment, the Norwich Thai Festival is back by popular demand this summer and the organisers haven’t posted any coronavirus updates yet.
The band, made up of Perrie Edwards, Jesy Nelson, Leigh-Anne Pinnock and Jade Thirlwall, are bringing their summer tour to Norfolk and it will be the third time the girl band have performed in the county in four years, having previously headlined two shows at Earlham Park in Norwich. At present, it is still going ahead as planned.
July 16 to 19
Taking place just across the border, Latitude Festival features a stellar line-up, with headliners HAIM, Liam Gallagher and The Chemical Brothers. They are monitoring the situation, but there are no plans to cancel.
Norwich city centre
The 10km road race is organised by the Norwich City FC Community Sports Foundation (CSF) and all 8,500 places for this year’s race are sold out. Make sure to keep an eye on social media for any updates.
Norwich City Centre
Norwich Pride attracts thousands of people to the city every year and includes a colourful parade through the city and live entertainment at The Forum and in Chapelfield Gardens. This year’s event has now been cancelled due to the outbreak but they are encouraging people to find other innovative ways of celebrating the occasion - from virtual events to flag trails.
Grammy award-winning singer Michael Buble is coming to Norfolk this summer and will play his chart-topping back catalogue of hits, including It’s A Beautiful Day, Haven’t Met You Yet and Everything. This concert is still happening at present.
Sandringham Flower Show
Now in its 139th year, Sandringham Flower Show is one of the most prestigious horticultural events in the East of England. The event has now been cancelled and they will contact ticket holders and traders as soon as they can.
July 31 to August 9
The event is set to go ahead at the moment, which includes the main parade day on Saturday, August 8.
July 31 to August 11
Whilst no details have been revealed yet for this year’s carnival, or any updates on how it will be impacted by coronavirus, there is expected to be a jam-packed programme of activities for all the family if it goes ahead.
Old Buckenham Air Show
Old Buckenham Airfield
August 1 to 2
An award-winning event which gives attendees the chance to see some of the most famous aircraft in the world and there is plenty on the ground to see and do as well, such as classic cars, exhibitions and a gourmet food village. A spokesman for the show has said that they are currently monitoring developments but they don’t plan to amend or cancel the event yet.
Houghton Hall and Gardens
August 6 to 9
After being forced to cancel last year due to forecasts of heavy winds, the organisers are hoping that it won’t happen again because of coronavirus. Keep an eye on their Facebook page over the coming months.
Classic Ibiza is an outdoor celebration of iconic dance tunes from the white isle, performed by the Urban Soul Orchestra, and it attracts thousands of ravers every year. There are no updates yet.
August 15 to 21
One of the biggest events in north Norfolk this summer, Cromer Carnival brings thousands of people to the town each year with aweek of family-friendly events. This year’s event has now been cancelled for the first time in 50 years.
The concert is still happening at the moment and will see Sir Tom play all his biggest hits from the 60s to present, including Delilah, She’s a Lady and number one hit It’s Not Unusual.
September 4 to 6
The summer is set to be rounded off in style with the return of Sundown Festival, featuring headliners Sean Paul and Loyle Carner. Make sure to check social media for updates.
Make sure to keep checking back as this article will be updated regularly with the latest cancellations.