Music and arts

Norfolk has a rich and vibrant arts scene. This year the Show will celebrate the arts in Norfolk. Many local groups and organisations will be taking part ranging from art to music and performing arts.

The centre-piece is the unique Showstoppers project – Norfolk’s massed community choir brought together by Norfolk Music Hub in partnership with The Wharf Academy and Young Norfolk Arts Trust. Showstoppers will perform a specially commissioned piece of music at this year’s Royal Norfolk Show, composed by Cheryl Frances-Hoad, one of the UK’s leading contemporary composers. The choirmaster will be Mark De Lisser (BBC 1 ‘The Voice UK’ and BBC 2 ‘The Choir’).

Showstoppers will take place on Thursday 29 June at approximately 6pm.


The Royal Norfolk Show will have a bigger line up of music this year across the showground including.

Grand Ring

Alongside Showstoppers in The Grand Ring we welcome back The Band of the Parachute Regiment who will perform a host of music twice each day.


Big bands from across the county will perform on the bandstand in front of the Members Pavilion throughout the two days of the show. A variety of bands will play including concert bands, jazz and signing choir (British Sign Language)

On the Wednesday night – entertainment will run until 10:30pm with rock and pop covers from Stone Soda performing live on the bandstand!

Royal Square Bandstand

Join us at the brand new Bandstand in the new Royal Square, grab a bite to eat, relax and enjoy the music from performers across Norfolk including Close Encounters, Tom Tonks, Slick Division, Craig Perry and many more.

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The Green

Summer 2017 sees the return of The Garage & Y.N.A.T to “The Green” at the Royal Norfolk Show, in association with the Norfolk Music Hub (TBC). Two exciting days of music and dance featuring some of the best upcoming young talent from across the county, as well as walk-about acts, face-painting and bubbleologists to keep you entertained!

Confirmed performers for this year include the Old Buckenham Jazz Band, dance students from Norwich School, The Framtastics Gymnastics Club from Framlingham Earl and Opera Singer Hayley Mosser. Other returning favourites include K-OS!, a drumming and vocal ensemble from J.D.T Music Academy, Heather Millan’s School of Dance and Seething & Mundham Primary School as well as students from The Garage’s own Musician Development Programme.

Exciting new talent confirmed is upcoming singer/songwriter Ellie Bea, who encapsulates her audiences with her stark honesty and intense emotion when performing. Broken Catalyst, a local young 4-piece band who I met at The Garage’s Slam! event in February are performing a 20 minute set. These guys can regularly be found busking on Gentleman’s Walk on Saturdays.

The Garage/Y.N.A.T Stage will also be presenting the Banana Ukulele Band who will be performing on stage as well as entertaining the crowds with some walkabout material on the Thursday. This 3 piece band of musical pro’s are dressed as bananas!

Show Art Gallery

This year the Show Art Gallery will be moved to a prominent location on the junction of Third Drive and Ninth Avenue. The Gallery will be home to the works of many Norfolk-based artists and their art and sculpture will be available for sale.

The Show Art Auction, held by Arnold Keys, will take place on Wednesday 28 June at 3pm.

Sainsbury Centre for Visual Arts

The Sainsbury Centre is a cultural jewel in the crown for both UEA and Norfolk. The SCVA will for the first time have a presence at the Show to promote their role as a world-class exhibition centre.

Paint Out

Paint Out’s plein air artists will be painting live around the Showground

Norwich-based ‘Live Art’ event Paint Out will host a rolling exhibition of fresh work for sale in their marquee. This year will see 16 handpicked artists making 2 works per day, to be exhibited ‘raw off-the-easel’ in an artist café atmosphere.

Paint Out founder, James Colman says, “This is an opportunity for members of the public to witness at first hand the extraordinary process and energy that goes into making a work of art out of doors. This is a real-time live experience for onlookers to absorb how an artist captures the essence, spirit and colour of the show in all its various manifestations.” 

Fresh work from the opening session will be included in the RNNA Auction, at 3.30pm on the Wednesday. Kevin Lines, a painting expert from Arnolds Keys, will select the strongest works for auction. This will be a chance for art lovers to buy a painting that captures the spirit of the moment.

Artists are coming from all over the country to participate in this unique event, many of whom have international recognition and acclaim for their work. Norfolk artists include amongst others: Paint Out winners Tom CringleRobert Nelmes and Eloise O’Hare, alongside internationally renowned plein air artists Haidee-Jo SummersMo TeeuwRod Major and more.

Yorkshire-based reportage illustrator Nick Ellwood will also offer an on-site tutored drawing session each day, guiding members of the public to draw at speed the essentials from a myriad of colourful themes that the show presents. Ellwood works for Arts Council England and is soon to exhibit at the House of Illustration in London and in York Art Gallery. There will also be a specially commissioned agricultural and cultural map of Norfolk for children to colour in available from our marquee.

Painting ‘en plein air’ brings an aura of unpredictability and excitement to the creative process. Paint Out aims to nurture this talent and seeks to raise awareness and redefine it for the 21st Century.

Visit our artists and team around the Show and at the Paint Out marquee (Stand 262), next to the Show Art Gallery which sits at the junction of Third Drive and Ninth Avenue.