VW Whitenoise returns for 18th year

The celebrated and much-loved VW Whitenoise family-friendly music and motor festival is set to return to the Norfolk Showground in Norwich from 11th to 13th August 2023.

The family and dog-friendly festival is celebrating its 18th year where it is expecting a loyal following and a record attendance of over 8000 people, with a mixture of camping and day visitors.

Mr Neil Haughey, Festival organiser said: “This is our 18th year which is going to be bigger and better than ever with a larger main arena for our Sunday show n’ shine vehicles. This is the festival where friends and families come together to enjoy music, motors and good times!  We are really looking forward to hosting this festival and expect it to be the best yet.  We have some fabulous headline music including the UK’s no.1 live 90s dance anthems band Rhythm of the 90s with a nostalgia-filled live set on the main stage and a retro roller rink perfect for all ages. Limited, cheaper advance tickets on sale now – camp for the weekend or come for the day!”

There’s plenty to do to keep the family entertained.  There’s FREE roller skating, each day, on a beautiful 1963 dodgems rink, in the woods, with support and free skate hire from Skate Norfolk alongside local DJs spinning funky tunes.

For families there will be a FREE children’s entertainer all weekend, plus giant bubble blowing sessions. Age 12 and under are absolutely free. There will be a variety of pocket money activities including a fairground, archery, hair braiding and much more.

The Festival is looking forward to an inspired live Graffiti wall led by Norwich-based artist STEP 39 and a Fantastical Contraption Fire Garden and espresso bar from Halesworth artist Chris Day.

Dealership sponsors, Group 1 Automotive will be showcasing some of the best electric models from across their Volkswagen and Audi divisions. With Volkswagen Norwich showcasing the popular ID. Buzz, a modern take on the classic T1 Campervan, and the introduction of a new sponsored award from Audi Norwich for ‘Best Audi’ in the Sunday Show ‘n Shine, Group 1 Automotive are excited to be supporting this year’s event. 

Friday night invites you to a dance renaissance with DJ Richie, who defined the rave sound of his home city of Great Yarmouth during the acid house era, before becoming a leading light on the drum & bass scene in the 1990s as well as touring as the Prodigy’s tour DJ.

The energetic BuBounce will kick the weekend off on the main stage on the Friday. 

There will be a plethora of talented local bands, including Norwich based, nine-piece skiffle/bluegrass/American band ‘The Lovin’ Handful’ and ‘Youth Killed It,’ whose indie rock blossoms perfectly in a festival setting. MAMA OH NO are part of it and Norwich DJs include Sure Delight and Just One.

VW Whitenoise welcomes the popular return of the ZAKS American Burger serving its delicious, chargrilled burgers from its iconic retro van serving plus North-Norfolk based Splitscreen Ice-Cream company, street food, sweet snacks and much more.

Zaks returns!

There will be an eclectic trade village with vintage clothing, retro goods, camping solutions, auto jumble and much more. Space still available to book. Apply via https://www.vwwhitenoise.com/trade.  

There will be a fully licensed bar with local ales and ciders and a quirky American school bus bar.

This year’s live music line-up for the Friday on the Main Stage includes The Stereotypes, Youth Killed It, The Lovin’ Handful and BuBounce.  The Dance Tent will have Dead By ‘94 and DJ Ritchie. On the Dove Stage, check out Jamie Charles, Nine Lives, Limited Budget, Aaron B and Hipology Sounds.

Saturday on the Main Stage the line up is MAMA OH NO, Hot Stove 3, Fresh Twang, Get Loaded and Out of Space DJ and Rhythm of the 90s, the UK’s no. 1 live 90s dance anthems band. With a further headliner to be confirmed. In the Dance Tent, captivating tunes from Sure Delight and Just One. On the Dove Stage enjoyJumpin Cholla, Chris Pidgeon, Off World Objects, Tyler Davy, Limited Budget, Nine Lives and Jamie Charles.

There will be some fun fancy dress and competitions to enter!

Expanded Sunday Show n’ Shine for 2023 in exciting collaboration with MK2 Spares UK based in Melton Constable. No need for pre-applications. Vehicle driver goes free.

Show n shine trophy sponsors welcome; email info@vwwhitenoise.com for more information.

Retro and Custom Bicycle, Scooters and Ride-Ons Competition on the Sunday. 

The fancy dress theme for the Saturday is 90s with prizes for the best group, adult, child (12 and under), teen (age 13-16) and dog. If you’d like to be the fancy dress prize sponsor then email: info@vwwhitenoise.com

Camping tickets (advance booking only)

Includes two nights camping
Age 12 and under free
Adult advance tickets from £60 per person + Booking Fee (BF), limited offer
Gates open Friday noon, event ends 1700 Sunday

Day tickets
Saturday Adult Ticket advanced from £20 +BF, limited offer
More about the music on Saturday
Free Parking
Age 12 and under free
Gates open Saturday 10:00 to 18:00, event ends 23:55

Sunday: Adult Ticket advanced from £12 +BF, limited offer
More about the motors on Sunday
Free Parking
Age 12 and under free
Gates open Sunday 09:00 to 14:00, event ends 17:00

• For more information head to www.vwwhitenoise.com

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