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The Empire, Great Yarmouth reopens as food and music venue

This Saturday, The Empire Great Yarmouth, has its much anticipated relaunch, with an amazing opening showcase event.

The night will be co headlined by amazing Great Yarmouth band Scarlett as well as international DJ Louis La Roche.

Louis is a gorleston born DJ who's gone on to play all over the world, including touring with Kylie Minogue in 2014 and hosting his own BBC Radio 1 hour long show. As well as his own releases he has created official remixes for a host of international artistes including Fatboy Slim, Basement Jaxx and Speech Debelle.

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It will also be a chance to preview 2 of the amazing Street food traders who will be serving food daily from the launch. Rude Kitchen, who's famous burgers have been wowing crowds at their pop up events across the Norfolk coast. And Middle East Coast, a new Mediterranean inspired vegetarian trader who's menu includes loaded pittas, homemade hummous, stunning salads and loaded halloumi fries.

The venue itself is opening to the public for the first time in over 10 years and the Jay family can't wait to welcome visitors once again.

Jack Jay said, "We think people will love getting back inside this iconic venue, and for many it will be the very first time. This concept is something really fresh for Great Yarmouth and were working really hard to make this a special place for food traders and also musicians to come and showcase their talents.

Once launched The Empire will be hosting a series of gigs and music events in collaboration with Freshly Greated and Barefeet records. These events will showcase amazing local talent and give other young and aspiring musicians access to the venue.

Building owner Peter Jay added, "This really is a celebration of entertainment in Great Yarmouth, as well as creating a space for the next generation of performers, we also have so much signage and items from the last 50 years of shows from our many theatres on display. All housed in the stunning interior of The Empire itself."

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The Empire have also teamed up with Great Yarmouth brewery Lacons to create an extensive craft beer selection. Ranging from Lacons very own award winning ale brewed less than a mile away, to exclusive UK craft breweries and imported beers from across the world.

The Empire's launch event will be open from 5pm, with the evenings entertainment beginning with DJ Effy Mai from 7pm. The event is free admission, but with limited tables on a first come first served basis.

The venue will then be open Wednesday to Sunday from noon until late.