Pubs and clubs across West Norfolk are gearing up for a big Saturday night tonight as England kick off their World Cup campaign in Brazil.
Scoring a first and giving its customers the best of both worlds will be Chicago Rock Cafe in Norfolk Street, Lynn, with its debut silent disco.
Football fans will be able take in all the action and those wanting a usual Saturday night out can listen to music thanks to the nightclub’s new wireless headphones.
General manager Clare Taylor said two DJs will be playing different music from 9pm to 11pm and people will have the choice of which to listen to through their headphones. Then from 11pm, people can choose to listen to the music, or the football.
The game will be shown on a huge projector screen, as well as seven smaller screens. Staff will be dressed in England kits and the club will be decked out with flags.
The Maltings club, in Page Stair Lane, will be showing the game on screens upstairs and downstairs, be decorated throughout, and have a promotion on jugs of beer.
The Globe in King Street will show the match, but there won’t be any commentary.
Manager Donna Crawford said: “We will be showing it on the TVs, but there won’t be any sound as it will be late on a Saturday night. We have the feelings of our core customer base who come here on a normal Saturday night to consider.”
She said England’s next games on Thursday and next Tuesday would be shown with sound, although not in the family area.
Saturday’s game will also see the bar’s first use of beer towers, which hold eight pints of beer, as well as themed ales and a World Cup cocktail.
Gearing up for its first major televised match is The Lattice House in Chapel Street, which has installed a new 50-inch television in a newly-refurbished room upstairs.
Bar associate Saffron Glynn said: “People will be able to watch the match in the room away from everyone else. They can also enjoy food in the build-up to the game as we serve food until 11pm.”
Staff will also be dressing up, and serving yellow, green and black Brazilian flag shots, featuring banana, apple and liquorice sambuca.
Kudos nightclub in Norfolk Street will show the game on a 10ft projector screen, as well as on other smaller screens downstairs, while a DJ plays music upstairs. The nightclub will also be offering private hire booths to hire for the night, and promotions on Budweiser beer.
Bar Red, also on Norfolk Street, will have live music from Mind The Gap until 10.45pm, followed by the game, but owner Clare Biggs was not sure whether there will be any commentary.
She said: “It will on depend on whether people want music or the football. If our regulars don’t mind watching it then I think we will end up putting it on.”
Football fans can also watch England at The Maids Head in Tuesday Market Place, but only after live music from Undercovered finishes at 11.45pm. Until then, it will shown without sound.
One of the pubs getting behind the team in Swaffham will be The Greyhound in the Market Place, which will be setting up two 60-inch plasma screens and a large projector.
Landlady Joann Briscoe the pub will also be decked out in England flags and staff will be wearing England kit and face paint.
A busy night is expected at The Wash and Tope in Le Strange Terrace, Hunstanton, where singer Rhiannon Rae will be performing from 8pm to 11pm, before the football is switched on.
There will be a World Cup themed ale, Full Brazilian, on tap, and next week’s ale offering will be We’re Going Home (hopefully not!).
Owners Jayne and Dave Hall said: “Everyone is welcome, including dogs and children.”