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Music fans are walking on sunshine at King’s Lynn’s Festival Too

The crowd for Festival Too on Saturday. ANL-140507-233637009

The crowd for Festival Too on Saturday. ANL-140507-233637009

Festival fever spread through the crowd as thousands of music fans filled Lynn’s Tuesday Market Place to watch as the sun shone on headline pop and reggae acts, Katrina and Aswad.

Organisers were walking on sunshine when the rain held off for Friday night’s performance, which finished with a huge performance by Eurovision winner Katrina, formerly of Katrina and the Waves.

Mark Stanford, of Festival Too, said: “We were very lucky with the weather all weekend and had a great turnout. Springwood Big Band sounded terrific and were really good for a Friday evening in the sunshine.

The Shae Dons were equally good and Mindikki’s DJ set brought something a little bit different for this year. Katrina put on a great show and she enjoyed it as much as the crowd. She sang Tequila and other huge hits which went down well with the audience.”

People of all ages were dancing and singing along to the night’s acts, with everything from 70s and 80s classics to Brit-pop hits to keep them entertained.

The following night saw more fantastic acts taking to the stage, with Springwood Big Band kicking off the night’s entertainment, before Phoenix Calling – who took third place in this year’s Battle of the Bands – performed a range of original rock material.

Mr Stanford said: “Phoenix Calling were really good, they got it just right and really got the audience involved. Jaki Graham gave a sparkling performance when she belted out some soul classics.”

Trying something new for 2014, organisers gave reggae group Aswad a headline spot for the Saturday night and were thrilled with the turnout and response.

Mr Stanford said: “I love Aswad and it seems like everyone else did as well after all the Facebook and Twitter comments we’ve had. We’ve never done a reggae band before but it went down so well with the crowd who were really getting behind them.”

The entertainment carries on this Friday and Saturday night with more huge acts including headliners Scouting For Girls and Toploader, plus performances from The Hoosiers, X Factor finalists Rough Copy and Luciee Marie Closier from The Voice.

Mr Stanford said: “We’ve been after Scouting For Girls for years so it will be great to finally see them here, and The Hoosiers will be back again. There’s also been a lot of talk about Toploader.”

The final two nights will be packed with great local talent with students at King Edward VII School and King’s Lynn Academy taking to the stage, and sets from The First, Jake Morrell, Under The Influence and Battle of the Bands winners Addison’s Uncle.

Mr Stanford added: “We’ve got lots of great local bands performing, it’s been a great year for local talent and I’m really looking forward to seeing the Battle of the Bands winners after hearing a lot about them. Rough Copy will be great for the younger ones.

“There really is something for everyone and it will be a hell of a finish for Festival Too 2014.”

 

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