After much speculation on how organisers would beat last year’s Festival Too line-up, the launch party last night revealed Scouting For Girls will headline the 2014 event.
With three top ten albums under their belts, the indie rock band will head a billing that also boasts pop band Toploader, reggae group Aswad, The Rhythm and Blues Brothers, The Voice’s Luciee Marie Closier and Katrina, formerly of Katrina and the Waves.
Also playing are talented dance and r’n’b songstress Sandy Lamb, soul singer Jaki Graham who is celebrating 30 years in the business, and many more yet to be announced by organisers and KL.FM.
Last night’s launch party revealed that despite the eclectic line-up, the festival’s real focus this year is on drawing out local talent and placing it centre stage.
Chairman of the festival, Derek Harvey, said: “Every night of the main festival we have a school performing and local involvement is very important to us. We have local company Adrian Flux providing the fireworks on the first night which should ensure the Festival starts with a bang. We also have the Battle of the Bands winners and other local bands performing.
“I’m looking forward to the last night when we have Jake Morrell performing, he’s a local lad and we had him perform a few years ago. It will be great to see how he has developed.”
Festival Too is already bursting at the seams with local talent including indie covers band The Shae Dons, acoustic singer-songwriter Jake Morrell and alternative rock band Under The Influence, with Battle of the Bands yet to be announced. School performances will come from King Edward VII School, Springwood High School, King’s Lynn Academy and Terrington St Clement High School.
Derek added: “We’ve also spent a lot more money on children’s entertainment for around the town centre this year.
“We’ve got lots of bunting to make the town more vibrant and colourful for visitors and all of this will be great for the shoppers and families with little ones.”
“The whole event is provided free of charge thanks to our sponsors.
“We want to say a huge thank you to them, and to add that if any other local businesses want to get involved, to give us a call.”
The opening night will see fireworks in King Staithe Square and live music from 8pm on June 28.
The festival runs on the following two Fridays, July 4 and 11, with music from 7.30pm in the Tuesday Market Place, and will run both of the following Saturdays, July 5 and 12, with entertainment from 6.30pm.