Fun, fireworks and top acts at Festival Too

The record-breaking 1,000mph Bloodhound

The record-breaking 1,000mph Bloodhound

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The countdown is well under way for Festival Too 2016 which kicks off on Saturday week, June 25, with FREE street entertainment at various sites in Lynn town centre during the day.

The action then moves to King Staithe Square on the river front and in the historic part of King’s Lynn.

The air raid shelters at Lynn's Tuesday Market Place

The air raid shelters at Lynn's Tuesday Market Place

The evening starts from 8pm with food stalls, children’s rides and plenty of brilliant music from Bear Club to warm up the crowd.

Bear Club are billed as the newest, freshest party covers band in the UK, consisting of seasoned professionals at the top of their game, fronted by one of the most exciting and talented lead vocals around. 

Bear Club offer a different take on the usual party band experience taking you on a journey of pop, Indie, rock, funk, dance and soul.

They will be on stage performing tracks by Jay Z, Beyoncé, The Weekend and Justin Timberlake, to The Killers, The Foo Fighters, Oasis and Blur, even taking a journey through dance music with classics from The Chemical Brothers, Moby and Fatboy Slim.

Gabrielle

Gabrielle

Bear Club will be on stage from 8.30pm and then the fireworks, sponsored by Lovell, start at 10.30pm (weather permitting) from the West Lynn side of the River Great Ouse.

Festival Too then moves to the Tuesday Market Place for five dates of entertainment, kicking off with the “Back In The Day” event on Friday, July 1, featuring Odyssey, Kym Mazelle, Phats and Small, The Soft Tone Needles and St. Clement’s High School, hosted by Mark Purdy.

The action continues straight after, with an after-show party at the Corn Exchange; tickets at £5 are on sale now from the venue but are selling fast.

On Saturday, July 2, in association with KL FM, Springwood High School start the evening’s proceedings, followed by Battle of the Bands runners-up Sacred Nations, then Phoenix Calling, DJ Mark Malle, New Hope Club and The Vamps.

The Vamps

The Vamps

Festival Too chair, Bridget Nurse, said: “We are expecting one of Festival Too’s biggest crowds for this date, so please be aware that a limitation on numbers will be in operation.

“It will be great to have The Vamps in King’s Lynn and we are expecting many of the band’s fans to join us from all over the country – so, for health and safety reasons, some people may be turned away if they arrive after the crowd limit of 15,000 has been reached.

“We also only have very limited capacity in our disabled area and a strict first-come first-served policy will be in place, with one wheelchair user and one carer allowed into this area.”

The popular “Lazy Sunday” returns on Sunday, July 3, with BBC Introducing, supported by Twisted Melon and in association with Armed Forces Day.

The event will be packed with bands including headliners Rebelation and other attractions include the Tuesday Market air raid shelters that will be open to the public, various stalls and the 1,000mph land speed record car The Bloodhound, brought to Lynn by Swains Voice & Data Solutions

The final weekend starts on Friday, July 8, with The Thinking Men, then the David Bowie tribute Alladinsane and ending the show, The Wonder Stuff.

Gabrielle headlines the final night on Saturday, July 9 with support from Battle of the Bands winners Finding Ana, plus Heir, Victoria and BB Diamond.

Bridget Nurse added: “The Festival Too committee would like to thank all of our sponsors and crowdfunders for their support this year as without this income the festival just wouldn’t happen.

“Could I appeal for anyone who comes to see any of the bands or street entertainment this year for a donation in our Festival Too yellow buckets please? All of the money raised will go towards next year’s programme.

“We are also launching another crowdfunding initiative from Saturday, June 25, to Sunday, July 10, with various benefits from wrist bands to VIP access. Just watch our website, Facebook and Twitter for more details.

“Many festivals across the country are closing down because the spiralling costs of bands, security, etc, so again please be generous to ensure that Festival Too continues to be one of the top free festivals in Europe.”