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Virtual Festival Too will keep flag flying in 2020

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There may not be a Festival Too this year in Lynn because of the coronavirus pandemic but there will be a ‘virtual’ version.

The Virtual Festival Too will be held over the three summer weekends when the free event is normally held on King Staithe Square and the Tuesday Market Place.

Local DJ’s will perform sets online covering musical genres for which the festival is known and including music from artists and bands who have performed at the festival over the 35 years.

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Virtual Festival Too (36804061)

Festival Too chairman, Mark Stanford, said: “This is a great way for us to continue entertaining people, just this time it will be in the comfort of their own homes.

“To get involved, people need to head to MixCloud.com/live/festivaltoo this is a free music service which will stream the DJ’s sets live, but also allows people to listen to their shows on catch up.

“Those that choose to set up a MixCloud account can also live message them with shout outs to friends and family during each DJ set.”

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Jon Seymour (36803933)

The first DJ set takes place on July 4, from 7.30pm. The 90-minute set from Nathan Hollands will focus on ska and reggae, and will include a virtual fireworks display.

On Sunday, July 5, at 3pm Mark Purdy will perform a set featuring 60s, 70s and 80s music. He will also return the following Friday at 7.30pm for the ‘Festival Too Back in the Day’ set, full of soul, disco and northern soul.

On Saturday, July 11, Mark Stanford himself will play pop and contemporary music and on Friday, the 17th, Triston Finnis from the KL.FM Loaded Show will keep us entertained with indie and rock music.

It all ends Saturday, July 18, 7pm with another set from Mark Stanford, who will be playing the best of Festival Too over 35 years.

Abbie Panks, vice-chair of Festival Too, said: “The whole committee was devastated that for the first time in its history, we had no choice but to cancel the festival, we were really looking forward to another fantastic Festival Too and celebrating our 35th year.

“Sadly, we have already incurred unrecoverable costs from our planned 2020 festival, so whilst everything, as ever is free to get involved with, if people would like to make a donation over the coming weeks, they can do so via crowdfunder.co.uk/festival-too.”

“Every single penny will help us as we head into 2021.”

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