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King’s Lynn Festival Too former Specials and Fun Boy Three star performs

The summer festival vibes continue with the second weekend of Festival Too bringing live music to rave about.

A ‘staple’ of the ska scene and loved by so many fans of the genre is Neville Staple, the original rude boy, who will be performing today.

The Jamaican-born English singer is known for his work with the 2 Tone ska band the Specials, the pop group Fun Boy Three, as well as with his own group, the Neville Staple Band.

Neville Staple will be performing in Festival Too
Neville Staple will be performing in Festival Too

He also performed with Ranking Roger in the supergroup Special Beat.

Born in Jamaica, he left there to live in Rugby in Warwickshire and eventually moved to Coventry.

There he met Pete Waterman who acted as manager for The Specials and wrote in the foreword to the musician’s biography which he wrote in 2009 called Original Rude Boy.

Festival Too crowd last weekend
Festival Too crowd last weekend

In the Specials, he sang vocals alongside bandmate Terry Hall, who died in December last year, which Neville was ‘deeply saddened’ by.

Music will be filling the Tuesday Market Place from 6.30pm with acts Lindy Layton and the Soft Tone Needles also taking to the stage.

Mark Purdy is hosting the event and tickets for the after party are available from Alive Corn Exchange.

The line-up for Festival Too King's Lynn 2023
The line-up for Festival Too King's Lynn 2023

Tomorrow during the day there will be loads going on around the town with street entertainment.

The Heritage Jazz Band, Lee Owenson’s Punch and Judy, 50’s style singer Jacen Bruce, soul singer Claire Scollay and clowns and balloon modelling with Raz and Auntie Pearl are all acts that visitors can see.

The evening entertainment will see College Band, DJ L.I.A.M, Ear Candy , D:Ream, Liberty X and headliners Example all performing in the Tuesday Market Place from 6.30pm.

Liam Osler, aka DJ L.I.AM, has been DJ-ing since he was five-years-old.

The young performer is from Watlington and performed at the festival last year on the same stage as Judge Jules.

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