Big names at free King’s Lynn festival

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Stars from across the decades will be appearing on Fenland’s doorstep this summer.

They’ll be lining up at the free 30th Festival Too music extravaganza being staged in King’s Lynn.

It will be held over three weekends from June 27 and the major acts already booked include The Blow Monkeys, Heaven 17, Bucks Fizz, Republica, The Fratellis and Dodgy.

Chairman Bridget Nurse said: “We’re very pleased with the line-up. We’ve had some excellent support from sponsors this year.” The headline act for the opening night’s show in King Staithe Square on Saturday, June 27, has yet to be confirmed.

But revellers can still expect to enjoy fairground rides, food stalls and a spectacular fireworks display.

The festival then moves to its regular venue in the Tuesday Market Place on Friday, July 3. The headline act that night are new wave band The Blow Monkeys.

Saturday, July 4, is an 80s night, staged in association with KL.FM, and will be headlined by Heaven 17 and Bucks Fizz.

And, in a first for Festival Too, an extra show, supported by Barclays and aimed to attract more families to the square, is planned for Sunday, July 5. The programme currently includes music from the Beau Bow Belles, with more acts still to be confirmed.

The final weekend begins on Friday, July 10, when the headline act is Republica, most famous for their 1990s hits Ready To Go and Drop Dead Gorgeous.

Then, the following night, Saturday, July 11, is headed by Scottish rockers The Fratellis, best known for their hit Chelsea Dagger. The line-up also includes 1990s Britpop group Dodgy.

Local acts will feature as supports on each of the Festival Too events.

X Factor finalists Only The Young and singer-songwriter Harry Cracknell.

And young musicians will also have the chance to perform on the big stage with the shows on July 3, 4, 10 and 11 being opened by musicians from the King Edward VII Academy, Springwood High School, St Clement’s High School and King’s Lynn Academy respectively.

The winners and runners-up in the area’s Battle of the Bands competition will also take to the stage on July 4 and 11.