Organisers of King’s Lynn’s annual free music festival have pulled off something special by booking Blue as the star attraction.

The former boyband will headline the second Saturday night of the fortnight-long Festival Too, which kicks off next month. And despite media reports this week about the band’s finances, Blue’s management confirmed this week that the foursome would definitely be playing at Lynn.

Other top acts performing include Gareth Gates, 80s tribute band The Wild Boys and The Christians.

Chairman of Festival Too, Derek Harvey, said: “Even in these days of austerity, the committee has brought together a quality programme of music and street entertainment to the people of West Norfolk for 2013, thanks to our many supporters.

“We look forward to seeing the usual big crowds across the three weekends of free entertainment.”

Blue are one of the most successful British acts of the last decade, selling more than 15 million albums worldwide, with all three of their studio albums reaching number one.

The lads – Lee Ryan, Antony Costa, Duncan James and Simon Webbe – have toured across the world and performed live with the likes of Sir Elton John and Stevie Wonder.

Their top tracks include All Rise, One Love, Sorry Seems To Be The Hardest Word and Fly By II.

Gareth Gates shot to fame as the stammering runner-up to Will Young in the original Pop Idol series back in 2001. His cover of Unchained Melody flew to number one and was named Record of the Year.

Appearing with him on Friday, July 5 are The Weller Council, a top tribute act playing the hits of Paul Weller and his groups, The Jam and The Style Council.

The Christians’ songs will be familiar to many. They had hits in the late 80s and 90s with Forgotten Town, Harvest For The World, Born Again, Ideal World, and Hooverville. They share the stage on Friday, July 12 with The Primitives, whose biggest hit, Crash, reached number five in the charts in 1988.

Popular Lynn covers band Jimmy Rockit feature on Friday, July 12, and sure to be a highlight on the closing night 24 hours later is 13-year-old Harry Cracknell, a brilliant singer and songwriter from London who’s already creating a stir on YouTube.

On Saturday, July 6 it’s the turn of talent from four secondary schools from Lynn and Terrington St Clement to take to the stage.

Festival Too is in its 28th year and has a full programme of free entertainment across three weekends, starting on Saturday, June 29 with street entertainment in the town centre and music from The Wild Boys and fireworks in King Staithe Square (near the Customs House) in the evening.

For the following two weekends the festival moves to a stage in Tuesday Market Place.

For more details and all acts, see www.festivaltoo.co.uk