Festival Too chairman Mark Stanford will be spinning the decks for this year’s virtual festival. Picture: Kevin Elfleet

Music lovers have a second chance to imagine they are part of the crowd at King’s Lynn’s Festival Too.

This year’s event has been switched to a virtual festival which launched last weekend.

Chairman Mark Stanford said: “Virtual Festival Too got off to a great start over the weekend and the first two shows were well received. 

“Nathan Hollands kicked it off with the best in reggae, ska and 2Tone on Saturday night and Mark Purdy did the Sunday afternoon spot featuring 60s, 70s and 80s music. 

“Around 2,500 watched the performances live and both shows can be listened to again at www.mixcloud.com/festivaltoo.”

The online festival will run for two more weekends and  Mr Stanford has said a big thank you to the DJs, businesses This is Fuller and Bikesure for their sponsorship and anyone who donated via Crowdfunder.

This is the 35th year of the free event, which is one of the largest free festivals in Europe and usually attracts thousands of people. 

Wet, Wet Wet frontman Marti Pellow was the headline act on the final evening of last year’s Festival Too. Picture: Ian Ward

The pandemic has meant the organisers could not stage the festival in the normal way, but they were determined it would go ahead in another format. 

Local  DJs have been performing online sets featuring a number of musical genres and tracks from artists and bands who have performed at the festival over the years. 

The sets are being streamed live at MixCloud.com/live/festivaltoo and people can also listen to the shows on catch up.

Those that choose to set up a MixCloud account can also send live messages to the DJs with shout-outs to friends and family during each set.

The remaining events are: 

• Today (Friday) 7.30pm,  Back in the Day with Mark Purdy.

• Tomorrow (Saturday) 7.30pm, pop and contemporary, with Mark Stanford.

• Next Friday, July 17, 7.30pm, indie and rock with Triston Finnis.

• Next Saturday, July 18, 7.30pm,  The best of Festival Too over 35 years with Mark Stanford.

The festival usually attracts 60,000 people to Lynn over the three weekends. 

It is run entirely by volunteers and relies on sponsorship and donations, including bucket collections on the night.

Organisers incurred unrecoverable costs from this year’s planned festival and have set up a fundraising page for next year’s event.

Make a donation at: crowdfunder.co.uk/festival-too

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