After a two-year break due to the pandemic, Festival Too makes a long-awaited return to King’s Lynn this year, with an all-star line-up announced for the free music event.
X-Factor star Fleur East, internationally acclaimed DJ Judge Jules and chart-topping star Will Young will all be taking to the Tuesday Market Place stage, along with a host of other local and national acts.
Festival Too chairperson Abbie Panks said: “For 38 years Festival Too has been a much-loved, free to attend event, so after a two-year enforced break, we are delighted to be back for 2022 with a great line-up of both local, and nationally recognised artists to enjoy.”
The event kicks off with the traditional fireworks launch on Saturday, June 25, with music from Madness tribute band One Step Beyond.
The festival will remain on King’s Staithe Square on Sunday, June 26, for an afternoon of local live music from Carnaby Sound, Flatland Kings, The Softtone Needles and The Summertime Kings, before moving to the Tuesday Market Place for the remaining two weekends of entertainment.
On Friday, July 1 a weekend of dance music will begin with a Back in the Day 90s night, kicking off with Lindy Layton of Dubs International, followed by Everybody’s Free singer Rozalla and Grammy-nominated K Klass.
For those not ready to end the night, the Festival Too Back in the Day After Party will follow at Lynn’s Alive Corn Exchange, with DJ Mark Purdy playing dance floor fillers from the era.
There will be a limited run of early bird tickets at £5 each, and £7.50 each once the early bird run is complete.
On Saturday, July 2, the evening starts with a performance from musicians at the College of West Anglia, followed by the festival’s youngest ever performer DJ L.I.A.M.
Next up is Manchester-based pop/soul artist AMBER, followed by a DJ set from singer, songwriter and rapper Fleur East who rose to fame as an X-Factor contestant and has gone on to become a major online influencer in fashion as well as music.
In announcing the final act of the night Ms Panks said: “Our evening ends with the act we have had more comments on in the history of Festival Too.
“We are delighted to welcome back Judge Jules with Judge Jules live, accompanied by musicians.”
Judge Jules Live sees the DJ joined by a full 10-piece band, reimagining and reinventing a selection of poignant classic tracks from his career.
The final weekend of music starts on Friday, July 8 with indie rockers Tom Lumley & The Brave Liaison, followed by alternative heavy-rock-pop trio Indigo Shore, then Lynn band Kingdom Keys, before Tim Burgess from The Charlatans takes to the stage for a DJ set of 90s indie tracks.
The headliner for the night is rock band Reef, who have sold more than three million albums and are best known for their hit single Place Your Hands.
The Festival Too 2022 finale will be on Saturday, July 9.
The night starts with Springwood High School band, followed by UK-based power-pop outfit Reno and Rome, and vocal powerhouse Heather Small.
Heather is known as part of M People and was one of the seminal British voices of the 1990s, winning multiple Brit Awards and the Mercury Music prize.
The evening will culminate with Will Young as the Festival Too finale act.
Will has spent the last two decades at the forefront of pop after bursting onto the scene in 2002 after winning TV talent show Pop Idol.
His career has culminated in four number one and two number two chart-topping albums, two BRIT awards, four UK number one singles and hits including Leave Right Now and Jealousy.
Over the past 35 years Festival Too has grown to be one of the largest free outdoor festivals in Europe.
As well as the music performances the festival features a full programme of street entertainment for the three Saturdays of the festival, including clown shows, jugglers, puppet shows and more.
Ms Panks said: “It’s been a challenging time for all and we look forward to welcoming everyone back for three weekends of entertainment in King’s Lynn.
“Our thanks, as ever, go to all who have sponsored and donated to the event.
“With a significant rise in costs, we simply couldn’t do this without them.”