This year Festival Too is celebrating its 29th summer season of bringing free entertainment to King’s Lynn.
Regular crowds of over 10,000 have seen acts such as Lemar, Atomic Kitten, Toyah Willcox, Deacon Blue, The Stranglers, Bad Manners, The Human League, 10cc, and Heather Small of M People.
There’s street entertainment on the Saturdays of the Festival so that families visiting the town can enjoy such activities as clown shows, jugglers, puppets and balloon modelling whilst shopping and getting ready for the evening’s entertainment.
The full details of one of Europe’s largest free festivals, will be published well in advance. Meanwhile here are this year’s dates for your diaries.
2014 Festival Too dates:
Saturday 28th June King Staithe Square, from 7.30pm The Rhythm and Blues Brothers
Friday 4th July Tuesday Market Place, from 7.30pm Katrina (from Katrina & The Waves)
The Shae Dons
Terrington St Clement High School
Saturday 5th July Tuesday Market Place, from 6.30pm Aswad
Battle of the Bands runner up
Springwood High School
Friday 11th July Tuesday Market Place, from 7.30pm Toploader
(More acts to be announced)
Saturday 12th July Tuesday Market Place, from 7.30pm Scouting For Girls
Luciee Marie Closier (from The Voice)
Under The Influence
Battle of the Bands Winners
Remember, remember the 1st of November, that’s when Fawkes in The Walks returns!
The Walks, King’s Lynn will be the venue once again for a spectacular free fireworks display on Friday 1 November.
Fawkes in The Walks has become a highlight in the town’s winter events calendar and organisers, the Borough Council of King’s Lynn & West Norfolk and King’s Lynn Lions are working busily behind the scenes to make sure this year’s event goes with a bang!
The fun will begin at 6 pm, when the park will be packed with stalls and rides. They’ll be a chance to enjoy some seasonal treats, like tasty toffee apples before the bonfire is lit at 6.30 pm and the main firework display is scheduled to begin at 8 pm.
Cllr Elizabeth Nockolds, Cabinet Member for Health and Wellbeing, said: “The Walks is a fantastic venue for this event and I love to see so many families enjoying the park. There really is something quite spectacular about seeing the fireworks in the context of our magnificent park; it’s just the antidote to the gloomy winter evenings! Everybody is working hard on the final details but we wanted to confirm the date so that people could get it in their diaries now.”
Fawkes in The Walks is free to attend, but charges may be made for other activities. A voluntary collection will be made on the evening to help cover the cost of the event. This year the Tesco Extra store on Hardwick Road has also kindly agreed to support the event.
Children under 12 should be accompanied by an adult. People are advised not to bring pets to the park during the evening. This is an organised display. Private fireworks are not permitted in The Walks.
Former X Factor star Diana Vickers will playing at this year’s free Festival Too concerts on Saturday 6th July.
The singer-songwriter, actress and fashion designer initially came to public attention as a semi-finalist on the fifth series of The X Factor in 2008.
She was the bookies favourite up until the Final and will be remembered for her quirky and idiosyncratic style of singing often described as breathy, raspy and hiccupy.
Her musical influences include Florence and The Machine, Kate Bush, Regina Spektor, Kings of Leon, Frou Frou, Sinéad O’Connor and The Sundays.
She is well known for her unique and kooky boho-chic and hippie-influenced appearance, with her messy, back-combed “bird’s nest” hair and vintage inspired clothing where she is often seen wearing outfits from London’s Brick Lane, Camden and Beyond Retro.
Another headline band is due to be announced next week, adding to this already full programme.
A controversial former X Factor contestant is the latest act to be confirmed for this summers Festival Too series of free open air concerts on the Tuesday Market Place.
Singer Gamu will join the line-up on Saturday 6th July.
Cheryl Cole was sent death threats when she axed budding star Gamu Nhengu from the X Factor in 2010. But the Zimbabwe born singer is now a pop star in her own right as she launches her solo career.
Her official first single from the album A Love Like This, is Shake The Room and it is her introduction to the world as a solo artist with a sound she has dubbed Nu: Vintage. Gamu took a year to complete her debut album because she wanted to make sure her first offering was something she could be proud of.
The team at KL.FM were in jubilant mood this week, after winning the Sony Award for best small radio station for the second year running.
Managing Director Darren Taylor told us “We were absolutely thrilled to win the Sony Radio Station of the Year Award for our category. We’ve really changed the way we engage with our listeners over the last two years, and clearly the Sony judges realised that we are doing something a bit special here.
“This award is not just for everyone that works here but is genuinely for the whole of King’s Lynn and I’d like to think the whole of King’s Lynn would share that success with us.”
The full interview with Darren Taylor was broadcast on the 1800Online show.
We thought you might like to see the first official trailer for the Alan Partridge Movie.
The Alan Partridge movie portrays the events of the greatest low-to-high-ebb spectrum in his life to date- specifically how he tries to salvage his public career while negotiating a potentially violent turn of events at North Norfolk Digital Radio.
The Alan Partridge Movie will be in UK cinemas from August 7, 2013.
The most famous male stripper act in the UK is making it’s way to King’s Lynn.
The incredible stripping hunks will be appearing in a 2 hour show at the Corn Exchange on Thursday 23 May. It promises to be an action packed night of Music, Muscle, Magic and Mayhem that will leave you breathless and panting for more!
With special guest appearances on massive TV shows such as The X Factor, Britain’s Got Talent, Celebrity Big Brother, Pineapple Dance Studios, Loose Women, This Morning and The Only Way Is Essex, The Dreamboys have become the only male strip group in history to earn themselves celebrity status.
The Dreamboys are also making a special trip to Lynn on Tuesday 30 April, when they will be doing interviews, photo calls and a fan signing in The Vancouver Quarter. Plus one very lucky competition winner and friend will have lunch with The Dreamboys at The Dukes Head Hotel.
The boys will be doing the fan signing at the bandstand in The Vancouver Quarter, King’s Lynn, between 11.30 – 12.30.
There will be music and dancing to entertain visitors around the GEAR course on Sunday 5th May.
Springwood High School’s top musicians will be spreading themselves around the route. A string quartet in The Walks, a swing band in the Vancouver Centre and possibly something rockier too. We are told to wait and see!
And runners should watch out near the Bank House on the South Quay where the King’s Lynn Samba Band will be going full tilt to spur them on their way. An all-round great day of artistic and sporting activity is in prospect for 5th May!
Ahead of her concert in King’s Lynn, we spoke to one of the most successful and popular singers the UK has ever produced. The one and only Elkie Brooks …
You’re appearing at King’s Lynn Corn Exchange on Friday, and I believe you like to have a look round the town when you come?
Oh I always do. I always get there a day before and check it all out, then I’m nice and relaxed for the evening.
So whats happening in the world of Elkie Brooks at the moment?
Well, my autobiography is out at the moment and I’ve also re-released my album Powerless. We sell the books and the albums at the gigs. I’m also planning another album. It’ll be one step on from Powerless featuring the material I’m now collecting and other stuff I’ve been wanting to do for many years, and original material that I’m writing with my son Jay. It’ll be our fourth album together.
Youve had some really Massive hits – Lilac Wine , Pearl’s A Singer, Don’t Cry Out Loud, Sunshine After The Rain, No More The Fool, but I think my own particular favourite is Fool If You Thinks Its Over – what’s your favourite?
Yes I do like Fool If You think It’s Over. It was written by Chris Rea, an amazing writer and fantastic musician and a really lovely person as well. I remember When I was putting the Pearls album together it was my choice to do that particular song. Chris had a really big hit with that over in America, but I managed to have more of a hit over here than he did. I would love him to write another song for me.
You’ve worked with the late Robert Palmer and Vinegar Joe. Was that a formative time for you?
We found Robert when he was working with Alan Bown, and years before that the Mandrakes. I went up with my then husband Pete Gage, and we formed a band called Gaga and the singer was leaving so we thought Robert would be a good replacement. We went to see him at a club in Hamley. It was a very bluesy R & b type club and saw him with Alan Bown and thought he would be perfect.
We left the album with Robert and 6 months later he got back to us and said yes he would like to join the band. It was a very good partnership. We disbanded after about a year and formed Vinegar Joe, which was more of a rock, r&b type of band. I really enjoyed my time with Vinegar Joe but unfortunately Robert decided to leave.
I wanted to keep the band going but the rest of them felt it wouldn’t be the same without Robert, so I more or less had to go solo then.
You sing Rock, jazz, blues even country. Which genre is your favourite?
I’m a singer. If you sing and you sing well you should be able to sing anything. I saw the wonderful, amazing Aretha Franklin on YouTube some time ago. Her great friend Pavorotti was ill at the time, and she took his place singing it all in Italian.
I started my singing career listening to a lot of Ella Fitzgerald and Cliff Richard. I had singing lessons with our local Rabbi, and all my songs were in Hebrew!
So, whats next for Elkie Brooks?
My most important thing is getting this next album together, and hopefully we are going to get a couple of interesting guests on there.
Our local radio station KL.FM has been nominated once again for UK Sony Radio Station of the Year, the same award that they won last year.
Also this year ‘HomeTime with Si’ presenter Simon Rowe is in the running for UK Radio Presenter of the Year.
Simon said “This is a public vote and for my show to win I need listeners to vote. To be honest, as I’m up against all the ‘big guns’ in London and the nationals too, so if you think I deserve a vote please search for Simon Rowe on the Sony Golden Headphones website at www.sonygoldenheadphones.com.”
If you vote for Simon, you’ll be entered into a draw to win a pair of Sony MDR-1 headphones which have been crafted by music-lovers and tuned by musicians for exceptional bass response, pristine sound quality and comfortable wear.