Photo gallery: Aswad rock Festival Too in King’s Lynn

Aswad headlined Festival Too. Picture: Matthew Usher. Aswad headlined Festival Too. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Sunday, July 6, 2014
11:15 AM

Thousands gathered in the Tuesday Market Place for the two week free pop fest’s headlining act.

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The crowd getting in the festival mood. Picture: Matthew Usher.The crowd getting in the festival mood. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Now in its 29th year, the band at the top of the bill were the first pure reggae band to take to the Tuesday Market Place stage.

One of Aswad’s greatest hits was Shine and even the weather obliged on the night. Festival Too committee member Mark Stanford said: “It was a really good night, they made the sun come out. They were really tight, it was a really good summer Saturday night and they’re a really good band for that sort of thing.”

As well as locals, for whom Festival Too is an essential part of summer, Aswad drew many of their own fans to Lynn.

“We like to put on different genres of music,” said Mr Stanford. “Reggae appeals to a certain genre of people and they responded, they really fed off that.”

Earlier, 80s soul sensation Jaki Graham - who began as a backing singer for reggae band UB40 - had the crowd singing along as she belted out a string of her own hits and cover versions.

Mr Stanford said there were still two “huge” nights to come before the festival stage returns to being a car park.

On Friday, Toploader headline, with the Hoosiers, Rough Copy, The First and King Edward VII School Band on stage from 7.30pm.

Saturday sees Scouting For Girls headlining the final night, along with Luciee Marie Closier, Under The Influence, Jake Morrell, Addison’s Uncle and King’s Lynn Academy.

All concerts are free, bucket collections help cover the £80,000 cost of putting on the event.

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