King’s Lynn’s Festival Too organisers close venue access points as thousands expected

Fans urged to arrive early for Saturday night's big finale of The Hoosiers and The Feeling

The organisers of a massive free music festival in King's Lynn are closing several entrance points to the town's Tuesday Market Place for the first time to control numbers at the venue.

Festival Too will see The Hoosiers and The Feeling in town for the last night on Saturday - but predicted huge numbers of fans will mean some pedestrian access points will be closed and, if fans top 10,000, some could be turned away.

'It will be a fantastic night with great headline acts. We are always conscious of numbers and have to make provision just in case. We are not envisaging having to close the market place, but we want to make sure everyone is safe and having a good time,' said committee member Alan Taylor.

He added that a judgement would be made in consultation with the police and safety officers at the venue.

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'It is really exciting, and if we have 10,000 people that would be brilliant,' said Mr Taylor.

Saturday night's events, including a set by Battle of the Bands winners Jessie's Ghost and performances by Parade and Wonderland, will begin at 6.30pm and fans are being warned to arrive early.

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The only access to the market place will be via King Street and the High Street, with other roads closed-off.

Sophie Ellis Bextor will be in Lynn on Friday night to entertain the crowds along with Sinead and the Dawnbreakers. The music starts at 8pm and access to the venue is not restricted.

This year's Festival Too has been going well - with thousands flocking to the town to see the free concerts with top headline acts.

Last Friday and Saturday nights the Tuesday Market place was packed for Howard Jones, The Lightning Seeds, Lady GaGa Tribute, Birkenhead and The Yesterdays.

Festival Too has been running since 1996 and the costs of the events have been met through corporate and private sponsorshop, along with money from West Norfolk Council.

The budget for the first ever events 11 years ago was �5,000 - but this year the festival cost �80,000.

'It is amazing really that in these hard times people are still helping to fund the festival and we are incredibly grateful to everyone for their support.' said Mr Taylor.

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