The Human League, Gabrielle and The Fratellis: looking back at previous headline acts of King’s Lynn Festival Too

The Fratellis performing at Festival Too, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Fratellis performing at Festival Too, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Festival Too attracts a variety of entertainment and live music to King's Lynn town centre and is thought to be one of the largest free festivals in Europe. It has brought internationally-renowned stars to the stage in Norfolk, we take a look back at some of them.

The Stranglers. Picture: Filmplus/Archant Library

The Stranglers. Picture: Filmplus/Archant Library - Credit: Archant

The Stranglers

The original Stranglers frontman Hugh Cornwell brought 70s punk-rock to King's Lynn in 2015. The Stranglers formed in 1974 and achieved 23 UK top singles over four decades and dubbed the longest-surviving punk-rock band in the UK.

Gabrielle performing at Festival Too crowd on Saturday night. Picture: Ian Burt

Gabrielle performing at Festival Too crowd on Saturday night. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

Gabrielle

The multi-platinum selling soul singer headlined Festival Too's final weekend in 2016. The Brit Award winning artist topped the UK charts with her singles Dreams and Out of Reach which featured in the film Bridget Jones's Diary.

The Human League. Picture: Archant Library

The Human League. Picture: Archant Library - Credit: Archant


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The Human League

Eighties legends The Human League headlined the 2006 festival, along with ska band Bad Manners and Doctor and the Medics. The electro-pop band is best known for their 1981 number one hit Don't You Want Me.

The Fratellis performing at Festival Too, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt

The Fratellis performing at Festival Too, King's Lynn. Picture: Ian Burt - Credit: Ian Burt

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The Fratellis

A crowd of around 12,000 people gathered in Tuesday Market Place to watch the Fratellis on the final night in 2015. The Glaswegian band came to prominence in the early noughties with hit singles Chelsea Dagger and Whistle for the Choir.

Festival Too 2016 - The Vamps on stage. Picture: Matthew Usher

Festival Too 2016 - The Vamps on stage. Picture: Matthew Usher

The Vamps

Thousands flocked to town centre to watch pop group The Vamps, with reports of fans securing front row spots hours before the band hit the stage in 2016. The band is likened to boy band One Direction and performed as a support act for Little Mix.

Festival Too, Tuesday Market Place in King's Lynn - Scouting for Girls. Picture: Matthew Usher

Festival Too, Tuesday Market Place in King's Lynn - Scouting for Girls. Picture: Matthew Usher - Credit: Matthew Usher

Scouting for Girls

The London indie band attracted thousands to Tuesday Market Place in 2014 on the festival's final weekend. Their debut album sold over 1m copies in the UK and includes hit singles She's So Lovely and Heartbeat.

The Pigeon Detectives perform on stage in King's Lynn. Picture; Matthew Usher

The Pigeon Detectives perform on stage in King's Lynn. Picture; Matthew Usher - Credit: Matthew Usher

The Pigeon Detectives

Lead singer Matt Bowman strutted the stage in 2012 and delighted the crowds with their single I Found Out. The band, originally from Leeds, have performed in Reading and Leeds Festivals.

The Wonder Stuff. Picture: supplied

The Wonder Stuff. Picture: supplied - Credit: Archant

The Wonder Stuff

Nineties alternative rock band entertained crowds in 2016 along with David Bowie tribute band Aladdinsane and Norwich band The Thinking Men.

Festival Too in King's Lynn - Headline act Toploader on stage. Picture: Matthew Usher.

Festival Too in King's Lynn - Headline act Toploader on stage. Picture: Matthew Usher. - Credit: Matthew Usher

Toploader

The band's cover of Dancing in the Moonlight became their most recognised song and a global hit. They were billed as headline acts in 2014 along with Scouting for Girls.

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What was the best act you've seen at Festival Too? Email taz.ali@archant.co.uk

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