Human League for Festival Too

Eighties legends Human League are the star attraction at Festival Too as the feast of music and entertainment celebrates its 21st year in King's Lynn.

You were working as a waitress in a cocktail bar, when I met you.

It's one of the most famous opening lines in pop - and an audience of thousands in King's Lynn will hear it live, and for free, this summer.

Eighties legends Human League are the star attraction at Festival Too as the feast of music and entertainment celebrates its 21st year.

Organisers announced the line-up yesterday and hope the event will be the biggest and best yet.

A mammoth firework display kicks off the festival on July 7, with dozens of bands and street entertainers livening up Tuesday Market Place and the town centre during the fun-packed fortnight.

Ska band Bad Manners, with its madcap singer Buster Bloodvessel, and Doctor and the Medics - who had a hit with Spirit in the Sky - are among the headline acts, with Human League providing the grand finale on July 15.

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The Sheffield electro-popsters notched up a number one in 1981 with Don't You Want Me, and had a string of hits including Human, Love Action, (Keep Feeling) Fascination and a mid-90s comeback with Tell Me When.

Speaking at the launch, festival committee chairman Bob Foster said the emphasis was on generating a good family atmosphere.

"Most of the events take place in the evening, but this time we're going to encourage families by having entertainment on the first Sunday for the first time across the whole afternoon," he said.

"We wanted to do something different - and you have to bear in mind it's the World Cup final that night, too.

"For the rest, we've got a great mixture of bands, including the battle of the bands, and there seems to be an awful lot of local talent out there.

"We've got some major performances during the course of the two weeks, with the highlight being Human League, so we're hoping it's going to be our biggest and best year."

Alan Taylor, from the committee, said: "People look forward to it, it's part of the year.

"From speaking to people in the audience, they actually book their holidays around it, and people travel from abroad because they see the bands' websites and head to King's Lynn.

"As far as tourism is concerned, it's fantastic."

All stage acts will appear in Tuesday Market Place, with jesters, puppeteers, a Chinese lion dance and a craft fair dotted around the shopping centre during the daytime festivities.

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