Spectacular high flying performance will round off evening of music that also features Pop Idol’s Gareth Gates

Transe Express circus rehearsing in King's Lynn

Transe Express circus rehearsing in King's Lynn - Credit: Archant

TONIGHT’S Festival Too entertainment at Kings Lynn will see a high-flying performance with a touch of French flair.

Transe Express circus rehearsing in King's Lynn

Transe Express circus rehearsing in King's Lynn - Credit: Archant

Circus act Transe Express will take to the sky suspended from a crane over King’s Lynn’s historic Tuesday Market Place.

Transe Express circus rehearsing in King's Lynn

Transe Express circus rehearsing in King's Lynn - Credit: Archant

At around 10pm, as darkness falls, the performance troupe will perform their unconventional but highly-popular show suspended from a giant mobile.

Transe Express circus rehearsing in King's Lynn

Transe Express circus rehearsing in King's Lynn - Credit: Archant

The troupe will mix circus trapeze-style moves with music and street culture to bring a flavour of the world-renowned Amiens circus to Lynn.

Transe Express circus rehearsing in King's Lynn

Transe Express circus rehearsing in King's Lynn - Credit: Archant

Additional lighting will be in place to ensure each of the eight-strong troupe, with their colourful uniforms and painted faces, can be seen against the backdrop of the Tuesday Market Place.

Transe Express circus rehearsing in King's Lynn

Transe Express circus rehearsing in King's Lynn - Credit: Archant


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Festival chairman Derek Harvey said: “I’m looking forward to it immensely. You can’t see people dangling from a 75m crane and not be amazed.

“With this weather it’s going to be great for King’s Lynn and West Norfolk. We’ve got some terrific musical acts line up for Saturday as well, and with the High schools performing it will be a real family day.”

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The festival will begin at 7.30pm with a performance of a specially-written piece of music by French composer Jean-Christophe Cholet.

The composer combines a love of jazz with a classical training and will be performing alongside musicians and singers from Springwood High School.

Northern soul and mod-influenced band The Weller Council will be performing a tribute to Paul Weller, The Jam and The Style Council.

At 9pm former Pop Idol runner-up and chart topper Gareth Gates, who has sold more than 3.5 million records in the UK, will take to the stage.

Since coming to fame on the reality television show Gareth has starred in a number of West End shows as well as having number one hits with songs such as Unchained Melody, Anyone of Us and The Long and Winding Road.

Elizabeth Nockolds, council member for health and wellbeing, said: “This evening will be a tremendous chance for festival-goers to watch a spectacular and daring performance for which Transe Express are renowned. This collaboration between the borough council, Festival Too and Amiens in France has really enabled us to expand the variety of entertainment that our festival town can offer.”

The French acts have been brought to King’s Lynn as part of the cultural exchange project with Amiens.

The Arts, Cities and Landscapes project aims to support young artists from both King’s Lynn and Amiens as well as bringing the two towns together.

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