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Paul Young and the Bluetones playing Jimmy’s Farm festival

Paul Young will perform at Jimmy's Festival this year. Picture: COURTESY OF UEA BOX OFFICE

Paul Young will perform at Jimmy's Festival this year. Picture: COURTESY OF UEA BOX OFFICE

Courtesy of UEA Box Office

Eighties icon Paul Young and the Bluetones head up Saturday night at Jimmy’s Festival.

Mark Morriss and the Bluetones will perform at Jimmy's Festival this year. Picture: CONTRIBUTED Mark Morriss and the Bluetones will perform at Jimmy's Festival this year. Picture: CONTRIBUTED

Headliner Young’s career spans more than four decades, with a huge catalogue of collaborations and solo material. The Britpop veterans have 13 top 40 singles under their belt and one of the best indie anthems of all time, Slight Return.

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They will warm up the crowd for Sunday headliners the Happy Mondays, featuring the full band including Shaun Ryder, Rowetta and Bez.

Self-proclaimed masters of dirty pop Marsicans just recorded a BBC Maida Vale session and Longy and the Gospel Trash stop by as part of their 500 gigs in 500 days challenge. Ashfields, MINT, Rory Hope and Tom Lumley complete the music line-up, with a special guest announcement coming soon.

Dick and Dom are the first headline children’s act to be revealed, bringing their own brand of mayhem and comedy to the Wherryfields main stage on Sunday.

They went down a treat with all ages last year.

As well as the main stage line-up there’s a programme of celebrity chef demonstrations in the Woodforde’s Kitchen hosted by Joe Hurd. Who’ll be appearing will be revealed soon.

The ancient woodland will be home to Wonderwood, where Get on the Soapbox will be hosting words and verse workshops plus performances and families can try their hand at den-building and other woodland craft.

Some 20,000 people are expected to head to Jimmy’s Farm, Wherstead, from July 21-22.

Channel 4 TV presenter and farmer Jimmy Doherty said: “We’re buzzing for this year’s line-up – it’s the best we’ve ever had. It’s so exciting to be bringing in this much new talent as well as incredible headliners.

“The whole event has something for everyone with all the added extras like the wildlife park, farm and incredible food – where else can you be hanging out with meerkats one minute and the Happy Mondays the next?”

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