X-Factor Star Fleur East joins line-up at Newark Festival on Saturday 17 June


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X-Factor Star Fleur East joins line-up at Newark Festival on Saturday 17 June

X-Factor Star Fleur East joins line-up at Newark Festival on Saturday 17 June

UB40 – featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue to headline Saturday with special guests Level 42, Original Wailers and now Fleur East!

X-Factor Star Fleur East will join the Saturday line-up of the 2017 Newark Festival, performing in the afternoon as part of the new earlier opening hours in what

looks set to be the town's best festival yet!

Reggae legends UB40 – featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue will headline the festival on Saturday 17 June. Level 42 will join them as special guests with The Original Wailers and now Fleur East will also be performing!

Fleur East first shot to fame - subsequently going on to build a huge fan following - when she competed on the 11th edition of the X-Factor in 2015, achieving second place in the final. Her engaging personality doubled with incredible stage presence and the liveliest performances the show had seen, made her a firm favourite with the nation; catapulting her into the limelight and paving the way for an exciting debut album in December of that year.

'Love, Sax & Flashbacks' featured the huge hit 'Sax'; a horn-heavy throwback combination of peak-era Michael Jackson and "Uptown" funk. Fleur had previously released the 'She' EP in 2012, which included covers of Lorde and Frank Ocean, going on to sign with Simon Cowell's Syco music label in 2014. With music running through her veins from an early age - including auditions on the X-Factor way back in 2005 as part of the girl group Addictiv Ladies - Fleur then successfully juggled her journalism and contemporary history studies whilst competing in the show – but it was clear from the off that her passion was to be on the stage.

Fleur East said "I love performing and entertaining the crowds! It's wonderful to see so many people singing along with you whilst you are doing what you love best. Such a privilege. It's going to be a great show and I am thrilled to be appearing on a line-up that included legends such as UB40, and in a fantastic location too!"

Fleur East will perform on Saturday 17 June in the afternoon ahead of the evening line-up, bringing her inimitable energy and stunning dance routines to the centre stage. This year for the first-time gates will open at the earlier time of 2.00pm to allow for an afternoon of entertainment. Further acts will be announced shortly.

Newark Festival 2017 will include Riverside Rocks on Friday 16 June, followed by Saturday 17 June which includes headline act UB40 – featuring Ali Campbell, Astro and Mickey Virtue, along with Level 42, The Original Wailers and Fleur East. The free Family Fun Day takes place on Sunday 18 June.

Riverside Rocks on Friday 16 June brings a host of top tribute acts to the festival stage. If you love Oasis, Kasabian, Snow Patrol and the Stereophonics then we have a real treat in store for you! Don't miss your chance of a ticket to the best Friday night out in town with Oasish, Kazabian, Snow Control and Stereotonics bringing the house down with each of the band's greatest hits.

Sunday 18 June sees the welcome return of the Free Family Day at Riverside Park and across the town, featuring a fabulous array of entertainment, food and drink for all the family, followed by an evening line-up of 'Swing in the Park' and of course the unmissable fireworks display.

New for 2017 will see the introduction of a Premier Enclosure Ticket, which is available as an upgrade via the Newark Festival website www.newarkfestival.co.uk. Close to the main stage area, the package includes a host of special benefits for the ultimate premier festival experience, including a complimentary glass of Prosecco, canapés, a goody bag, luxury rest rooms, private paid bar and a private paid BBQ. Only a limited number of these tickets are available.

This year a designated seating area will also be available, where festival-goers can bring their own folding chairs. Details on how to register for the seated area are available from the Newark Festival website www.newarkfestival.co.uk A limited number of these tickets are available to ensure full site comfort.

Liz Doogan-Hobbs MBE, CEO of LHG Live, organisers of the event said "Fleur East is a wonderful talent with an impressive stage presence who drives passion and energy into her performances – she's fantastic! We jumped at the chance to include her on the Saturday line-up and it will be great to see the gates opening much earlier in the day to allow for Fleur to entertain the crowd", adding " Last year was our busiest festival yet and we have listened to the constructive feedback we have received from festival-goers to ensure that the 2017 festival guarantees to deliver a great experience, with a new Premier Ticket Enclosure, provision for a seating area, greater bar and catering facilites, and of course the extended performances through earlier opening times. This will be our finest year and we look forward to seeing everyone at the park."

Tickets for the 2017 Newark Festival are sale at Newark Town Hall or online: www.newarkfestival.co.uk