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The Fling Festival

The Fling Festival of Assorted Amusements returns to Chelmsford's Central Park this summer on Saturday 6 July. At the last Fling in 2011, adults up to the age of 80+ enjoyed live music, stand-up comedy and cabaret alongside quirkier activities like adult storytelling, costume-making and burlesque classes.
The Fling offers an intriguing alternative to the usual night out and alongside playful activities, stars a fabulous cast of professional artistes and Chelmsford talent who will explore, seduce and surprise your senses through performances, sideshows, poetry, a huge silent disco and much more. Once within the site, most activities are free and will include several live performance venues such as:
Live Music Stage
Cabaret Tent, including burlesque performers
Comedy Tent
Dance Tent
Silent Disco
Poetry Tent
Acoustic Music Stage
Films, art and installations
Storytelling for adults
Craft and Body-painting activities
Charity Casino
Massage and Therapy Space
Sandy Beach
Sideshows and other curious activities
Bars, food & cafes
Other venues to be confirmed
There will be a selection of food, soft drinks and alcohol available to purchase at the event.
The Fling is about the magnitude of small wonders you’ll discover rather than headline acts but the festival has already secured some great music acts. The Correspondents are a duo of musical mixologists who, with their high speed scatting and incredulous dance moves earned them The Telegraph’s Top Ten Highlights of Glastonbury two years in a row. Janice Long of Radio One said of Public Service Broadcasting that they were ‘Amazing, I absolutely love it – fantastic!’ and have gone on to win accolades on 6 Music and elsewhere. The third act to be announced for The Fling (with dozens more to come) is Extra Curricular, a group that combine soul with elements of rock, hip hop, and modern bass culture. They’ve been pushing their unique brand of soul-driven music on the UK underground live circuit since early 2009 and their live show is something to be witnessed.


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