Dozens of acts will take to stages across Northampton in June when the town’s annual music festival returns.
Thousands of music fans descended on the Market Square and other venues around the town last summer for the Northampton Music Festival and organisers are hoping to build on its success.
This year’s festival will take place on Sunday, June 22, a month earlier than last year in a bid to capitalise on the number of students still at the town’s university.
Northampton Music Festival project director, Jo Burns said: “Planning is going really well. Since launching the website we have already had more than 80 bands apply to play in just under two weeks, which is amazing.
“There were five stages across the town last year and we’re looking at having a similar number again, although they might not all be in the same locations again.”
Last year’s festival featured a host of different genres all coming together to perform.
Organisers said this year’s festival – which will again be free – will see every taste catered for.
Co-organiser Lal Muttock, who hosts BBC Northampton’s Introducing show, said: “We want all musical genres covered. This year we’re going to try to cover more urban styles because there’s such a massive hip-hop scene in Northampton.
“Last year there was a hip-hop showcase on the main stage and because it was so successful we want to give it its own stage.”
Mrs Burns added: “The event is for all generations of people across the town, we want something for everyone.”
The festival’s line up will be revealed in the coming weeks, with organisers explaining they are toying with the idea of a main headline act who is connected to Northampton, and has gone on to achieve larger commercial success.
Last year’s acts included An Escape Plan, Decibels and Jay Brown. Mr Muttock said: “Last year was the first time we didn’t have a ‘major’ headliner, but we decided to keep it 100 per cent Northampton and it worked really well.
“We have quite a good idea of who we want to play but we want to make sure we’ve got things completely right before any announcements.”
Organisers are still appealing for bands and volunteers who want to perform or help out with the festival. For more details, visit www.northamptonmusicfestival.co.uk