More than 70 county-based acts will perform at today’s (Sunday) Northampton Music Festival at venues across the town centre.
The acts include headliner, Billy Locket, son of the late Northampton artist, John Locket.
Starting at noon, Sunday’s event will later wrap up with an after-party event, featuring Northamptonshire bands Citadel and Sea Based Turtles, at The Charles Bradlaugh pub in Earl Street, Northampton.
During the day, refreshments will be available including locally-produced beer, provided by Phipps NBC, at the Brewed in Northampton main bar.
Other acts throughout the day will be spread over pop-up venues in Northampton town centre, including the Main Stage in Market Square, the BBC Introducing Hip Hop Stage in Bridge Street and the Northampton Bands Metal Stage and Dub and Reggae Stage, both in Kettering Road.
The free, not-for-profit event is now in its eighth year and will be supported by Northampton Borough Council, Northampton BID, Northamptonshire Arts Fund and the Wilson Foundation.
Northampton Music Festival project director, Jo Burns, said: “Once again its been incredible to discover so much amazing musical talent right in on our doorstep and we’re hoping this year will be the best festival yet.
“Of course we wouldn’t be able to do it without the support of all our partners, the bands and, of course, the people of the town who come out and support us,” she added.
The aim of the Northampton Music Festival is to showcase music by Northampton performers. Organiser Jo Burns, said: “Our hope is to grow the event to something of national standing, and there is no doubt that we have the musical quality in the town to do it. They’ll be something for everyone from pop to metal to blues to folk, so whatever you’re into its worth coming down.
“You can download a full programme of acts from our website at www.northamptonmusic festival.co.uk”