THE sound of ukuleles, brass, guitars, soul and more will be filling the air of Bolton this Bank Holiday weekend.

An eclectic mix of music has been put on the line-up for the Bolton Food and Drink Festival.

This year’s event boasts two stages and more than 60 different performers entertaining into the evening – with big names from Bolton and beyond.

Headlining the the main stage on Friday night will be the town’s very own rising stars Jordan Allen.

The indie four-piece have just enjoyed sell-out gigs, joining the line-up of Isle of Wight and Dot to Dot festivals and being picked to perform at London’s Kensington Roof Garden in Virgin Radio’s Summer Freshfest Competition.

Lead singer Jordan said: “It’s been a hectic couple of weeks and it feels like we’re at an all time high point for the band with some real momentum.

“Things can only get bigger and better after the Virgin Fest, two Manchester sell out shows and now headlining the Festival in our home town. We’re truly Livin La Vida Bolton.”

The main stage in Le Mans Crescent on Friday is all about the best of indie featuring bands like Cleargreen, Sittin’Pretty and Jade Assembly.

On Saturday its a bit retro with Northern Soul singer Johnny Pryer and Electro 80’s headlining with Tommy Holland bringing his Elvis tribute – crowned as the best in the country – on the Sunday alongside Stone Roses guitarist Aziz Ibrahim.

It is then all about the funk on Monday with headliners Good Foxy from Clitheroe and Bolton’s own reggae four-piece Jeramiah Ferrari.

In between it all audiences can also catch the Bolton Ukulele Group, award-winning Eagley Brass Band and festival jazz favourites Hot Potato Syncopators or find even more music at the Real Ale and Cider Bar stage.

Organiser Dawn Price said: “When I started the music for the food and rink festival five years ago it was just a small stage in Victoria Square with acoustic bands. Now it has grown with over 60 acts across the whole weekend.

“We have the best indie, tribute, electro and Bolton bands on. There’s no other place in Bolton we could put in an event like this.

“It is really exciting. We have tried to put something on for everybody as much as possible.

“Historically people wouldn’t usually come for the food festival discovered it because they came for the music, and people who came for the food discovered bands from Bolton which they never have come across before.

“It all ties in nicely!”

Music runs from 11.30am to 10.30pm on Friday, noon to 10.30pm Saturday and Sunday, and 11.30am to 6.30pm on Monday.

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Friday, August 25, line-up:

Main Stage

  • 11.30am – 12pm Sid Bowfin
  • 12.15pm - 12.45pm Rock of Ages
  • 1.15pm - 1.45pm Jack Woodward
  • 2pm - 2.30pm Resonent
  • 2.45pm - 3.45pm Old Red Eyes (tribute to Housemartins and Beautiful South)
  • 4.15pm - 4.45pm Sid Bowfin
  • 5.15pm – 6pm Cleargreen
  • 6.30pm - 7.15pm Sittin Pretty
  • 7.30pm - 8.15pm Our Fold
  • 8.30pm - 9.15pm The Jade Assembly
  • 9.45pm - 10.30pm Jordan Allen

Real ale and cider bar stage

  • 12pm - 12.30pm Rachael Green
  • 12.45pm - 1.15pm Megan Wroe
  • 1.30pm – 2pm Sid Bowfin
  • 2.15pm – 3pm Lois and Isaac
  • 3.15pm - 3.45pm Ellyse Mason
  • 4pm - 4.45pm Degenerates
  • 5pm - 5.45pm Gaz Drury
  • 5.45pm - 6.30pm Nanukes of the North

Saturday, August 26, line-up:

Main Stage

  • 12pm - 12.30pm Catkin Gilligan
  • 12.45pm -1.30pm Bolton Ukulele Group
  • 2pm - 2.45pm Holly Jenkinson Band
  • 3pm - 3.45pm Naked Stereo
  • 4pm - 4.30pm Olly Neash
  • 4.45pm - 5.30pm Rachel Green
  • 5.45pm - 6.30pm Travelling Strings
  • 7pm – 8pm Ruff Trade
  • 8.15pm – 9pm Johnny Pryer
  • 9.30pm - 10.30pm Electro 80's

Real ale and cider bar stage

  • 12pm - 12.30pm Grumpy Old Mens Practise
  • 1pm - 1.45pm Katie O'Malley Band
  • 2pm - 2.45pm Café Misfits
  • 3pm - 3.45pm Rachel Green
  • 4pm - 4.45pm James Mason Band
  • 5pm – 6pm Elanu Cau
  • 6.15pm – 7pm The Grande

Sunday, August 27, line-up:

Main Stage

  • 12pm - 12.30pm Hot Potato Syncopators
  • 12.4pm - 1.30pm Trident
  • 1.45pm - 2.30pm Eagley Brass Band
  • 2.45pm - 3.30pm Moody Elf
  • 3.45pm - 4.30pm Izzie Walsh
  • 4.45pm - 5.15pm Hot Potato Syncopators
  • 5.30pm - 6.15pm Acid Haystack and the Shattered Villain
  • 6.30pm - 7.15pm The Carbs
  • 7.30pm - 8.15pm 2nd Hand Wings
  • 8.30pm - 9.15pm Aziz Ibrahim (Lord of the Strings) and band
  • 9.30pm - 10.30pm Tommy Holland as Elvis

Real ale and cider bar stage

  • 12pm – 1pm Dharma Sings
  • 1.15pm - 1.45pm Jack Woodward
  • 1.50pm - 2.30pm Beat Roots (FT. Linda j from The Voice)
  • 2.45pm - 3.15pm Hot Potato Syncopators
  • 3.30pm - 4.15pm Toria Woof
  • 4.30pm - 5.15pm Quaintest Show on Earth
  • 5.30pm – 6pm Dave Gorman
  • 6.15pm – 7pm Adam Bradbury

Monday, August 28, line-up:

Main Stage

  • 12pm - 12.30pm Hot Potato Sycopators
  • 12.45pm - 1.30pm Bullets & Bourbon
  • 1.45pm - 2.30pm Dirty Bare Feet
  • 2.45pm - 3.15pm Hot Potato Syncopators
  • 3.30pm - 4.15pm James Holt Band
  • 4.30pm - 5.15pm Good Foxy
  • 5.30pm - 6.30pm Jeramiah Ferrari

Real ale and cider bar stage

  • 11.30am – 12pm Phi/Steve Trident
  • 12pm - 12.15pm Potting Shed Pete
  • 12.15pm - 12.45pm Colin Cunnningham
  • 12.45pm - 1pm Gordon Zola
  • 1pm - 1.30pm Charlie Pink
  • 1.30pm - 2pm Jefferama & Anna
  • 2pm - 2.30pm Charlotte Newman
  • 2.30pm - 3pm Steph & Steve
  • 3pm - 3.30pm Dave Roely
  • 3.30pm - 4pm Charlotte Kinsella
  • 4pm - 4.30pm Open Mic/Jefferama
  • 4.30pm - 5pm Hot Potato Syncopators
  • 5pm - 5.30pm Pauline Blackburn
  • 5.30pm Open Mic/Jefferama