Our Big Gig in the Deepings, Langtoft and Ketton

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Music fans will be spoiled for choice this weekend with three festival events under the Our Big Gig banner.

The national scheme invites communities to hold their own events designed to get people involved in music.

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Audiences will be treated to a packed programme of acts at festivals in the Deepings, Langtoft and Ketton.

The fun will begin at 1pm tomorrow (Friday) at the Deepings Youth Centre in Deeping St James.

Through the afternoon workshops will be held on drumming, mixing and DJing.

And from 6pm until 10pm five young acts will take to the stage in a battle of the bands contest.

The lineup comprises Half Time Radio, The Vaguers, Emily Morgan, OCD and The Glass Arrows.

More experienced acts will also be on hand throughout the evening for question and answer sessions during set changes.

On Sunday Langtoft-based A Handful of Harmonies will make use of the village’s pavilion and playing field from midday to 6pm.

Those booked to appear on the day include Hereward Harmony Barbershop Chorus, Ukelayabouts, Playnotes School of Music, Brian Haswell on the mandolin, The Big Cheese Ceilidh band, rock and soul cover group Unauthorised Absence and alternative rockers The Vaguers.

A Handful of Harmonies and the Harminis ladies’ and children’s choir will also perform.

And Witchley Warren Festival will be held at The Northwick Arms in Ketton from 1pm to 6pm that same day.

The event will feature an outdoor stage, buskers’ stage, indoor workshop arena, beer and cider festival, art and craft stalls and kids entertainments.

Bands performing include Govannen (Celtic songs and tunes), Paspatou (world music), The Tin Pigeons (folk) and The Lounge Rats (jazz).

There will be opportunities to perform on the buskers’ stage, so make sure you take along an instrument.

Workshops include a choir session with Ketton Community Choir and a Boomwhaker workshop, creating music from rainbow coloured tubes.

Organisers hope the festival will become an annual event. For full details visit the Witchley Warren Festival website.

A fourth event was due to be held in Stamford on Saturday but organisers decided to cancel it after coming up against several problems this week.

Bands that would have played will now take part in one of the other three events.