Weekend of festivals with Our Big Gig events in Stamford, the Deepings, Ketton and Langtoft

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Festival season has truly kicked off and the air will be buzzing to the sound of bands and musicians at four events next weekend.

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

The free events are part of Our Big Gig, a national scheme designed to get communities making and enjoying all kinds of music.

The fun will begin at 1pm next 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 bands will take to the stage.

The groups, playing indie, punk, rock and metal, include some from the youth centre itself, along with others from clubs and churches in the Deepings. More experienced acts will also be on hand throughout the day for question and answer sessions during set changes.

On Saturday the focus switches to the Recreation Ground bandstand in Stamford, where several bands and choirs will perform between 10am and 5pm.

Workshops for youngsters will take place all morning with participants given the opportunity to perform their new musical skills to audiences later in the afternoon.

The event has been organised by the Stamford Festival team, who hope to see plenty of people picking up an instrument and getting involved.

And music fans will be spoiled for choice on Sunday with two events.

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.

For those with more of a folk leaning, The Northwick Arms in Ketton will host Witchley Warren Festival from 1pm to 6pm.

There will be 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.

For full details, visit the Witchley Warren Festival website.