DROITWICH is set to host what is likely to be one of the county's first music festival since lockdown.

After so many cancellations of similar festivals, the Droitwich Ska Reggae and Mod Festival - a first for the town - had looked in doubt, but organisers now say they are pleased they will be able to go ahead.

In an announcement on social media, festival organisers wrote: "We're pleased to announce that after extensive risk assessments from health and safety we have the go ahead for Droitwich's very first Ska Reggae & Mod Festival.

"Working alongside Droitwich Rugby Club & MSG Risk Management LTD, health and safety officers and event management we're able to bring you Droitwich Ska Reggae Mod festival this August Bank Holiday Sunday."

The event, scheduled to be held at the Hanbury Road ground, will feature eight bands playing live including The Ska45's Band, UB40 Tribute band Johnny2badband, Madness tribute band Ultimate Madnezz and UK's Number 1 tribute to Amy Winehouse.

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The event, which is expected to attract around 500 people, takes place from noon to late on Sunday, August 30.

Steven Davis, event organiser, stressed strict social distancing will be in place, and "must be adhered to at all times".

And people can bring picnics, but will only be able to buy alcohol on the site.

"All the bands are really excited to finally have the chance to play to a live audience after four months of sitting at home," he said.

"We’re hoping it can be a good earner for local traders.

"We have eight top quality bands performing on a professional festival grade 7m stage with huge PA system. We also have specialist Northern Soul DJ’s playing 100 per cent vinyl.

"We have street food vendors selling fancy vegan food, burgers and pulled pork.

"We’re hoping to be visited by scooter clubs so we’ve provided them with a special place to park so they can show off their scooters.

"The event will go ahead whatever the weather."

Tickets, which cost £25 per person, are available from https://www.skiddle.com/e/13806474.

Anyone interested in trading at the event can apply for a pitch by emailing droitwichSRMfest@yahoo.com.