THERE will be dancing in the streets this summer as thousands of music lovers prepare to descend on Durham.
The Streets of... Festival will arrive in the city on Saturday, August 27, and promises to bring some of the top names from contemporary folk and world music to the region.
They will be joined by dare-devil street performers and comedians who promise to entertain, surprise and amuse on a stage which will be set up in the Market Place.
The Black Eagles, an act which won last year’s People’s Choice Award, will also return.
Another stage will be set up in Millennium Place and welcome artists, with headliners Transglobal Underground, a world music group, to be joined by Canadian superstars Po’Girl and other bands during the day.
In addition to the city centre stages, nearby venues will also host performances.
A singalong version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show will run at the Gala on the Friday, July 26, with Crook Hall and Gardens holding an evening of regional musical talent on the Saturday.
Kate James, festival organiser, said: “Durham will welcome some of the most exciting talent from across the globe to the Streets of… Festival.”
Merchandise has been launched to accompany this year’s event, with a host of items on sale at the Cotswold Outdoor store in Silver Street and on the festival’s website.
They include a wristband, which will give wearers a 10 per cent discount on food and drink at outlets around the city on the Saturday.
The Streets of... is being organised by the festivals team at Visit County Durham and commissioned by Durham County Council, with support from Carillion Plc, Walkergate and Digiadvans.
For more information visit www.durhamstreetsof.co.uk or www.thisisdurham.com.
The festival will also be tweeting. Follow it at @streetsoffest