Worcester Music Festival has announced the first 150 artists for next month's event in the city centre.

A number of old favourites as well as new attractions are in the mix for the three day attraction, which will run from September 13 to September 15 and will involve "dozens of venues" - and more than a touch of controversy.

Festival director, Anthony Robbins said: "This year, the first 150 announcement brings a few old favourites, including the return of Evilwitch – a well-known Worcester band who last played together in 2012, who many locals will remember fondly.

"The Whipjacks bring along what is best described as ‘pirate punk’ with their driving rhythms and ‘partial nudity’. As well as the familiar old faces, Worcester will be welcoming some new and, in some cases, controversial ones."

Mr Robbins said: "Banned from Glastonbury for their satirical cry to ‘kill a Tory’ the self-styled “2-bit Punk band” Killdren are appearing for their first ever Worcester gig. We are keen to point out we do not advocate violence towards any person or political party, of course."

The festival has been running since 2008 and is organised entirely by volunteers. It has seen thousands of acts from near and far "flocking to the city to perform original music in dozens of venues".

Over the years it has raised tens of thousands of pounds for different charities. This year’s chosen charity, as voted for by the festival's committee from charities who submitted applications, is the Worcester Foodbank.

Mr Robbins said: "With music workshops for all ages, as well as live performances in over 20 Worcester City venues, there’s sure to be something for everyone over the weekend, spanning all genres, ages and cultures.

Performer Nigel Clark from 'Dodgy' added: “This is a great festival with an amazing amount of artists giving up their time for free.

"It’s a chance to spend the weekend exploring a wide range of music, while taking in the many splendours of the city.”

Further details: www.worcestermusicfestival.co.uk