THE line-up for this year’s Morton Stanley Festival in Redditch has been announced and headlining will be 1980s icon Hazel O’Connor.

One of the first female stars of the 80s, Hazel originally rose to fame in 1980 starring in the film Breaking Glass.

She will be performing some of her most popular hits including Eighth Day, Will You, Calls The Tune, and If Only, on the afternoon of Saturday, August 18.

Also headlining on the Saturday will be Matrix Club Matrix, a club classics and 90s dance anthems band.

Midland’s founded band Last Hounds will also be performing last on the Saturday having recently toured the UK off the back of their debut self-titled EP.

Sunday evening will see headline performances from “swamp 'n' roll” band Elvis Fontenot who have successfully turned traditional cajun and zydeco music into their own high energy trademark performances.

Following them will be Hollie Vee and the Hubkaps, a lo- fi rock 'n' soul band.

Local bands, groups and organisations of all musical genres will be performing on the main stage throughout the weekend.

On top of the music, once again the festival will feature the Tommy Wilson Fun Fair, children’s activities and numerous stands, promising something for everyone.

And for any visitors feeling peckish there will be food stalls including pancakes, indian, pizza, caribbean, Thai, burgers or hot dogs as well as and tea stalls, milk shakes, slush cones and a licensed bar.

There will also be a firework display on the Saturday evening.

Councillor Roger Bennett, Redditch Council’s portfolio holder for leisure, said: “We’ve listened to your feedback from previous years and adapted to give you more of what you want – including a fancy dress competition – and entertainment of all kinds will span Redditch’s 95-acre Morton Stanley Park this August.

"We hope to continue improving the festival year on year offering high quality entertainment to appeal to a wider range of audiences.”

The Morton Stanley Festival is a free event organised by Redditch Council.

It is on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19, starting at noon on both days.