Summer is well on the way as Chester’s famous Northgate Festival kicks off with a stellar line-up of outstanding local music.

Following on from The Gathering earlier this month, it’s the turn of the Mayfest Free Community Music Festival to showcase the plethora of local talent in Chester and its surrounding areas.

On Sunday, May 24, kicking off at noon with the Acoustic Stage in Rufus Court, and the Main Stage on Abbey Green beginning at 2pm.

With free entry all day there’s no excuse for not being able to enjoy a full day of music, arts and stalls, as well as art stalls, jewellery and the ever-popular facepainting from Glitterbugz, there will also be a barbecue.

The main stage at Abbey Green will run from 2-10pm while the acousitc stage will be in action at Rufus Court from noon-7pm and there will be an after show party in Alexander’s from 10pm-midnight.

Other planned dates for 2015 are Sunday, June 21, July 5 and 19, Sunday, August 9 and 30.

All festival-goers will be able to try out something new as well as enjoy some of Chester’s diverse community arts and music.

Anyone interested in helping the festival in anyway are asked to contact or contact on Twitter for details of how to help out or play at one of the other Northgate Festivals events coming up over the rest of the summer.

Artists playing at MayFest include Scaredycats, Southbound Attic Band, Nighttime Revolution, Shoes4Brakes, Ma Polaine’s Great Decline, Cal Ruddy, The Wild Berrys, Bonamalis, Alex Tweedie, The Sonic Revolvers, Shorty, Paragon Sky, Chester and the Pole Cat, Joe Symes and The Loving Kind, Alx Green, The Neon Madmen, Ian Clayton, Midnight Daisies, Nighttime Revolution, John R Chatterton, David Watson, The Daymons and Ego King.

Call 01244 340005 or visit .