A host of musical acts including punk legends The Undertones kick off a weekend of live music in Chester this weekend.

The Chester Live festival had its official launch at The Live Rooms last week attended by local dignitaries including Lord Mayor Angela Claydon , who made an official speech to open the festival and talk about the local live music scene.

Chester bands including Fellow Fair, Jon Coley, Carl Foulkes Jones and Campfire Social also played at the launch.

Chester Lord Mayor Angela Claydon gave a speech at the launch of Chester Live Festival

The festival, which officially starts tomorrow (Friday, June 17) with gigs held at venues including The Live Rooms, Alexander's and The Golden Eagle, is the brainchild of Dan Read, who set it up because he thought there should be a Chester-wide event to celebrate the live music coming out of the city and its surrounding areas.

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Some of the bands playing are The Undertones, The Roseville Band, Campfire Social, Mechanical Owl, Baby Brave, Greenroom, Muncie Girls, Ego King, Spiritbreaker, and Seegulls.

The Undertones in their original line-up in 1980

Dan, who is funding the non-profit festival himself, told The Chronicle: “There’ll be focus on acts from Chester and the surrounding areas, mixed in with established touring acts from over the UK and beyond.

“Whatever people are into, we’ll have it for them at some point over the festival weekend."