LAST Friday, I was privileged to attend the launch of the new Bracknell Festival.

Run by our good friends at South Hill Park, the family friendly event takes place in its grounds on Saturday, July 30.

There will be three fantastic bands headlining and the festival has been curated by Graham Steel.

And that’s not all that’s got me excited about it.  I’m really please to announce that we’ve cooked up a special discounted ticket price exclusively for readers of The Wokingham Paper.  Don’t say I’m not good to you.

In addition to sets by country/pop duo The Shires, pop-band The Hoosiers and 90s indie band Space, there are a host of great names in store for you.

Feast your beadies on this set list: Owen Paul (from Mike & The Mechanics), Sally Barker who was a finalist on BBC’s The Voice, The R’n’Beatles, Caddy Copper and Retrostate.

There’s more: South Hill Park is putting up another two stages for your aural delectation.

The Secret Garden Stage based in the Upper Italian Gardens will welcome The Willow Band, Days Ae Done, Matt Stockl, Richard Lee, Rebecca Jayne, Zach Johnson, Marcus Hughes, Emma Jane Kennedy, Fitzgerald, Abi Powell and great friend of the Acoustic Couch Michael Tuffery.

The Anything But Music Stage speaks for itself: these acts will feature, well, anything but music!  From spoken work poets, to artists, jugglers, and more, this stage will be offering an eclectic mix of fun-filled activity for all ages to keep that entertainment going.

Bracknell Festival 2016 will be a full day of entertainment from noon until 9p.  And like all good festivals, all ages are catered for, with special children’s activities, food stalls, drinks tents, a VIP area and more.

I’m really excited by the programme that Graham has put together.

And I’m not the only one.

South Hill Park’s boss man, Ron McAllister, said: “I am delighted that we have been able to relaunch the Bracknell Festival this year.

“It ran for for many years as a three-day even, and featured fantastic names like David Byrne, Lemon Jelly, Jools Holland and even Ian Drury and the Blockheads!

“The curator of this year’s festival, Graham Steel, who has put the bill together is an important figure in the live music scene, promoting all year round, not only here at SHP but in venues throughout the UK.

“Please support this brave venture – you won’t be disappointed, and we would love, with your help, to make this an annual event which will really put Bracknell on the festival map!”

For updated information on the Festival including artist announcements, guidelines, timings and more, visit South Hill Park’s website.