ONE of the biggest music festivals in the Uttoxeter area is to begin today.
Marchington Melee, run by Dog and Partridge landlord Paul Needham, is returning to the village for the fourth time from 5pm today and tomorrow.
Punters are promised plenty of bands, beer and cider to keep them entertained throughout the two evenings.
Sponsors Hartshorns Brewery will provide a host of guest ales for the event, which is held at Marchington Village Hall.
Headlining the festival on the Saturday night will be four-piece covers band Foaming Pints, whose repertoire, which includes everything from Kings of Leon to The Rolling Stones, is guaranteed to keep the audience dancing into the night.
Rob Faulker of the Foaming Pints said: "This isn't our first time playing the Melee and we're very excited to be headlining an event which is getting bigger and better every year.
"We're all about the audience and making sure everyone has a great time."
Jug band musicians Biggles Wartime Band will precede the Pints.
Comedy is the order of the day, with lots of corny gags, musical and otherwise, featuring the inimitable ringmastership of Jolly Jock.
Silicone Taxis open proceedings on the Saturday night with their catalogue of soul songs, imitating hits by Smokey Robinson, The Temptations and Stevie Wonder.
Tonight's entertainment will be provided by rock band Punch the Air and acoustic duo F2.
The entertainment will switch to the Dog and Partridge on the Sunday, where its Sunday Club will continue.
Tickets are priced £3.50 per session.
More information is available by calling the Dog & Partridge on 01283 820394.