A NEW live music event is coming to Northwich later this month.

Music Northwich will launch with four nights of top live acts taking to the stage at the iconic Plaza.

It has been set up to nurture the regions eclectic musical talent through a series of concert promotions that feature renowned acts alongside up-and-coming local bands and artists.

The opening weekend sees psychedelic pop troupe Henge kick of proceedings on Thursday, October 21 with support from Sky Valley Mistress and Bones Shake.

On Friday, 22, folk songstress Thea Gilmore (also known as Afterlight) will headline alongside Fine Lines and Lissy Taylor.

Saturday, 23 features a performance from Factory Records favourites A Certain Ratio with support from BBC 6 DJ Mark Radcliffe's band UNE.

And progressive indie rock trio Déjà Vega will be seeing the weekend out with a bang on Sunday, 24 with local support to be announced.

Music Northwich is poised to celebrate the region's strong heritage of local bands that have included such hitmakers in the past as Tim Burgess (The Charlatans), Steve Hewitt (Placebo) and Rupert Holmes who penned the number one hit “Escape (The Pina Colada Song)”, as celebrated by the town's recent Pina Colada festival.

At its heart, Music Northwich is a collective of individuals working together as a grassroots movement to celebrate music made by Northwich artists, while helping to support local acts by pairing music events with venues in town for a thriving live scene.

One of the Music Northwich founders Graham Lister, Arts and Cultural advisor to Cheshire West and Chester council, said of the event: "PlazaPalooza pulls together a carefully curated selection of bands that are all well known for their breathtaking live performances in a fantastic venue. Each night has its own unique flavour and you'd be hard pressed to find an act that you didn't enjoy.

"We are enormously proud of putting on a weekend of live music to remember and hope to see these events become a mainstay of Northwich's illustrious local music scene."

Music Northwich is part of the Reopening and Recovery Programme funded by Cheshire West and Chester Council and support from Northwich BID and Northwich Town Council.