MUSIC lovers in Marlborough can expect a full programme of eclectic sounds after Marlborough Rising organisers released the line-up of the very first live music weekend.

Originally billed to take place in The Parade, costly road closure applications were withdrawn from Wiltshire Council earlier in the year and four smaller venues at St Peter’s Church, St Mary’s Church, the Castle & Ball pub and the Priory Main Stage in Priory Gardens were announced.

Scouting for Girls, who turned on the Christmas lights in the town three years ago, are back as Friday night headliners of Marlborough Rising of the three-day festival on Friday to Sunday, September 7, 8 and 9.

A pop-up office is due to open next to Rick Stein restaurant on the High Street as a team of volunteers finalise the event.

Robin Pritchard, organiser of the event, has lifted the lid on what to expect.

He said: “We want to ensure that a love of music continues to play a prominent part in the diary of the town for years to come. We have received support from people in the town that this is what they wanted too.

“Our idea is to have a great line-up for all people and families.”

Blues, musical theatre, pop, rock and R&B will all feature throughout the three-day fiesta with Turin Brakes headlining on Saturday night.

Lee Matthews is a member of local band Vooz and owner of Lee Matthews hairdressers on Marlborough High Street and believes having live music in the town will generate revenue for the High Street.

He said: “Anything that generates a buzz in the town and gets people on the High Street is a good thing.

“I haven’t seen the line-up yet but I would like to see more local bands play, any live music is good for the town.” Volunteers are need to support the event. Anyone interested in taking part can contact the team on