LOCAL lad George Wilding won the right to sing at Saturday's Saddleback Music Festival when he won a battle of the bands style contest back in February.

But 22-year-old from Avebury is unlikely to be fazed by playing in front a big crowd at Devizes Sports Club as he has been performing since he was 12. He is a self-taught guitarist and writes his own songs, which he describes as abstract stories.

He performed at Avebury Rocks in 2011 and this brought him to the attention of musician and songwriter Gary Saunders who went on to produce Wilding's EP Being Ragdollian.

The line-up for the festival, which starts at 11am and goes on until late, also features another local man who knows all about what it is like to be find fame young.

Jon Amor, who grew up close to Devizes, went to Lavington School and became a legend with his band The Hoax, will be back at this year's Saddleback festival. He said: ""It was great to be part of the first Saddleback Festival last year, so I was delighted to be invited back for the 2018 event.

" Great music, great atmosphere and very family friendly. The organisers have worked very hard to make it a success and I'm really looking forward to it."

Blues and rock guitarist Innes Sibun also thinks of the Saddleback festival as a home gig. He has toured all over the world with rock star Robert Plant but he grew up in Devizes, went to Southbroom Infant and Juniors School and then on to Devizes School.

He said: ""It's always special playing in Devizes, so I can't wait to play the Saddleback Music Festival, it's going to be fantastic."

Appearing on the main stage on Saturday will be Steve Marriott's daughter Mollie, Bad Touch and Marcus Bonfanti. Closing the festival will be the Saddleback Allstar Jam featuring the artists from the day plus special guests.

Camping is available at the site and there will be plenty to keep youngsters occupied. Rick Kibby from the organising committee said: "It will be a very family friendly day. There really is something for everyone and we are delighted with the line-up.

"We hope people will come along to support our charities and have fun."

Money raised will go to Julia's House children's hospice, Wiltshire Air Ambulance, Careif and My Name'5 Doddie Foundation.

To buy tickets online or to get a list of local businesses selling tickets go to https://www.saddlebackmusicfestival.co.uk/tickets-in-devizes/