THE first of two live music events will take place in Northwich this weekend, after a search for talent unearthed 12 acts.

Barons Quay and Radio Northwich have announced the 12 acts who will perform at the Music is Quay events on Saturday (August 14) and Saturday, August 28.

The aim of the Music is Quay events is to showcase local bands, singers and musicians as well as providing a free music event for local people and visitors to enjoy this summer.

Performers of all ages and genres were invited to apply by uploading a song to The Radio Northwich website. There were 23 entries, one duo, eight groups and 14 solo artists. DJ’s at the station were then asked to shortlist the 12 best.

This coming Saturday, the following acts will join DJ Matt Cat for a day of live music in Barons Square, Barons Quay, between 10am - 4pm:

10.15 - Ashton, a solo artist based in High Legh

11.15 - Tim Lee, a singer/songwriter from Nantwich

12.15 - Northern Revelation, an indie guitar band hailing from Merseyside

13.15 - Saffy, a singer/songwriter from Northwich

14.15 - Edits, a duo from Northwich

15.15 - Matty Ian, a singer/songwriter From Chester

A further six talented local acts will perform two weeks later on Saturday, August 28, overlooking the river at Weaver Point Square. They are:

10.15 - Uncharted, a five piece band from Northwich

11.15 - The Gus Glynn Band, an alternative rock trio from Northwich

12.15 - Nicky Phillips, a singer/songwriter from Northwich

13.15 - Sam Lyons, a singer/songwriter from Winsford

14.15 - Montage Band, a covers band from Northwich

15.15 - The Bohemian Kings, a covers band from Northwich

All 12 performances will be recorded and promoted on the station to thousands of listeners.

Winsford Guardian: DJ Matt Catt from Radio Northwich

DJ Matt Catt from Radio Northwich

They will also be filmed and uploaded on social media, where members of the public can vote for their favourite.

The top two will receive a prize of £200 each courtesy of the Northwich BID and Cheshire West and Chester Council, they also get a second chance to wow the crowds at the Radio Northwich launch party on September 11.

John Thompson from Radio Northwich said: "We have had an overwhelming response to our search, it was difficult to pick the final 12 as the quality of applications was so high.

"We are now looking forward to two live music events that will show some of the brilliant music talent we have right here in Northwich.

"We hope to provide a platform for these aspiring musicians; who will not only perform at the event but will have their music played on Radio Northwich too."

Lina Higuita, Centre Manager at Barons Quay said: "Congratulations to those who made the final line-up and thank you to everyone who applied.

"This great mix of musical talent will entertain visitors at Barons Quay and bring a much-needed party atmosphere to Northwich this summer."

The events will support Rotary Northwich who will be fundraising for the following local causes: Snow Angels Cheshire, St Luke's Hospice, Salvation Army and Mid-Cheshire Community Shed.