A weekend of musical mayhem!

Our Man in the Bronze Age: Properfest headliners
Our Man in the Bronze Age: Properfest headliners

You know how you wait for a bus for ages, and then two come along at once?

Well, it’s a bit like that with festivals this weekend.

The bad news is you’ll find it impossible to soak up all the live stuff happening across the city with two big events to pick from.

The good news is that both are crammed with music and won’t cost a penny to attend!

On Saturday, the third annual Properstock will liven up the grounds of Bradwell Abbey, with a whopping 70 artists crammed across four stages in 11 hours of tasty sounds.

Genre-wise, there is a lot of what you fancy, no matter who you are – with acoustic stuff, dance deliveries, psychedelia and more heaviness than you can wave a devil horn at!

Our Man in the Bronze Age are taking the main stage top spot, with a wonderfully plump line-up to indulge in across the day entire.

Live graffiti and art will be created, hot and cold refreshments will be served and there will be two bars on hand, keeping youwell lubricated.

Got a few quid floating around? Why not take a peek at the bohemian market on site.

New Earthlings will also play the bash, and are using it to launch their debut single, (Like a ) Jigsaw at the bash, which preceeds the album coming later in theyear.

“This year we have a brand new main stage unit, new sound and light systems for all four stages that promise to blow you away, a revised steward set up and running order, not to mention an injection of light and colour to lead the way for some mega music mayhem!” promised organiser Ben Platt.

Meanwhile, in the centre of the city, Campbell Park will host another of its Summer Festivals, starting on Friday and rolling through to Sunday.

Friday’s fun – from 7pm – will be topped by The Electric Stars, headlining in the grass bowl.

They’ve an album in the racks and support slots with The Charlatans and Kaiser Chiefs under their belts.

Oh, and The Kinks have just asked them to record one of their numbers for a compilation elpee too.

Also on, The Method One, and Milton Keynes duo Reporters who are currently on rotation in the City Nights office – we’ll bring you much more about them on this page in the near future.

Saturday’s full day of music rolls between midday and 10.30pm with superb blues monsters Pearl Handled Revolver returning to headline the mainstage.

A fat supporting cast includes The Criminal Minds, Big Laundry Bill and True Element, while your mainstage DJ is Johnny Pezzella, and he’ll lead the way on Sunday too, when Nicky Prince headlines and the Broadway Twisters, Steve Winch, below, (whose recent album launch at The Stables was a real buzz) and Forever Can Wait step up to the musical plate.

Dance-devourers will be pleased to learn that the super successful Ultra Vegas stage will also be fuelled across the weekend.

On Saturday, the policy is nu and old skool, midday ‘til late.

At the helm, Taylormade, Jason Jay, Jamesie, Ashley Kellet, Dazz Norman and a slew of others.

On Sunday, the vibe goes all soulful and funky with ex-KISS FM chap Steve Jackson .

Live acts spilling the goods include Lee Clarke and Ashley Roberts, Jon Chase and Richie Long, Reuben and Rob Czerny and Paul Sams.

Organisers promise great festival food, a bar, market area and funfair as tempting extras.

Whatever you do this weekend, make sure you put live music at the heart of it.