ORGANISERS of an annual music festival are encouraging people to come in 80s or 90s clothes for the first night.

Consett Festival kicks off once again on Friday, May 31, and will run over the weekend.

It is at Consett Football Club in Delves Lane and, as well as live music from local bands, and family fun activities, there will also be a market, children’s rides, and inflatables.

Organiser Brad Wilkinson said: There is a lot of music all weekend and it is non-stop.

“There are two stages and as soon as one band finishes the other will start up so there are no breaks in the music.

“There is a Top of the Pops theme on the first night. There will be only 80s and 90s music so we are asking people to come in fancy dress if they want to.”

Profits from the event this year are going to support Derwentside Mind.

Mr Wilkinson said: “We want to raise awareness of mental health conditions that people suffer from.

“Maybe they don’t even know themselves that they have them but they can get support.

“This charity offers great services and do not get funding from the national Mind charity so we want to promote them.”

The Reflex are topping the bill on Friday, with Red5 as headliners on Saturday while The Skapones will close the show on Sunday.

Tickets for the weekend are £10 for adults or £6 for 13-17 year olds while under 13s go free. Individual day passes are also available and wristbands can be bought for children to go on the rides and activities. For tickets look at the festival’s Facebook page.