MUSICIANS from across the country are dusting off their beachwear for a 12-hour festival of music in the region next month.

The second H2O: Beached festival, which also features comedy and other performing arts, takes place on South Bay beach, Scarborough, North Yorkshire, on Saturday, August 3.

Two stages will be set up, one as the main focus of the event, the other for acoustic performances.

Featured on the main stage will be Scarborough rocker Toby Jepson, Happy Mondays and Black Grape tribute band Mad Cyrils, Parva, Parisman, Aerosolik, the Dead Pets, Brendan Croker and York band Asylum Seekers.

The festival, backed by Scarborough Borough Council, is being organised by people from across the area with experience in the music industry.

These include Paul Toole and Mike Lynskey, who have run music venues in Scarborough, Steve Dickinson, owner of the town's Mojos Music caf, Toby Jepson, who had a number of chart hits with his former band, the Little Angels, and runs Jepsongs, and Pete Massey, of Create, Scarborough's Arts and Cultural Development Agency.

The event is from 11am to 11pm.