A WEEKEND of free music will rock Hertford this May Bank Holiday at various venues across the county town.

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The annual Mayfest, run by Bluessurgery in conjunction with the Hertford Corn Exchange, promises something for everyone.

Following the free Sunday Live all-dayer, Mayfest continues on Bank Holiday Monday, with ‘Bandstand’ returning to the Corn Exchange after a year-long absence, with a variation on its annual Bluessurgery Blues Jam.

The format has changed slightly with three bands playing a mix of classic blues songs mixed with the occasional original.

The blues part of the evening kicks off at about 6.30pm with Paul Hilder’s Hill Street Blues Band, continuing an hour later with The Jules Carter Trio, a three-piece fronted by excellent guitar/vocalist Julian Carter, who will be performing songs from their latest album.

Lastly, The Goldbacks take to the stage at round 9pm, featuring Joe Nesbitt-Larking and John ‘Densil’ Dines on guitar and vocals, and Chris Eldred on keyboards.

The Corn Exchange’s music actually starts a bit earlier, at 4pm, with special guests The Plugs.

They are followed on stage by Fischer, who played last year’s Rock In The Priory, and T Jay, a singer who will be accompanied by Jack Boldick on acoustic guitar.

However, the Corn Exchange is just one of five venues hosting live music throughout the day.

Hertford’s regular live music pubs will be kicking off the event even earlier.

From 2pm, The Lord Haig is featuring a non-stop covers afternoon, which begins with Red Town.

They will be followed by favourites Moose On The Loose, and the music will continue well into the night culminating, five bands later, with the excellent Bob Villains.

The Woolpack has decided on a mix of covers and originals bands during six-hours of non-stop live entertainment.

Again starting at 2pm, the venue plays host to The Doctors, Unit 22 and Jack And The Vox, to mention a few.

But the live music doesn’t stop there. The Ram Inn is joining in with Mayfest too from early afternoon.

Highlights will include The Trees, Keith Gunter and Crossroads.

And when the live music winds down in the early evening, DJ acts will take over to see the night out.

Finally, The White Hart have invited back The Bonnet, who played to a large outdoor audience this time last year.

Weather permitting, they plan a repeat performance this year from about 3pm.

* More details and times can be found at www.facebook.com/springfesthertford

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