A NEW competition to showcase young performers is the newest event for Stafford Music Festival 2014.
The S Factor will be held at the town's Gatehouse Theatre and will give emerging talent their first chance to perform at a theatre.
As usual the festival, which runs from May 10 to 24, will bring musical performances for many genres and cultures to the town from classical to popular music, jazz, folk and blues, choral and big bands.
There will also be the Keeping Music Live in pubs and theatres, organised by Eric Furze of Guitar and Son.
The festival will kick off with a performance by Stafford Concert Band in Victoria Park followed by Naked Sunday and Working Class Hero, also in the park.
Among the highlights of the festival will be The Simon and Garfunkel Story and Piaf – The Songs, both at Stafford Gatehouse Theatre.
The Cartoon Kings will play The Swan Hotel and St Mary's Church will be the venue for several events including their own children's choir and music group and Staffordshire Chamber Orchestra.
Chanteuse will perform at the Oddfellows Hall and Steve Luff and Tom Woj will play at Ye Olde Rose and Crown.
Festival chairman Maureen Compton said: "This will be our 13th festival and we are flourishing and experimenting all the time."
Tickets are on sale at the Gatehouse box office on 01785 254653 or on the door for each event.