SUNDAY sees the return of Parrotfest at Torquay's Apple and Parrot. The live music festival has grown from strength to strength over the last three years, with crowds coming from all over the south west.
Now on their 14th festival, Lifestyle Events operations manager, Mat Jarratt, explained: "We have always tried to offer a great platform for musicians and an authentic festival feel to the day, but it's the musicians and their commitment to the live music scene which really make it. Sunday will see some of the biggest names in the south west take the stage alongside some truly exceptional unsigned acts from across the UK. It's simply unmissable."
Parrotfest will play host to a stellar line up including local musicians These Reigning Days who have been wowing audiences all over the world this year; blues duo Moriaty, who recently launched their Esperanza EP, and Gravity Storm, who have exploded on to the rock scene recently.
Joining the line up from Canterbury are Coco and the Butterfields who play an energetic fusion of folk, pop and hip hop and London-based The Manic Shine who are widely regarded as one of the top unsigned acts in the country.
The bands completing the line up are The Banquet, The Mandalas, Hysteria, Carnivala, Lady and the Flame, Sam Tanner and the Apple and Parrot general manager, Adam Butler, as Adam Butler and the BCOs. The night finishes with a DJ Battle from the Wasted Little DJs Nick Sharpe and Chris Aston.
The free event starts at 11am and runs until 3am with live music from 1pm until 1am.
UP-and-coming folk-roots band The Willows play South Devon Arts Centre in Totnes on Saturday night.
The band's debut album Beneath Our Humble Soil was released on Elk Records in February and has been championed by the likes of BBC Radio 2's Bob Harris and Mike Harding.
Fronted by the breathtaking voice of Jade Rhiannon, supported by rich vocal harmonies and sensitive acoustic musicianship, the Cambridge-based band draw inspiration from the Americana and British folk traditions in equal quantity. The tour coincides with the release of new EP Bella containing the single Bella's Fury.
Jade said: "This will be one of our last gigs of the tour after a fantastic few months playing festivals in the UK and Europe. We are very excited to be playing the South Devon Arts Centre, especially as Bob Harris, who has given us much support with our debut record, is one of the patrons."
Doors open at 8pm.
LAUNCHING on Tuesday, Dartington presents a new series of concerts with world renowned artists performing in the Great Hall. Each of the concerts in this series will be an event held to celebrate the music of Franz Schubert.
Over the coming months the Great Hall will play host to: Imogen Cooper (pictured) on October 1; Lucy Gould, Alice Neary and Benjamin Frith on November 29; Henk Neven and Hans Eijsackers, on February 7; and the Doric String Quartet, on March 7. The first of the concerts will see pianist Imogen Cooper perform a trio of Schubert piano sonatas. Imogen has an established reputation as one of the finest interpreters of the classical repertoire.
She will explore the last three works Schubert composed for piano in 1828, the year of his death.
David Francis, director of the arts at Dartington, said: "We are very proud to bring this concert series in association with Wigmore Hall to audiences in Devon. It will be a wonderful opportunity for music lovers to see world-class entertainment right on their doorstep."
"Imogen is an outstanding artist, one of the finest pianists now playing. Go, listen, and wonder how many better pianists there are alive in this country, or anywhere."