THE first-ever Folk and Roots Festival takes place in Egremont this July.

Florence Arts Centre is welcoming this new event in a bid to secure its own future, with money raised going towards the venue's current crowdfunding campaign.

Taking place on Saturday 14, the event will be curated by local musician Paul O'Halloran, and will also feature a performance by his band, The Black Guards.

The West Cumbrian five-piece have cemented their reputation as one of the North West's leading modern folk groups since releasing their debut EP, Drawn In, last year.

A number of well-known local acts have also been confirmed to appear, including Chapin-Wickwar, SUNK, Vortigern, Anne-Marie McStraw, Dead Man's Hand, Tony Lambert, Freyan, Melanie Clapham, Rachel Caine, The Flukes, Stew Simpson and Ryan Wood. More acts are still to be announced.

There will be a main stage of bands, with acoustic acts playing in the gallery, and small jam sessions in the café and outside.

Music runs from 2pm to 11pm, and tickets priced £10 are available from the venue and via

All proceeds will be donated to the JustGiving fundraising campaign to help save the Florence Arts. For more information, visit