THE three-day Cockermouth Live! event is set to take place next week, with music, dance, drama and family fun filling the town's streets.

Iconic British rock band Dr Feelgood are the big headline name this year, but the whole programme features a strong mix of around 500 local performers appearing at venues in Cockermouth from Friday 29 to Sunday 1.

The festival has expanded to include more drama and dance, as well as visual arts with the West Cumbria Arts Network.

The opening night of the festival sees Cockermouth Argentine Tango Group present Entre Rios Milonga at Brigham Memorial Hall, from 8pm, with all dancers and non-dancers free to attend the event.

A massive Saturday programme is where the majority of events take place, with 13 venues across the town and the locality set to participate.

Christ Church Rooms hosts country, clog, and Latin dance demonstrations, with the Moon & Sixpence also presenting dancing, as well as folk performances from the likes of Katie Gentry, Owen Evans and the Sessionistas.

Acoustic and folk acts such as Belle Gentry-Moore, Eve Westwood and Nat Dempsey appear at Coffee Kitchen, with Two Lane Road, Charles Daniels, and Dave Camlin among the highlights at Seth's Bar, Red Sky, Returning Leopards and Tim Baugh leading the line-up at Wild Zucchinis Bistro, and Fain, Hearts of Uke, HMS Herdwick and Laura Taylor set to star at Wordsworth House.

Fredericks hosts an afternoon of smooth jazz, featuring Brian Melville, Jack Moore and more, and Strolling 4 Shoes welcoming piano-led acts like Richard Bennett and Sparky & the Wailer.

Among the venues focusing on rock and indie acts, highlights at Fletcher Christian include Blind Fiction, Regal Steel, Pecker and Kontiki Suite, and over at Jennings Cooperage the likes of The Reminders, The Screes, Wearequasars, Cosmic Cat, and mylittlebrother all star.

Of course, the evening's flagship event is Dr Feelgood's appearance at the Kirkgate Centre. The Londoners, known for their unique rock sound, which was centred around British RnB, present a set of hits that includes She Does It Right, Roxette, and Milk and Alcohol.

The Kirkgate will also be hosting workshops earlier in the day, covering guitar and whistle, and hand-stitch workshops for both adults and children.

Other workshops on the day take place at United Reformed Church, focusing on the ukulele, and there are also choral, cheerleading, and drama performances there throughout the Saturday.

The final day, Sunday 1, sees Papcastle Community Orchestra perform From the Land of the Mountain and the Flood at Christ Church, and the Kirkgate Centre hosting a Final Party Night with live performances from acclaimed Cumbrian band Soul Junction.

The majority of Cockermouth Live! events offer free entry, but tickets for the Dr Feelgood performance and the Final Party Night are available from the Kirkgate Centre box office.

For a full programme, visit www.cockermouthfestival.org