AN eclectic mix of sounds is promised from this year’s Eastleigh Festival of Music.

The programme gets under way on Thursday with two consecutive evenings of professional performances, followed by a weekend of free local music, workshops and entertainment, as well as the hugely popular Eastleigh Mela, over the weekend of July 7 and 8.

Headliners Lanterns On The Lake kick off the festival fun next week.

Formed in 2008, the Newcastlebased sextet fuse the most fragile and graceful end of the folk music spectrum with the must luminous properties of cinemascope rock.

Support comes from West London based five-piece Treetop Flyers and Winchester born Kate Stables, also known as This Is The Kit, with her beautiful voice, banjo and guitar.

Treacherous Orchestra, a band tipped to be the next big folk supergroup, headline the following night.

Emerging from the vibrant meltingpot of Glasgow’s 21st-century folk scene, they take Scottish dance music into a new dimension. This turbocharged collective comprising ten of Scotland’s and two of Ireland’s finest young instrumentalists, has incited merry mayhem at every one of their previous performances.

Scottish singer-songwriter Alasdair Roberts and Gaelic singer Mairi Morrison, and exciting string and wind band Moulettes support.