SOUTHAMPTON bands will join some of the country’s most exciting touring acts at a one-day festival on Saturday.

Now in its third year, Golden Touch Festival at The Wedgewood Rooms in Southsea will see 20 acts play across two stages with organisers promising no clashes.

Southampton’s Pioneers, The Manatees and Caravan Club will perform alongside headliners Bears in Trees, Zuzu and hotly-tipped four-piece The Royston Club, in what is fast becoming one of the country’s best emerging music festivals.

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Also taking part are Portsmouth favourites Jerry Williams, Arcade Hearts, Paraffin, Dutch Criminal Record and Room 10 as well as BBC Introducing’s Steph Newenhouse with a special guest DJ set.

South London folk punk Bear in Trees will bring hits such as Ramblings of a Lunatic and Fresh Concrete, while Southampton music fans may remember Liverpool singer Zuzu previously headlining The Joiners and supporting Courteeners at The Guildhall.

Manchester based The Covasettes, fresh from supporting The Sherlocks on tour, will appear before returning to the south to headline at The Joiners in Southampton on Friday October 7. Frontman Chris Buxton, lead guitarist Matt Hewlett, bassist Jamie McIntyre and drummer Matt Buckley released their latest single Big Dreamer in April.

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Southampton’s Pioneers, who sold out The 1865 in Southampton November, have told fans to expect new tunes, including their new single Hit and Run, which is released next month.

Meanwhile, it is a double header for The Manatees who will warm up for Golden Touch with another performance on Friday at The Engine Rooms in Southampton.

A late addition to the festival, Wrexham’s The Royston Club are at the top of their game after recently finishing their own nationwide tour and supporting acts like The Snuts and The Sherlocks.

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Rising stars The Clause are also on the bill, while fellow Birmingham band Overpass and Portsmouth’s Harvey Jay Dodgson appear, a week before heading to The Isle of Wight Festival and the This Feeling new music stage. Bandit and Honey Motel bring more Liverpool sounds, while Coventry’s Candid, Lincoln’s The Rills and Hertfordshire’s Second Thoughts complete a formidable line-up.

Golden Touch Festival gets under way at midday. Tickets, priced £15, are available at

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