MUSIC lovers will be making a 'song and dance' at an event taking place around Taunton this month.

A Big Song and Dance - part of the Sound of the Streets Festival - is a chance for people to get together outdoors and let their hair down.

The festival will be held in various streets around the town on Saturday, September 25.

Organiser Tim Hill said: "After 18 months of isolation and quiet, this is a chance to come together and sing and dance.

"We will be playing tunes for all ages, songs we all love, like With a Little Help from my Friends and Happy.

"There will be some songs and tunes for little ones too.

"Come along for an afternoon of joy and sharing. You can sing, dance or just listen."

Tim has arranged songs that he thinks speak of these times, songs that everyone loves to sing and dance to. Songs like Lovely Day and Bring Me Sunshine, plus some James Brown and Stevie Wonder.

The song lyrics will be available online via the Sound of the Streets Facebook page - @soundofthestreetsfest.

A Big Song and Dance will be led by Tim and his nine-piece band Tongues of Fire, a musical storm of brass, reeds and percussion, drawing on traditions of funky marching bands, village, chapel and circus bands.

A festival of street bands and outdoor music, The Sound of the Streets brings Taunton to life, as five street bands take to Castle Green and the town’s streets in an outpouring of musical joy.

The festival is part of the Taunton Together programme to help the own recover from the impact of Covid-19 and is funded by the Taunton Emergency Recovery Working Group Fund.

The day is a taster for larger festivals planned over the next three years.

These festivals will feature top national and international bands as well as involving local schools and young musicians and exploring Somerset’s own rich traditions of outdoor music and celebrations.