A TRUE pioneer for women in music and film in the 1980s will be performing in Redditch this weekend.

Electrifying artist Hazel O’Connor will be headlining this year’s Morton Stanley Festival.

One of the first female stars of the 80s, Hazel originally rose to fame in 1980 starring in the film Breaking Glass.

She will be performing some of her most popular hits including Eighth Day, Will You, Calls The Tune, and If Only, on the afternoon of Saturday, August 18.

Also headlining on the Saturday will be Matrix Club Matrix, a club classics and 90s dance anthems band.

Midland’s founded band Last Hounds will also be performing last on the Saturday having recently toured the UK off the back of their debut self-titled EP.

Sunday evening will see headline performances from “swamp 'n' roll” band Elvis Fontenot, and Hollie Vee and the Hubkaps, a lo- fi rock 'n' soul band.

Local bands, groups and organisations of all musical genres will be performing on the main stage throughout the weekend.

On top of the music, once again the festival will feature the Tommy Wilson Fun Fair, children’s activities and numerous stands and food stalls and a firework display on the Saturday evening.

Councillor Roger Bennett, Redditch Council’s portfolio holder for leisure, said: “We’ve listened to your feedback from previous years and adapted to give you more of what you want – including a fancy dress competition – and entertainment of all kinds will span Redditch’s 95-acre Morton Stanley Park.

The Morton Stanley Festival, a free event organised by Redditch Council, is on Saturday and Sunday, August 18 and 19, starting at noon on both days.