The Iconics head festival at Duke of Marlborough, St Albans

SKA and two-tone band The Iconics are headlining a pub’s first music festival of the summer on Sunday.

Three bands will be performing during the afternoon and the evening at The Duke of Marlborough in Holywell Hill, St Albans, outside on the patio area if the weather is fine, and indoors if not.

The music starts at 1pm with Delta Echoes, a duo who re-create the country blues, hokum and gospel music of the 1920s and 30s, played on Gibson acoustic and National steel guitars, harmonica and kazoo.

Next at 3.30pm is Cover Drive comprising Stuart Nurse and Wendy Parkin. Formed in 1989 they have been playing together for 23 years including the multi-award winning West End rock’n’roll musical Return to the Forbidden Planet.

Adopting a back-to-basics approach, Cover Drive offer a selection of songs from the 1950s to the present day played on a selection of guitars with harmony vocals.

The Iconics take the stage at around 6.30pm, playing all the classics by The Specials, Madness and Bad Manners, Trojan ska tunes from the sixties, and mod songs by The Jam, The Kinks, Booker T and Dexy’s Midnight Runners.

Duke of Marlborough landlord Jay Franco said: “We are a local community pub, in the heart of St Albans, keen on promoting local music and musicians in area, and this event is one way of highlighting the abundance of live music the town has to offer and to help support the bands and performers.”

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