FOUR days of live music and real ale will make Silloth Music and Beer Festival one of the big late-summer highlights once more.

The annual event has announced one of its most impressive line-ups to date, with acts such as The Lancashire Hotpots and Dirty DC among its headliners.

Running from Thursday September 6 to Sunday 9, the event on Silloth Green will also have around 60 real ales – many from Cumbria itself – and 22 draft ciders available throughout the event.

Cumbria's own acclaimed Thin Lizzy tribute band Five and Dangerous lead the live line-up on the opening Thursday . Originally formed to play the Lizzy classic Live and Dangerous album in its entirety, the name stuck, and seven years on they are one of the best-known tributes on the circuit.

Maryport trio AWOL are favourites at the festival, and will be returning on the Thursday. Regulars at the Maryport Blues Festival, they are known for leaning towards the heavier side of the genre.

Joining them will be West Cumbrian covers act Out On Bail, playing a set that spans every era of rock, from Chuck Berry to Foo Fighters.

Eight-piece Penrith-based soul band Soul Junction will get the Friday line-up under way, performing songs by Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin, Dusty Springfield, and more. They are followed by highly-regarded tribute band Happy Mondaze, playing the chart anthems of Shaun Ryder, Bez and co.

Friday headliners will be Sarah Collins and Keep the Faith - firm favourites on the Northern Soul scene, the live band are fronted by the well-known singer that gives them their name, and has a massive following for her soul covers on YouTube.

Saturday's live music is split into an afternoon and evening session. First up are the returning local blues rock band Mama-Sang and The Robot, who are back in action after 12 months away.

Reunited folk act Tryckster follow them, playing material from their only studio album release, 2000's When the Stone is Exposed, as well as newer numbers.

The Lancashire Hotpots are the afternoon headliners, playing a full-length set of their comedy sing-alongs, such as Chippy Tea, I Fear Ikea and Egg, Sausage Chips & Beans. From Glastonbury festival to writing jingles for Holland's Pies The Lancashire Hotpots have been entertaining the nation since 2007.

The evening session gets under way with a performance by rock covers band Regulation 21, playing tracks by the likes of Metallica, Guns 'n' Roses, and Rod Stewart.

The Prince Experience will be recalling the guitar god in action, picking through Prince's vast back catalogue, before AC/DC tribute band Dirty DC wrap up the Saturday night action with a packed set of hard rock anthems, such as Back In Black and Thunderstruck.

A band made up of the Silloth Music and Beer Festival crew will be the first act up on the Sunday , followed by one of the UK's best-known Stereophonics tribute bands, The Phonics, bringing a selection of memorable indie tracks.

Rounding out the weekend will be long-running Carlisle covers band SuperFly, playing music from the 1970s right up to the present day.

Individual day tickets and weekend passes, including camping, can be booked online at www.sillothbeerfestival.co.uk and are also available from Winters Newsagents, in Silloth, and the Carnegie Theatre, in Workington.