A FAMILY festival with tributes to some of the most iconic artists in music history is coming back to Maldon for a weekend of great hits.

The Nearly Festival will be at the town's Promenade Park venue later in July.

The festival is the region's number one touring tribute band festival.

It stages the best live tribute acts in the UK across two days on a festival stage, with all the sound and production of the huge touring festivals.

It has attracted hundreds in its previous outings across the country.

The event has already visited Bury St Edmunds, with further trips planned for Oulton Broad and Colchester, on top of its return to Maldon.

Now in its eighth year, The Nearly Festival events also showcase local businesses, stalls and vendors with chosen local charity partners.

A spokesman added: "The Nearly Festival is an affordable alternative to the bigger touring festivals and features not only the UK’s best touring tribute acts live on stage, but a Kidzone with cool kids attractions and activities, a tasty & local Street Food Market and a pub priced Pub in the Park.

"It is two days of affordable fun for all ages."

At the event will be tributes to iconic music artists throughout history.

These include Madness, Queen, The Killers, Abba, Take That, Bob Marley and more.

The festival will also showcase tributes to modern pop superstars such as Ed Sheeran, Beyoncé and Taylor Swift.

The Nearly Festival will be at Maldon's Promenade Park on Saturday and Sunday, July 21 and 22.

Gates open at 11.30am each day.

Both day tickets and weekend tickets are available, subject to availability. Under-fives go free.

Dogs are also welcome with an additional 'doggie ticket' for an extra £1 per day.

All dogs must be on leads at all times.

For more information or to purchase tickets, visit nearlyfestival.com/maldon.