DESPITE the cancellation of Stroud Fringe Festival, there will be live music in and around the town over the bank holiday weekend.

Festival goers were left disappointed last week after organisers announced they had pulled the plug on the event.

It had been set to run at the recently-restored canalside area at Bowbridge.

However, some of the gigs planned as part of the festival will still be going ahead.

A series of concerts will be staged at St Laurence Church over the weekend August 23-25 to help raise funds for future festivals.

Curated by John Best, the former publicist who currently manages Sigur Rós, and sound designer David Sheppard, the event will bring a line-up featuring Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor and former Wild Beasts frontman Hayden Thorpe to the central Stroud church.

Both John and David live in Stroud and were keen to bring their knowledge of current music trends to a local venue that’s not a traditional concert space yet benefits from excellent acoustics.

Tickets for each evening event are £5 (plus booking fee) and are available via with all proceeds going to Stroud Fringe Festival.

The Crown & Sceptre will be serving up four days of entertainment at its Outer Fringe Festival, with live music, a beer and cider festival, a flea market and more.

Bands set to perform include The Soul Destroyers; Tree Top Flyers, Loan Sharks; Mr Marko’s Outer Space Emporium; Luke Philbrick and Solid Gone, and the Stroud Red Band.

The Stroud Red Band will also be marching New Orleans style down Horns Road at 1pm.

It is a pop-up participation music event and all brass, woodwind and percussion players welcome to join them.

Participants are invited to assemble at one end of Horns Road, from where they will process along to the Crown and Sceptre, playing easy New Orleans-style jazz.

Message the band on Facebook for links to downloadable music scores.

Fletchstock - Be Humble, a fund-raising event marking and celebrating the life of Jamie Fletcher, is taking place at the Lansdown Hall on August 23, with Flipside (originally with Jamie on keyboards and sampling duties) getting back together to headline.

Events are also taking place at the Ale House, The Diner, Galgos Latino, Lansdown Hall, Old Convent, Prince Albert, Sama Sama, Star Anise, Stroud Brewery, the Old Co-Op Shop in Horns Road and the Queen Vic.

Plus Stroud Yard Trail returns on Monday, August 26.