UP to 3,500 festival-goers will descend on a 30-acre farm site for a gay pride music event.

'Pinkfields' will take place at Cuckold Carr Farm in Gunthwaite on the weekend of May 24 and 25.

Headline acts include boy band A1, who had two UK number one singles in 2000, award-winning hip hop group Big Brovaz and former X Factor contestant Amelia Lily.

The event, which has been organised by Andy Edmondson, supports the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement after it helped his family cope with the sex change of his nephew Matthew, 18.

Andy, 43, said: "LGBT have been an absolute tower of strength to my family. I genuinely don’t know where we’d be without them. They have stopped my family splitting up on more than one occasion.

"I wanted to put something on a little bit different and see if we can do it - this is not a guy who’s just having a party in a field."

Other artists booked include Angie Brown, of The Voice and 90s dance act Bizarre Inc, singer-songwriter Tina Cousins and former Hacienda DJ Dave Booth.