ORGANISERS of this year’s Bradford Festival aim to appeal to every musical taste with their line-up of free concerts.

Dance music, brass bands, folk, Asian pop and bhangra, ska, jazz and Eastern European music will all be on the menu for the summer extravaganza.

Balkan folk music act Paprika will headline the Centenary Square Stage on Saturday July 9.

The five-piece hail from Romania, Serbia and the UK, and blend traditional Eastern European, Balkan, Gypsy and classical music into a rousing and energetic sound.

Headlining on Sunday July 10 will be one of the pioneers of Asian fusion music, Stereo Nation lead singer Tarsame Singh Saini, who goes by the name of Taz.

Described as the ‘Prince of Asian Pop’, Taz has received gold platinum and multi-platinum discs for his effervescent east-meets-west mix of bhangra, Bollywood and pop.

Saturday’s line-up will also include London ska act Chainska Brassika and Rob Heron and the Tea Pad Orchestra, who play a unique brand of western swing, blues, gypsy jazz and country.

Asian pop sensation, Jay Kadn, formerly known as Junai Kaden, will release a brand new single live in City Park during his performance.

On Sunday there will be a performance by dance act Sam and the Womp, whose debut single Bom Bom shot to number one in the UK music charts in 2012 and sold more than a million copies worldwide.

One of the UK’s most versatile and sought after Bollywood acts, 515 Crew, will please local bhangra fans.

Folk music fans will enjoy the York-based multi-award winning Irish folk musician, Paula Ryan and celebrated Leeds acoustic band, Phil Cockerham Trio.

Local favourites Gerry Cooper and Phil Snell bring their repertoire of blues, rags and hokum songs from the 1920s and 1930s.

Three strolling brass bands are set to entertain the City Park crowds during the festival.

North Yorkshire’s only contemporary New Orleans-inspired brass band, New York Brass Band, packs a powerful punch of relentless drums, rumbling tuba and wailing horns.

Firm Band Baja infuses the traditional sound of dhol drums with saxophone, trumpet and a custom-made marching snare to recreate some of Bollywood’s and bhangra’s biggest and best songs.

With a diverse repertoire spanning Rajasthani folk songs, Bollywood hits, spiritual Qawwali and bhangra beats, Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band covers the full range of joyous music which governs life in the Indian province.

The line-up on Friday July 8 features local musical acts and will be headlined by Bradford band, Nervous ‘Orse, performing songs with distinctive four-part harmonies.

Councillor Alex Ross-Shaw, portfolio holder for regeneration, planning and transport, said: “Bradford Festival’s programmers have done a brilliant job and produced an incredibly diverse line-up.

“There should be something for everyone and it’s going to be great fun.”