RISING star Eliza Doolittle is the latest chart act added to the Festival in the Park.
The British singer-songwriter will join Roll Deep and Gabriella Cilmi on stage in Dewsbury’s Crow Nest Park next Sunday at the big free festival.
The pop acts come 24 hours after The Magic of Motown, featuring the music of The Supremes, Four Tops, Stevie Wonder and many others.
Eliza, 22, is tipped to be the next big thing.
Her previous single Skinny Genes charted at number 22 and her latest single Pack Up, is now at number 12 in Radio 1’s official UK top 40.
Last weekend, she was at the T In The Park festival in Scotland.
Doolittle, whose self-titled album was released yesterday, praised the resurgent “girl power” in the UK music industry.
She said: “There are a lot more female artists out there now and I think that’s brilliant because it hasn’t been like this before and its great that there’s more girl power.
“It’s been really good so far and it was really nice to see everybody smiling and happy despite the rainy weather in Scotland.
“I haven’t been to that many festivals before, but I really like it when I have been, so I want to be more of a festival girl in the future. As long as you’ve got wellies, it’s no worries.”
She is the granddaughter of Sylvia Young, founder of the Sylvia Young Theatre School in London, and originally found fame as a child actress.
Now taking the music industry by storm, Eliza will entertain the crowds with her unique style at the free festival next weekend.
Northern Irish band Ignition have also been added to the line-up.
They have had success in the independent charts with their music and will be playing in between the local bands and chart acts. Also playing on the main stage will be the four winners of the ALIVE Battle of the Bands competition.
More than 40 local performers entered the competition and a shortlist has been chosen to go forward to play at the live heat gigs in Dewsbury and Huddersfield, this week.
The bands in the finals are The Tabbs, Propane Penny, 12:27, Champagne for Enemies, Full Girth Explosion, EBGB’s and Hand Made Hands.
The concert gets under way at 1.30pm with the local bands.
Next up at 3.30pm are The Sighting, followed by Ignition (4.15pm), Eliza Doolittle (5pm), Roll Deep (6pm) and Gabriella Cilmi (6.45pm).
The show is expected to end about 7.45pm.
In addition to the main stage, other acts will perform on a second stage. The acts lined up include Hoot Guitar Orchestra, Dhesi Dhol Vibes, Huddersfield Community Gospel Choir, Manasamitra, The Me, String Fellows and Son Tropical.
There will also be live theatre performances, street entertainers, a children’s zone and a bazaar.
Clr David Sheard, Cabinet member for regeneration in North Kirklees said: “The programme for Festival in the Park just keeps getting better.
“We’re delighted to be able to bring another pop star to Dewsbury and to also give some of our home-grown talent the chance to perform for the crowds.
“From the Magic of Motown on the Saturday night to the chart acts and activities on the Sunday, it’s going to be a fantastic family event.”