COMBE St Nicholas is set to give cancer a kicking when an annual event returns to the village this weekend.

The Combe Kicking Cancer music festival will take place at Combe St Nicholas FC on August 19, with money raised going to Cancer Research UK.

Tickets are on sale online, priced at £10, with tickets on the day costing £15. Children under 14 go free.

Many local bands and singers are confirmed to be performing at the event including The IOUS, Salt of the Earth, the Skufflers, Half Hidden and The Vinyl Monkeys.

Mel Cullingford, Combe St Nicholas Ladies’ team manager and the festival’s main organiser, said: “Cancer unfortunately affects everyone, including my brother in law, father in law, aunt and a few friends, so it’s very close to home and a great cause to raise money for.

“My aunt is Sue Curtis and she will be there and she has beaten breast cancer, my friend Jackie Deeming has beaten bowel cancer, my brother in law is still with us and he has beaten it.

“My father in law is no longer with us after he died of lung cancer.

“Since I have been playing football at either Ilminster FC or Combe FC I’ve tried with the support of the clubs to raise money for charities.

“The club chairman Luc and myself, and of course the new dedicated committee, plan on building a family orientated club and building successful teams and encouraging the use of the club for other functions.”

Luc Logan, chairman of Combe St Nicholas FC, added: “I have friends that have been affected by cancer, it’s such a widespread disease and I think that those interested in our event will probably have been affected too.

“The idea is to raise awareness and also engage the local community by bringing people together at the football club.”

The festival will also have a licensed bar, hot food, and a mini bar for the children with music starting at noon and ending at 11.30pm.