A MUCH-LOVED 60's American R&B singer is set to bid a final farewell to fans at this year's North Wales Blues and Soul Festival.

An inspirational figure in the music industry, Geno Washington - the Dexy's Midnight Runners party classic Geno is a tribute to him - tops the bill with his The Ram Jam Band at the festival, which takes place at Theatr Clwyd in Mold over the weekend of August 5-7.

Recreating music from two of the biggest selling UK albums of the 60s, Geno Washington plans to wow crowds with tracks such as Change Your Thoughts You Change Your Life and Live Sideways, with a headline performance as part of his final UK tour.

The festival, now in its ninth year, features three days of music from more than 20 revered UK and international artists and bands, including The Cinelli Brothers, The Achievers, Bella Collins, Seafoam Green and the Five Points Gang.

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Promoter Charlie Broadhurst of Event Sound Limited, said: "It's been our privilege over the last few years to bring some legendary blues and soul artists to North Wales, along with emerging talent.

"We're all looking forward to seeing Geno's high energy set. He's worked with and inspired generations of musicians as varied as The Beach Boys and Dexy's Midnight Runners and is responsible for two of best live albums of all time.

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"The rest of the bill is packed with brilliant musicians, singers and song writers."

Due to the on-going redevelopment works, the North Wales Blues and Soul Festival is taking place in 'The Mix', Theatr Clwyd's fantastic 270-seat temporary theatre. It has the provision to open the sides to create an indoor 'open air' festival experience.

Craft stalls, artisan foods, real ale and camping are also available on site. For tickets, visit www.theatrclwyd.com/whats-on