The first acts confirmed to play The Purley Festival have been announced.

With summer just around the corner, organisers of the fifth annual Purley festival have given us a glimpse of what will be on offer at the week-long celebration.

Seen as a chance for the borough’s home-grown bands and musicians to showcase their skills, organisers have lined up the Expansions and Homebrood for the climatic final weekend.

Made up of James O’Keefe on guitar, keyboard player Dave Koor, bassist Matt Summerfield and Jonny Drop on drums, the Expansions describe their style as jazz-funk, have no vocals, and say they have been heavily influenced by the 1960s and 1970s.

Summerfield is a Brit School alumni, Koor attended Trinity School and will be known to some as a DJ at the Black Sheep, and the group played their first gig at the Scream Bar in 2013, all underlining their Croydon credentials.

Joining them will be celtic folk band Homebrood, a four-piece who have played the festival in the past, and been on the Croydon music scene for almost 10 years.

Other names to be announced earlier this week include Shan Smile and Hot Border Special, with more names likely to be confirmed early next month.

Fiona Lipscombe, Purley Festival director says: “I’m really excited about Purley Festival this year and can’t believe it’s our fifth year.

“We have lots of new people on the team with amazing ideas and incredible energy, which is all being channelled into making the festival even more special and exciting.

“Five years ago I could never have imagined that the festival would become such a big and great event and that’s down to all the amazing team members who dedicate hours and hours of time making it what it is.”

A week of events will be taking place in the Purley area as part of the festival, with everything climaxing with a weekend on Rotary Fields, which will house three stages of music, a stage in a dedicated children’s area and a huge range of children’s activities, sports activities, stalls and other attractions.

Companies and organisations involved in this year’s weekend event include the Oval Tavern running the main bar and acoustic stage and the Brit School who will manage sound and electrics across the festival site, and also add their considerable musical talent to proceedings.

Charity Lives Not Knives that raises awareness of the dangers of knife crime and supports young people into education, employment and training – will be running the Soapbox stage.

Purley Festival; various venues; June 29 - July 5; free;