The first acts have been announced for this year's Summer Sundae Weekender, which takes place from Friday 11th to Sunday 13th August, in the grounds of De Montfort Hall, Leicester.

The headliners are Belle & Sebastian, Elbow and José Gonzalez, and also playing are Delays, The Buzzcocks, The Long Blondes, Brakes, ¡Forward, Russia!, Baxter Dury, The Young Knives, Abentee, DJ Format, Adem, The Blockheads, Vashti Bunyan, and Seth Lakeman.

Festival Director Richard Haswell said: "We are delighted to be making the first very exciting announcements for Summer Sundae Weekender 2006. This will be the sixth year of the festival which is now very firmly established in the UK's festival calendar. People always comment on two aspects of the festival, its friendliness and the rich diversity of artists, and we are confident that with this line up and more announcements to come, 2006 will be the best year yet."

Tickets are on sale, priced at £65 before 31st March then £75, under-16s £20, and camping just £2 per tent. For tickets/information call the box office on 0116 2333 111.