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VIDEO: Salford soul star kicks off music festival

The Salford Music Festival starts tonight.

Nearly 300 bands will be performing at venues across the city over the next three days.

The festival's opening headliner is Broughton born soul singer Ren Harvieu whose highly acclaimed debut album Through the Night has seen her profile rocket.

But Ren will be returning to her roots tonight to perform for the first time in her native city at St Philips Church where she was once an altar server!

Ashley Derricott was invited to watch her rehearse:-

More information on the salfordmusicfestival.co.uk website.

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It's renowned for cobbled streets and famously framed by the artist LS Lowry. But Salford has a secret past dating back beyond the English Civil War. Here Granada Reports' Ashley Derricott takes a look at the city's sights and sounds assisted by the musician Paul Heaton.