EXPECT an array of south east Essex bands on the bill of the Cosmic Puffin festival taking place this weekend at Mersea Island near Colchester.

Among them are Platypus, T-Bitch (who will be using the occasion to mark the launch of their EP), and Deferred Sucess.

The latter are planning a warm-up gig at the Edge in Basildon tomorrow night.

It will take place from 8pm, at the pub in High Pavement.

Admission is free.

Cosmic Puffin is an independent festival, which raises money for various charities, this year being Bliss, Ald Life and the National Autistic Society. It starts on Friday April 29 until Monday May 2.

Find out more including ticket prices at cosmicpuffin.org.uk