A music-packed free evening of entertainment is on offer on Thursday of next week (June 5) when Cook Island at Mullacott Cross near Ilfracombe hosts the return of the North Devon Festival Open Mike Night. After a successful event last year organisers Red

A music-packed free evening of entertainment is on offer on Thursday of next week (June 5) when Cook Island at Mullacott Cross near Ilfracombe hosts the return of the North Devon Festival Open Mike Night.After a successful event last year organisers Red Shoe Music have been asked to repeat the experience - 11 months of therapy and some frantic booking later has resulted in an impressive line up for audiences to enjoy.The Average Blues Band will kick it all off at 7.45pm and then follows a range of musicians from original solo singers to acoustic unplugged and most-definitely plugged bands.Cable Car-Catastrophe, 14-year-old Ellie Campbell, the excellent Milli Taylor, Keith Somerville, Chris Ayliffe and Carolyn Cassenelli, Johnny Button, Dave Clinch, Dave Smith and Alchemy are among the confirmed line up, plus special guests Sonic Fusion. No "political voting" here - Sir Terry would approve!The bluesy Blue Zoots will be hiking into the wilds of Bratton Fleming on Sunday for a bit of lunchtime blues at the White Hart from 12noon-3pm.Also tomorrow, The Factory at Roundswell in Barnstaple presents the great Dreadzone, with support from Captain Dub plus DibDub. From 8pm. Tickets on door or via (01271) 329317 or www.thefactoryonline.co.uk.On Saturday The Factory gets loud with the popular South West Ho! collective coming to town for a Break Beat Night. Regulars include EZPZ, King Connerz, Mystical Tommy and Lee Kay, but the crown for headlining goes to the legendary Ragga Twins plus the latest hot property, Aquasky. Ticket info as above.Glitterball in Barnstaple gets karaoke krazy tonight (Wednesday) and then on Monday Sod 'em and Sing Karaoke will back at Sherry's for more tonsil-testing action! (Singing, that is.)Get down and chill with the reggae influenced sound of the Shackrats at the White Lion in Braunton on Friday. On Sunday the venue welcomes back Amy Newton for another helping of the very popular Open Mic Night - get there early for a space!On Sunday the Aggi presents a free lunchtime gig with Simon Banks plus Kevin Grenfell.Tomorrow (Thursday) the Red Barn at Woolacombe presents some of that ole blues sound with the Devil Delta Blues Band.The Marlboro in Ilfracombe hosts one of the top new rock bands in the country, fresh from recording the title track to the new Transformers movie, no less! The name is Craine, in case you hadn't heard... The band will be supported by the very good Crystal arcade plus Yorkshire band The Institute. It's Ray's birthday gig, begins at 8pm and tickets are just four quid - if there's any left!Leading flute and sax player Finn Peters will be at the Plough in Torrington on Saturday from 8pm. Winner of the BBC Jazz Awards Best band title, Finn has released a number of his own recordings receiving praise from fellow musicians and critics alike, straddling the realms of modern and progressive jazz with ease. Tickets from the box office on (01805) 624624.The George, South Molton, has comedy on Friday with the irrepressible Kevin Dewsbury, featuring James Dowdeswell and Dave Thompson. Tickets/info (01769) 572514, www.georgehotelsouthmolton.co.uk. On Saturday the Exeter-based American and UK acoustic Old Porch Band will be playing a charity gig for Macmillan Cancer Support from 8pm. Info as above.The Guy Fenton All Stars plus the Bennetts and Mike Cox will be at the Joiners Arms on Friday from 9pm for a night of great jazz. On Saturday the venue gets bluesy for the night with Out of the Blue playing live.Tomorrow Sod 'em and Sing will be helping you forget the blues with karaoke at Quigley's. On Saturday SSK will be back in action at the Pollyfield, East-the-Water and on Sunday catch 'em at the Heavitree.The excellent reggae overtones and funky sound of Zamba will be in evidence at the Blacksmiths Arms, East-the-Water on Friday.The Palladium will be hosting Out to Grass on Friday and then on Saturday the talented Subliminal Army will be mixing rock and rap effectively, making for a good set.The Kingsley Inn at Northam will be hosting the weekly acoustic jamming session on Tuesday for all who want to take their instrument along, play or listen.Fiddlebix will be turning out the hits at the Beaver in Appledore on Monday from 8pm.