A BRAINTREE-based band are set to host their farewell gig and fans have been snapping up tickets to see them for a final time on their home turf.

Festival In The Gardens is back, this time to celebrate the Spring Bank Holiday weekend.

Braintree and Bocking Public Gardens are getting set to be transformed for a summer festival on May 27 and May 28, with comedy, a kids' zone, food, drink and a farewell concert from Missing Andy. Braintree and Witham Times: Missing AndyMissing Andy (Image: Festival in the Gardens)

The band's debut single "The Way We're Made" reached number 40 on the U Chart in 2010 after their status was confirmed as runners-up in Sky's television talent competition, Must Be The Music.

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Co-organiser and recording studio owner Elliot Richardson has come on board to help with the music on the main stage.

He said: "We have some incredible acts for this year's festival.

Braintree and Witham Times: Fox Wiggle & SassFox Wiggle & Sass (Image: Festival in the Gardens)

"These artists have played some of the biggest festivals in the world, on TV, and toured all over the UK and Europe. There's going to be something for everybody."

Organiser Rachel Woodcraft, who owns the Coffee House in the Gardens, said: "Our festival for the jubilee last year went incredibly well, with thousands of people turning out to enjoy the sunshine and sample the amazing food, drink and entertainment on offer.

"Due to popular demand, we are excited to come back bigger and better than before"

The festival will also host a comedy tent, which will be run by Braintree Comedy Club, whose monthly evenings have been running for 12 years. Braintree and Witham Times: Miss DiscoMiss Disco (Image: Festival in the Gardens)

Mrs Woodcraft said: "We have tried to make the event as family-friendly and accessible as possible.

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"We have a selection of inflatable rides to keep all the kids occupied as well as bungee trampolines, ride-on mechanical ponies and face painters.

"We have a wide selection of different bars and food vendors to cater for every taste. Carers also get free entry when accompanying anyone with specific needs.

"Crucially, we are raising money to help fund the gardens, which are run by a charitable trust.

"Last year’s festival was the biggest fundraising event in the history of the gardens.”

Tickets are available from £10 at festivalinthegardens.com.