Main stage gig tickets are selling fast for this year’s Southern Fried Festival of American roots music in Perth from Friday 29 to Sunday 31 July. Both Friday’s and Sunday’s Perth Concert Hall concerts with Mary Chapin Carpenter and Nick Lowe, Paul Carrack and Andy Fairweather Low are sold out and it is standing room only for Imelda May in Perth Concert Hall on Saturday 30 July.

There are, however, a whole host of other gigs for music fans to enjoy including The New Madrids and Colin Clyne on Friday 29 July in The Green Room, Late & Southern Fried in Perth Concert Hall from 10.45pm on Saturday 30 July featuring Perth favourites Red Pine Timber Company and Daniel Meade and Dean Owens in the Salutation Hotel on Sunday 31 July.

Free music includes the afternoon Outdoor and Acoustic Stages on Perth Concert Hall Plaza and in Perth Concert Hall’s Norie-Miller Studio, Rocking’ All-Dayer in The Twa Tams on Saturday 30 July, Sunday Morning Coming Down in Perth Concert Hall plus the Southern Fried Open Mic in That Bar on Sunday 31 July.

And, as always, festival-goers can fuel up between shows with a selection of authentic Southern Fried soul food.

New to this year’s menu, created by Horsecross Arts head chef Martin Buchan in consultation with US food historian Dr Peggy Brunache (pictured) are monkey bread, strawberry-rhubarb pie, upside down grilled peach cake, buttermilk biscuit shortcake with cherries, whipped cream and drunken sauce and Southern style mac n cheese. Also on offer will be fried chicken, duck and sausage jambalaya, gumbo, peanut soup, pecan pie and more, with a special BBQ menu during Outdoor Stage performances. Alabama Slammer pitchers will be on offer again as well as a new Southern Fried iced tea cocktail called Mama P's Sweet Tea. There will be gluten free alternatives with halal chicken available on request.

Tickets for the Southern Fried Festival which was named Scottish Event Awards Best Small Festival 2014, are available here or from Horsecross Arts Box Office on 01738 621031.