Eighties music lovers are expected to descend on Ayrshire in their thousands this summer for a new music festival dubbed "T in the Park for oldies".

Retrofest will feature classic pop acts including Bananarama, Human League, ABC, Go West and Jimmy Somerville.

Up to 20,000 fans are due to gather at Culzean Castle on September 9 and 10, to see 16 nostalgic chart acts performing timeless hits such as Love in the First Degree and We Close Our Eyes.

But organisers said the 1980s will not be the only decade to be remembered at the festival, set to become an annual event.

A spokesman for Retrofest Ltd said: "Everywhere you look just now the eighties are the hot period. The music is timeless. The time is right for this sort of festival. Not only do parents still fondly remember the music but a lot of their kids are finding it fun and trendy too.

"Some people might be saying this is an old bands festival but that's not the case. Good music never gets old - look at the Rolling Stones.

"Similarly, songs like Teenage Kicks and we Close Our Eyes, you hear them and they still sound as fresh as they ever did. These songs aren't old, they're timeless classics."

Karen Woodward of Bananarama said: "This is going to be a great concert. We've had some fantastic times up north and this could be one of the best."

ABC's Martin Fry, whose hits include Look of Love, Poison Arrow and All of My Heart, said of the festival: "I'm looking forward to this one. It's a good line-up."