The second round of shows for this year’s Ventnor Fringe have been revealed, including some top names in the world of comedy and entertainment.

Rob Auton, Geoff Norcott and Luke Kempner are among the household names heading to the Island's largest arts festival.

The full programme launches in a few week’s time, and will feature gigs, comedy, circus, theatre and performances in all kinds of spaces around Ventnor.

Ventnor Fringe is on from July 21 to 30, with a huge programme of over 150 events to choose from.

Acclaimed performer Sarah-Louise Young (Fascinating Aïda, Showstopper! The Improvised Musical) brings her cult cabaret smash hit An Evening Without Kate Bush, inspired by the music and fans of Kate Bush.

Meanwhile The Aretha Franklin Story explores the life and music of the Queen of Soul, with Cleopatra Higgins of 90s girl group sensation Cleopatra and a full live band in a show that will have you singing in the aisles.

For those interested in a more unusual offering there will be exclusive/first-look previews of the latest immersive audio experience by radical theatre innovators Darkfield.

Inspired by the nostalgic 8-bit aesthetic of 1980s video games, ARCADE is a choose-your-own-path experience that will fully immerse players in alternate environments in a completely dark shipping container, using 360 degree binaural sound and sensory effects.

Previewing new work ahead of Edinburgh Fringe runs, comedians include Sophie Duker, Geoff Norcott, Janine Harouni, Ahir Shah, Luke Kempner, Josh Baulf, Vittorio Angelone, Ania Magliano, Glenn Moore, Rob Auton, Huge Davies, Sara Barron, Freya Parker and Heidi Regan.

Other comedy to look out for includes the multimedia mayhem of the Mr Thing Show which invites you to become part of the studio audience.

Festival co-director Jack Whitewood said: “It’s always tempting to say that this is the best lineup we’ve had, but this year I genuinely think we’re punching well above our weight, with a programme to envy many of the country’s major international arts festivals in big cities.

"There’s still so much more to come, spanning music, comedy, cabaret, theatre, circus, visual arts, literature and everything in between.

"For anyone that still says nothing ever happens on the Island, I challenge you to explore Ventnor Fringe this year.”