British folk veteran Roy Harper is heading to trial next year (14) on a number of child sex offences.

The musician is facing nine charges relating to allegations dating back to 1975 and 1977, including one count of having unlawful sexual intercourse with a girl aged under 13.

He will be tried on the charges next August (14) and he will remain free on unconditional bail until then.

Harper will next appear in court on 24 March (14) to enter a plea.

The 72 year old was set to perform alongside Robert Plant at a tribute concert in honour of late musician Bert Jansch in London on Tuesday night (03Dec13), but he has withdrawn from the line-up.