It’s good to see that for all the cancellations, there are some end of summer festivals which are still happening this year, one of which is the perfectly-curated Moseley Folk & Arts Festival which takes place from 3rd-5th September in the “central to just about everyone” location of Moseley Park just outside of Birmingham. Headline acts include the all very-americana friendly Passenger, Frank Turner, The Water Boys, Richard Hawley, along with some names which will be very familiar to these pages including Our Man in the Field, Jade Bird, Blue Rose Code, Native Harrow and the always always lovely Emily Barker.
The festival has been running for almost two decades now and the organisers say that they “try to program a healthy mix of traditional, contemporary and downright experimental folk and acoustic music. Showcasing unsigned acts right next to well established international artists makes for a really exciting bill. Ours is very much a family friendly event with activities for all ages.” The park in which the festival takes place is home to a huge variety of trees and plants, supports a wealth of wildlife and also holds what is believed to be one of the Midland’s best preserved ice-houses. A kind of eighteenth-century refrigerator, it was used to serve Moseley Hall with preserved food and ice. During the festival the Ice House will be open courtesy of volunteers from The Moseley Society. You basically don’t need to worry about getting too hot.
You can find details of the full line-up and purchase tickets from the festival website here.
I’m going for the first time this year on the Saturday to see Frank Turner and maybe find a new band/singer that I like.