Moseley Folk & Arts Festival is set to return to the beautiful Moseley Park in 2019 from 30th August to 1st September. Every year people from across Birmingham and beyond flock to the park to witness a healthy mix of traditional, contemporary and downright experimental Folk, World and Roots music.
This year will be the fourteenth edition of the festival, which showcases unsigned acts amongst well established international artists, making for a truly exciting bill. In recognition of all the other non-musical entertainment featured across the weekend, organisers have changed the name of the festival to Moseley Folk & Arts.
So for 2019 you can not only expect the usual high calibre of music, showcasing the best in Folk, World, Roots and Americana but also a rich programme of Arts & Crafts, Comedy & Cabaret, Poetry & Literature and Talks & Debate.
On a quest to inform, educate and entertain audiences, Public Service Broadcasting will bring their uniquely spell-binding live AV transmissions to Moseley Folk & Arts Festival. They co-headline with legendary Liverpool
band, The Zutons, who have reformed in celebration of the 15th anniversary of their seminal album ‘Who Killed The Zutons’.
Ivor Novello and Ivor Inspriation Award winner, Edwyn Collins is a musician, producer, record label owner, illustrator and more. He last performed at Moseley Folk Festival in 2013; 6 years on, he returns for a Main Stage slot on Friday 30th August. Exploring the boundaries between acoustic and electronic music, Tunng have become synonymous with the folktronica genre.
Only a few shows in, Saint Alto have gathered attention for ‘hauntingly beautiful’ songs paired with the drive of indie folk found in artists such as Ben Howard and Bon Iver. Similarly beautiful, Adam Day aka County Line Runner uses his unique lyrics and storytelling to convey universal feelings from another angle.
BRIT, NME, Ivor Novello and Mercury Prize Award-nominated, Jake Bugg, headlines the Saturday night in Moseley Park. His most recent album, ‘Hearts The Strain’, was recorded in Nashville with The Black Key’s Dan Auerbach and Gene Chrisman and Bobby Woods who have previously worked with the likes of Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick.
In the pre-headline slot is Lucy Rose. After starting her career singing for Bombay Bicycle Club, Lucy has gone on to release 4 solo albums, the most recent of which incorporates 70s flourishes, no drums, a rich fretless bass and light percussion to create a sense of intimacy in the songs.
Don McLean was announced as the Sunday headliner back in November – this resulted in the highest Earlybird Ticket sales in the festival’s history. Those attending the festival can expect to hear hits such as “Vincent (Starry Starry Night)”, “Castles In The Air”, “And I Love You So” and “Crying”, as well as the anthemic “American Pie”.