THE FESTIVAL

Worcester Music Festival – one of the UK’s fastest growing metropolitan live music events – is a three-day celebration of original music which returns for the tenth consecutive year from September 15-17, 2017.

Taking place in around multiple venues across the city, from pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes to historic buildings, record shops, on the streets and even in breweries, the festival is absolutely FREE to attend with literally hundreds of gigs to choose from from showcasing some of the best, new and emerging artists in the UK.

The festival also delivers free music-related workshops for the whole community. Adults and children can indulge in everything from drum clinics and Q&As with industry experts to learning an instrument or singing in a pop choir. Amateur photographers of any age or experience can also enter the annual photography competition.

A non-profit making event, the whole thing is organised by local volunteers. Everyone works and performs for free and the event is all about people pulling together to promote live music around the city and raise money for charity.

THE MUSIC

There is a thriving live music scene in Worcester, which is why the festival was born in the first place. It attracts new audiences and gives music lovers the opportunity to discover new talent.
Showcasing every genre imaginable – from rock, indie, metal, punk, psychedelic, pop and DJs to folk, jazz, blues, reggae, hip hop, country and acoustic acts – the festival has evolved to become a beacon for some of the best new and underground acts from across the UK.

Bands that have played our festival include Peace, God Damn, Das Sexy Clap, Jon Gomm, Xova, Virgil and the Accelerators, Jason Bowld, This Wicked Tongue, Nigel Clark, Guthrie Govan, The Stiff Joints, No Cars and many, many more.

With almost 1,000 bands and artists applying for a slot at each festival (around 200 slots are available over the three days), the 2017 line-up promises to be even better than ever and organisers are looking forward to showcasing a host of exciting, new acts.

THE CHARITY

The festival raises money for charity and in the past ten years, has raised over £45,000 via collections and wristband sales, supported by the thousands of music fans who attend.

The 2017 Festival will fundraise for St. Pauls Hostel so if you spot the team of fancy dress-clad charity collectors over the weekend of the event or any of our collection buckets, please dig deep! St. Paul’s is marking its own anniversary in 2017, having worked in the city for 40 years. It is dedicated to supporting the homeless, providing 24 hour emergency care as well as support for those who are at risk of homelessness.

THE FANS

Tempted to check the festival out? Here’s what our fans say…

“Worcester Music Festival is live music by the people, for the people. With incredible line-ups and amazing events in venues scattered around this historic city, it should be in every music festival-goer’s diary.”
– Jon Gomm

“If you want to live, eat and breathe all kinds of music over a single weekend, Worcester Music Festival is for you. It’s a one-of-a-kind festival experience, an incredible ecosphere of live music.”
– Jason Bowld (Pitchshifter, PWEI, Killing Joke, Axewound, Bill Bailey)

“This is a great festival with an amazing amount of artists giving up their time for free. It’s a chance to spend the weekend exploring a wide range of musical creativity, while taking in the many splendours of the city.”
– Nigel Clark (Dodgy)

THE CITY

Just 17 miles south of Birmingham, Worcester is easy to reach by public transport and if you want to stay over, has plenty of accommodation to suit every budget, including a campsite on the outskirts of the city.

Worcester also boasts a host of fantastic restaurants and watering holes, and this year, festival-goers can quench their thirst with a Worcester Music Festival real ale and cider from two local breweries.

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