THE FESTIVAL

Worcester Music Festival – a metropolitan festival supporting emerging artists and raising money for charity – returns for the eleventh consecutive year from September 14-16, 2018.

The festival takes place in more than 20 venues in Worcester City Centre, hosting around 250 bands over 3 days as well as a number of workshops.

A non-profit making event, it is run by an enthusiastic team of volunteers who all give their time for free to support live music, encourage new audiences to visit new venues and help to make live music accessible to more people.

With live music 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. Our team of promoters put on hundreds of gigs, 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 take part 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.

Almost £50,000 has been raised for charity by the festival in its eleven year history and the 2018 charity is Worcestershire Association of Carers.

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 2018 line-up promises to be even better than ever and organisers are looking forward to showcasing a host of exciting, new acts.

THE CHARITY

Since it began in 2008, festival-goers have generously donated almost £50,000 to 16 local charities.

The 2018 Festival will fundraise for Worcestershire Association of Carers. Wristbands and other merchandise will be available, along with collection buckets in every venue. Also, a team of fancy dress-clad charity collectors will roam the venues over the weekend with collection buckets. Every gig is free entry but audiences will be asked to dig deep to donate to this worthy cause.

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.

Worcester also boasts a host of fantastic restaurants and watering holes, and this year.

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