Worcester Music Festival Rocks The City

ORGANISERS of Worcester Music Festival have been rocked by the response to this year’s free celebration of original music, with more people than ever before packing into city venues to watch over 250 up-and-coming bands and artists from across the UK.

Chairman Ant Robbins said the atmosphere at the three-day event from 29-31 August had been nothing short of electric. “The acts and audience reaction at our 34 venues were something else this year, with venues such as the Marr’s Bar full to capacity throughout the weekend,” he said.

“We had an amazing flash mob on the High Street, with more than 40 musicians from a host of bands coming together to perform, and pianos dotted around the city for passers-by to have a go on.

One family even came all the way from Cardiff in their camper van for the festival, the 12-year-old son Jack wowing crowds with an incredible Great Balls of Fire on the piano at The Quay.”

He said that he had even had a phone call from someone from Buckinghamshire who had been in Worcester on an annual cricket tour and had stumbled upon the festival on the Saturday.

“He said he was going to change next year’s tour date, so he can be in Worcester for the whole weekend, which goes to show how important the festival is for bringing people into the city.”

Live music fan Lauren Stevens, who also volunteered as a festival photographer, said: “It was an amazing day full of discovery of some incredibly talented individuals and such an adventure.”

With every genre imaginable represented, from acoustic rock, folk, jazz and blues to metal, electronic and ska, the celebration of music also saw hundreds of adults and children people join in a free workshop, from a drum clinic with demos, battles and jams to computer sound sequencing, as well as dance workshops including an introduction to salsa and belly dance.

As a not-for-profit organisation made up of volunteers, the festival also, crucially, raises money for local charities and this year’s event saw audiences digging deep for Worcestershire Young Carers, which supports 7-25 year olds who might be looking after a physically disabled relative or helping to raise siblings in a home where a parent has mental health problems.