The first 100 acts have been booked for this year’s Worcester Music Festival as the event’s trusty band of promoters gets stuck into filling around 150 remaining slots from over 1,100 applications.

Local highlights on the bill include instrumental rockers The Broken Oak Duet, who played at Rise record shop on World Record Store Day, Granny’s Attic, who made the final five in this year’s Young Folk Award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards, and stutter-poppers God Save The King.

Audiences can also catch Worcester folk act Bitterroots, indie rock three-piece The Crooked Empire, gifted guitarist Claire Boswell, and 14-year-old singer-songwriter Jodie Hughes, whose band came second in the UK Battle of the Bands in 2010, when she was just nine.

From the county, the festival is set to welcome the likes of Stourbridge math rockers Constant Waves, Malvern pop punk band Dogs of Santorini, Kidderminster’s Marina Del Ray, Evesham folk outfit Skinny River, and Inkberrow looper Tom Forbes, who played at the 02 Academy 3 in 2013.

A few highlights from beyond the county borders include Birmingham’s reggae pop band XOVA, who took Cafe Bliss at Worcester Arts Workshop by storm at last year’s festival, and instrumental rockers Arbour Lights, as well as Somerset’s rumbustious, balkan-inspired folk sextet, M.O.D.

From the east, festival-goers can see Cambridge folk rockers Fred’s House, who have had airplay on BBC 6 Music, and London’s Kill Bill-esque, Japanese pop rock trio, No Cars.

You can find the first 100 acts on our bands page, and we will be announcing more bands and artists soon.

The festival has also had a re-brand to bring it into line with today’s vibrant festival scene, with a new-look website to boot.

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