With ticket sales already at a record breaking peak, among the latest additions to the long-running Birmingham festival are Stornoway (Sunday), rising comedy star Josh Pugh (Sunday), and award-winning singer-songwriter Scott Matthews (Saturday).
Hailing from Oxfordshire, Stornoway made a big impact with their debut single, Zorbing, in 2009/2010. One of the stand-out artists at 2011’s Moseley Folk, they released three successful albums before initially pausing in 2017 – but reformed last year to great acclaim.
Warwickshire comedian Josh Pugh is on the verge of a major breakthrough. Nominated for the Edinburgh Comedy Award 2022, he’s played sold-out shows at Birmingham Town Hall and The Glee Club, opened for Ricky Gervais, and appeared on such TV fare as The Last Leg, Hypothetical and Mock The Week. For his Moseley appearance he’ll be joined by Birmingham Comedy Festival Breaking Talent Award 2022 winner, Hannah Weetman.
Ivor Novello-winning Black Country songwriter Scott Matthews has a fanbase that includes Robert Plant, Vashti Bunyan and members of Radiohead. His latest album, Restless Lullabies (out 28 April) sees him revisit songs from 2020’s electronic New Skin, representing them in an acoustic setting.
The festival is also welcoming broadcaster and musician Mark Radcliffe (Saturday), while spoken word festival Verve hosts appearances from Bohdan Piasecki and Birmingham’s Poet Laureate Jasmine Gardosi (Saturday and Sunday).
Further musical additions include songwriter/musician Rozi Plain (Saturday), who has just released her fifth album, Prize (which features a guest appearance from This Is The Kit); Americana duo My Darling Clementine, Malawi’s Madalitso Band and Louie Miles, the first recipient of the festival’s Janice Long Bursary (Friday); The Magic Numbers’ Michele Stodart, Ezio, Ireland’s The Armagh Rhymers and Vinny Peculiar (Saturday); and English folk trio Granny’s Attic (Sunday).
These join the previously announced headliners Squeeze, Graham Nash, Gwenno and Blindboy (Friday); The Saw Doctors and comedian Lou Sanders (Saturday); and Wilco, The Proclaimers and Old Time Sailors (Sunday).
John Fell, Moseley Folk and Arts Festival Manager, said: “The response to the festival line-up so far has been incredible – this has been the fastest-selling festival we’ve ever had!
“So we’re really excited to be announcing Stornoway’s return and Josh Pugh, as well as partnerships with Verve Festival and Birmingham Comedy Festival.”
• Moseley Folk and Arts Festival takes place in Moseley Park, Birmingham, on Friday 1 to Sunday 3 September 2023. Tickets are now available priced £145 (adult, weekend), £57 (adult, day), £65 (U18, weekend), £32 (U18, day) and £320 (family) – plus booking fees.
For more information, see: moseleyfolk.co.uk
Friday 1 to Sunday 3 September 2023
Moseley Folk and Arts Festival
Moseley Park and Pool, 93b Alcester Road, Birmingham B13 8DD
Tickets/ information: moseleyfolk.co.uk
– Friday 1 September 2023 –
Elanor Moss – Adults – Louie Miles – Madalitso Band – My Darling Clementine – Simeon Hammond Dallas – Tapir!
– Saturday 2 September 2023 –
The Saw Doctors
Wild Rivers – Rajasthan Heritage Brass Band – Chloe Foy – The Armagh Players – Vinny Peculiar – Nogood Boyo – Fine Lines – Verve Festival: Sam J Grudgings, Toria Garbutt, Repeat Beat Poet, Prerana Kumar – Michell, Pfeiffer and Kulesh
– Sunday 3 September 2023 –
Old Time Sailors
Angeline Morrison and The Sorrow Songs
Robin Ince – Birmingham Comedy Festival: Josh Pugh & Hannah Weetman – Granny’s Attic – Crewdson & Cevanne – Circus Raj – The Lost Notes – Burd Ellen – Verve Festival: Bohdan Piasecki, Jasmine Gardosi, Muneera Pilgrim, Jemima Hughes – Lauren Housley Trio – Kirsten Adamson – Jon Wilks
For full line-up see festival website.
Further programme announcements coming soon.
Tickets (Final Tier): Adult Day Tickets – £57; Adult Weekend (3 days) – £145.
Under 18 Day Tickets – £32; U18 Weekend £65 (3 days).
Family Weekend – £320.
Plus booking fee.
Instalment plan available.
Volunteer tickets also now available.
See festival website for all ticket options.