With just over two weeks to go, Birmingham’s Moseley Folk and Arts Festival (Friday 1 to Sunday 3 September 2023) have announced the addition of Billy Bragg to their line-up.
Joining Wilco and Stornoway on Sunday night’s bill, Billy steps in to replace The Proclaimers, who have unfortunately cancelled all their forthcoming dates due to ill health.
This year sees Billy Bragg mark 40 years with a decade-spanning collection, The Roaring Forty: 1983- 2023. Out in October, the release celebrates the remarkable and enduring musical legacy of the songwriter, principled activist and alternative national treasure. The collection will be available as a 14 disc CD box set featuring 300 tracks, as well as a single disc primer, and triple vinyl.
“It seems like just the other day that I was handing [Radio One DJ] John Peel a mushroom biryani and asking him to play my first record,” says Billy, who previously appeared at the festival in 2016 and 2011. “The music business has changed dramatically since then, but my belief in the power of the song is undimmed.”
Taking place at the picturesque Moseley Park Pool, Moseley, Birmingham, the annual festival features appearances from Squeeze, Graham Nash, Gwenno and Blindboy (Friday); and The Saw Doctors, The Mary Wallopers, Rozi Plain, Lou Sanders, Scott Matthews and Will Sergeant (Saturday); with the final day (Sunday) welcoming Billy Bragg, Wilco, Stornoway, Josh Pugh, Old Time Sailors, and Angeline Morrison.
Alongside the news of Billy’s appearance, Moseley Folk and Arts Festival has also revealed the full daily schedule, with performance times for each day now available on their website.
For more information, including tickets (which are now ‘limited’), 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!- Pop-Up Puppet Cinema – Phil Pagett – Tal Davies
Stone Club: inc. Everybody In The Place by Jeremy Deller; The Folk Archive; Cosmic Neighbourhood; Richard Norris
– Saturday 2 September 2023 –
The Saw Doctors
The Mary Wallopers
Rozi Plain – Scott Matthews – Mark Radcliffe – Ezio – Michele Stodart – 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 – Jim – Kitty May – Keila – Pop-Up Puppet Cinema
Stone Club: inc. Simon Costin; Will Sergeant; Annebella Pollen on the Kindred of the Kibbo Kift ; This Is TMRW (DJ set)
Official After Party: Skinny Lister – Norton’s Digbeth, Birmingham
– Sunday 3 September 2023 –
Old Time Sailors
Angeline Morrison and The Sorrow Songs
Millicent Chapanda – Cut A Shine – Lewis McLaughlin – 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 – Jo Enright – Swampmeat Family Band
Stone Club: inc. Boss Morris; Tresor; The Gurdy Stone; Justin Robertson; Folk panel; Phil Hillery
For more details, including full line-up, see festival website.
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.
ABOUT MOSELEY FOLK AND ARTS FESTIVAL
Moseley Folk and Arts Festival is an annual family-friendly immersive event, exploring the very best of contemporary Folk, Arts and Crafts, which is held in Moseley Park – a stunning 11-acre woodland glade in the heart of Moseley Village.
Although the site is just two miles from the centre of Birmingham, it’s a world away from city life, and the perfect setting for a festival – with sloping grounds, creating a natural amphitheatre in front of a stunning lake.
Established in 2005, each year Moseley Folk and Arts Festival brings incredible artists, workshops, arts, crafts, and a selection of Birmingham’s most loved street food and drinks vendors to Moseley, for one epic weekend.
Previous headliners have included Laura Marling, Don Mclean, The Waterboys, The Monkees, The Jayhawks, Richard Thompson and Supergrass.