With Birmingham’s Moseley Folk and Arts Festival 2023 just a few weeks away, the line-up for the woods area of the festival has now been unveiled in full.
Curated by (and named after) Stone Club, the programme promises an eclectic and intriguing series of screenings, conversations, ideas and more.
Highlights across the weekend include a screening of Turner Prize-winning artist Jeremy Deller‘s ground-breaking documentary, Everybody In The Place: An Incomplete History Of Britain 1984-1992, which maps the development of rave and acid house culture (Friday 1 September), and an appearance from Echo and The Bunnymen’s Will Sergeant (Saturday 2 September). Guitarist Will will be recounting the band’s whirlwind rise to stardom to coincide with the publication of his new memoir, Echoes.
Meanwhile, Sunday (3 September) features a must-see display from Boss Morris, the female morris dancing team who joined Wet Leg on stage for an incendiary appearance at this year’s BRIT Awards. Bringing ancient folk dance to new audiences and reshaping predefined customs, Boss Morris aim to reclaim the narrative around our culture and past, and how we feel about ‘England’ and ‘Englishness’.
Famed DJ/producer and writer Justin Robertson also joins the Sunday line-up to discuss his trans-dimensional debut novel, The Tangle, as well as his forthcoming multi-media project with Stone Club, while Gwenno follows her main stage appearance (on Friday) with a screening of Tresor. Written, directed and produced by Gwenno, the dream-like film reflects her growing interest in the intersection of music and visual elements.
Discussing their collaboration with the festival – which also includes a film by Local Psycho and The Hurdy-Gurdy Orchestra (aka Jem Finer and Jimmy Cauty), and talk by Museum Of Witchcraft’s Simon Costin – Stone Club said: “We are delighted and excited to be bringing a selection of talks, films and conversations to Moseley Folk and Arts Festival this year for the first time.
“From running our regular night at The Social in London, to appearing at Glastonbury, Green Man and Sea Change, we realised how much we love bringing Stone Club to new audiences and in Moseley we found the perfect partners to work with – a well established independent festival with exceptional music, and an enthusiastic, knowledgeable and passionate team making really great things happen.
“We can’t wait to be on site!”
The annual Moseley Folk and Arts Festival takes place in a picturesque hidden park space in urban Moseley, Birmingham. Among the headline acts appearing this year are Squeeze, Graham Nash, Blindboy and Gwenno (Friday); The Saw Doctors, The Mary Wallopers, Lou Sanders and Rozi Plain (Saturday); and Wilco, The Proclaimers, Stornoway and Josh Pugh (Sunday).
For tickets and more information, see: 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
Stone Club: inc. Everybody In The Place by Jeremy Deller; The Folk Archive; Cosmic Neighbourhood
– 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
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
Stone Club: inc. Boss Morris; Tresor; The Gurdy Stone; Justin Robertson; Folk panelFor 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.
ABOUT STONE CLUB
Recreating prehistory since 2021.
Founded by artists Lally MacBeth and Matthew Shaw, Stone Club was set up as a place for stone enthusiasts to congregate, to muse and most importantly to stomp to stones. Stone Club believes the journey is as important as the destination and encourages people to pause and think about place in new ways; connecting ancient sites through community and conversation Stone Club aims to bring new perspectives to prehistory in a collaborative and inclusive way.