PREVIEW: Moseley Folk & Arts Festival 2

PREVIEW: Moseley Folk & Arts Festival

When: 2nd – 4th September 2022

Where: Moseley Park and Pool, Birmingham, England.

Not long now. A week on Friday and after a three year pandemic-induced hiatus, Moseley Park and Pool will once again open its gates to the Moseley Folk & Arts Festival. And looking at what the event has lined up for us, it will have been well worth this enforced wait.

The prospect before us is summed up very nicely by John Fell, the Moseley Folk and Arts Festival Manager, who says: “We’re very pleased to return with another varied and surprising line-up that combines well-known iconic artists – like Seasick Steve, Jethro Tull, Supergrass, and The Coral – with emerging acts who are really making an impact, such as The Weather Station.

“This year also sees some great guests to our Arts Stage, including two incredible and era defining poets – John Cooper Clarke and Simon Armitage – and 1960’s singer-songwriter Vashti Bunyan, who’ll be discussing her remarkable career. 

“And, of course, our bars will be well-stocked with great ales and cocktails, while a selection of great award-winning street food vendors will ensure plenty of choice on the food front.”

Moseley Folk Arts Festival
Moseley Folk & Arts Festival

In addition to the great artists highlighted above, this year’s festival will also feature performances from the exciting American bands Kurt Vile & the Violators and Midlake; fellow American and one of the great modern singer-songwriters, Anaïs Mitchell; homegrown British talent courtesy of Yorkshire musician Billie Marten, the Bristol-based, a capella folk music band The Longest Johns, venerable English folk singer and guitarist Martin Carthy; and popular Scots’ folk-based group Talisk, alongside a diverse range of other top class musical acts.

This year Moseley Folk & Arts Festival launched a brand new and innovative bursary scheme in honour of the renowned broadcaster and its long-time friend and supporter, Janice Long. The Janice Long Bursary has been set up to support new and emerging artists in their careers and the first winner of this prestigious award has just been announced. Louie Miles will be opening the first ever Janice Long Stage at this year’s festival, plus he’ll be the headline on that stage next year. Having grown up in the West Midlands and now based in Liverpool, the 22 year old is a songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and bedroom producer who seeks the “freedom, challenge and thrill to be found in the process of creating songs”.

Not surprisingly, there are now only extremely limited tickets left for this year’s event but those that remain can be purchased from the official Moseley Folk & Arts Festival website

Photo credit: Simon Godley

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