Moseley Folk and Arts Festival announce 2020 lineup


The family-friendly Moseley Folk and Arts Festival returns to Birmingham’s beautiful Moseley Park across the weekend of Friday 4 to Sunday 6 September 2020, where it celebrates its 15th anniversary.

The wonderfully intimate and idyllic festival continues its revered mix of the next generation of talent with stand-out international headliners converging on Birmingham in a vibrant blend of sounds. Now the festival is incredibly proud to reveal its full line-up across the whole weekend, with music taking place on three stages – the Main Stage, The Lunar Stage and the Kitchen Garden Stage – with its boldest and most innovative curation to date.

Friday 4 September 2020

Across a truly wonderful career, headliners The Waterboys have continued their unique odyssey of soulful rock ‘n’ roll and folk from across of the British Isles, working along many music paths, continually evolving and reinventing. They promise to have the Main Stage in raptures on Friday night.

Next up, The Wonder Stuff are an English alternative rock band whose music fizzes and crackles, with their poppy hooks and punk rock combined with plentiful self-deprecating lyrical wit. This will be a rare performance for the West Midlands band in 2020.

Taking the Highland music scene by storm are Stornoway band Peat & Diesel, with homemade songs about the island life.

Midlands legendary lo-fi original punk outfit, The Nightingales, join the bill in a year that will also see the release of the Stewart Lee-commissioned documentary, King Rocker.

Support comes from Irish punk poet Sinead O’Brien and Midlands based songsmith Alex Ohm, Full Time Hobby’s new signing Dana Gavanski, and LA songstress Sofia Wolfson.

Joining us on the Kitchen Garden stage is Phil ‘Swill’ Odgers & Bobby Valentino, Blair Dunlop, Chris Cleverly and Bethany Kay.

Saturday 5 September 2020

 The Ivor Novello-winning folk-rock songwriter, Passenger, has come a long way since the release of his first album, Wicked Man’s Rest, back in 2007, gaining global attention for his emotive acoustic songs.

Best-known for his tenure in the hard-to-peg-down Welsh outfit Super Furry Animals, Gruff Rhys has a long history in British rock.

Next up is an incredibly rare performance by Stephen Duffy and Claire Duffy of The Lilac Time. Stephen has made 20 albums, including 10 with his country folk band The Lilac Time; he visits Moseley with his wife Claire.

Katy J Pearson spins tales of blossoming dancefloor romance, and Keeley Forsyth, with her haunting debut album Debris just released, promises much with her remarkable and beguiling voice.

Completing the bill on Saturday is Jack Blackman & The Beautiful Wreck, Brigid Mae Power, Pavey Ark, Luke Jones, Annie Dressner, Indica Campbell, Andrew Collins Trio, Clive Gregson, The Annie Oakley and Tom Martin.

Sunday 6 September 2020

Richard Hawley is the acclaimed long-time musical troubadour whose melancholy, melodic indie pop echoes luminaries such as Scott Walker, Roy Orbison, and Morrissey. His sophisticated guitar sound and heartfelt lyrics will bring the festival to a rousing climax on Sunday.

The Staves are an indie folk trio of sisters, whose multi-layered and ambitious songs are matched by their flawless three-part harmonies.

Next up, Jade Bird’s country-charred folk sound is fast-becoming one of the most exciting new British voices around, whilst the venerable Beverly Glenn Copeland travels over from America to the Midlands, his four decade career covering a vast range of cultural influences.

Sublime dream weaver and hypnotic storyteller Katherine Priddy and former ravers turned innovative folk artists Stick In The Wheel complete the Main Stage billing.

Performing on Lunar and Kitchen Garden stage will be Pete Williams (from Dexy’s Midnight Runners), Cut A Shine, Darragh O’Dea, Inlay, Crooked Weather, The DelugeEmily Barker, George Boomsma, Maz O’Connor, The Fragile Hearts, Chris Elliot and Caitlin Jones.

For the 15th anniversary, people from across Birmingham and the UK will flock to this verdant suburban park to witness a heady mix of traditional, contemporary and experimental folk, world and roots music, as well as a vibrant range of arts programming.

Moseley Folk & Arts Festival is produced by the team behind Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival and Lunar Festival. Last year’s Moseley Folk Festival saw Don Mclean, Jake Bugg, The Zutons, Public Service Broadcasting, Lucy Rose, Richard Thompson, Edwyn Collins plus many more on the bill.

The full Arts programme will be released on 27 March 2020.

Tickets: Adults: Weekend – £115; 2 Days – £85; 1 Day – £48; Family – £240

Aged under 16: Weekend – £60; 1 Day – £25; 2 Days – £42

Children aged 12 and under go free