A Moseley Festival Summer

Sunday, 21st June 2015

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Moseley Folk Festival
Moseley Folk Festival

I sat down with the Events Manager for Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul and Moseley Folk Festival John Anthony Fell, to learn a little more about these two massive local events that are happening in the coming months.

Mostly Jazz Funk & Soul Festival takes place on 10th to 12th July 2015, and The Folk Festival is 4th to 6th September 2015. Our festivals, John tells me, are seen by many as the ‘most chilled out of the summer festivals’ and they’re going strong: the Folk Festival is celebrating ten years whilst the Jazz festival is a little younger at six but they both feel like well-established dates in the summer diary for Moseley and for music lovers. Tickets are selling quickly this year.

The Jazz festival was borne out of the success of the Folk festival. The demand was there and it soon grew in its own right. John said Chic and Nile Rogers playing in 2013 were a personal highlight and the point he knew it was cemented in the diary. ’People were all standing up on a sunny day and since then it has always sold out’. For the Folk festival John told me he was blown away seeing Jonny Marr play and, of course, Ocean Colour Scene doing a set on home soil was brilliant.

Although the festivals are intimately linked to the village and the park, they have an incredible following outside of B13. Over half of those who attend come from beyond Birmingham’s borders and this year people are travelling here from as far away as Israel, Japan and Australia. With so many visitors to the area the pubs, shops, and cafes are going to be full; those of you who have been here a while will know these festivals are great for business, and based on visitors from all over the world it clearly gives us a global stamp and name.

Those who come remain loyal and come again. For many people, John explains, this is the event for housemate reunions, family get-togethers, birthday bashes and the annual weekend away.

I’ve been only been once, and it was before I moved here. I recall that we had a great day and felt very at home and at ease. Hey, who wouldn’t be happy with good friends sat on the grass, drinking a little cider whilst listening to live music? The headliner was the funny and enthralling Roy Harper. Personally, I’m excited to really see these festivals as a resident and entertain some visitors from outside of B13. I’m going to both and you’ll see features about them popping up in the coming months. I’m looking forwards to The Atlantic Players, The Hackney Colliery Band, Gregory Porter, Anna Calvi, The Polyphonic Spree, the Craig Charles after party, and on the last day of it all sitting in the sun and watching The Monkees with my Dad, Uncle and friends.

In the coming months we’ve got John to give us his five highlights for each festival to send you in the right direction but for now, ready your wellies whilst you read his 5 tips for going to a Moseley festival:

1.    Arrive Early – Moseley Park is a beautiful intimate venue where people are welcomed to bring picnic blanket and camping chairs. Naturally, space is limited for these so head down early and grab your spot for the day.

2.    You are able to bring your own picnic (no glass) so bring some snacks with you but remember there are plenty of healthy and local caterers on-site which we are very proud of.

3.    Leave the car at home – As we’re based in the heart of Moseley parking can be very difficult, we always recommend using public transport. This also, means you can sample Purity locally brewed ales!

4.    Respect the artist – Some of the artists are performing solo and can be very quiet. They can be beautiful experiences but we always ask those in attendance to appreciate and show respect.

5.    Have fun! It’s a break from work and the stresses of the outside world so come along relax and enjoy some of the biggest international artists, local artists, food and drinks and hopefully sun!

Tickets are competitively priced at: £39 per day, £69 for two or £89 for all three. For tickets and information visit: mostlyjazz.co.uk and moseleyfolk.co.uk

See you there.

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