With much of the summer festival season being a washout the organisers of the annual Moseley Folk Festival will be hoping the gods shine on them yet again.
There’s no doubting the festival has been blessed by more than its share of fine weather in the six years since it first started.
Taking place over the weekend of August 31 to September 2 it differs from most similar gatherings in that festival-goers gather in the picturesque surrounds of Moseley Park each day and return to the comfort of their beds at the end of the proceedings each day.
It also has a mixture of music that is never pure folk and the event is all the better for it.
With acts like Echo & the Bunnymen and Julian Cope included on the bill it might not be to the taste of folk purists but such variety gives it added appeal and blends in very well with the general Bohemian character of Moseley as a whole.
The Bunnymen headline proceedings on the Friday night and will be performing songs from an impressive back catalogue that includes chart hits like The Back of Love, The Cutter, Never Stop and The Killing Moon as well as critically acclaimed newer material.
Other main stage acts on the Friday include a clutch of local notaries in the shape of Guillemots and The Destroyers as well as Beth Jeans Houghton & The Hooves of Destiny and Abigail Washburn with Kai Welch.
Former Ian McCullough collaborator and all-round rock ‘n roll fruitcake Julian Cope features on Saturday’s line-up (perhaps wisely the organisers have kept them apart due to somewhat ongoing strained diplomatic relations).
Local band Goodnight Lenin also grace the main stage, along with Jonathan Wilson, Devon Sproule, Micky Greaney and Ellen and The Escapades.
Saturday’s headline act is Roy Harper, an undoubted musical legend who has inspired everyone from Led Zeppelin to Pink Floyd and whose songs have been covered by everyone from The Levellers to The Who.
Sunday arguably has more of a pure folk feel with English folk stalwarts Steeleye Span topping the bill.
Other main stage Sunday acts include Cara Dillon, Simon Fowler’s Merrymouth, Jackie Oates Band, Destroyers’ frontman Paul Murphy, Spiro, Emily Portman Trio and The Long Notes.
On all days the live music alternates between the main stage and the adjacent Lunar Stage. Sunday’s Lunar Stage line-up includes Village Well, Jonny Kearney & Lucy Farrell, The False Beards, Ceilidh with The Long Notes, Telling The Bees, Rapunzel & Sedayne and Sunjay Brayne.
As always there’s much more going on too in the shape of a smaller music stage, storytelling, Morris dancing, fine food and real ale and cider from local breweries Purity and Hogan’s.
Tickets can be bought for individual days, two days or the entire weekend and range in price from £28.50 to £79 for adults.
Children under 12 are admitted free and 12-15-year-old tickets range from £13 to £35.
Tickets can be bought from the moseleyfolk.co.uk website (which also includes full line-up details), from the festival office at 82 Fazeley Street, Digbeth (10am until 4pm Monday to Friday), Polar Bear Records in York Road, Kings Heath, Swordfish Records in Temple Street, Birmingham, or The Zen Shop, St Mary’s Row, Moseley.
They can also be bought over the phone via The Ticketsellers. Telephone 0844 870 0000.