Herefordshire & Worcestershire's 2012 music festivals

31 March: Springstan, Eardisley nr Kington

The first of this year's music festivals took off in Herefordshire with thousands of people flocking to the tiny village of Eardisley.

Springstan started celebrating the arrival of the season no the Saturday and drew to a close as the sun came up on Sunday - a bit cooler than it had been, which was a shame for one of the organisers Jack Doran.

Upton-upon-Severn Folk Festival
4 - 7 May: Upton Folk Festival

Upton-upon-Severn Folk Festival celebrated its 23rd Birthday over the May Bank holiday with acts from all over the country in 10 licensed premises across the town plus a boat with a bar, all of which welcomed the folk community for informal and organised sessions.

The festival also hosted open mic sessions run by various folk clubs from this region, more than 50 Morris and other dance sides plus ceilidhs, workshops, craft fair, street theatre, a grand procession, stalls, juggling and other activities on the river bank

This year, for the first time, the festival staged a 'Percussive Dance Arena' where festival goers could enjoy Clog, Step, Appalachian, Rapper and other performers with noisy feet - there were also free dances under the bridge, plus the popular 'Upton Fringe' events, and spontaneous street acts.


Musical highlights included a sell-out performance from Welsh bass-baritone Bryn Terfel, while conductor Sir Simon Rattle talked about his work with the Berlin Philharmonic orchestra.

Rock was represented by New Order's Bernard Sumner, who talked about Joy Division and beyond in his autobiography, and Creation records founder Alan McGee.

Performances included Brit-hop star Speech Debelle, singer Cerys Matthews and drummer Christian Prommer.

Billy Bragg and Frank Turner will be celebrating Woody Guthrie's centenary with concerts.


Running concurrently with the Hay Festival, HowTheLightGetsIn 2012 was a 10-day festival of live music and philosophical debate in Hay-on-Wye.

This year acts such as Brian Eno, Big Chill founder Pete Lawrence, Glastonbury's Michael Eavis, dan le sac and Emmy The Great made an appearance.

In the words of their website: 410 events, 6 stages, 165 speakers, 10 days, 150 bands.

8 - 10 June: The Wychwood Festival, Cheltenham Racecourse

Set beneath the rolling beauty of the Prestbury Hills, major acts this year included James, Port Issac's Fisherman's Friends, Dodgy and Seth Lakeman & Kathryn Roberts.

Herefordshire acts The Roving Crows and Jenny Hallam also played the Friday of the festival.

BBC Introducing in Hereford & Worcester showcased some of the very best musicians from across the region on our very own stage.

17 - 19 June: Linton Music Festival nr Ross-on-Wye

The Linton Festival in Herefordshire has raised over £70,000 for local charities since it started.

The event started in 2001 when some of the regulars of The Alma Inn realised it would be cheaper to get The Producers to come to Linton, rather than hire a mini bus and drive all the way to Poole in Dorset.

Then they decided rather than having one band - they'd have loads!

The line-up included Gandalf Murphy and The Grand Slambovians from USA, King Mo from Holland, 24 Pesos, Red River Blues, Cadillac Kings, Oli Brown, The Mustangs, Eric Bell, Larry Miller Band, King King, Chantel McGregor, Bernie Marsden Band, Stratus plus other surprise guests.

22 - 24 June: The Upton Jazz Festival

On Fish Meadow and in Upton town, nestling beneath the Malvern Hills, you could be sure of a weekend of great music, fun and good company.

Moor your boat, park your van or pitch your tent on the campsite beside the River Severn in beautiful Worcestershire and walk to the Jazz.

This is one of the firmest fixtures in Worcestershire's music calendar and is internationally renowned.

22 June - 8 July: Droitwich Music & Arts Festival

The festival returned to Droitwich for a ninth year in 2012.

Last year this event ran over two weekends with many local acts performing on street stages around the town centre.

4 - 7 July: Blues at The Fold

Blues at The Fold offers great food, local beers, ciders and perry's and poets from Worcestershire Literary Festival.

Local artists that appeared included Babajack and Mumbo-Jumbo.

This year's compere was Worcestershire's poet laureate Theo Theobald.

14 July: WestFest

An annual festival located in West Malvern which promotes, encourages and showcases musicians, artists, craftspeople and performers from the local area.

West Fest is a non-profit organisation, with proceeds distributed to worthy organisations within the village.

Acts that played this year included This Wicked Tongue, The Vaudeville Tramp Band and Flatworld.

2012: Colwall Family Music Festival

The second Colwall Family Music Festival took place right after WestFest, hosting some of the biggest names on the local music circuit.

The event is organised by Midland Audio and took place on the Colwall cricket ground - close to the site of the Big Chill.

20 - 22 July: Rock The Ford, Hereford

Around 30 venues will alive with the sound of music this summer, as part of the Queen's Diamond Jubilee and the 2012 Olympics, as a new festival begins in Hereford.

Rock The Ford will play host to a number of live acts in almost all of the city's pubs and clubs.

However, after a stressful summer, the three-day event was reduced by a day and only took on board three venues.

Hereford Cathedral
21 - 28 July: Three Choirs Festival

The 2012 Three Choirs Festival took place in Hereford.

The festival has been moved earlier than normal in the year to coincide with the Olympics and there'll be a special games-inspired concert featuring this - Tchaikovsky's 1812 overture.

There's just one problem - it includes live cannon fire which isn't the easiest thing to arrange in a Cathedral!

Upton Blues Festival
20- 22 July: Upton Blues Festival

This event has grown each year and is now one of the largest free-admission festivals in the region.

This year there was three main stages plus nine pub venues across Upton-upon-Severn hosting live music throughout the weekend.

19 - 22 July: Wizzafest

An exciting weekend music festival for families returned to Bromsgrove!

All of the artists join together for one very good raise money for charity.

Last year the festival raised over £2000 for Macmillan.

27 - 29 July: Nozstock - The Hidden Valley

Now an established, leading family event in its 14th year, Nozstock was a sonic escape boasting eight main stages of entertainment with surprising sights and intimate, secluded areas of theatre and discovery to be unearthed.

In 2011 BBC Introducing in Hereford & Worcester showcased some of the very best musicians from across the region on our very own stage.

Acts for 2012 included The Futureheads, The Proclaimers and Drumsound & Bassline Smith as well as local artists Physics, DJ Tenz and Wooden Horse.

Bromyard Jazz Festival
17 - 19 August: Bromyard Jazz Festival

Bromyard is a town of festivals with its long standing Folk Festival and Nozstock as well as Bromyard Gala, the Scarecrow Festival, Town Criers' Festival and Marmalade Festival. In 2011 Bromyard held its first jazz festival in August and this was such a success it has now been added permanently to the town's calendar and will be repeated in 2012.

This is a jazz festival with venues within the Falcon Hotel Complex, featuring jazz from New Orleans to Swing. In the lead up to the festival there will be many other jazz related events.

On Saturday there was a New Orleans-style Mardi Gras parade through the streets of Bromyard starting at 11am - featuring The Burlesque Girls and this year's special guests from Holland Lamarotte - other acts include Bob Kerr's Whoopee Band and 'Sir' Alan Buckley's Hot Groovers.

17 - 19 August: Pershore Jazz Festival

A three day festival with links to Pershore Jazz Club.

This year it took place across four venues.

The Remi Harris Trio returned for a consecutive year performing at the festival in 2012.

Upton Festival
24 - 26 August: Upton Festival

Taking place over the August Bank Holiday weekend, the Upton Festival offers international music and camping.

It has a riverside location based at Fish Meadow in Upton-upon-Severn.

Hazel O'Connor, Alvin Stardust, Doctor & the Medics, Mungo Jerry, The Mindbenders, Los Pacaminos featuring Paul Young, The Union Gap UK, The American Four Tops, The Fabulous Boogie Boys, Strange Doors, The Move, The Tygers of Pan Tang, The Ultimate Beatles, The Bravo Boys and Ray Lewis's Drifters are all on the bill.

Worcester Music Festival
24 - 27 August: Worcester Music Festival

A four day, free festival taking place across around 30 venues over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

The festival is running for an extra 24 hours in this, its fifth year.

In 2011, 70% of the acts that played the Worcester Music Festival were local.

Bromyard Folk Festival
7 - 9 September: Bromyard Folk Festival

Bromyard Folk Festival features over 170 hours of entertainment in just one weekend of traditional music, song and dance.

The festival starts on Friday at 8pm with a concert, a grand ceilidh and a 'folk club' on site with a Morris procession through the town at 9pm.

Saturday morning is taken up with various workshops, singarounds, meet-the-artist sessions, concerts and dance displays. In the evening you will be able to choose from two concerts, a ceilidh, a musical variety concert, plus a late night club session - all on site. Workshops for dedicated dancers will be held all day, with a 'Dancers Day of Dance' being held in the Falcon.

Sunday Morning has a similar pattern to Saturday plus the popular Folk Services in local churches. Sunday afternoon features a song concert and a grand ceilidh. A variety of children's events are held during the day on Saturday and Sunday. There will be Morris and other dance displays throughout the weekend - in the town and on site. The festival concludes with the popular Sunday Evening Concert, in the Court Theatre.

15 September: Snodfest

BBC Introducing in Hereford & Worcester showcases some of the very best musicians from across the region on our very own stage.

It began as a means to raise money for a kids play area in Upton Snodsbury, where the festival is held.

The event will be taking place in September again this year.

2013: ArleyFest

This year's ArleyFest in Worcestershire has been cancelled.

The festival directors say they "cannot accept the personal financial risk of the festival".

Organisers hope to bring the festival back for 2013.

2013: The Big Chill

This year's Big Chill Festival in Herefordshire has been cancelled.

Organisers Festival Republic say they can't find enough artists to play the event because it clashes with the Olympics.

Tens of thousands of people head to the Ledbury festival every year - there's now plans for a smaller indoor event before returning to normal in 2013.

Fallstan - Event/Dates TBC


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