- 15 - 17 Sep 2023
- 10:00 - 18:00
Worcester Music Festival 2023
Worcester Music Festival – a metropolitan festival supporting emerging artists and raising money for charity – returns from 15th to 17th September, 2023.
The festival takes place in more than 20 venues in Worcester City Centre, hosting around 250 bands over 3 days as well as a number of workshops.
A non-profit making event, it is run by an enthusiastic team of volunteers who all give their time for free to support live music, encourage new audiences to visit new venues and help to make live music accessible to more people.
With live music across the city, from pubs, clubs, restaurants and cafes to historic buildings, record shops, on the streets and even in breweries, the festival is absolutely FREE to attend. Our team of promoters put on hundreds of gigs, showcasing some of the best, new and emerging artists in the UK.
The festival also delivers free music-related workshops for the whole community. Adults and children can take part in everything from drum clinics and Q&As with industry experts to learning an instrument or singing in a pop choir. Amateur photographers of any age or experience can also enter the annual photography competition.
Almost £55,000 has been raised for charity by the festival in its eleven year history and the 2018 charity was Worcestershire Association of Carers.
There is a thriving live music scene in Worcester, which is why the festival was born in the first place. It attracts new audiences and gives music lovers the opportunity to discover new talent.
Showcasing every genre imaginable – from rock, indie, metal, punk, psychedelic, pop and DJs to folk, jazz, blues, reggae, hip hop, country and acoustic acts – the festival has evolved to become a beacon for some of the best new and underground acts from across the UK.
Bands that have played our festival include Peace, God Damn, Das Sexy Clap, Jon Gomm, Xova, Virgil and the Accelerators, Jason Bowld, This Wicked Tongue, Nigel Clark, Guthrie Govan, The Stiff Joints, No Cars and many, many more.
With in-excess of 1,000 bands and artists applying for a slot at each festival (around 200 slots are available over the three days), the 2019 line-up promises to be even better than ever and organisers are looking forward to showcasing a host of exciting, new acts.
Since it began in 2008, festival-goers have generously donated almost £64,000 to 20 local charities.
Every year, the festival choses to support a different local charity, raising money over the course of the musical weekend, which, in 2023, will take place across the 15h-17th September in Worcester’s vibrant city centre. Applications must be in for Friday 25th January, to apply please fill out the Charity application form.
Tempted to check the festival out? Here’s what our fans say…
“Worcester Music Festival is live music by the people, for the people. With incredible line-ups and amazing events in venues scattered around this historic city, it should be in every music festival-goer’s diary.”
– Jon Gomm
“If you want to live, eat and breathe all kinds of music over a single weekend, Worcester Music Festival is for you. It’s a one-of-a-kind festival experience, an incredible ecosphere of live music.”
– Jason Bowld (Pitchshifter, PWEI, Killing Joke, Axewound, Bill Bailey)
“This is a great festival with an amazing amount of artists giving up their time for free. It’s a chance to spend the weekend exploring a wide range of musical creativity, while taking in the many splendours of the city.”
– Nigel Clark (Dodgy)