HUNDREDS of musical acts are ready to get the city rocking with a string of live performances this weekend.
Organisers of the Worcester Music Festival, which takes place between Friday (August 29) and Sunday (August 31), have attracted another impressive line-up of talented musicians.
More than 250 acts from across the country will take to the stage over the three days where they will perform a range of different musical genres – from acoustic rock, jazz and blues to metal, electronic and ska.
The Bridge Inn in Lowesmoor Terrace, the Paul Pry in The Butts, The Talbot in Barbourne, Heart of Worcestershire College and Worcester Brewing Company will be among the 34 venues to stage performances.
There will also be live music from the top of a double decker bus at the fountains at The Quay, while there will be foot-stomping folk at St Swithun’s Institute Halls in The Trinity and The Farriers Arms in Fish Street.
Adults and children will also be able to enjoy a host of free workshops, including a drum clinic and an introduction to salsa and lindy hop.
One of the new workshop programme highlights for this year is a BBC Introducing Q&A at The Hive library and information centre in Sawmill Walk with a guest panel of experts including Martin Chambers from The Pretenders, Verden Allen from Mott The Hoople and Nigel Clark from Dodgy.
Ant Robbins, chairman of Worcester Music Festival, said: “We have so much great music lined up this year and the beauty is, it costs absolutely nothing to see thanks to the support of our wonderful bands and artists and band of volunteers.
“We are particularly excited about the outside elements this year, meaning that wherever you are in the city centre, you should be able to hear some fantastic, new music.”
He also said collection buckets will be going around and raffle tickets will be available during the festival in a bid to raise funds for Worcestershire Young Carers, which supports 7-25 year olds who might be looking after a physically disabled relative or helping to raise siblings in a home where a parent has mental health problems.
To check out the full line-up of acts and workshops for this weekend’s festival visit www.worcestermusicfestival.co.uk