Worcester Music Festival started in 2008 to support and encourage live, local and original music in Worcester and is staged in pubs, clubs, cafes, and historic buildings around or near the city centre. Festival events take place at over 30 venues, with a line-up in the region of 300 bands and musicians. Entry to the majority of venues is free of charge.
The festival is a non-profit making event run by an enthusiastic team of 25+ volunteers, largely local musicians or people associated with the Worcester music scene. Not only does it provide a showcase for local musical talent of all genres, but it provides education and professional development opportunities through a variety of workshops and clinics. Each year the festival supports different local charities selected from a list of nominations. Money for the charities is raised by way of a raffle, donations, collection buckets at venues and merchandising sales.
Last year, around 30 venues - from pubs and clubs to cafes and historic buildings in or near the city centre - played host to more than 300 bands and artists, attracting an audience of around 11,000 over three days in August.