Laura Marling heads up the bill at Birmingham’s celebrated strumfest
“Better than Glastonbury,” says Badly Drawn Boy, who presumably had a bloody awful Glastonbury that year, but with end Of the road sold out, Moseley Folk Festival is definitely the UK’S best option for last-minute festival action this weekend. Laura Marling heads up a fine array of folkish pleasures in a leafy glade in Birmingham that’s home to the 18th-century ice house said to have inspired tolkien’s hobbit house. But Fairport Convention, celebrating their 50th anniversary, are the closest you’ll get to anything from Middle earth. Much of the bill is relatively contemporary for a folk fest, with Seth Lakeman, amy Macdonald and José González heading up stages and Idlewild’s roddy Woomble and the Magic numbers adding a touch of turn-of-the-century indie to proceedings. Pull up a hay bale, grab a flagon of scrumpy and folk yourself stupid.