Folk­ing bril­liant

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.

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