Moseley Folk Festival: Crowds enjoy live music despite showers - with review and pictures

By Rebecca Stanley | Entertainment | Published:

Rain, rain go away...

The sudden appearance of autumn didn't stop people having fun at a sodden Moseley Folk Festival.

After bathing in sunshine on the festival's first two days, visitors were more likely to have bathed in puddles yesterday - but the feelgood factor at the event wasn't dampened by the inclement conditions.

However Sunday headliner Laura Marling left me slightly cold.

When the singer-songwriter took to the stage she praised the crowd for sticking around despite the weather, saying: "You're very resilient, with all of your macs."

There wasn't much interaction from the songstress after that.

The worst of the weather was out of the way by the time of Marling's set.

It had lashed it down from about 5.30pm before easing off - but stayed pretty cold.

And sadly her atmospheric ballads didn't quite warm the cockles of this chilly onlooker.


Marling has a fantastic voice and a tight backing band.

The likes of Don't Pass Me By and Salinas offered a welcome change of tempo, but overall the set felt rather one-paced and finished 10 minutes before the allotted finishing time.

Marling famously never does encores, which prompted a festival staff member to head onto the stage and tell people that Rambling Man was indeed the last song of the night, and the weekend.

Marling was preceded by The Destroyers - who describe their style of music as 'turbo-folk-thrash-punk-pop-poetry-fancydress'orama'.


The Birmingham group's high octane playing style was in stark contrast to Marling's understated, confessional performance.

Their raucous set certainly got the crowd moving.

Meanwhile other highlights included Kate Rusby, who played when the weather was at its worst.

She sandwiched her songs with slices of Yorkshire wit to keep the crowd's spirits up.

Idlewild frontman Roddy Woomble's folksy solo set showed the variety of the onetime young punk's songwriting.

The event itself was superbly organised, with plenty of space for people to sit down if they wanted and a decent selection of food stalls.

There were also no massive queues for the bar either which was a bonus...

David Cosgrove was tweeting about Moseley Folk Festival throughout the day:

Rebecca Stanley

By Rebecca Stanley

Entertainment journalist for Express & Star and Shropshire Star. Contact me:


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