Wildfire Folk

Final preparations are taking place for Lichfield’s free Fuse festival.

The event, which takes place in Beacon Park between Friday (July 6) and Sunday, will feature live music, comedy, storytelling and other entertainment.

Tim Perks, Fuse festival chairman, said: “The team at Fuse has put a lot of work in and we aim to improve year by year.

“We feel that Fuse 2012 is a festival we can be proud of, with a wide range of musical forms available to everyone.”

Kicking of on the Friday, the main tent sees rock, blues and folk music. The Silvana Family band will kick things of with their blend of classic and modern rock music, from Free to Metallica, while the Alfie Romeo Band from Burntwood and Devon will ply their signature rocking blues sound.

Finishing off the night will be State of Undress with their raucous blend of folk sounds and a more rocky backing.

Barbara Nice

Over in the acoustic tent, a number of local bands will be playing, with Cul De Sac, Analog Underground, Pencil Face, and local favourite Meberob all playing their varied musical styles.

If music is not your thing, than there is comedy in the workshop and performance tent, with Barbara Nice, Ben Hutchinson, Danny Sutcliffe, Will Duggan and Katie Mulgrew all performing.

More entertainment is lined up for the Saturday, with music in the main tent from noon, starting with a showcase from Mas Records and Neon Sound Studios, and featuring Tyler Mae, Darkness is Blinding, Sabotage, Fitz, and We are Saviours.

The music with the folk and medieval styles of Ash Mandrake, the American sound of Rebel Creek, the indie pop style of the Artie Fufkins, Beatles songs from The Born Again Beatles, the folk rock songs of Bleeding Hearts and the funky brass infused Fat Digester.

The acoustic tent runs from noon with an open mic event followed by more music from Amelia Harrison, Chloe-Blossom-Whitelaw and the exciting blues rock band May Contain Nuts. They will be followed by local musician Merv Spence, Secret Son, local singer songwriter Chris Elliot and his band, folk duo Barricades Rise, alternative modern rockers Stride, Jim Mcshee and Café De Kashmir, before local favourites Phaser finish the night with their cheeky musical styles.

As well as all of this, the Saturday will also feature music from The Lichfield Lighhouse Company, storytelling from Cath Edwards and Sharon Carr-Wu, an interactive ukulele workshop, dance workshops and displays from Charlie’s Angels Dance Company, Timothy Hardington, performing the works of Charles Dickens, in character, a Zumba Workshop and the popular silent disco.

Wildfire Folk

Sunday starts early with a church service, while music comes from Ash Mandrake, the Kaleidoscope Choir, and local folk ensemble Wildfire Folk, the brassy jazz sounds of the Phoenix Big Band, and the exotic style of Flamexicano.

The day also sees the performance of Circus! – Fuse 2012’s outreach project – as well as an art exhibition and displays from Coruscate Theatre, as well as the arts tent, where people can find out more about local arts groups.

As well as the live entertainment, the festival will also include a number of stalls selling a wide range of food and crafts.

For further details and times visit www.lichfieldarts.org.uk.