ONE of the county’s most popular events returns this weekend.
The Upton Upon Severn Folk Festival kicks off on April 29 and sees hundreds of music and dance outfits descend on the town for a weekend of folk fun.
Until May 2, the festival features concerts, ceilidhs, competitions, workshops, exhibitions and a host of established names from the world of folk.
Venues across the city take part, including The Star, Rugby Club, The King’s Head, Bar 7, Memorial Hall, Baptist Church and many more.
This year’s program is as follows:
Ben Robertson, Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews Duo, Ian Bruce, Jim Mageean and Graeme Knights.
Belshazzar’s Feast, Ben Robertson, Bosun Higgs, Ian Bruce, Jim Mageean and Graeme Knights, Martin and Shan Graebe, Rosie Hood Band, Will Pound.
Bryony Griffith and Alice Jones, Doug Eunson and Sarah Matthews Duo, Jackie Oates with Mike Cosgrave, Jim Mageean and Graeme Knights, Moirai.
Monday – special holidays
Bryony Griffith and Alice Jones, Moirai presents Framed – the story of Alice Weldon, Ian Bruce, John Tams and Narthen.
On the Sunday of the festival, the procession will pass through the town led by Ledbury Morris and supported by Morris outfits from across the country.
The festival, established more than 30 years ago, returns to the city after a two-year hiatus caused by the pandemic.
Motorists en route to and from Upton this weekend are being warned of road works and possible closures causing delays.
Ongoing works at the junction of the A38 and A4104 mean drivers can expect delays as revelers head into town.
Motorists were also warned of some road closures in the city center.
Church Street, High Street, Old Street, Dunns Lane, Old Welland Road and Waterside are all expected to close during the festival.