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Something For Everyone As 3 Days Of Free Music Set For Park
One of the biggest and best free music festivals in the Midlands, if not the country, promises to be even better and more impressive when it returns to the Staffordshire city of Lichfield in July. The Lichfield Fuse Festival, which is being staged within the city's beautiful Beacon Park from July 7th - 9th, has lined up almost 30 bands of varying musical genres from around the region and beyond.

Lichfield Fuse Festival
Lichfield Fuse Festival 2017

Lichfield Fuse Festival, which is described as Lichfield Arts' flagship event, continues to be one of the largest free music and arts festivals in the Midlands, with a feast of music, entertainment and activities to enjoy over the course of three days. Support from the Arts Council of England for this year's festival has also enabled the event to continue to grow. And, with all the bands performing in Beacon Park for free each day and every day, there isn't even a need to obtain tickets, so people are invited to just wander down to Beacon Park to enjoy and experience the music whenever the mood takes them.

Beacon Park
Beacon Park to host three days of free live music

Organisers of the Fuse Festival promise new and enjoyable musical and artistic experiences, both from within the local region but also elsewhere in the UK and even internationally. But the festival is about more than just the music with Fuse also engaging in grass root community projects that bring new opportunities and skills to the area its local youngsters. One such opportunity is City Sing, a project jointly hosted by Lichfield Festival and Lichfield Fuse, which will see choirs from across the district combine to create a giant a cappella song performance within Beacon Park on Sunday July 9th at 12.30pm. Led by artists from Birmingham-based company Vocal Point, the show will combine performances from individual choirs with a mass sing-along of new work and world music. Anyone can join in. Just email to sign up.

Panic Circus, Lichfield Fuse Festival
Panic Circus returns in their Big Top

At the same time, Panic Circus returns after they were such a hit last year. They will be set up in their own Big Top where they will be running a full programme of family activities throughout the weekend including circus shows and workshops, puppet shows, storytelling, bubbles, parachute and other games sessions. Members of Panic Circus will also be seen riding their unicycle or walking on stilts around the festival site. Festival co-director Cathy Fellows said: "Fuse 2017 will offer visitors a fun, vibrant and diverse experience, so we can't wait to see as many people as possible enjoying our free event." With all that's taking place there will be a real need for refreshments and, this year, the festival is collaborating with local microbrewery Brewhouse and Kitchen Lichfield to brew a special Fuse ale that will be served at the bar.

Lichfield Fuse Festival, The Assist
The Assist from Walsall perform on the opening evening

The music at Fuse will be spread across two main marquees, named Evolution and Momentum. Both will be buzzing with live music throughout the whole weekend, and there will also be pop up and walk-around performances throughout the festival site. Among the groups taking part during Fuse Festival are The Assist, a 4 piece council pop/rock band from Walsall, Matuki - a 12 piece band who play west African music fused with urban funk, Bric-A-Brac, a young folk band from Yorkshire and the Midands playing traditional and original music, and Hardwicke Circus, a seven piece rock 'n' roll band from Cumbria.

Lichfield Fuse Festival, Bric-A-Brac
Folk outfit Bric-A-Brac perform on the Saturday

Friday 7 July

The Assist
Born Again Beatles
People's Republic of Mercia
Marquis Drive

Matuki, Lichfield Fuse Festival
Matuki's African sounds can also be heard at the festival

Saturday 8 July

Ed Geater
The Tuts
China Shop Bull
The Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican
Barbarellas Bang Bang
Harry & The Howlers
The Ellipsis
Black Thorn

Hardwicke Circus, Lichfield Fuse Festival
Hardwicke Circus help bring Lichfield Fuse Festival to a close on Sunday

Sunday 9 July

Hardwicke Circus
The Skirr
Bud Sugar
Superstar Academy
The Soul Purpose

Further information is available online.
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Why? Three Days Of Brilliant Live Music All For Free
When: 7 - 9 July 2017
Phone: 01543 262223
Where: Beacon Park, 14 Swan Road, Lichfield WS13 6QZ
Cost: Free
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