10th June 2022

Woo Fest set to return this summer

A person wearing a multi-coloured dress stands in front of a microphone playing an acoustic guitar.

An award-winning county festival is set to return as an in-person event this summer for the first time since before the pandemic.

Woo Fest will take place at the Drum and Monkey in Upton upon Severn between Friday, July 1 and Saturday, July 2.

The festival was created by Luke and Ria Simons in memory of their father, John Simons, who was cared for by St Richard’s Hospice.

Since its inception in 2014, Woo Fest has raised more than £85,000 for the hospice.

Mr Simons said: “For the past two years, Woo Fest has been held virtually with support from the talented people at creative agency DRPG.

“We are all over the moon that this year’s festival can happen in person. And, the line-up is looking amazing with great bands from across the region!

“It’s going to be a fantastic, family-friendly weekend of music and entertainment, with every penny of the ticket price going to St Richard’s.

“On behalf of the Woo Fest team, I’d like to say thank you to everyone who helps us raise funds for a cause close to so many of our hearts.”

The artists and bands performing over the weekend are: Andy Bennett, Drifta, Echo Gecco, Chimp on a Bike, Erica Jean, Split Second, The Flames, Killerstream Weekend Anthems, Los Neibourinos, Chevy Chase Stole My Wife, Ruben Seabright Trio, Nadi Hafren, The Marrs Bar House Band, The Secret Cabaret featuring Tazmin Barnes, The Oddbox Band, Immy and The Boatman, and Emilie and Hannah.

There will be an Ibiza classics set with Boxer, a World War Two Hurricane flypast from the Battle of Britain Memorial Flight, a children’s play area, Jungle Jiggle, forest school, crafts, face painting and food stalls.

The festival will be hosted by Rich ‘Hursty’ Hurst and BBC Hereford and Worcester’s Nina Das Gupta with DJ Martin Bradley.

Kelly Johns, Community and Events Fundraising Manager at St Richard’s said: “We can’t wait for this year’s festival, and are thrilled it’s going to be in person once again.

“The support from the Woo Fest team is incredible, and we are so grateful to them for all they do to raise funds for our care. Bring on another great festival!”

In 2019, Woo Fest was voted the UK’s Best Small Festival at The National Festival Awards.

This year’s festival is sponsored by The Butcheress, Lowes Garage, Kia Evans Halshaw Stourbridge, and Smiths News. It is supported by Hallmark Whatley Hulme and Diamond Windows.

Tickets are available for either the full weekend, or Saturday only, and camping is also available. To find out more, and book tickets by Thursday, June 30, visit www.strichards.org.uk/event/woo-fest