Bewdley Festival 2021 evening events will be held across 3 venues from Friday 8th October. Please note that our artist for the closing night has yet to be finally confirmed and we will advise of that booking as soon as we are able. Unless stated all evening events commence at 8:00 pm.
Our opening night at Tree Tops, at West Midland Safari Park, features a band we have long planned to bring to Bewdley: High-energy 8-piece band Police Dog Hogan, including much-loved Guardian columnist Tim Dowling on banjo and flat guitar, have been on a 2 year sabbatical from live performance but are back with their exuberant and genre-defying fusing of country, pop, folk, and rocking urban bluegrass.
Saturday the 9th October sees comedian, writer, and presenter, Dom Joly in St. George’s Hall, presenting his “Holiday Snaps – Travel and Comedy in the Danger Zone” which chronicles his journeys to some of the scariest, strangest, and most downright dangerous places in the world.
Lemn Sissay MBE is verging on national treasure status as an iconic writer, poet and performer. His deeply personal work ‘Something Dark’ tells the story of his upbringing in children’s homes and foster care and the search for his original family and identity. Lemn will be appearing in St. George’s Hall on Sunday 10th October.
After leaving Kidderminster in 1984, aged 17, Tom Watson served on the frontline of politics for over four decades, working at the heart of 10 Downing Street as a Minister with Gordon Brown, serving as a Defence Minister for Tony Blair and as Deputy Leader in the Corbyn years. Thirty-five years later, he returned to Wyre Forest for a quieter life after standing down as an MP and Deputy Leader of the Labour Party. Since then, he has made two TV programmes, published two Sunday Times best-selling books and became the Chair of UK Music.
Speaking at his first festival event since leaving politics in December 2019 Tom Watson presents “Coming Home” – reflections of a life in politics, books and music in St. George’s Hall on Monday 11th October.
TV naturalist Miranda Krestovnikoff makes a welcome return to Bewdley Festival on Tuesday 12th August with ‘The Sea Around Me – remarkable encounters with marine wildlife around the British Isles'”, in which she shares stories from the last 20 years filming marine wildlife around the UK.
On Wednesday evening, 13th October, we move to Baxter’s College, Kidderminster’ to welcome Ronnie Scott’s All Stars’. “The Soho Songbook” is a musical glimpse into the iconic venue’s history, combining amazing live music with fascinating narration and rare archive images. The show is a must-see for any jazz fan or lover of the “Great American Songbook”.
In her time Cerys Matthews MBE has been a prominent, musician, broadcaster and author and on her much-anticipated visit to Bewdley on Thursday 14th October she will be focussing on her latest collaborative work with a number of UK poets and spoken word artists. Lemn Sissay, who appears at Bewdley Festival earlier in the week, is featured on the resultant album “We Come From The Sun”, as does firm favourite of Bewdley Festival, Liz Berry, who will be appearing alongside Cerys during the show.
On Friday evening we return to Tree Tops to welcome the evergreen pioneers of folk-rock, Fairport Convention, who celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2020. The much-loved band will be performing songs from across their magnificent canon of work.