Get ready for an extraordinary weekend at Fuse Festival!

Friday July 12th to Sunday July 14th, Beacon Park, Lichfield.

Welcome to Fuse – Your Festival Experience! Fuse is not just an event; it’s a vibrant music and arts festival committed to inclusivity and accessibility for all. Immerse yourself in the best of live music, captivating performances, accessible activities, and arts – all crafted with you in mind.

As a not-for-profit festival, Fuse has been a proud initiative of Lichfield Arts since its inception in 2001. What began as a dream to provide free, live music and activities for all has blossomed into a beloved summer tradition that unites our community, supports the creative sector, provides opportunity for local businesses in the event industry, and generates income for the local economy.

Operated primarily by volunteers, Fuse has evolved into one of the largest events of its type in Staffordshire and the West Midlands with an average footfall of over 15,000.

We’re proud to say that Fuse Festival remains free entry in 2024. In a time when many festivals are succumbing to rising costs and increasing their ticket pricing, we are also feeling the heat. Our fixed costs have increased by 44% since 2019, but with the average festival ticket price now at £165, a price few can afford, we are working harder than ever to ensure this celebration of community, shared joy and love of live music and quality arts remains free, inclusive and accessible.

We can’ do it without the support of generous sponsors, funders and through donations from supporters like you! Your support is vital!  

You can join us in making a positive difference by making a donation if you are able when you book your tickets, donating on site during the weekend, or by buying a drink or two from our Fuse Festival bar!

We can’t wait to welcome you! 

Here’s a preview of our line up . . . .

Sam Redmore

Sam’s music brings together latin, afrobeat, disco, house and broken beat in one superb package. His music has been played on BBC Radio 1, BBC RADIO 6 Music, BBC Radio 2 and Jazz FM and he has racked up live appearances at festivals including Boomtown, Green Man, Camp Bestival, and Kendal Calling. His new single @Glow@ is out now!

@sam_redmore

Social Ignition

This mighty 7-piece Ska-Fusion band are full with skanktastic brass grooves, dubby baselines, funkadelic guitar licks and punding dance beats.

The broad range in musical interests and influences of the band members adds to their interesting, diverse sound.

@thesocialignition

King Zepha

King Zepha is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer. He has worked all over the world, including performing at  the United Nations headquarters in New York.

His music features honkin’ horns, thumpin’ double bass, dub delays, global rhythms and stunning 3-part vocal harmonies.

@kingzepha

Santu

The untamed, unforgettable Alternative Rock band SANTU making waves across the West Midlands. Boasting a unique blend of influences, from Blues and Soul to Progressive Rock, Santú’s sonic identity is paving the way for newly reformed ‘Rock n Roll’ sparking a reminiscent sound to bands of the golden of the 70’s such as led Zeppelin and Black Sabbath.

@santuband

Tilly Kingston

Tilly’s hard edged, punk rock, a metal fused pop will connect with anyone who’s ever felt like a misfit. 

Born in the midlands, Tilly is the breakout teen antihero- an edgy, refreshing, unorthodox counter to the typical pop artist.

@tillykingston

Jayler

Jayler are James Bartholomew (lead vocals/guitar), Tyler Arrowsmith (guitar), Ricky Hodgkiss (bass/keys) and Ed Evans (drums). 

Experience the electrifying talent and mesmerising stage presence and energy of this exciting up and coming rock band.

@jaylerband

Fuse Music line up at a glance

Friday 12th July

7:15pm The Vengeance (Friary School)

7:55pm Stingray

9:00pm The Melvin Hancox Band

Saturday 13th July

12:30pm Climate choir

1:40pm Virgil Splint

2:45pm Common Culture

3:50pm Jersey Budd

5:05pm Tilly Kingston

6:15pm The Social Ignition

7:25pm Jayler

8:50pm Sam Redmore & The Tropical All Stars

Sunday 14th July

12:00pm Hit The Dhol

12:35pm Bo Brothers

1:25pm Sig and the Fire Pilots

2:30pm The Assist

3:40pm King Zepha

5:00pm Not Quite Dead Yet

Friday 12th July

7:15pm Lichfield Arts Introducing – a mix of young performers

Saturday 13th July

12:30pm Downfall 77

1:15pm Faulted Time

2:00pm Drouzy

2:40pm Ellie Galvin

3:25pm Ribbons For Rose

4:20pm Lichfield’s Artful Dodger

5:20pm SANTÙ

6:20pm Genevieve Miles

7:20pm Headshrinkers

8:15pm DJ Thumpa

Sunday 14th July

12:15pm PQA

1:00pm Cloudy Galvez

1:55pm Macy O

2:50pm Jonezy

3:45pm Joseph Davis And The Footage

4:45pm The Bad Rats

Friday 12th July 2024

The Vengeance

The Vengeance are Joe (vocals), Logan (guitar), Danny (guitar), Ben (keyboard & drums) and Ollie (drums/bass), and they are all just 13 years old! In 2023 they won The Friary School’s Battle of the Bands competition, with their prize being a slot on Lichfield Arts Introducing stage at Fuse 2023. In line with Fuse’s policy of giving stars of the Introducing Stage a bigger platform the following year, the band will be opening Fuse 2024 on the main stage, and they can’t wait!

Stingray

A live original party band playing Funky Grooves From Around The World! Stingray are an 8-piece party band from Stoke-On-Trent that play the most incredibly infectious music for dancing and bringing people together.Their sound fuses grooves from across the globe including rock, reggae, Latin, funk, Afro and more.

The Melvin Hancox Band

Those lucky enough to have witnessed their set at Lichfield Arts’ January 2023 Music Festival will know what a mind-blowing band Melvin Hancox fronts. His spectacular psychedelic bluesy rock guitar playing is truly electrifying. Melvin has had material played on Rick Wakeman’s Planet Rock Show, Zoe Green’s Blues and Beyond and Cerys Matthews’ BBC Radio 2 Blues Show. Even Chrissie Hynde says she digs the band!

Saturday 13th July 2024

Climate Choir

We are thrilled to announce the formation of Lichfield’s Climate Choir – a unique collaboration between Three Spires Community Choir, Inspire Choir, and Lichfield Cathedral’s Young Voices choir. Together they will be singing beautiful songs that reflect the splendour of nature and raise awareness about the importance of caring for our planet. 

Virgil Splint 

After a 40-year hiatus Virgil Splint, along with two other Lichfield bands from the 80s, played a special sold-out gig at the Guildhall recently. It went so well that the band has reformed, so if you missed them at the Guildhall you need to see them at Fuse! Every performance feels like a party: not your run of the mill covers band, their versions mix rock with pop and some that you you wouldn’t expect. So if you want some fun, catch Virgil Splint while you can at Fuse!

Common Culture

Common Culture are a rousing, fiddle driven alternative folk band from Lichfield and Barnsley that fuses traditional and contemporary elements with three-part harmonies into an upbeat and energetic sound. The gang’s songs are full of catchy hooks, infectious rhythms and a party spirit.

Jersey Budd

Jersey Budd is a singer/songwriter from Leicester who, with his band Silverball, delivers contemporary Americana with a distinct, idiosyncratic Englishness. The elegance and beauty of Jersey’s songs and the huge power of his voice have delighted audiences throughout the UK and Europe, including through tours with artists such as John Martyn, Amy McDonald, Turin Brakes, The Enemy and Ocean Colour Scene.

Tilly Kingston

Hailing from Lichfield, Tilly’s hard edged, punk rock and metal fused pop will conect with anyone who’s ever felt like a misfit. She is the breakout teen antihero – an edgy, refreshing, unorthodox counter to the typical pop artist, Tilly’s mantra is empowerment!

The Social Ignition

This 7-piece ska-fusion monster has to be heard to be believed. With a foundation built primarily on ska and reggae, they come armed with a melting pot of musical influences. From funk to punk, hip-hop to rock, Latin to jazz, and EDM to DnB! The band doesn’t shy away from incorporating these styles into its attractive and diverse sound that guarantees to keep any dancefloor bouncing.

Jayler

Jayler are a new young local band creating exciting new rock music for every generation to enjoy. With over 100 gigs and festivals behind them and a healthy future tour list including overseas their future really is looking bright. They captivate their audience, not just with their phenomenal musical capabilities way beyond their young years but with their high energetic performances and mesmerising stage presence.

Sam Redmore & The Tropical All Stars

Having established himself first as a club DJ and producer, Birmingham’s Sam Redmore is now smashing it as a fabulous live act with his band the Tropical Soundclash Allstars. It’s music made with the dancefloor firmly in mind, involving a combination of electronic and programmed sounds with organic, live instrumentation that brings together Latin, afrobeat, disco, house and broken beat in one superb package. Come and see for yourself why Sam and his band has become a mainstay at festivals such as Boomtown, Shambala, Green Man, Camp Bestival and Kendal Calling.

Sunday 14th July 2024

Hit The Dhol

Hit The Dhol are a youth based Dhol drumming group based in the Midlands. They play to all genres of music including bhangra, Afro beats, rock, reggae and so much more. Their energetic performance will get everyone dancing, singing and wanting more! 

Bo Brothers

Bo Brothers are a vocal hip hop trio from Walsall comprising brothers Robert (16), CJ (13) and Jacob (just 9!). They perform an eclectic mix of originals and covers, influenced by musicians such as Kendrick Lamar, Eminem, Tupac and Kanye West and supported by their musical parents. Despite their tender years they already have performances under their belt at various carnivals, festivals, charity events and open mic events. Their aspiration? To make it big one day while inspiring the new generation.

Sig And The Fire Pilots

A fabulous three piece band from Cannock playing their own exciting blend of original alternative rock. Made up of Sig on guitar/vocals, Dave on bass/vocals and Douggie on drums/vocals, they have received excellent feedback for their work so far. Their first single Click Bait reached number 8 on The World Indie and European Indie Charts and their sound has been described as ‘ The Clash Meets UB40’.

The Assist

The Assist have their finger on the pulse of how the modern generation consumes music, soaking their soaring indie anthems with hip-hop-inflected beats, dance-tinged rhythms and blistering breakdowns. This eclectic adventurism has seen them sell out venues across the UK and share the stage with Blossoms, The Happy Mondays, The Rifles and The Twang. They recently completed a tour across Russia, headlining the Ural Night Music Festival in front of 12,000 people. Their 2022 debut album ‘Council Pop’ reached #35 in the album charts, and these Brummie scamps have sound tracked the upper-crust scandals in the E4 show Made in Chelsea and have had praise and airplay on BBC 6 Music from the likes of Tom Robinson and Steve Lamacq.

King Zepha

King Zepha is a singer, multi-instrumentalist, composer and producer from Leeds. He has toured the world, including performing at the United Nations headquarters in New York and Clockenflap Festival in Hong Kong. His original music fuses jazz and blues with reggae and ska, and features honking horns, thumping double bass and raucous three-part vocal harmonies.

Not Quite Dead Yet

They’re still unsure just how many members are in the band and what their names are! Not Quite Dead Yet have been described as ‘a tin of punk rock sardines spilling out onstage’. Playing guitars, bass, drums, mandolins and an array of ukeleles, 2024 sees the NQDY madness escalating as they travel the country playing festivals wherever the stages are big enough, and some that really aren’t. Mad, who started NQDY, says “this is not a band, this is a support group”!

Friday 12th July 2024

Introducing

‘Introducing’ is back for its fifth year to take over our Momentum Stage on Fuse Friday. We’ve once again partnered with local schools to find the brightest stars! Our Introducing programme offers them the chance to work with our professional tech and stage crews, and allows them to step into the spotlight of live performance! We know you guys, our amazing Fuse audience, will give these amazing young people loads of support and the best experience.

Saturday 13th July 2024

Downfall 77

As part of Lichfield Arts’ partnership with Walsall Music Education Hub we are proud to host Downfall 77, who will captivate with their unforgettable and high-octane melodies. Bursting onto the pop-punk scene in 2023 Downfall 77 are pioneering the next generation of punk music. Taking inspiration from punk heavyweights such as Blink 182, Green Day and Sum 41, they’ve already conquered legendary local venues including the O2 Academy, The Robin and the O2 Institute. The boys will showcase their energetic stage presence and exceptional musical ability at Fuse – you don’t want to miss this!

Faulted Time

Fautled Time are an electronic duo in the likes of twentyonepilots and Fred Again. Blurring the line between EDM and pop, their hypnotic melodies hook and drive their listeners to some of the biggest choruses in the Birmingham music scene.

Drouzy

Drouzy is a songwriter and multi-instrumentalist from the West Midlands. Drouzy and his band blend the melody of reggae and soul with euphoric atmospheric rock, laced through with exotic psychedelia. Raw yet refined, Drouzy’s inspiration consists of the likes of Sublime, Pink Floyd, Soundgarden and The Verve, combined with the contemporary qualities of Skinshape, King Krule and Ty Segall. Drouzy’s name is quickly attracting attention within the local music scene, with regular radio play from BBC Introducing, Brum Radio and Black Country Radio.

Ellie Galvin

Ellie is a singer-songwriter from Lichfield who for more than 10 years has been writing music for herself and others such as Different Animal and Shakespeare In The Park. As well as being a regular at singer-songwriter sessions across the UK she has played prestigious support slots in venues such as the O2 Academy, and had the honour of playing at the original music night at The Cavern Club in Liverpool and The Ruby Sessions in Dublin.

Ribbons For Rose

Ribbons for Rose are a young three-piece alternative rock band, consisting of Oz Brooks on Guitar, Lauren Mary on Bass and Jake Humphries on Drums. Hailing from the Midlands, Ribbons for Rose provide an explosive and energetic live show with new and original, unique music… they will be one to watch, so don’t miss them at their inaugural Fuse appearance!

Lichfield’s Artful Dodger

The original 80s Lichfield band Artful Dodger (no, not the 90s garage duo!), with their alternative style rooted in rock with post-punk danceable grooves, catchy choruses and diverse instrumental sections, was active from 1982 to 1986. Following a sell-out reunion gig at Lichfield Guildhall in December 2023 band members Ninz, David, Tim (also members of The Sleaze Brothers), Jez and special guest vocalist Ben will be bringing the original ‘Dodger’ sound to Fuse 24!

SANTÙ

Santú – the untamed, unforgettable alternative rock band making waves across the Midlands. Santú’s sonic identity reflects bands of the golden era of the 70’s such as Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Free. Their high octane energy, meaty riffs and infectious presence hves wowed crowds from renowned festivals such as The Great Escape and 2000 Trees. Following a huge reception at Truck Festival 2023 Santú was one of CLUNK Magazines top 5 performances of the festival and they have been named a top pick for ‘This Feelings Big in 2024’.

Genevieve Miles

Genevieve Miles’ funk and dance influences blend with her trademark psychedelic pop elements, creating a sound inspired by the likes of Parcels, Talking Heads and Khruangbin. Since moving to Birmingham in 2018 she has been fine tuning her unique take on alternative pop. Her single ‘Good’ was first launched on a Hyundai advert and has accumulated over a million views. Miles’ songwriting and live show with her band continue to grow in maturity, embracing rock, jazz and reggae influences.

Headshrinkers

Headshrinkers is seventh heaven for its members, a place where they can create art to breach the misconceptions of neurodiversity, different ethnic backgrounds and being a mixed gendered band. Since 2019 the four Black Country toerags have earned their stripes by playing shows across the UK, including supporting The Twang and STONE, as well as playing festivals such as Vestrock (EU), Truck and Isle of Wight with BBC Radio 6 and Radio X giving their numerous single releases airplay.

DJ Thumpa

Hailing from Lichfield, Thumpa is a busy hardcore, drum & bass and old skool DJ who has played all over the world and in every corner of the UK.Regularly DJ’ing at massive parties throughout the country including Wesfest (the biggest indoor rave in the UK) and countless others, Thumpa will be dropping some classic old skool, jungle and D&B anthems on Saturday night. Get your raving shoes on!

Sunday 14th July 2024

Cloudy Galvez

Ever have that moment where you’re staring out of the window, watching the rain fall, pretending you’re in a movie? Well, Cloudy’s music is the perfect soundtrack to that. It feels like the warm, cosy embrace of sitting by the fire, with a nice cup of tea. It’s got some bolder harmony choices, trying to capture that tension and release. But at its core, it’s just Cloudy, her guitar, and the truth. And when you add the band to that? It transforms into a truly captivating experience, inspired by her Colombian heritage, designed to catch your attention and stay in your head for days.

Macy O

In the serene landscapes of Shropshire a remarkable artist emerges to captivate the world with her incredible talents. Macy O is a young and talented singer, actress and lyricyst with a compelling stage presence and real emotional depth in portraying characters. With her dual talent as a singer and actress, Macy O had the power to touch people’s hearts. Come and see her perform with her band at Fuse 24!

Jonezy

Jonezy is a mixed genre rap/pop artist and songwriter from Leicester who brings a hugely creative and positive vibe to his work. Jonezy has moulded the multiple genres he loves into his own style to be embraced by all audiences. Offering engaging, exciting and energetic live performances, his unique approach to music has attracted significant attention, allowing him to perform alongside high profile acts including UK chart bands The Vamps, OPM, The Trinity Band and Shystie.

Joseph Davis &The Footage

At 15 Joseph Davis is already a seasoned performer, having played guitar and sung in public since he was 10. His original songs tap a vein of blues, folk and Americana. At Fuse his band The Footage will give his songs a harder, driving edge. Featuring Jack Orme (keyboards) and brothers Troy (drums) and Kynan (bass) Weaver, the Footage create a funky and exciting sound, and all from a band still in their teens. Expect interesting and powerful takes on classic songs and new thought provoking originals.

The Bad Rats

The Bad Rats are a 6 piece Celtic punk band from the West Midlands. With their unique blend of raucous celtic punk, the Bad Rats fuse Irish charm with the energy of The Sex Pistols! Over the last 11 years The Bad Rats have performed all over the UK alongside bands such as Skinny Lister, UK Subs and The Anti-Nowhere League, playing a mix of original material along with covers of The Pogues, Flogging Molly, Dropkick Murphys and their own takes on the traditional Irish music.

Midlands Open Mic Takeover

Step into the Centrum tent for the Midlands Open Mic takeover! Hosted by our friends at Midlands Open Mic, this is your chance to support grassroots musicians and performers! Come and share their talent and passion in a vibrant, welcoming atmosphere!

Saturday & Sunday

circus workshops family festival

Flotsam The Fool Circus

Drop by Flotsam the Fool’s circus tent across Fuse weekend! Perfect for all ages and abilities, try your hand at juggling, plate spinning, diablo or even the tight rope, in a fun and relaxed atmosphere. No experience needed, just drop in, have fun and enjoy the magic!

All weekend



Lichfield Society Of Artists

Join Lichfield Society of Artists in their marquee (supported by South Staffordshire College) for 2 full days of free and accessible workshops and activities, suitable for all ages and abilities. Kep an eye out for timings. The society members work in a wide range of art forms including pencil, watercolour, oils, acrylics, printing techniques, digital, stone, glass, wood, clay and textiles. Come and have a go and learn more about what they do and how you can get involved.

Saturday & Sunday

Fun Club Hub

The award winning Fun Club Hub youth work team return to Fuse with creative experiences and a chill out zone for teen and pre teen minds to explore and connect.

Saturday & Sunday


Nurture Family Zone

Visit the family area hosted by Nurture Community and their community partners for an amazing line up of activities for the youngest festival goers! Keep your eyes out for timings and details.

Saturday & Sunday


That Dance Forest Film Trail

Get exploring the Fuse site to find the That Dance digital film trail, Forest! Find the mini films by scanning the QR codes to watch a series of films about The National Forest, nature and the environment. Each QR code links to a different film and is completely free to access.

Film credits:That Dance – Movement and Concept. Romy Whai – Filming and Editing. Ali Cheyne – Music. Romy Whai and Cerys Lacy – Animation. Euan Hammon – Voiceovers.

All weekend

family festival sunset bubbles

Simon The BubbleMan

A Fuse favourite, the wizard of soap and suds returns to fill the air with floating dreams and giggles. Check out Simon’s wooden games arcade too.

All weekend

Active Lichfield

Join the crew for fun sporting activities including Boccia and wheelchair basketball.

Saturday & Sunday


Matt Fiddes Martial Arts 

Join Pete and his gang from Matt Fides Martial Arts & Dance Staffordshire for action packed fun and fitness!

All weekend

Fusion Dance School

Catch Fusion Dance School’s pop up performance! Captivating choreography and impressive moves from these talented street dancers! 

Centrum, Saturday

Silhouette Dance Academy

Join SDA for a fun performance from their fabulous young dancers dancers! 

Centrum, Sunday 

PQA Lichfield

Look out for a fantastic pop up performance from the youngest members of PQA Lichfield! 

Centrum, Sunday

RicNic

Stop by Ric Nic youth theatre’s area for fun activities and to find out more about local opportunities in the performing arts!

Saturday & Sunday

That Dance

That Dance is an inclusive community dance company based in Staffordshire, follow them on socials to find out more about their work @itsthatdance

Centrum, Saturday

Lichfield Urban Sketchers

Lichfield’s Urban Sketchers group will be working across our festival site. Follow them on social to find out more about what they do and how you can get involved. 

All weekend

Collexive

Experience the mesmerising performance of Collexive – a Midlands based group of dance teachers and performers bringing together different styles of traditional dance, belly dance fusion, swords and skirts!

Centrum, Friday  

Alexis Southall

Internationally renowned dance artist Alexis will be performing in our Centrum tent!

Centrum, Friday


Melissa BellyDance

Melissa is a London based  dance artist, choreographer and teacher.  Internationally renowned, she has even appeared on Strictly Come Dancing. Join Melissa after Collexive’s performance for a belly dance workshopdrawing from a range of styles. Come and have a go! 

Centrum, Friday

fireworks Festival

Lichfield Festival Fireworks

 Our friends at Lichfield Festival are hosting their spectacular Festival Fireworks display, sponsored by K B Jackson and Son (Midlands) Limited and The Leavesley Group.  

Main Park, Friday 10.10pm

Fuse Bar

Don’t forget to visit the Fuse Festival bar! Brimming with a great choice of drinks throughout the festival weekend!

Supported by Premier Pub Co, Duke of York Lichfield and Angel Inn Lichfield

Food Traders

Authentic India

The best vegan and vegetarian Indian street food!

Beaudesert Park Farm

Delicious beef, goat and venison burgers, goat koftas, sausage and bacon!

Cams Donuts

Delicious donuts and sweet tre treats!


Cannock Dairies

The best local ice cream!

Change Kitchen

Change Kitchen CIC bringing ethical, locally sourced, organic vegan food! 

Chocolate Treats

Brownies, cakes and all the chocolate! 

City Corner Cafe

The best jacket potatoes, pies, sausage rolls, and pork baps around!

Lauren Faye Coffee 

Barista coffees, iced latte, tea milkshakes and hot chocolates! 

Hope you’re Hungry Ltd 

Bao buns, rice bowls and katsu curry!

Marvelous Mac Shack

The finest mac and cheese! 

Phoenix Rising

Mouth watering Mexican Street food! 

Slushzilla

Fantastic frozen drinks in a range of fabulous flavours! 

Spice It Up BBQ

Delicious vibrant flavours of the Caribbean! 

Urban Spice Box

Amazing Punjabi street food 

Wat Wok

Tantalising Thai cuisine!

What The Cluck

The Queens of fried chicken! 

Non Food Traders

Art by Leake 

Art prints and originals!

Clems Gems

Handmade gold and silver jewellery!

Fantasia

Hair wraps, flower crowns, glitter tattoos!

HennaFest

Henna tattoos, jewellery, gifts, and festival glitter!

Ceramics Collective

Functional and decorative ceramics from this talented collective!

Minifigure Mania

Perfect for the Lego enthusiasts! 

Naturally Lovely

Handcrafted soap, shampoo bars, shower streamers, body butters and candles!

Silver Sentiments

The finest handmade jewellery!

Volunteering at Fuse

Applications are now open to join Team Fuse!

Whether you’re interested in gaining live event experience or simply want to give back to the community, and are 16+, we have numerous opportunities for you, including: stewarding, meet & greet, ticket scanning, and bucket shaking. Shifts are just 2 hours long and in return we’ll give you a free drink at the bar per shift and access to our backstage volunteer area. 

Fuse Map

It’s about making sure everyone has a great time in a safe environment. There are lots of different volunteer roles at Fuse, what ever your skills, we can use them and help develop them. You’ll have plenty of support from our team and our other experienced volunteers. 

How much time do I have to commit?

As much or as little as you want. Each shift will last two hours and we hope that you’ll be able to give us this as a minimum. You might want to cover several shifts or join us for just one – any time you can give will be appreciated!

Are there any restrictions on who can volunteer?

You need to be at least 16. That’s it. We are keen to encourage volunteers from all ages and backgrounds. Fuse aims to be fully inclusive in welcoming everyone. If you have access needs you’d like to discuss, please get in touch via [email protected]

Fuse Map

We are running volunteer briefings to share with you a little info about what to expect and to give you chance to meet the team. You’ll also be given a quick briefing when you sign in for your shift.

How much time do I have to commit?

Definitely! Working with a friend or colleague adds to the fun. You’ll have chance to meet other volunteers of all backgrounds and ages, learning and sharing experiences.

Are there any restrictions on who can volunteer?

You’ll have a chance to get experience and develop skills in customer service, working in teams, and event support. You can also help out with our market research and fundraising. And if you are interested in working in event management, Fuse is a perfect opportunity to get some experience.

Download a copy of the Fuse Volunteer Handbook here.

Ready to sign up? Click the button to submit your application

Young Volunteer, music festival
Volunteer, happy, young woman, serving at the bar

Fuse frequently asked questions

Lichfield Arts is keen to ensure everyone has a great time at Fuse and we aim to make the event as inclusive, safe and enjoyable for all.

With so much to see and do it’s worth planning ahead to make the most of your time at Fuse.

Here is a handy list of the most commonly asked questions:

What are Fuse opening times

Friday: 7pm to 10pm

Saturday: 12pm to 10pm

Sunday: 11am to 6pm

Is camping available at Fuse?

Unfortunately camping facilities for the public are not available at Fuse: overnight camping will only be available to stall holders and security staff.

Can i reuse my previous Fuse Ecocup?

Of course! We would love to see them being used again. We do have a new version this year at a cost of £1 that you can reuse throughout the festival and then take home with you – and of course bring back to Fuse next year. Cheers!

Can I bring my own food and drink

You are more than welcome to bring your own food and soft drinks to Fuse (no glass bottles please). We have our own bar for the sale of alcohol – we can’t allow alcohol to be brought on site due to licensing constraints. In any case, to keep Fuse free and sustainable all revenue raised at the bar goes straight back into covering the festival costs – without our bar revenue Fuse simply would not happen!

Accessibility at Fuse

The ground is flat and entrance to tents is all on one level.

There will be a raised viewing platform at the back of the larger Evolution marquee for wheelchair users.

There will be informal seating for those less able to stand. 

There will be a designated calm zone and recharge area. 

There will be accessible toilets on site.

You can download a copy of our social story here.

There is (limited) Blue Badge Parking in all Beacon Park carparks. Details can be found here –  Lichfield city car park map (lichfielddc.gov.uk)

If you’d like to chat through your accessibility requirements, the team are happy to assist. Drop an email to [email protected]

There is more information on accessibility in the Lichfield area please visit  Lichfield | AccessAble

How do I get to Fuse?

If you are local to Fuse and able, we’d love you to consider walking to help us limit our carbon footprint. For those of you who live further afield, there are lots of other easy options.

By Bus: Lichfield Bus station is a short walk away from Beacon Park. Regular bus services run to and from Burton, Tamworth, Stafford and Cannock.

By Rail: Lichfield City Train Station is just a short walk away from Beacon Park and is extremely well connected. There are regular services from West Midlands Railway running across the West Midlands including from Birmingham New Street and Avanti West Coast connect Lichfield to London, Manchester and Liverpool. For more information visit https://www.westmidlandsrailway.co.uk/stations/lichfield-city

By Car: Lichfield is less than 20 minutes from the M42/M6/M40 and a short distance from the A38/A5 There will be no parking on site but car parks are available across the city in particular Friary Car Park, WS13 6QE is a multi-story car park within a short walking distance, details including details of disability parking can be found here – https://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/homepage/4/lichfield-city-car-park-map?searchDirectoryId=3&postcode=WS136YY&submit=Search

If you’d like to understand the impact of your travel choices and take action to tackle them, you can use this calculator to analyse your journey to Fuse. https://ecolibrium.earth/travel-carbon-calculator/

Is there parking at Fuse?

There will be no parking on site but car parks are available across the city in particular Friary Car Park, WS13 6QE is a multi-story car park within a short walking distance, details including details of disability parking can be found here – https://www.lichfielddc.gov.uk/homepage/4/lichfield-city-car-park-map?searchDirectoryId=3&postcode=WS136YY&submit=Search

Can I bring my dog to Fuse?

We know your dogs are part of the family so well behaved dogs are welcome to Fuse. Dogs must always be kept under strict control and on short leads. Always clean up after your pets. Free poop bags are available from the stewards and there will be water bowls on the site. Owners will be responsible for any damage caused by their pets. If your pet does not have a friendly temperament, please don’t bring it!

Can I use a drone?

No. Lichfield District Council prohibits the use of drones in its parks.

Will there be recycling at Fuse?

We aim to cut down on waste at Fuse and would appreciate festival goers taking their own rubbish back home with them. There will be black bins around the site which will be used for all waste – our skip provider will sort the recyclables from it. We have asked our food traders to be mindful of their plastics use and hope that this can be kept to a minimum.

Fuse Map

Fuse is located in the centre of Beacon Park. The entrance gate will be clearly signposted.

 If you would like more information on accessibility in the Lichfield area, please visit www.accessable.co.uk/lichfield-district-council

About Fuse

Welcome to Fuse – Your Festival Experience! Fuse is not just an event; it’s a vibrant music and arts festival committed to inclusivity and accessibility for all. Immerse yourself in the best of live music, captivating performances, accessible activities, and arts – all crafted with you in mind. Best of all, this event is free for everyone. Reserve your complimentary ticket now to secure your spot.


By booking your ticket, you contribute to the ongoing legacy of Fuse, helping us secure the support and funding needed for future editions. As a not-for-profit festival, Fuse has been a proud initiative of Lichfield Arts since its inception in 2001. What began as a dream to provide free, live music and activities for all has blossomed into a beloved summer tradition that unites our community, supports the creative sector, provides opportunity for local businesses in the local event industry, and generates income for the local economy. 


Operated primarily by volunteers, Fuse stands as a remarkable achievement for our small local charity. As part of the diverse events offered by Lichfield Arts throughout the year, Fuse has evolved into one of the largest free community events in Staffordshire and the West Midlands. 


We’re proud that Fuse Festival remains free entry in 2024. In a time when many festivals are succumbing to rising costs and increasing ticket pricing, we are also feeling the heat. Our fixed costs have increased by 44% since 2019, but with the average festival ticket price now at £165, a price few can afford, we are working harder than ever to ensure this celebration of community, shared joy and love of live music and quality arts remains free, inclusive and accessible regardless of background, postcode, age, or ability. Our focus on access, inclusion, and sustainability drives us to create engaging experiences that inspire, challenge perspectives, and foster social connections within our local community. Fuse remains dedicated to supporting and nurturing both established and emerging national and local talent.


We can’ do it without the support of our fantastic volunteers, generous sponsors, funders and through donations from supporters like you! Your support is vital! 

 

You can join us in making a positive difference by making a donation if you are able when you book your tickets, donating on site during the weekend, or by buying a drink or two from our Fuse Festival bar!

Join us for a weekend of celebration, creativity, and community

at Fuse – where the arts come alive for everyone!


Fuse Map

Fuse Festival is very conscious of our environmental footprint. We are committed to promoting environmental awareness and responsibility, not least to ensure that the beautiful gardens and open spaces of our home, Lichfield’s Beacon Park, are respected and protected.

Here’s some of the things we are doing in 2024-

To limit plastic waste, we will be using our reusable cups at this bar this year. With special thanks to sponsor Access Bookings.

We will be using our 2024 festival as an opportunity to understand our energy usage by tracking power demand across our site.

We’ll have plenty of bins around the site so there’ll be every opportunity to dispose of your waste responsibly.

Our skip provider is one of the greenest around so it doesn’t matter which bin you put your rubbish in (just so long as you do). It will all get dealt with responsibly. Read more about them here – www.briers.co.uk

We continue to choose local businesses for event services and supplies as we look to limit our travel miles.

We will work to further understand where our audience is travelling from and how.

We’ll have the wonderful volunteers from Lichfield Litter Legends helping us make sure our site is kept litter free during and after the festival.

We are also working with Vision 2025, a not-for-profit organisation helping the outdoor events industry take action on the climate crisis, providing advice, tools, resources, news and events for a community of over 500 events and businesses. You can read more about it here – www.vision2025.org.uk

We are also using tools and initiatives from pioneering non-profit organisation Julies Bicycle, who mobilise the arts and culture to take action on the climate, nature and justice crisis. Read more about it here – www.juliesbicycle.com

If you’d like to understand the impact of your travel choices and take action to tackle them, you can use this calculator to analyse your journey to Fuse. https://ecolibrium.earth/travel-carbon-calculator/

Fuse 2023 Headlines:

Fuse 2023 attracted 15,500 visitors from across Lichfield, Staffordshire and beyond.

41 Local (Lichfield and surrounding areas) community organisations involved.

12 Locally based food traders (within 20 mile radius).

13 out of 17 Locally based non food traders (within 20 mile radius).

All service providers within a 20 mile radius.

13 Lichfield City Centre businesses engaged.

8 Lichfield City Centre Venues engaged.

26 of 32 performance slots on Evolution and Momentum given to bands/artists based within a 25 mile radius. Multiple performance slots given to young or emerging local talent.

Multiple opportunities created for local performers as part of the Midlands Open Mic partnership. 8 Visual artists.

Fuse Sponsors

Fuse is extremely grateful for the support received from its corporate sponsors, supporters and grant-awarding bodies, all of whom enable our event.

Friel Homes, Festival primary sponsor

Friel Homes was founded in 1990, their goal as a house builder is to be the first choice for discerning homeowners who are looking for something special. For over three decades, they have delivered exceptional homes across the West Midlands and Staffordshire, all thoughtfully designed and finished to a high specification. They have an established reputation, where dedication to quality and attention to detail are part of everything they do. They have two exciting developments coming soon; 1 Beacon Street, Lichfield, and the former Girls School in Abbots Bromley.

Please get in touch with them if you would like further information on either of these developments.

www.friels.co.uk [email protected] | 01543 222782

Access Booking, Eco Cup Sponsor

Access Bookings believe in doing their bit for the world and for the local community, that’s why they’re ecstatic to be sponsoring the Lichfield Fuse festival in their founding city and home of Lichfield. Access Bookings specialise in accommodation and travel management for the complex and ever- changing needs of the media industry. Access Bookings are proud to be the premier provider of travel and accommodation booking services. They have over 30 years’ experience working with a range of clients, from broadcasters to streaming services and charities, Access Bookings provide a one stop shop for production and media companies and have regional offices in Pinewood Wales, Pinewood Iver Heath, Northern Ireland, Republic of Ireland, Scotland, Portugal, Spain, France and the entertainment hub of LA.

www.accessbookings.com | [email protected] | 01543 272 575

Domino’s Pizza, Lichfield & Trent Valley stores, Volunteer Sponsor

Domino’s Pizza is the leading pizza brand in the UK and is committed to delivering a better future through the food people love. Their mission is passionately supported by the dedicated teams at the Lichfield and Trent Valley stores who are not only renowned for their delicious pizza, but also for their active engagement in community initiatives.

13b St Johns Street, Lichfield, WS13 6NU | 01543 251900

Unit 3 Streethay Local Centre, Lichfield, WS13 8FT | 01543 222200

Keelys, Family Actvity Sponsor

Keelys has been part of the fabric of the beautiful city of Lichfield for more than 35 years where they have grown to be one of the Midlands’ best known law firms serving both businesses and individuals both locally and nationally. We are incredibly grateful that they have supported Fuse for a number of years and are delighted to have them on board again in 2024.

Shakespeare in the Park (SITP) is a Lichfield-based, annual, community theatre spectacular and highlight of the local cultural calendar.

The 2024 production will be the riotous farce, ‘ The Comedy of Errors‘, directed by the brilliant Chris Stanley. The performances will take place at Maple Hayes Hall from 19th – 22nd June 2024 (including a Saturday matinee).

Supporters

Transition Lichfield Lichfield Community Lottery, Tesco Community Matters, Rotary Club.

We would also like to say a special thank you to our individual supporters, Jerry Sykes and Iwan Griffiths, for their continued and generous support.

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