Fuse 2024  – Friday 12th to Sunday 14th July

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.

Operated primarily by volunteers, Fuse has evolved into one of the largest free community events 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. Free entry is made possible by the generous support of sponsors, funders and through donations from supporters like you! Your donations are vital in helping us keep Fuse alive and accessible for all and allow us to support grassroots live music and performers.

Here’s a sneak peak of our line up . . . . Stay tuned for more programme information soon!

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 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

12:40pm Climate choir

1:40pm Virgil Splint

2:45pm Common Culture

3:50pm Jersey Budd

5:00pm Tilly Kingston

6:10pm 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 Venkman

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

Volunteering at Fuse

Applications for volunteering at Fuse 2024 will be opening soon. 

Lichfield Arts is extremely grateful to all of #teamfuse for creating and running Fuse, and making it such a special event. 

Fuse frequently asked questions

Lichfield Arts are 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 at Fuse it is 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

Can I camp 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 bring my own 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!

Is there disabled access to Fuse

Yes. The ground is flat and entrance to tents is all on one level. There will be a raised platform at the back of the larger Evolution marquee for wheelchair users.

Travelling 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 disabled parking at Fuse?

There are designated disabled car parking spaces in all three of Beacon Park’s car parks. These are on Greenhough Rd (WS13 7AW), Shaw Lane (WS13 7AG) and Bunkers Hill (the closest to the festival site – Lower Sandford St, Lichfield WS13 6RA). The entrances from these car parks are slightly sloped (around 5%).

Can I bring a 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.

Map showing location of Fuse site

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.

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.

Despite the challenges of organising a large-scale, free community event, Lichfield Arts is thrilled to present another exciting lineup of artists and activities this year. Our dedicated team of volunteers continues to invest countless unpaid hours to bring you a weekend filled with live music and arts experiences.

We take pride in keeping Fuse free for everyone – a testament to the commitment of our volunteers. Amidst the logistical hurdles, we eagerly anticipate offering you a diverse selection of performances and activities.

At the core of Fuse Festival is our belief that everyone deserves access to high-quality, impactful, and inclusive arts, 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. Join us for a weekend of celebration, creativity, and community at Fuse – where the arts come alive for everyone.

Fuse sustainability

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.

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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Lichfield Society of Artists

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