Organisers of Lichfield's Fuse Festival have announced its return to the city's Beacon Park from 13 to 15 August.

Lichfield Arts has made public its wish to make Fuse 'broader and more inclusive, offering more people more opportunities to perform, play, dance, sing, share, laugh, enjoy and celebrate', and have launched a Go Fund Me campaign to help make this happen.

Over the past 20 years the festival has grown into one of the largest free community events of its kind in the Midlands, attracting 18,000 at its last outing in 2019.

Fundraising has been badly affected by Covid, and Lichfield Arts has been largely without income for over a year. They are now asking for donations to ensure they can deliver what they have planned and put in place the Covid measures needed to keep everyone safe.

Fuse kicks off on Friday 13th August with The Social Ignition. This 8 piece Ska band from Hinckley is guaranteed to roll up with an arsenal of get-up/get-down skanking beats! With a heavy reggae and funk influence, the band uses a diversity of style and instruments that gets the crowd pumping every time.

The Saturday 14th headliner is Kissmet, who have taken Bhangra music and fused it with Western rock music from the likes of Jimi Hendrix and Cream. The result is a pulsating, exciting rollercoaster ride of positive energy from the West to the East and back again. A Kissmet performance always gets an incredible reaction, and the vibe and atmosphere are like nothing you will have experienced elsewhere!

Fred Zeppelin, a firm favourite of Lichfield Arts, will rock Fuse on Sunday 15th August with their tradition of honouring the music of Led Zeppelin in fine form. With many more artists to announce in the coming weeks, and so much to enjoy, participate in and look forward to, we hope to see you at Fuse 2021!

If you would like to donate to this FREE events for the local community, visit: www.gofund.me 

For more information on the festival, and what's happening when, visit: fuselichfield.org.uk