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19th Jan, 2022

Woo Fest - usually held in Upton-upon-Severn - to go virtual for second year running

ORGANISERS behind a well-loved county music festival have vowed the show will go on – virtually – for a second year running, ensuring proceeds can continue to support a local hospice.

Woo Fest, which is held each year in Upton upon Severn, will take place virtually on Saturday, June 19 with the festival streamed live to homes and gardens around Worcestershire and beyond thanks to creative communications agency DRPG.

After a successful virtual event last year, where music-lovers tuned in from as far afield as Australia and the US, the 2021 festival will feature live and pre-recorded sets from well-known UK artists and Woo Fest regulars.

Festival organiser Luke Simons said: “When we couldn’t hold a live festival last year we had no idea how well a live-streamed event would work out, but were determined to press on and continue to raise funds for St Richard’s. We had an amazing response from celebrities and local acts and saw music fans tune in from across the globe. And we raised more than £13,500 for the hospice in a day!”

Since its inception in 2015, Woo Fest has donated all its proceeds to St Richard’s Hospice and to date has raised more than £70,000 for the charity, which cares for patients living with a serious progressive illness and their loved ones.

The festival was set up by Mr Simons and his sister, Ria, in memory of their father, John Simons, who was cared for by the hospice before he died in 2013. Mr Simons’ father-in-law was also cared for by St Richard’s before he died last year.

The event will get under way at 3pm and run until 10.30pm.

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