Saturday 14th August – Line up 12 noon-10pm

With the two main stages offering fabulous performances throughout the day, our main headliner on Saturday evening is the mighty Kissmet, back by popular demand after their storming performance in 2017. They are a superb bhangra rock fusion band offering a roller coaster ride of positive energy! The arena will also be alive with poetry, magic, circus skills, dance, arts and crafts, live performances and loads of opportunities to take part along the way. Let your imagination run wild!

kissmet

Kissmet has taken Bhangra music and fused it with Western rock music from the likes of Led Zeppelin, 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!

silent disco

Of course…. no party would be complete without a DJ! You can be sure that whatever vibe you are looking for, the silent disco will be a fabulous way to lose yourself in the music – whilst giving onlookers a good laugh!

All the equipment is cleaned and fully checked before each use and offers excellent sound quality.


12:00 pm – fusion dance

12:00 PM – FUSION DANCE The fantastic Fusion Dance groups will open the festivities on Saturday. Look out for their dance workshops at their stall throughout the day.  

1.15PM – The Community TikTok dance! Join the Fusion dancers, and hopefully half of Lichfield, in the Fuse Community TikTok dance! Learn the dance (see Fusion’s Instagram page for tutorials) in advance and then just turn up around 1pm, ready to join in! You can wear a bit of purple too if you fancy, so that you are part of the ‘team’! We can’t wait to see this dance!

Thomas atlas

Thomas Atlas has played some of the most prestigious venues in the UK including local venues such as such as Birmingham Town Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall,  electrifying audiences with his unique style of guitar playing that fuses roaring blues solos over funk-laden arrangements!

translucent

Translucent’s unique crossover style melds influences from drum & bass, rock and metal. London/Jamaican/Scottish vocalist Yvonne delivers unique soul and classical vocals, accompanied by the guitar of Italian born Halgha, live scratching and remixing by DJ John G Paul and synths from Andy Tillott.

All day – nurture Community CIC

Lichfield Arts is delighted to be working in collaboration with the Nurture Community CIC again. They will be running outreach activites leading up to Fuse, and then family activites throughout the weekend, in the Nurture space. Support from We Love Lichfield.

RudeSix

Charged with youthful energy, Coventry-based RudeSix possess an explosive and effervescent sound with feisty female vocals from Liv dancing over edgy and infectious ska and reggae rhythms. Think of 2-Tone brought bang up to date with a brilliant mix of original songs and reinterpreted covers. Bring your dancing shoes!

Maxwell avenue

Maxwell Avenue are a young pop punk band who have already graced some of the Midlands’ most prestigious venues. Expect to hear original songs influenced by the likes of Green Day, Blink 182, The Who and McFly off their upcoming first studio album ‘Hypercolour Youth’.

all day – flotsam the fool

Circus workshops for all the family, teaching skills such as juggling, diabolo, poi, flowerstick and lots more! Watch out for their stilt walkabouts around the site – they even glow in the dark once the evening draws in! Always very popular with Fuse visitors!

5 hills out

5 Hills Out are a 5-piece folk-punk band armed with passionate lyrics and a fascinating mix of instruments including accordion, saxophone and mandola. Their captivating performances take inspiration from the heritage of folk and the energy of punk, with influences from the likes of The Levellers, X-Ray Spex, Richard Thompson, Stiff Little Fingers, New Model Army and Gogol Bordello.

ALEX-iS

ALEX-iS is a UK rap artist from Wolverhampton known as the intelligent rapper. He is influenced by rappers such as 2pac, Nas, Kendrick Lamar and JCole and has shared stages with many of UK hip-hop’s royalty such as Genesis Elijah, Philly n Dot and Iron Braidz, including at the legendary Boom Bapfestival alongside BBK’s Skepta. He is an amazing performer filled with charisma, swag and a unique style that simply can’t be matched.

all day –
THE bubble and games man

We all love bubbles! Simon’s fun bubbles will have kids captivated and his home-made wooden games provide a real challenge! Look out for Simon in the Arena. Sponsored by Footsteps Nursery.

samantics

Dubbed ‘the poet of our time’, Samantics is a one man wall of sound with his unique blend of live, multi-instrumental spoken word. This is hard-hitting musical poetry with a sprinkle of hip-hop. With a loopstation, a van load of instruments and more energy than a ferret after 18 shots of espresso, the effort and concentration Samantics puts in to his live shows leaves audiences transfixed.

MEL WARDLE-WOODEND – poetry

The Staffordshire Poet Laureate invites you to join in a poetry session, with contributions from WORD Stafford and Lichfield Poets. All ages and styles welcome!

all day – damon conlan magic

Combining sleight of hand and comedy, resident Fuse magician Damon Conlan – Jocular Prestidigitator – will be roaming the arena to bring memorable, mirthful and miraculous close-up magic. With a fun, engaging and approachable style, Damon is always popular at Fuse. Make sure you catch him if you can…!

swaktang

It was 1989 and the Punk Rock bus has just hit a tree. A jaded few crawled free from the hecatomb and embarked on an odyssey to bring Rock Punk chaos to the hoi polloi: Swaktang were born, and they carry on to this day with a mission statement to give the same 110% on stage regardless of the assemblage.

Leonora

Lichfield’s very own Leonora marries the resonant vocal styles of modern music with the story telling element of more traditional folk songs to create what can be described as a dream folk fusion. Taking influence from Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell andNadia Reid, she places emphasis on careful lyricism and arresting melodies.

Fun Club Hub

Zumba session with the Fun Club Hub! At 5.15pm Glyn Page will get you moving and grooving so put on your bright colours and dance like you are at the Rio Carnival!

Hot Sauce Rhythm & Brass

Hot Sauce Rhythm & Brass are a fabulous brass-funk band based in Oxfordshire. Playing a combination of reimagined covers of well-known songs and groove heavy originals with plenty of improvisation, they have a 100% success rate of turning up the party!

bruce ncube drumming workshop

Join in this fun and educational session as Bruce Ncube teaches you some of the skills required to play African drums in an informative and relaxed atmosphere.

Sponsored by Keelys Solicitors.

jc academy

Between 12pm and 5pm JC Academy will be running beat the goalie and basketball challenges. Come and give it a go!

SHINE & Sign choir/ONLY ROBOTS

The Liberty Jamboree charity for young people with learning and physical barriers is excited to present a special combined performance. The Shine And Sign choir uses alternative communication to perform songs using Makaton, and Only Robots is a band of young men with physical and learning barriers playing alternative rock and well known anthems for all to sing along to. Give them a huge Fuse welcome!

BABY SING ‘N’ JAM

This interactive and vibrant performance is the perfect blend of pop music and well-known children’s songs along with fun visuals and high energy activities to keep your little ones entertained. Led by professional singer Kelly Percival with support from her live band, let Baby Sing ‘n’ Jam introduce your baby to the wonderfully dynamic world of music.

Lichfield Fitness Community

Have a go at a boxercise session with Pete Woollard of the Lichfield Fitness Community. Families welcome! And you can test your skills with mini archery.

The Midlands Open Mic

The Midlands Open Mic group will be hosting pre-booked performance sat the Centrum marquee of local musicians – come along to listen and to learn more about joining the group!

Saturday 14th August – Line up so far

With the two main stages offering fabulous performances throughout the day, our main headliner on Saturday evening is the mighty Kissmet, back by popular demand after their storming performance in 2017.
They are a superb bhangra rock fusion band offering a roller coaster ride of positive energy! The arena will also be alive with poetry, magic, circus skills, dance, arts and crafts, live performances and loads of opportunities to take part along the way. Let your imagination run wild!

kissmet

Kissmet has taken Bhangra music and fused it with Western rock music from the likes of Led Zeppelin, 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!

Thomas atlas

Thomas Atlas has played some of the most prestigious venues in the UK including local venues such as such as Birmingham Town Hall and Birmingham Symphony Hall,  electrifying audiences with his unique style of guitar playing that fuses roaring blues solos over funk-laden arrangements!

RudeSix

Charged with youthful energy, Coventry-based RudeSix possess an explosive and effervescent sound with feisty female vocals from Liv dancing over edgy and infectious ska and reggae rhythms. Think of 2-Tone brought bang up to date with a brilliant mix of original songs and reinterpreted covers. Bring your dancing shoes!

5 hills out

5 Hills Out are a 5-piece folk-punk band armed with passionate lyrics and a fascinating mix of instruments including accordion, saxophone and mandola. Their captivating performances take inspiration from the heritage of folk and the energy of punk, with influences from the likes of The Levellers, X-Ray Spex, Richard Thompson, Stiff Little Fingers, New Model Army and Gogol Bordello.

SWAKTANG

It was 1989 and the Punk Rock bus has just hit a tree. A jaded few crawled free from the hecatomb and embarked on an odyssey to bring Rock Punk chaos to the hoi polloi: Swaktang were born, and they carry on to this day with a mission statement to give the same 110% on stage regardless of the assemblage.

samantics

Dubbed ‘the poet of our time’, Samantics is a one man wall of sound with his unique blend of live, multi-instrumental spoken word. This is hard-hitting musical poetry with a sprinkle of hip-hop. With a loopstation, a van load of instruments and more energy than a ferret after 18 shots of espresso, the effort and concentration Samantics puts in to his live shows leaves audiences transfixed.

HOT SAUCE RHYTHM & BRASS

Hot Sauce Rhythm & Brass are a fabulous brass-funk band based in Oxfordshire. Playing a combination of reimagined covers of well-known songs and groove-heavy originals with plenty of improvisation, they have a 100% success rate of turning up the party!

SHINE & Sign choir/ONLY ROBOTS

The Liberty Jamboree charity for young people with learning and physical barriers is excited to present a special combined performance. The Shine And Sign choir uses alternative communication to perform songs using Makaton, and Only Robots is a band of young men with physical and learning barriers playing alternative rock and well known anthems for all to sing along to. Give them a huge Fuse welcome!

silent disco

Of course…. no party would be complete without a DJ! You can be sure that whatever vibe you are looking for, the silent disco will be a fabulous way to lose yourself in the music – whilst giving onlookers a good laugh!

All the equipment is cleaned and fully checked before each use and offers excellent sound quality.


translucent

Translucent’s unique crossover style melds influences from drum & bass, rock and metal. London/Jamaican/Scottish vocalist Yvonne delivers unique soul and classical vocals, accompanied by the guitar of Italian born Halgha, live scratching and remixing by DJ John G Paul and synths from Andy Tillott.

Maxwell avenue

Maxwell Avenue are a young pop punk band who have already graced some of the Midlands’ most prestigious venues. Expect to hear original songs influenced by the likes of Green Day, Blink 182, The Who and McFly off their upcoming first studio album ‘Hypercolour Youth’.

ALEX-iS

ALEX-iS is a UK rap artist from Wolverhampton known as the intelligent rapper. He is influenced by rappers such as 2pac, Nas, Kendrick Lamar and JCole and has shared stages with many of UK hip-hop’s royalty such as Genesis Elijah, Philly n Dot and Iron Braidz, including at the legendary Boom Bapfestival alongside BBK’s Skepta. He is an amazing performer filled with charisma, swag and a unique style that simply can’t be matched.

MEL WARDLE-WOODEND – poetry

The Staffordshire Poet Laureate Mel Wardle-Woodend invites you to join in a poetry session on Saturday afternoon and listen to poets of all styles and ages, including her own pieces.

Leonora

Lichfield’s very own Leonora marries the resonant vocal styles of modern music with the story telling element of more traditional folk songs to create what can be described as a dream folk fusion. Taking influence from Leonard Cohen, Joni Mitchell andNadia Reid, she places emphasis on careful lyricism and arresting melodies.

bruce ncube drumming workshop

Join in this fun and educational session as Bruce Ncube teaches you some of the skills required to play African drums in an informative and relaxed atmosphere.

BABY SING ‘N’ JAM

This interactive and vibrant performance is the perfect blend of pop music and well-known children’s songs along with fun visuals and high energy activities to keep your little ones entertained. Led by professional singer Kelly Percival with support from her live band, let Baby Sing ‘n’ Jam introduce your baby to the wonderfully dynamic world of music.

fusion dance

The fantastic Fusion Dance groups will open the festivities on Saturday. Look out for their dance workshops throughout the day too.

All day – nurture network

Lichfield Arts is delighted to be working in collaboration with the Nurture Network again. They will be running outreach activites leading up to Fuse, and then family activites throughout the weekend, in the Nurture space.

all day – flotsam the fool

Circus workshops for families, teaching skills such as juggling, diabolo, poi, flowerstick and load more!  

Plus they will do fun stilt walkabouts around the site which even glow in the dark once the evening draws in! Flotsam The Fool are not to be missed. 

all day –
THE bubble and games man

We all love bubbles! Simon’s fun bubbles will have kids captivated and his home-made wooden games provide a real challenge! Look out for Simon in the Arena.

all day – damon conlan magic

Combining sleight of hand and comedy, resident Fuse magician Damon Conlan – Jocular Prestidigitator – will be roaming the arena to bring memorable, mirthful and miraculous close-up magic. With a fun, engaging and approachable style, Damon is always popular at Fuse. Make sure you catch him if you can…!

Lichfield Fitness Community

Have a go at a boxercise session with Pete Woollard of the Lichfield Fitness Community. Families welcome! And you can test your skills with mini archery

JC Academy

Between 12pm and 5pm JC Academy will be running beat the goalie and basketball challenges. Come and give it a go!

Fun club hub

Zumba session with the Fun Club Hub! At 5.15pm Glyn Page will get you moving and grooving so put on your bright colours and dance like you are at the Rio Carnival!

Midland open mic group

The Midlands Open Mic group will be hosting pre-booked performances at the Centrum marquee of local musicians – come along to listen and to learn more about joining the group!