A DAY of music at a popular Stourbridge venue comes of age next weekend as it returns live to raise money for Black Country Foodbank.

The 18th Katiesfest will take place at Katie Fitzgerald’s, Enville Street, on Sunday May 22, from 1pm.

The last two years have seen the event run online due to the Covid pandemic but it’s now set to return to physical form.

Eddy Morton and Trina Keane of Katies have already raised hundreds of pounds for the foodbank and are also providing monetary support for two families in crisis hit by rocketing fuel bills.

Next month will mark 22 years since the couple began running Katie’s which re-opened as an entertainments venue last July after a rebuild of the cellar bar during the coronavirus lockdowns.

Some 11 acts will feature on the bill at Katiesfest, including Abdoujaparov, Headsticks, Sleep in Motion and singer Jess Silk, who is lined up to appear on the same stage as Billy Bragg at Glastonbury this summer, will headline.

To see the full line-up visit katiessecretgarden.com.

Tickets cost £16.50 and can be bought online at wegottickets.com.

Eddy said: "This is our 18th Katie’s Fest. It’s going to be epic and what a fantastic way to bring in donations.

“We have to take direct action to help families, many of whom are in work. The Black Country Foodbank relies on donations to provide a vital service.

“We cannot sit back and do nothing in the face of massive local need and we hope our lovely audience will help us make a major difference.”

Audience members are asked to donate if they can afford it, and to bring non-perishable food to help families in need. Supplies will be donated to the foodbank at Our Lady and All Saints Catholic Church in New Road, Stourbridge.