REVELLERS are flocking to venues across the city this weekend to enjoy the Worcester Music Festival. 

The festival takes place from Friday, September 15, to Sunday, September 17, with money being raised for St Paul's Hostel.

Some 25 venues in Worcester are involved in the three-day festival and some bars have already reported a surge in business. 

Ray Nelasquez, manager of the Firefly, in Lowesmoor, Worcester, said: "At the moment we are two times busier than normal. We have been flat-out since 2pm. 

"I think there should be more of these sort of events in Worcester."

Mr Nelasquez, aged 38, originally from Sydney, Australia, said events like the festival help to keep businesses busy. 

Sam Griffin, aged 45, of Arboretum, Worcester, said: "It's been going on for 10 years. I've been coming every year since it first started. 

"There's a variety of all different venues. I think it's good for the city. I don't think it needs any improving. It's got a big reputation in the UK music scene. 

"It encourages venues to put on bands. The PAs are provided for the venues. It's all for a local charity."

Mr Griffin played with his band, Skewwhiff, at the Saracens Head on Friday night. 

He said it was the first time the pub had been a venue for the festival.