You can almost hear the cheering crowds, the clink of beer bottles, and the unmistakeable sighs of frustration as people struggle to create a tent out of a mound of poles and polyester. This can only mean one thing – festival season.
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Saturday 28 July, Perry Park, Birmingham
Things are heating up this summer as Birmingham’s biggest festival celebrates its 5th birthday. With world-renowned acts such as Dizzee Rascal, DJ EZ, Not3s, Yxng Bane, Andy C and SASASAS playing this major event, it’s not to be missed. The festival features four stages: MADE stage, RAM arena, 02:31 arena and Portal arena, offering a range of genres from garage to grime across differnent stages, giving you every reason to celebrate the festival’s birthday, come rain or shine. To find out more, click here.
Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival
Friday 6- Sunday 8 July, Moseley Park, Birmingham
It’s time to get down and boogie at Moseley Park’s Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival. Dust off those flares, put on a whole lot of hairspray, and pull out your best dance moves. With Sister Sledge announced as one of the headliners and both stages filled with many more amazing performers including Jimmy Cliff, Candi Station and Roy Ayers, this is set to be one of the biggest (and funkiest) events in the city this summer. To find out more, click here.
Moseley Folk Festival
Friday 31st August – Sunday 2nd September, Moseley Park, Birmingham
Another gem is Moseley Folk Festival, the family-friendly music festival that offers the best in indie pop, folk, acoustic and alternative music. This is a festival that definitely breaks the barriers, as it combines both unsigned artists and internationally renowned performers. The huge lineup includes Levellers, Teenage Fanclub, Nick Mulvey, and Steve Harley & Cockney Rebel – just to name a few. Not only this, but it now travels beyond the borders of the park itself, with dancing and performances in Moseley’s very own local pubs. To find out more, click here.
El Dorado Festival
Friday 29 June – Sunday 1 July, Eastnor Castle Deer Park, Herefordshire
From the 29 June to the 1 July, a mystical jungle comes to life just over an hour outside of Birmingham, in the form of El Dorado festival. This boutique festival in Eastnor Castle Deer Park in Ledbury offers an escape into a dreamland of colour, music and freedom. It has a whopping 8 stages: The Garden Stage, Cirque du Soul, The Lost Ruins, The Nest, The Holy Bale, Treasure Island, The Boudoir, and the Tipsy Gypsy, with a huge array of genres, from Sister Sledge to Shy FX. To find out more, click here.
Friday 24- Sunday 26 August, Ragley Hall, Warwickshire
For something family-friendly and out of the city, look to Camper Calling in Warwickshire, just under an hour from Birmingham. This festival has three stages and this year it’s excited to welcome Mel C to the lineup, along with other national treasures such as Scouting for Girls, Artful Dodger and The Coral. There’s something for everybody to enjoy, but the fun doesn’t stop at the music as Camper Calling caters for the whole family with plenty of additional activities such as a funfair, workshops, a circus, and much more (a full schedule will be released nearer the festival). To find out more, click here.
Friday 22nd- Sunday 24th June, The Custard Factory, Birmingham
Looking for something a little more out there? Supersonic festival hosted by The Custard Factory in Digbeth might just be right up your street. Known as one of Europe’s best experimental music festivals, it focuses on the extraordinary, bringing together both big-name performers and smaller local acts to create an atmosphere of limitless freedom. Aside from a huge selection of alternative music performers to choose from, the workshops and exhibitions are just as renowned as the musical performances, making it the ultimate immersive experience for you to explore this summer. To find out more, click here.
Where to stay in Birmingham
If you need somewhere to rest your head after a day of partying, here are some of our favourites for every type of budget.
- Malmaison, The Mailbox – A hotel offering stylish rooms and quirky suites, with the city centre on your doorstep
- Nite Nite, City centre – A budget hotel with a cool vibe, apartments available
- Birmingham Backpackers, Digbeth – A colourful, zany hostel with free breakfast, no under 16s permitted
- Hatters Birmingham, Jewellery Quarter – A boutique-style hostel in a grade II listed building, under 18s must be accompanied by an adult
- Staying Cool Rotunda, City centre – unique apartments offering amazing views of the city
- No. 8 Waterloo Street, City Centre – Boutique-style apartments in a grade II listed building in the city centre