The Mostly Jazz Funk and Soul Festival
The funky mother of Birmingham’s festival scene. Three days of music so cool, down & dirty even the wildlife of the beautiful Moseley Park will be wearing dark glasses and sipping tiny tequilas. The line up this year manages to outshine even last year’s stunning bill with the legendary multi grammy award winner Chaka Khan headlining. Other highlights include the return of Pharcyde, Soul II Soul and funk legends St. Paul and the Broken Bones. Read our full feature here.
Fri 7 July to Sun 9 July at Moseley Park, Alcester Road, Birmingham B13 8DD £99 weekend £45 day mostlyjazz.co.uk
An urban paradise of banging beats spread across five stages. Highlights this year include headliners Chase and Status whose drum and bass mayhem will close the event, the sophisticated house of Gorgon City and the dynamic rapper Giggs. If the sun shines, which of course it will, Made is a blissfully upbeat event and a beautiful exercise in urban adventure. Read our full feature here.
Sat 29 Jul 12pm at Digbeth Triangle, Birmingham B9 4AG £40 www.skiddle.com
The uniquely charming Swingamajig is a festival experience like no other. Smiles, nay huge grins are guaranteed, as happy punters browse underneath the Digbeth Arches sampling a dazzling array of nostalgia infused with 21st century pizazz. It’s tough picking a highlight when everything is curated to perfection but legendary DJ’s Freestylers are a must see, our old friends Rhino and the Ranters know how to get a party kicking and dark cabaret absurdist Joe Black will blow your minds. Go for a wander it’s all incredible. Read our full feature here.
Sun 30 Apr 2pm at Digbeth Triangle, Birmingham B9 4AG £20 www.theticketsellers.co.uk
After more than ten years of sonic adventuring, curious audiences and even more curious performers, the ever-unpredictable Supersonic Festival still teems with artistic ambition and irreverent surprises. This year’s acts at the cutting edge include Anna Von Hausswolf, Jenny Hval, Arbouretum, Oxbow & local experimental musical magicians Dorcha. It’s weekend of music, film, exhibitions and workshops curated by a team of fearless tastemakers. A truly avant-garde, tightly-curated and rightly exalted experience (not remotely) for the whole family. Read our full feature here.
Fri 16 Jun – Sun 18 Jun at various venues. supersonicfestival.com/
Chapter XIII Festival
The Rainbow Venues’ mid-year house and techno centrepiece returns for its thirteenth installment with twelve hours of pumping tunes and pulsating basslines. Outside, Jamie Jones, Dubfire and Richy Ahmed take over the car park while techno titans Adam Beyer and Joseph Capriati set the Arena alight. In the Warehouse, Mixmag DJ of the Year The Black Madonna performs alongside Midland as a four-hour deep house marathon courtesy of French trio Apollonia races on up in the Roof Garden. A no-nonsense, non-stop afternoon of thumping bass beats and techno treats. Win tickets here.
Sat 15 Apr 12pm at Rainbow, Lower Trinity Street, Birmingham, B9 4AG £29.50, www.therainbowvenues.co.uk
Moseley Folk festival
Another fine line-up for the final blow-out of Birmingham’s summer of music. Quite the headlining coup in the shape of the magical Laura Marling as well as seldom-seen master of the meandering gypsy guitar Jose Gonzalez as well as a return show from the Magic Numbers and all the usual local suspects like The Destroyers as well as that beautiful late summer backdrop. See our full preview here.
Fri 1 to Sun 3 Sep at Moseley Park Alcester Road, Birmingham B13 8DD. Tickets from £45 www.moseleyfolk.co.uk
Published on: Wed 17 May 2017