Whatever your age, in and around Birmingham we are spoiled for choice when it comes to selecting where to create the happiest of memories.
Back 2 Festival
June 30 to July 3, Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent, DE12 8LN
Described as ‘the most outrageous trip down memory lane’, Catton Hall will play host to Back 2 Festival this summer.
The four-day event will be jam-packed with performances, including sets from Cascade, Aqua, Vengaboys, Steps, and UB40 featuring Ali Campbell.
Now in its sixth year, the festival will also see performances from East 17, Scouting For Girls, Fatman Scoop, Basshunter, and many more huge acts from the 90s and 00s.
Birmingham Rum Festival
July 2, The Cuban Embassy, 23 St Mary's Row, Moseley, Birmingham B13 8HW
Birmingham Rum Festival will return to Birmingham for 2022 with tickets still valid from 2020.
Now in its fifth year, the festival will highlight a host of quality tipples for attendees to try.
You will be able to learn from rum masters and brands all about the tipples and sample them before you buy.
On top of this, there will be live music and Caribbean street food to refresh yourself in between rum-inspired cocktails.
Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul Festival
July 8 to 10, Moseley Park, 93b Alcester Road, Birmingham, B13 8DD
There is a legendary line-up for this year’s Mostly Jazz, Funk and Soul in the beautiful Moseley Park.
Headline acts include The Specials, Earth Wind and Fire and Experience featuring Al McKay, Cameo, Fatback Band, The Wailers, Craig Charles and Nightmares on Wax (DJ set).
Tickets, including club class packages featuring back stage access, complimentary drink, festival T-shirt, programme and CD are selling fast and the only remaining caravan hire is for Friday.
For those with enough energy after a day at the festival, there will also be a Friday and Saturday after party at the Hare & Hounds in Kings Heath.
A day of partying is never complete without some great food and drink, which is provided by some of Birmingham’s best street vendors including Original Patty Men, Bonehead, English Indian and West Midlands Jerk Centre.
July 8 to 10, NEC Birmingham, North Ave, Marston Green, Birmingham, B40 1NT
Birmingham will play host to one of three eagerly-anticipated Wireless festivals this summer.
With the other two in London, it means the outdoor event at the NEC is the only Wireless festival outside the capital this year.
Held over three days, headline acts are Dave, Cardi B and J. Cole and they are supported by the likes of BLXST, Burna Boy and D-Block Europe.
This will be only the second time any Wireless festival has been held outside London, with the other previous exception also being a visit to Birmingham in the shape of Perry Park in 2014.
July 8 to 10, Digbeth, Birmingham
Since 2003, Supersonic have been hosting superior weekends for adventurous and curious audiences, bringing together live performances by some of the world’s most extraordinary artists and audience participation to create a one-of-a-kind festival - in order to celebrate the best in creativity that the underground has to offer.
Returning after their spectacular sell-out 2019 edition, the "mother of all British underground festivals". [The Quietus] is back! Supersonic Festival are delighted to bring you their line-up including guest curators Jerusalem in my Heart & Decolonise Fest, plus performances from Richard Dawson & Circle, The Bug feat. Flowdan, Old Man Gloom, AA Williams, Thou, June of 44, No Home.For more information and to buy tickets, click here
Solihull Summer Fest
July 23 to 24, Tudor Grange Park, Solihull, B91 3DN
Solihull Summer Fest will return for the sixth year at Tudor Grange Park.
Saturday’s line-up features Shaggy, Boyzlife, Artful Dodger, Duke, All Saints, Shalamar and Snap.
Billy Ocean, Belinda Carlisle, The Real Thing, Kool & The Gang, Bad Manners and Doctor & The Medics all take centre stage on the Sunday.
Prior to the main weekend event, on Thursday, July 21 Open Air Cinema presents Rocketman which is followed by a live Elton John tribute.
On Friday, July 22 Ibiza Proms in the Park will take clubbers on a journey of the most iconic anthems from the White Isle when a 50-piece orchestra and vocalists wow the crowds.
Big Family Festival
July 29 to 31, Dunton Hall, Kingsbury Rd, Curdworth, Sutton Coldfield, B76 0BA
The Big Family Festival offers some of the very best in children’s entertainment to keep the whole family happy this festival season.
Three days of family fun await with more than 100 activities including character meet and greets, family karaoke, dance workshops, an outdoor cinema and more.
Camping and glamping spaces are available, while families can enjoy award-winning street food, a sports zone including football and cricket, craft workshops and a DJ academy.
Y Not Festival
July 29 to 31, Pikehall, Derbyshire, DE4 2PR
With performances from The Kooks, Stereophonics, Courteeners and Blossoms, Y Not Festival is set to return to Pikehall with a bang.
The festival will also host sets from the likes of Manic Street Preachers, Nothing But Thieves, The Vaccines, Levellers, Jake Bugg and more.
There will also be comedy sets, paint fights, an outdoor cinema, and even a top-secret venue on-site for people to seek out.
July 30, Wolverhampton Racecourse, Gorsebrook Rd, Wolverhampton WV6 0PE
Made Festival is set to return to the Midlands once more, this time taking place at Wolverhampton Racecourse with a bumper lineup of live music.
This year’s festival will see performances from AJ Tracey, Pa Salieu, Ms Banks, Shy FX, Bad Boy Chiller Crew, Andy C and many more.
The festival will also have street food vendors onsite providing refreshments throughout the day as well as numerous bars.
And for those still wanting to party at the end of the day, the festival’s official after-party will take place at The Hangar from 10
Pulse Of The Maggots Festival
August 10, The Mill, 29 Lower Trinity St, Deritend, Birmingham, B9 4AG
Knotfest, the music festival created by Slipknot, will bring the first-ever Pulse of the Maggots Fest in the UK.
The inaugural event will feature performances from Sylosis, Orbit Culture, Heriot, Spiritworld and more.
Knotfest began in 2012 and has been hosted in the United States, Canada, Japan, Mexico, Colombia and France.
Bloodstock Open Air
August 11 to 14, Catton Hall, Walton-on-Trent, DE12 8LN
Catton Hall will once again play host to thousands of metalheads when Bloodstock Open Air returns to the Midlands.
This year’s three-day festival will be headlined by Behemoth, Mercyful Fate and Lamb Of God.
Other acts confirmed to perform include Testament, Exodus, Dimmu Borgir, Killing Joke, Sleep Token, Malevolence and more.
Day and weekend tickets are still available to purchase as well as VIP and travel options for those wanting to party in style.
August 18 to 21, Weston Park, Weston-under-Lizard, Shifnal, TF11 8LE
Camp Bestival will come to Shropshire for the first time ever this summer promising fun for all the family.
As well as activities for adults and the youngsters, there will also be live performances from Fat Boy Slim, Rang’N’Bone Man, Becky Hill, and Example among others.
Little ones will be able to get into the festival spirit with kid-friendly rave Big Fish Little Fish, kung fu and yoga workshops, and live appearances from Mr Tumle, MC Grammar, Horrible Histories Terrible Tudors and Braniac Live.
August 26 to 28, The New Irish Centre Birmingham, 205 Wheelers Ln, King's Heath, Birmingham, B13 0ST
A huge three-day celebration of Irish music and culture will take over Birmingham for the August Bank Holiday weekend.
Bringing together the best Birmingham, Irish and Birmingham-Irish musical talent together for the celebration, the line-up will include performances from Imelda May, Finbar Furey, Nathan Carter, Hothouse Flowers, Beoga, Damien Dempsey and the Sharon Shannon Trio.
Hothouse Flowers had the most successful debut album in Irish history, whilst Beoga are famed as co-writers of Galway Girl.
A street food village will offer traditional Irish delicacies and there will be more than 50 market stalls featuring independent makers and producers.
If this sounds like thirsty work, then fear not as the Guinness will be flowing at the outdoor bars and beer tents.
August 26 to 28, Ragley Hall, Alcester, Warwickshire, B49 5NJ
Grab your motorhome and head to Ragley Hall for the return of Camper Calling.
The festival welcomes everyone, whether you have a tent or a camper to stay in, to enjoy a weekend of live music and fun in the summer sun.
There will be live music across the three days with sets from James, Basement Jaxx (DJ set), Shed Seven, Del Amitri, Scouting For Girls, The Selecter and more.
You can also enjoy entertainment on the carnival stage, visit the zen garden, or take part in activities such as pottery, the boat race, silent discos, and a graffiti workshop among other things.
Sandwell and Birmingham Mela
August 27 to 28, Victoria Park, 35 Suffrage St, Smethwick B66 3QB
The Mela is Europe’s biggest South Asian music festival and will place at Victoria Park in Smethwick.
It’s an extra special year for the event as it reaches its tenth birthday and, to celebrate, there will be music, dance, food, arts and crafts all mixed in with the sights, sounds and spicy aromas of South Asia.
There are eight activity zones at the Mela featuring the main stage with the biggest artists, food village, shopping bazaar, Lidl, arts village, funfair, and the showcase stage for homegrown talent and visual arts.
Moseley Folk and Arts Festival
September 2 to 4, Moseley Park, 93b Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8DD
Moseley Folk and Arts Festival will treat the thousands of music who flock to the event for its 16th anniversary.
Located at Moseley Park and Pool, the three-day event will see performances from the likes of Supergrass, Kurt Vile & The Violators and The Weather Station on the Friday.
Poet Laureate Simon Armitage, multi-BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards nominees Gilmore & Roberts and American blues musician Seasick Steve will be among the names to wow the crowds on Saturday.
Rock band The Coral – fresh from UK dates marking the 20th anniversary of their self-titled debut album - and fellow rockers Jethro Tull take to the stage on Sunday as the big names just keep on coming.
You can upgrade your folk festival experience by booking one of the numerous refurbished private caravans featuring waiter bar service or by visiting the Black Swan backstage pub.
Jule 2 to 4, War Memorial Park, Kenilworth Rd, Coventry CV3 6PT
See live performances from The Libertines, Tom Grennan and Bananarama at this year’s Godiva Festival.
The weekend event at Coventry’s War Memorial Park will also see performances from Katy B, The Feeling, A1 x J1, The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Club and more.
Visitors can also enjoy a host of family entertainment, a craft village, food and drink stalls, and a children’s fun fair.
Beer Central Festival
September 16 to 17, Tea Works, 15 New Canal St, Birmingham, B5 5QX
Following a sell-out event last year Beer Central Festival is back for 2022.
Beer fans will be able to sample drinks from more than 30 different brewers as well as different ciders and non-alcoholic tipples.
Revellers will also be able to grab a bite to eat from the festival’s own food market and watch chefs cook live over an open fire pit.
Day and evening session tickets are available for both dates as well as full weekend tickets, and all tickets include entry, a festival glass, and all of your beer.
September 24 to 25, LGBTQ+ Village, Birmingham, B5 2TB
Birmingham will celebrate the LGBTQ+ community and its rich history with its annual pride parade and festival.
On September 24, thousands of people will take to the streets of the city centre for the annual parade.
The parade is a free event which starts at Victoria Square in the heart of the city centre from 11am and the parade starts making its way through the city from 12pm, making its way to the LGBTQ+ village where main festival activities will take place.
Across the weekend, there will be performances from Cheryl, Katy B, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Sister Sledge, Clean Bandit, Jax Jones, Raye and more at the Smithfield Live portion of the celebrations.
Additionally, there will also be a host of drag performances, the Village Street Party, and the free Community Village Green with family-friendly activities.
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