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The lineup for a four day music festival in Centenary Square, Birmingham, for August Bank Holiday has been announced

Excitement is building for a new four day music festival in Birmingham’s Centenary Square this August Bank Holiday.

The outdoor concert series is set to transform the iconic city centre venue, outside the Library of Birmingham, into a hub of live music with some of Brum’s best artists.

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This morning (Friday, March 1) we can reveal that The Streets, Jungle, Cian Ducrot and Ocean Colour Scene have been confirmed as headliners for the brand new Centenary Square Summer Series.

Organisers, Metropolis Music, have also stated that the series will feature a a diverse supporting cast of international & local artists, booked in collaboration with BBC introducing. Tickets go on general sale Friday, March 8th at 10 am via CentenarySquareSummerSeries.com.

Here’s a closer look at the Centenary Square Summer Series Lineup:

Friday, August 23: Kicking off the series are multi-award-winning & Birmingham raised The Streets. Since their breakthrough in 2002 with the Mercury Prize-nominated 'Original Pirate Material,' Frontman Mike Skinner, has established himself as a prominent voice that resonates with society. Spanning across five albums and one mixtape, Skinner explores the intricacies of everyday life and reimagines them by cutting commentary from the perspective of an everyman with finesse. 

With a supporting cast of Billy Nomates, a Leicester-born beacon of brutal truth, & SANITY, an Erdington-based rapper & MC The opening night of the Centenary Square Summer Series features a lineup that promises to set the tone for the entire series.

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Saturday, August 24: Hot off the back of their Brit nomination for group of the year, Jungle will bring their forward-facing hybrid of disco, soul & hip hop to headline Saturday night on Centenary Square.

Originating as a production duo from Shepherds Bush, their self-titled breakthrough debut album became an instant classic, leading to a Mercury Prize nomination, which they followed with the album ‘For Ever’ before amplifying their success with ‘Loving In Stereo’ & new album ‘Volcano’.

Their extended live band has made them firm festival favourites. Opening proceedings is the highly respected emerging Birmingham-born neo-soul musician, Ella More. The main support for the night comes from METTE, a multi-disciplinary artist born in Minnesota and based in Los Angeles, who has recently featured on Later... with Jools Holland.

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Sunday, August 25: Irish singer-songwriter, producer & multi-instrumentalist Cian Ducrot will headline on Sunday. The classically trained Cork native will play songs from his number 1 debut album ‘Victory’ including the gold-certified hit ‘All For You’. South London’s Talia Mar will bring the pop hits in support of Cian & Holly Rolfe, a Lichfield-raised singer-songwriter who has been hand-picked by BBC Introducing, will open the event.

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Monday, August 26: Closing the series on Bank Holiday Monday are legends Ocean Colour Scene. The Birmingham band will bring hits from their iconic 1996 BritPop album ‘Moseley Shoals’ including ‘The Riverboat Song’ & ‘The Day We Caught The Train’.

Famous for live shows with life-affirming sing-a-longs, their set is sure to close the inaugural Centenary Square Summer Series in style.  Acclaimed songwriter Lucy Spraggan will support with her humorous & relatable lyrics & local indie pop/rock collective Eighty Eight Miles are scheduled to open proceedings.

How to get tickets to the Centenary Square Summer Series

Centenary Square Summer Series is programmed by Metropolis Music & produced in partnership with Cuffe & Taylor. With ambitions to be one of the greenest events on the summer calendar, the series will be powered solely by the national grid & be single use plastic free. Tickets go on general sale Friday, March 8th at 10 am via CentenarySquareSummerSeries.com.

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