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Latest News Simmer Down is Boiling Up! Sun 20 July @ Handsworth Park

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Simmer Down is Boiling Up! Sun 20 July @ Handsworth Park

July 7th, 2014 1:57 pm

It’s almost time! Are you ready for an unforgettable day of music, arts, craft, culture and celebration with some of the best local and international talent Birmingham has to offer? Then make sure you join us for the free Simmer Down Festival 2014 on Sun 20 July in Handsworth Park, proudly presented in association with Birmingham Mind and Time To Change 

It’s shaping up to be an amazing day, with all acts for our Main Stage and Time To Change Stage confirmed and ready to party! As part of The Drum’s 20th Anniversary Celebrations, this year’s line-up is a real homecoming for the music that put Birmingham on the map.

International Reggae Legends and Handsworth locals Steel Pulse will be hitting the Main Stage at 6pm, following master of Ragga Fusion Apache Indian and his band Reggae Revolution at 4:45pm. Before that, chart-topping Birmingham Reggae band Musical Youth will start heating the evening up at 3:45pm, following a whole day of music from across the city. There’ll be performances from Aston Performing Arts Academy, Kezia Soul, Diego Flex, Rose Capri and The Superskas, and the specially commissioned Simmer Down Big Brass Mash-Up – You won’t find a line-up like it anywhere else in the world! (See below for full listings).

The fun continues with home-grown Birmingham talent on the Time To Change Stage – dynamic dance from Ace Dance and Sticky Toffee, music from Afro Mio and Jam Tidy, and special sessions from Young Gifted Brum, Simmer Down Schools Holly Head and Alum Rock, and a very special showcase from proud festivals sponsors Birmingham Mind and Time To Change. There’s something for everyone, so make sure you don’t waste a minute! (See below for full listings).

There’ll also be fun throughout the Park with arts and craft activities, education workshops, face painting, and a belly-busting range of food stalls serving up delicious treats from across the city.

It’s going to be an amazing day, so make sure you don’t miss the biggest and best free party of the year – In the words of Steel Pulse, it’s a “Handsworth Revo-Revo-Revolution!” Remember, we want to keep Handsworth beautiful, so help us to help “Keep It Clean” this year – pick up your rubbish and respect the grounds!

To find out more about Simmer Down 2014, call our Box Office on 0121 333 2444, and make sure to follow us on Twitter @SimmerDownFest with hashtag #SimmerDown14.

Main Stage:

12:30pm – 12:45pm
Simmer Down Original Dishes: Big Brass Mash-Up

Coventry Brass band collides with a bhangra reggae flava.

12:55pm – 1:15pm
Aston Performing Arts Academy

UK’s first Urban Glee – Heavenly harmonies and sensational lead vocals with high end choreography.

1:25pm – 1:45pm
Kezia Soul

Birmingham’s Neo-Soul Jazz Funk Pioneer with a full backing band.

1:55pm – 2:15pm
Diego Flex

Contemporary dancehall on a conscious tip back by the Mighty Vibes band.

2:25pm – 2:55pm
Rose Capri

Uplifting vocals from one of Birmingham’s finest Lovers Rock performers.

3pm – 3:30pm
The Superskas

Energetic Ska classics guaranteed to get you up on your feet!

3:45pm – 4:30pm
Musical Youth

Birmingham’s very own chart topping ‘Pass the Duchies’ sensations.

4:45pm – 5:30pm
Apache Indian backed by Reggae Revolution

The Don Rajah of Ragga fusion backed by Birmingham’s stellar musicians. Boom Shakalaka!

6pm – 7:30pm
Steel Pulse

Grammy Award winning International Reggae Revolutionaries comes home to Handsworth!

Time To Change Stage:

12:30pm – 12:45pm
Simmer Down Schools: Holly Head

Holly Head’s dancers deliver Hot Moves and Cool Shapes to kick off the Stage in style.

12:45pm – 12:55pm
Drum About Brum

Bangin’ Beats and Pieces from Brum’s finest drumming group.

12:55pm – 1:05pm
Ace Dance

Leading innovative dance company ACE showcase their youth programmes’ rising stars.

1:05pm – 1:15pm
Drum About Brum

More beats from Brum’s best.

1:15pm – 1:30pm
Young Gifted Brum

The Drum’s Youth programme invite you to the stage for a vocal adventure.

1:30pm – 1:40pm
Simmer Down Schools: Alum Rock Youth Group

Alum Rock’s young creatives deliver insightful lines and slick rhymes.

1:40pm – 1:55pm
Sticky Toffee Dance

Sticky Toffee Dance showcase the dance stars of the future.

2pm – 3:50pm
Birmingham Mind

A special showcase performance from our proud festival sponsors Birmingham Mind and Time To Change.

4pm – 4:20pm
Afro Mio

Rhythmic conga, melodious African guitar, and rich vocals in five languages!

4:30pm – 5:15pm
Jam Tidy

Gypsy-Swing-Reggae-Hip Hop mash-up to close the show in style.


  • Handsworth Revolution

    Just to put right the guy in the red who was compering before Steel Pulse came on stage. Handsworth Grammar School boys did used to go in Handsworth Park, even though we quickly got chased out by the likes of David Hinds and his mates from Handsworth Wood Boys School!