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20 Jul, 2014

Simmer Down Festival 2014

Tickets :

Get ready for the biggest and best free party of the summer, as Simmer Down Festival returns to Handsworth Park on Sun 20 July!

One of fastest growing and most diverse festival in Birmingham, last year attracted over 10,000 people! Simmer Down is a totally free family fun-day festival which celebrates Birmingham's rich diversity by paying tribute to the centrality of reggae and other musical genres that make it such a city of culture.

As part of The Drum's 20th Anniversary Celebrations, we are delighted to confirm our headline act as the Grammy Award winning international Reggae Legends Steel Pulse , master of Ragga Fusion Apache Indian and Reggae Revolution, and chart-topping Birmingham Reggae band Musical Youth! Plus many more special guests, performers, artists, musicians and bands, so make sure you've got the date in your diary!

There will be a wide range of live performances and arts participation activities taking place across several stages and marquees, plus plenty of fun activities for all the family including arts and education workshops, face paintings, and a selection of belly-busting food stalls offering treats from across the city.

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!"

To find out more about Simmer Down 2014, you can call The Drum Box Office on 0121 333 2444, and make sure to Follow us on Twitter @SimmerDownFest with hashtag #SimmerDown14

Presented by Simmer Down CIC, The Drum in partnership with Perry Barr Constituency Arts Forum, Mind Birmingham, and The Phoenix Newspaper

Security provided by Leon Security

Main Stage Running Order:

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 Running Order:

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.

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