Published on May 20th, 2013 | by Gaelle Finley


Simmer Down Festival 2013

Free family fun day, music and arts festival

‘It’s on your doorstep and it’s the fastest growing festival in Birmingham’
Simmer Down festival is coming around
On 14th July in Handsworth Park, 12.30-7.30pm
Jerk chicken, cultural vibes and sweet reggae sounds alongside an array of local artists, workshops, arts activities and food & craft stalls

Over 8,000 people attended last year. Now into its fourth year the open air music and arts festival returns to the beautiful surroundings of Handsworth Park to celebrate Birmingham’s rich heritage and cultural diversity. Come along and join in …

This year sees a host of live performances with Jamaican reggae star Half Pint headlining. Also playing on the day will be: Stikki Tantafari backed by the Atom Band, Black Symbol/Fatman, Asha B., Jah Elements, Divas of Soul, 1Eye, Xova, Sic!ness & Friends feat. LB Robinson (The Voice), Lee Alexander, Oya Batucada.

There will be a number of workshops taking place, with lots fun activities for all the family, with craft stalls and a range of cultural cuisines showcasing the wealth of talent that exists in our communities.

In the words of Steel Pulse, it’s a “Handsworth Revo- Revo- Revolution!” Don’t miss the best free party of the year.

‘It’s all about peace, love and unity’

Tell your friends, bring a picnic and your family!

For more information visit, or call 0121 333 2444.

Simmer Down performers

Photos : The Drum

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One Response to Simmer Down Festival 2013

  1. Mike Smithy says:

    Simmerdown festival 2013 in Handsworth Park was a great family day out, and this year saw 13,000 Fans pack the Park to see some of Birmingham’s Musical Talents. XOVA, who supported Ali Campbell at the Swindon Summer Bowl the day before 13th July… was by Far the most Stand out band for me, and most of the people i talked to after their performance, Loved this band too. The question on peoples lips were where have they been hiding? They brought something different to every other band with their Fusion of Pop/Reggae/Rock and Indie elements, and that seemed to be what the fans wanted to hear…something Fresh and New, and XOVA delivered. I was up at the top of the Park talking to some long time friends though when headliner Half Pint took to the stage, but got no indication that he was indeed onstage after Stikki Tantafari performed just before him. I was expecting to hear a roar from the 13,000 strong fans, but i did not hear them Chant or Shout for the Reggae legend, untill i listened and heard him singing after a few numbers at the start of his set. It was a nice day had by all, with the Sun hotting up the place. Well done to the Organizers, and security, who made sure it went trouble free. I look forward to Simmerdown 2014…

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