Summer in Birmingham: Project SoundLounge festival set to take the city by storm from 7th – 9th August

Via Project SoundLounge

Project SoundLounge festival set to take Birmingham by storm from 7th – 9th August

Birmingham’s only free youth-led music festival coming to city in just this August.

Hosted at Brindleyplace, Digbeth Dining Club and Birmingham Town Hall, Project SoundLounge is a free festival that celebrates our city’s sounds – created entirely by the city’s burgeoning talented young musicians.

Project Soundlounge in 2014
Project Soundlounge in 2014

Legendary Birmingham reggae group Friendly Fire Band make their Town Hall debut at the Project SoundLounge festival on Saturday August 8th, alongside local names such as Namiwa Jazz, Lobster, Malarkey, Beatfreeks poets and many more.

Festival performances include soul and jazz artists, Midnight Magpie and Lumi HD at Spotlight in Digbeth as part of Digbeth Dining Club, and experimental hip hop trio Ruane Maurice and Birmingham hip hop native Sic’nis play Brindleyplace band stand on Friday August 7th.

An array of food stalls will be supplied by Digbeth Dining Club, offering their locally sourced street food on both Friday 7th and outside Town Hall on Saturday 8th.

Project Soundlounge in 2014
Project Soundlounge in 2014

Birmingham folk-indie favourites Midnight Bonfires headline Town Hall on Sunday 9th August, together with Midlands rock group Piston and singer songwriters He Is A Pegasus, Dan Wilks and Matt Tyrer.

Full line-up

Friday 7th August Saturday 8th August Sunday 9th August
Brindleyplace Town Hall Town Hall
Sic’nis Friendly Fire Band Midnight Bonfires
Ruane Maurice Lobster Piston
  Malarkey He Is A Pegasus
Digbeth Dining Club from 8pm Goodall


Matt Tyrer


Midnight Magpie Namiwa Jazz Dan Wilkins


Lumi HD    

Live Arts Radio will be recording festival highlights and broadcasting them post-festival, allowing for moments to be re-lived by those who were there, and for those that missed out to catch up on the festival’s best bits.

Project Soundlounge 2014
Project Soundlounge 2014

Now in its third year, Project SoundLounge is a Town Hall Symphony Hall project which empowers 16-25 year olds to tailor a music festival that directly reflects Birmingham’s contemporary, diverse and burgeoning music scenes. The Project SoundLounge program enables young creatives to develop their skills in marketing/production/programming, booking artists and providing a platform for younger audiences to experience live music for free.

Reggae, ska, indie, rock, folk, poetry, hip hop, jazz and soul – Project SoundLounge is a diverse celebration of a culturally and musically diverse city. This is our city, and these are our sounds. Be a part of it.

Project Soundlounge in 2014
Project Soundlounge in 2014

Project SoundLounge is important because it shines the spotlight on grassroots and local music scenes by bringing artists to the forefront of a world class organisation like THSH.” – Joe Cook, Project SoundLounge Fellow.

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Town Hall and Symphony Hall are managed together by Performances Birmingham Limited, a Registered Charity No 1053937.  Between them, the two halls present an exciting and varied programme of around 800 concerts and events a year, connecting people of all ages and backgrounds to music from jazz, folk, world, roots and classical, to rock and pop.  Over 600,000 people visit Town Hall and Symphony Hall annually, and almost 13,000 young people and adults participate in the thriving Education and Community programme.

Funded by Birmingham City Council | Supported using public funding by Arts Council England

Town Hall Birmingham re-opened in October 2007 following a £35m renovation funded by Birmingham City Council (£18.3m), Heritage Lottery Fund (£13.7m), European Regional Development Fund (£3m).

Town Hall and Symphony Hall are extremely grateful for the very kind support of the following funders: Allan & Nesta Ferguson Charitable Trust, Arts Council England, Austin & Hope Pilkington Trust, Baron Davenport’s Charity, Douglas Turner Trust, G J W Turner Trust, Grimmitt Trust, LandAid, William A Cadbury Charitable Trust, and Wilmcote Charitrust.