Three reasons to visit Birmingham this Summer

Creative Tourist

Technically Birmingham isn’t in the North. However, this summer they are putting on three fantastic festivals and we think the hour and a half on the train is well worth it.

First up is Flatpack at the end of April. Dubbed ‘the most open-minded festival in the UK’, this six-day festival scoops up the very best stuff from the past twelve months of international film festivals and sprinkles with some outstanding one-off events from the likes of Stewart Lee.

In July, theatre takes centre stage as BE FESTIVAL subverts our expectations of conventional performance in an unmissable week-long celebration. Bringing the best of European theatre and performance to Birmingham, the festival serves up a bold and experimental programme of new work and seeks to blur the boundary between artist and spectator.

Finally Supersonic returns in July. This year the music festival boasts one of its best ever line-ups which includes the supernatural talent of Anna von Hausswolff alongside the likes of Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs, Neurosis and Godflesh.

Three reasons to visit Birmingham this Summer! Read our editors full previews of each festival below.

Here are our picks

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