It is with great excitement that I can write about the upcoming Rock and Pop Festival this year organised by the Solihull Music Service.
Backstage at last year’s festival
The Midlands based festival is set up by music teachers in Solihull so that young musicians have a platform to build confidence under the limelight and there’s been no better venues than the ones this service has found.
Apart from the festival, smaller gigs are run throughout the year in preparation for the bigger stages. In the time that I was a member of the service, I was doing regular gigs at venues across Birmingham and some of them included the Town Hall and NEC. I was even lucky enough to travel to Liverpool a couple of times to take to the stage at the Cavern Club – famous for the Beatles.
With the economy being the way it is, the future for these gigs and the festival has been a slippery slope but to hear that the festival is returning this year is more than fantastic and the announcement of its new venue, the O2 Academy Birmingham, is excellent.
JULY 13th – 16th .
More information on the festival can be found on their website, and for the music service itself you can find that information here. Tickets for this years festival will be available to purchase for £9 (£7 concessions) very soon but keep that date free in your diary!
As you sit back in your chair and watch Saturday night ‘entertainment’ on the television, just ask yourself why…
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Next Tuesday will see the final Forerunner Records event this year, with a large variety of music performed by a huge number of artists. There will be two stages, with the first being an acoustic/urban stage that will open the night at 7pm. The second of the stages is the larger one of the two, with performances from bands taking place.
The confirmed line-up includes the already established Trivax, Eyes Wide Open, Delilah’s No.10, Musical Mini, Fariko Lopez and Bow Ties, with newer bands called Sonic Deathray, Mac Daddies, Distant Fantacy and Sustained Void. There will be performances by a few other artists, however these are yet to be announced!
Hosted by myself and Creative Director at Forerunner Records, Heather young, and with live sound from Adam (Mirrorball Productions) with Dean, the final showcase is going full of talent on and off the stage. I can tell already that it’s going to be a fantastic night, and I can’t wait to be there!
Doors open after 6pm, with the first artist on stage at 7pm. Refreshments are available throughout the event which will be located at Birmingham Metropolitan Campus, Birmingham, B4 7PS in the main hall on the ground floor – you can’t miss it! More information can be found on the Forerunner Records website here.