Holi Rave Sets Birmingham Up For Feast of Colour

Without a doubt, the most colourful festival around, Shaanti’s Holi Rave Feast-IVAL marks the beginning of spring and the religious festival of Holi with 11 hours of music and entertainment on Saturday, March 21.

Among those making their way to intimate clubbing space Amusement 13 in Kent Street are London-based producer My Panda Shall Fly, whose LP Too is due in April. He’ll be joined by 1Xtra and BBC Asian Network’s presenters Punjabi Hit Squad, Bhangra pioneer Surinder Rattan and MC Cheshire Cat, local heroes Swami, and Asian Dub Foundation and Minstry of Dhol associate, Prithpal Rajput.

Adding to the proceedings will also be sitar players, colour-powder celebrations, glitter-bombs, free Indian Goddess and God face-painting, henna, various DJs, live drummers, and Indian food courtesy of street food vendors and local restaurants.

Shaanti’s Holi Rave and Indian Street Food Feast-IVAL is on March 21 at Amusement 13, Kent Street, from 3pm until late. Tickets are £10-£15 from www.holirave.com.

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