With summer pretty much in full swing, this month we meet some of the bands bringing the festival spirit to Birmingham over the coming weeks.
Ibibio Sound Machine will bring their unique blend of funky beats, disco and the Nigerian Ibibio language to the Mostly Jazz, Funk & Soul Festival, so we caught up with vocalist Eno Williams to find out how she went from Stars in Their Eyes to forming one of the most intriguing new bands of 2014. Also on the festival bill, Fun Lovin’ Criminals get set to bring some New York swagger, while we look ahead to One Beat Weekender with Ekkah and Glass Animals.
Reggae legends Steel Pulse get set for their much anticipated homecoming appearance at Simmer Down Festival in Handsworth, while there are also interviews with Tall Ships, Sunshine Frisbee Laserbeam, former frontman of The Lines Alex Ohm, Midnight Bonfires, Templeton Pek and more.
Plus, we look ahead to the biggest instalment yet of Birmingham’s experimental theatre celebration BE Festival, get you set for summer with some essential style picks and take you through the best albums, club nights, arts events and gigs that July has to offer.
Come rain or shine there’s plenty for you to enjoy this month, so pick up your free copy of the July edition of Brum Notes Magazine or read the digital edition online now.
We’ll be celebrating the latest edition with our monthly issue launch party on Wednesday, July 2, at The Sunflower Lounge, Birmingham, full details here.