Top indie bands Athlete and Reverend and The Makers are the headline acts for KerrangFest, which takes place as part of ArtsFest in Birmingham on 11-13 September.
KerrangFest will be taking over the Centenary Square Stage on Sunday 13 September where Athlete will close the mammoth ten hour concert, which showcases the region's best unsigned bands. Athlete first came to prominence in 2003 with their debut album Vehicles and Animals and in 2006 their single Wires received the Ivor Novello Award for “Best Contemporary Song”. Their fourth album Black Swan will be released on 10 August 2009.
Sheffield band Reverend & The Makers shot to fame with their debut album in 2007 and have recently released their second album, A French Kiss In The Chaos. They are heading for ArtsFest following a support slot with Oasis at their recent stadium tour.
Classically influenced Elliot Minor, who have just completed a sell-out UK tour, will also be performing, along with Saving Aimee whose combination of rock, dance and 80s influences is fast gaining them a strong following.
Local indie heroes Johnny Foreigner will also be returning to their hometown to play the festival having recently returned from touring in the US and UK. Their gig at ArtsFest will kick off their new October tour.
Cllr Martin Mullaney, Cabinet Member for Leisure, Sport & Culture said, “Birmingham has a lengthy history of local rock and indie musicians who have gone on to achieve world-wide fame, such as Ozzy Osborne, The Streets and Ocean Colour Scene. KerrangFest is a great opportunity to see some of the region's best bands completely free.”
Sharon Lea, Acting Strategic Director of Environment and Culture said, “ArtsFest is now in its 12th year, and this unique festival last year attracted nearly a quarter of a million people to our city to see thousands of artists perform for free.”
Other Birmingham bands due to perform at the concert include The Arcadian Kicks, Templeton Pek and the Mexicolas. Plenty of local emerging bands will also get the chance to perform on the “Kerrang Unsigned” stage in The Flapper Pub during ArtsFest.
ArtsFest, the UK's biggest free arts festival, runs from 11-13 September in Birmingham city centre. It is organised by Birmingham City Council, with support from sponsors, partners, arts organisations and volunteers. For more information go to www.artsfest.org.uk or contact the ArtsFest team on 0121 464 5678.
Emily Malcolm on 0121 303 8794 or 07766 923 352
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Images available on request.
ArtsFest helps to make the arts accessible to all and to widen people's experiences of cultural activity. With everything from street art to opera, cutting edge theatre installations to bhangra dance and plenty in between, the festival offers audiences a wealth of amazing opportunities to enjoy a huge range of artistic experiences for free.
The best of the region's emerging artists perform alongside internationally renowned companies, and many find it to be an unparalleled platform from which to launch and establish their artistic careers.
Full programme of KerrangFest concert (may be subject to change):
Sunday 13 September, Centenary Square Stage
12:30 The Skyline
13:15 The Lines
14:00 51 Breaks
14:45 The Amateurs
15:30 Templeton Pek
17:00 The Arcadian Kicks
17:50 Johnny Foreigner
18:45 Saving Aimee
19:45 Elliot Minor
20:45 Reverend & The Makers