The free Kings Heath Street Festival is back with street food, bands, DJs and circus acts

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Thousands are expected to turn up for the return of the annual Kings Heath Street Festival this weekend.

York Road will be transformed with a live music stage, with all bands, DJs and acts curated by award-winning local music venue The Hare and Hounds.

The free event on Sunday, September 8, will be headlined by The Atlantic Players (who are on stage at 6.45pm) with support from some of Birmingham’s biggest bands and artists – including Call Me Unique, The Heels, High Horses, Trampette and Oya Batucada.

There will be a range of street food available at the event, which takes place from noon to 8pm with York Road closed from 6am to 10pm.

CircusMASH entertaining during the day
CircusMASH entertaining at Kings Heath Street Festival in 2018

The Kings Heath Business Improvement District (Kings Heath BID) announced the return of the festival for what it calls “an end-of-summer bonanza like no other.”

There will also be fun for all the family and circus workshops courtesy of Kings Heath’s very own Circus School, CircusMASH UK.

The line-up for the Hare and Hounds music stage includes some of Birmingham’s best up-and-coming bands.

  

 

Keeping the crowds going throughout set performances will be Mazzy Snape on the decks, known for her soul and funk sets all around Birmingham.

Other acts include vibrant samba band Oya Batucada, festival favourite Call Me Unique, groovy jazz band Trampette, soul, funk and ska band The Heels and folk-rock band High Horses.

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CircusMASH, who operate a circus school in Kings Heath, will be providing free workshops from 1pm to 6pm in aerial acrobatics, balance skills and hand-eye coordination.

Fun and street games outside the Hare and Hounds at Kings Heath Street Festival in 2018
Fun and street games outside of the national award-winning Hare and Hounds live entertainment pub

Visitors are welcome to join in, learn and perform alongside the professional artists.

There will be a host of street food available, including traditional Indian tapas style street food from Full of Chaat, home-cooked Caribbean treats from Esme’s Eats, freshly prepared artisan waffles from Bournville Waffle, delicious Dim Sum courtesy of Dim Sum Su, traditional Greek BBQ from Street Souvlaki and food from the island of Mauritius courtesy of Lil Maurice Cuisine.

Many of the local shops, bars, cafes and eateries in Kings Heath will be opening their doors to join in the celebrations and will be providing activities and special street festival treats for all to enjoy.

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Kings Heath Town Centre Manager and event organiser Martin Mullaney said “We’re delighted to be bringing back the Kings Heath Street Festival to York Road again this year.

“The music line-up is one of the best yet and we can’t wait for all of the community to come together to celebrate Kings Heath.

“We’ll also be launching our new charity Kings Heath Helping The Homeless at the event, so if you’d like more information about how you can get involved please talk to a steward on the day.

“The Kings Heath Street Festival is one of the biggest events in the local area and we’re thrilled to be back again this year.”

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Kings Heath Street Festival is supported by the National Lottery’s Community Fund grant.

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