Independent Birmingham Festival at Aston Hall

After the storming success of our inaugural (sold out) Independent Birmingham Festival, we’ve decided that you folks deserve another great event in your lives.

On Sunday 17 September, we’re going to throw a big party to celebrate Birmingham’s independent culture – but this time, we’re hosting it at the unbelievably iconic Aston Hall.

And oh boy, does our line-up rock or what?! We’re super excited for the day (a whole lot of planning and love has gone into this and we’re working hard to make this a really, really special event) – and since we’re excited, we decided to make you excited for the big day too.

Here are 31 reasons why you NEED to attend the Independent Birmingham Festival At Aston Hall.

  • CULT FINE DINING RESTAURANT THE WILDERNESS WILL BE THERE, SERVING UP THEIR OWN DISTINCTIVE TAKE ON STREET FOOD.
  • ASTON HALL IS BEAUTIFUL AND ICONIC. JUST THINK OF ALL THOSE AMAZING PHOTOGRAPHS YOU CAN TAKE. AND THINK OF ALL THE FOOD AND DRINK. MMMMMM…
  • AND ON THE DAY YOU’LL HAVE THE OPPORTUNITY TO TOUR THE INSIDE OF ASTON HALL. GO DISCOVER SOMEWHERE NEW AND INTRIGUING.
  • THE MULTI-AWARD WINNING BUDDHA BELLY RETURN FOR ALL YOUR STREET FOOD NEEDS. WE’RE HUNGRY ALREADY!
  • AND IF THAT’S NOT ENOUGH, WE’VE ALSO GOT STREET FOOD GREATS SMOQUED, LIBERTINE BURGER, THE MIDDLE FEAST, PIETANIC AND THE BOURNVILLE WAFFLE CO.
  • ROB WOOD OF SMULTRONSTÄLLE RETURNS, THIS TIME SHAKING UP ZERO WASTE COCKTAILS. TRANSFORMING STRAWBERRY TOPS, PINEAPPLE PEEL, APRICOT STONES AND MORE INTO INCREDIBLE DRINKS. NICELY DONE.
  • PURNELL’S BISTRO WILL BE COOKING UP A STORM ON THE DAY. THEIR BRUM-FAMOUS CHIPS AND CURRY SAUCE DISH IS NEVER FAR FROM OUR MINDS.
  • EL BORRACHO RETURN. BRINGING THE SPANISH SUNSHINE WITH THEM – AS WELL AS THEIR TAPAS TREATS.
  • ANOTHER BRILLIANT LINE-UP OF LIVE MUSIC (CURATED BY THE HARE AND HOUNDS), TAKING PLACE ON OUR MAIN STAGE THROUGHOUT THE DAY.
  • 40 ST. PAUL’S ARE BRINGING THEIR SLUSHIE MACHINE AND WILL BE SERVING UP THESE WONDERFUL BOOZY DELIGHTS FOR YOU TO ENJOY. WE’LL TAKE 3!
  • TWO CATS KITCHEN ARE CLOSING THIS SEPTEMBER. THEY’LL BE AT THE IB FESTIVAL.
  • THE INDIAN BREWING CO. WILL BE SERVING UP THEIR FANTASTIC INDIAN STREET FOOD.
  • IF YOU LOVE CRAFT BEER, THEN GOOD NEWS! WE’VE GOT CLINK AND TILT SERVING UP THAT SWEET AMBROSIAL NECTAR IN BOTH DRAUGHT AND CAN FORM.
  • BRUM COFFEE GREATS QUARTER HORSE COFFEE AND FACULTY SERVING UP YOUR CAFFEINE FIX.
  • THE CUBAN EMBASSY WILL BE GRILLING UP MOUTH-WATERING CUBAN SANDWICHES AND SERVING THEM WITH MOJITOS.
  • BOTH CONNOLLY’S AND LOKI WINE SERVING UP FINE WINES BY THE GLASS.
  • THE BOURNVILLE WAFFLE CO. WILL BE SERVING UP THEIR RIDICULOUSLY IMMENSE WAFFLES.
  • DOGS AREN’T JUST WELCOME, THEY’RE ENCOURAGED. SO CHANCES ARE YOU’LL GET TO STROKE A FAIR FEW DOGGOS ON THE DAY.
  • THE FESTIVAL TAKES PLACE AT (AND CELEBRATES) A HERITAGE SITE DURING BIRMINGHAM HERITAGE WEEK.
  • VEGGIES YOU AREN’T FORGOTTEN. THE WAREHOUSE CAFE ARE BACK, SERVING UP THEIR ACE-IEST VEGGIE AND VEGAN TREATS
  • THERE ARE PLENTY OF ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDDIES – WITH FACE-PAINTING AND WORKSHOPS THROUGHOUT THE DAY

The festival will take place on Sunday 17 September (12pm – 7pm) at the iconic Aston Hall, complete with: restaurant pop-ups, street food, cocktails, craft beer, local artists, designers and retailers showcasing the very best of Birmingham’s independent culture throughout the day. There will also be a full programme of live music and workshops.

Tickets cost just £8 (kids under 12 go free) and can be purchased here.

YOUR TICKET ENTITLES YOU TO: ENTRY TO THE EVENT AND A FREE (EXCLUSIVE) INDEPENDENT BIRMINGHAM FESTIVAL TOTE BAG.

Food/drink line-up: The Wilderness, Purnell’s Bistro, 40 St. Paul’s, The Indian Brewery Co., Buddha Belly, El Borracho De Oro, The Cuban Embassy, Two Cats Kitchen, Clink Beer, The Bureau Bar and Kitchen, The Warehouse Cafe, Smultronställe, Smoqued, Libertine Burger, The Middle Feast, Tilt, Faculty Coffee, Twist, Pietanic, The Bournville Waffle Co., Loki Wine, Quarter Horse Coffee, Connolly’s.

Our roster of independent retailers, artists, designers and makers for the indoor market hall will be announced soon, along with our live music line-up.

Note: Over half the tickets are already gone. Our last festival sold out weeks before the actual event. This event WILL sell out. So if you’re keen to attend, it’s best to purchase tickets ASAP to avoid disappointment.

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