Independent music festival Sonic Gun Weekender returns to The Castle and Falcon

Birmingham’s independent and intimate live music venue The Castle and Falcon is proud to host the Sonic Gun Weekender on Friday, August 16 and Saturday, August 17. Now in its second year and set to be an annual affair, the weekender hosted by Sonic Gun bestows the best in Birmingham bands and musicians to a crowd of devoted fans.

Friday, August 16 sees young four piece The Clause headline the night, after selling out the second room of the O2 Institute in 2018 and supporting The Blinders at the start of 2019, the 60s and 80s inspired indie group have gained a momentous following. Also on the bill are Karkosa, who have a cult fan status all the way in South Korea, whilst Candid, Faith and The Pines finish the bill.

Saturday, August 17 sees the return of Sugarthief, another quartet with high acclaim in Birmingham. The left-of-the-dial indie/pop outfit recently released their debut ‘I before E(P)’ alongside sell out shows and a support slot with the highly successful Birmingham band Swim Deep. Also on Saturday’s line up are The Novus, Violet, Wolfgang Harte, Robert Craig Oulton, Spilt Milk Society and The Americas. Both nights tease of a DJ set into the early hours with secret special guests, as well as Philly Cheesesteak street food from Meatz and Meltz.

Thomas Holloway, creator of and promoter for Sonic Gun, said: “The Sonic Gun Weekender is a real celebration of a community that has been growing in Birmingham over the past few years, we can’t wait to share the weekend with them all. Everything we do with the festival is Birmingham based, our friend Super Freak designed the poster and Ropepress printed it. Meatz & Meltz are supplying the food whilst the bands and DJs are all from Birmingham and the surrounding areas. Plus, we will be donating £1 per ticket sold to mental health charity MIND again this year and there will also be donation boxes at the Weekender.”

Since relaunching in 2017, The Castle and Falcon on Moseley Road, Birmingham, has had the pleasure of hosting countless sell out bands and musicians, as well as giving a platform to local artists. Touring acts such as Brit Award winner Sam Fender, Tom Walker, Mahalia, Yonaka, Deap Vally, Julia Jacklin, The Blinders and Tim Burgess have all graced the stage, whilst BBC Introducing hosted their first ever local music showcase with Ivory Wave in May of 2019.

As well as supporting the thriving Birmingham music scene, Sonic Gun are raising money for Mind UK through donations and ticket sales, with money going to the charity. Last year, Sonic Gun raised over £100 for the same charity and have also raised money for Dementia UK with a recent raffle draw at a trio of Swim Deep concerts.

The Sonic Gun Weekender takes place from 6pm on Friday, August 16, and 1pm on Saturday, August 17. Weekend and day tickets are available now from