SoundLounge Festival 2016 Announced

Town Hall Symphony Hall’s Project SoundLounge team hosts a free one day music & arts festival at Town Hall, Birmingham on Saturday 6 August, 2pm – 11pm. The Festival, curated by a team of determined and talented 16-25 year-olds celebrates Birmingham’s diverse and under the radar talent.

Project SoundLounge is part of an ongoing project with Town Hall Symphony Hall. This year sees the fourth festival entirely programmed, produced and promoted by a group of local 16-25 year olds who all share a passion for the arts.

The festival was previewed during Symphony Hall’s 25th anniversary celebrations on Sunday 12 June 2016 in which Project SoundLounge took over Symphony Hall’s Artists’ Bar. The showcase featured a variety of live performances from the smooth soulful sounds of Ashley Allen’s band of young performers, to indie rock band Karl Monroe. The event provided a taster for the Festival day in August and also featured one of Project SoundLounge’s former ‘fellows’ Joe Cook, who was commissioned to perform a spoken word piece highlighting some of the challenges faced within the arts.

This year’s Project SoundLounge Festival showcases the best local, emerging artists who will be performing on the world-renowned Town Hall stage. The line-up will present a variety of artists from the local underground scene providing a platform for young musicians and artists.

The line-up includes an afternoon full of the freshest female talent: Affie Jam with guitar-led, mellow and soulful tones; Barbella, and her Neo-soul, progressive R&B with electro muses; Truemendous, featuring a storytelling and poetry infused rap; Marieè, with her brand of electronic, R&B and soul fusion and Kemi Sulola, a singer-songwriter mixing fresh British Soul and R&B.

As the night progresses the volume increases for three genre-bending bands: Dorcha, a five-piece alternative, electronic goth pop group; Butternut, a Neo-soul band with Electro and Hip-Hop and then finally, Karl Monroe, a four-piece Indie Psychedelic band

Lucy Mulgrew, Project Soundlounge Fellow said:

As a former Soundlounger, I know how exciting this project is to be a part of. The team have worked incredibly hard to create a festival which showcases a variety of fresh and unique artists and performers from across Birmingham. Please do join us for an unforgettable day created by young people for young people.

The Project SoundLounge team for 2016 includes: Katy Nagle, Claire Watts, Caitlin Whittaker, Chris Harvey, Omar Grant, Uma Lanka, Anri Sasaki, Xavier Reeves, Cathy Msuya, Wesley Hollyoake, Nathan Gayle and Ziryab Jamal.

Free tickets for the festival can be booked at or by phoning the THSH Box Office on 0121 780 3333

Project SoundLounge is supported by Town Hall Symphony Hall.

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