New Music Festival… this May!

A brand new music festival is launching in Birmingham this May. The Sound Station Festival 2006 will be the first UK festival to offer equal weighting to the live and dance music genres.

Sound Station Festival, Sunday 28th May 2006, 2pm to 11pm,
Eastside Park, Birmingham.

Birmingham’s first city centre festival will take place at the newly created Eastside Park – a major part of the second city’s ongoing urban renaissance, and only minutes from New Street station and the new Bullring.

Event Organiser Nick Morgan said: “The format of Sound Station is a ground-breaking collection of styles with a clear focus on new, exciting indie/rock talent and credible, leftfield dance Djs and acts. We are delighted to be holding this event in Birmingham and feel we have an incredibly strong line-up of up-and-coming bands and leading-edge Djs on the bill.”

The headline act on the Live Stage is ex-Blur guitarist and indie enigma, Graham Coxon. Other brand spanking new acts confirmed at the time of going to press include, from Hollywood California, the musically, lyrically and visually talented Orson, the unique folk-punk-rock band The Crimea and anthemic pop rockers Boy Kill Boy. More bands to be announced in the coming weeks.

The BACARDI B-LIVE arena will include special collaborations by world-class musicians, vocalists and live percussionists performing together to create a unique BACARDI Rum vibe. Look out for three-time Grammy nominated Kenny Dope (MASTERS AT WORK) who will be keeping the crowds entertained with his fusion of house, hip-hop, Latin jazz, soul and broken beats. He will be joined by jazz beatster Mr Scruff from Ninja Tunes, as well as deep funk legend, Quantic. All star broken beat DJs, Bugz in the Attic will also be gracing the stage at the BACARDI B-LIVE arena performing live sets throughout the day.

With an expected attendance of around 7,000 the inaugural Sound Station Festival is set to revolutionise the festival scene and provide a fantastic launch pad for the 2006 festival season.

Adam Regan of Leftfoot fame, co-festival organiser and Dance Arena programmer said: “Expect to hear anything from New York hip-hop and house, Ska and reggae to broken beats, soul and jazz. The overarching theme of the BACARDI B-Live Arena is credible, leftfield and quirky – a real antidote to commercial dance music.”

Sound Station Festival tickets are priced at £25 plus booking fee and are available from link, 0870 754 1772, Old Skool Daze, 08707 544 445 or link. A limited number of reduced price £20 tickets will be released on Thursday 30th March at 9am on link.

For festival information call the hotline: 0870 754 1773, email mail or visit link. For further information on BACARDI B-LIVE and BACARDI Rum, please go to link.

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