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As Birmingham takes centre stage in the global spotlight with the release of This Town, a gripping drama series created by renowned screenwriter Steven Knight, the Birmingham International Ska and Reggae Festival serves as a fitting backdrop, echoing the city's dynamic spirit and diverse cultural landscape.

Set against the backdrop of Birmingham's iconic landmarks and bustling streets, "This Town" explores the interconnected lives of residents navigating love, loss, and redemption in a city at the crossroads of change. With its compelling narrative and authentic portrayal of Birmingham's cultural tapestry, including the backdrop of the Two Tone Ska music scene, the series has captivated audiences and showcases the city's unique charm and character.

Birmingham International Ska & Reggae Festival 2024 runs from May 31 to June 2, 2024, at Thornborough Farm, nestled on the outskirts of Kings Norton and Wythall in Birmingham, will pulsate with the infectious rhythms of ska and reggae, featuring an impressive roster of iconic artists.

Prepare for a musical spectacle featuring the legendary The Pioneers, Stranger Cole, Symarip, Rhoda Dakar (The Bodysnatchers), The Equators, Basil Gabbidon (Steel Pulse), Kioko, Aka The Syndicate, Lobster, Natural Right, Xodus, The Piragons, The Reggulites, Dakka Skanks, The Lloyd McGrath Collective, Carisoul Vibes, Island Collective, Luibh Laoch and The AfroBians. This impressive lineup promises to make the inaugural Birmingham International Ska & Reggae Festival an unforgettable experience.

Set against the scenic backdrop of Thornborough Farm, the festival will unfold across three days in the great outdoors. Attendees will be treated to a myriad of live music and DJ performances across three stages, showcasing the rich tapestry of ska and reggae. From the classic sounds of Stranger Cole and Symarip to the energetic vibes of The Equators and Dakka Skanks, the festival promises an immersive journey through the heart and soul of ska and reggae.

Beyond the live music, festival-goers can immerse themselves in a world of culinary delights with a tempting array of street food. Explore market traders and vintage stalls, adding an extra layer of vibrancy to the festival atmosphere. Choose between camping facilities for a complete festival experience or opt for easy access for non-campers.

The lineup is a harmonious blend of local talent and international legends. The Pioneers, celebrated for hits like ‘Long Shot’ and ‘Let Your Yeah Be Yeah,’ will take center stage alongside Midlands Ska legend Rhoda Dakar (The Bodysnatchers). Basil Gabbidon (Steel Pulse), Kioko, Lobster, and The Reggulites will represent the thriving Midlands ska and reggae scene, adding a local flavor to the global celebration.

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