Popular Birmingham festival postponed until 2024 – ‘to proceed with the event would be financially irresponsible’
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Simmer Down Festival has announced that it will be postponing this year’s event in Birmingham. The
in Handsworth celebrates the city’s cultural diversity with reggae, and other genres, at the forefront of the festival.
The one-day festival was scheduled to take place on July 16 in Handsworth Park – but there is good news despite the postponement. Next year’s Simmer Down Festival will now be rescheduled as a two-day extravaganza.
The decision to postpone the festival has been taken by the Board of Simmer Down Arts who listed production and spiralling associated costs as reasons behind the postponement. Anyone that had bought a ticket to the music festival will be refunded automatically.
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Simmer Down Arts chair Jesse Gerald said: “To proceed with the event would not only be financially irresponsible, but would also impact negatively upon members within the global diaspora community – the same community the organisation seeks to serve. For months, we have worked endlessly to create, and stage, a fantastic music festival and are extremely sorry to have to deliver this news.”
Business development director Robert Lee added: “Simmer Down is a ground up independent festival and that comes with a myriad of challenges. Despite doing everything we can, like many other arts organisations nationwide, we have to announce that it is no longer viable to deliver the show to the high standard the artistes and fans deserve and expect this year.”
Any vendors that had signed up for Simmer Down Festival will be prioritised for next year’s two-day event. Although the lineup for next year’s festival is mostly unconfirmed, reggae duo Chaka Demus and Pliers have been announced for next year’s event.