New music & arts festival set to bring 30+ bands to Birmingham area in July

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT) – The Birmingham music scene is set to get another surge in July with the announcement of the inaugural Sloss Music & Arts Festival.

The city has seen moderate success with music festivals in the past, but according to SM&AF spokesperson, Betsy Kiser, this event hopes to “turn the Birmingham festival scene on its head with a celebration of music, food, art, and culture unlike anything the city has ever seen.”

The two-day festival will take place July 18-19 and feature more than 30 bands on three stages (Blast Stage, Steam Stage and The Shed Stage) all on the grounds of Sloss Furnaces. The event will feature a wide range of music styles including indie, alternative, folk, hip-hop, and EDM. The initial lineup is slated to be revealed on March 24.

Along with music, SM&AF plans to highlight Birmingham’s growing food and arts scene. Local brewery Trim Tab is set to collaborate with Starr Hill Brewery in Virginia to concoct a specialty beer specifically for the event. Nick Pihakis, co-founder of Jim N’ Nick’s, will also have a specific area at the festival designated to BBQ. There will be iron pouring demonstrations from the Sloss Metal Arts program and prints and designers from the American Poster Institute will be featured.

All ticket options are set to go on sale March 27, three days after the lineup announcement. For updates and more information you can visit the event website at

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