Primal Scream, Anna Calvi, and the first Peaky Blinders ballet are just some of the headliners taking part in the first and world’s only official Peaky Blinders Festival this September.
Curated by Endemol Shine and Peaky Blinders show creator, Steven Knight, the two day event promises ‘an incredible, official celebration of the global TV phenomenon,’ hitting Birmingham’s Digbeth with live music, a Q&A with Knight, and appearances from Peaky Blinders cast members.
Slaves, Mike Skinner and Nadine Shah will also be among the bands and artists performing across five stages, alongside show-relevant brands such as Swingrowers, Electric Swing Circus, Heavybeat Brass Band, Jive Aces and more.
On top of this, the festival will also host debates on the history, politics and social themes of series five of the show.
Aunt Pol’s Fashion and Beauty Boutique will feature props from the TV series, while street poetry and book slams will be taking place across the two days.
Following the Kent and Curwen catwalk show in January 2019 where the collaboration with hit series Peaky Blinders was first shown, Kent and Curwen will also be involved in the Peaky Blinders Festival 2019.
VIP ambassadors will be dressed in the Kent and Curwen x Peaky Blinders collection, while Kent and Curwen’s creative director Daniel Kearns will host a conversation, discussing ‘The Peaky Look’ and how to achieve this with Kent and Curwen collaboration.
In addition, there will be a fashion show from Steven Knight’s Garrison Tailors clothing range, plus the show’s influence on modern style will be reflected in onsite tailoring and men’s grooming.
Knight said: “It is with enormous pleasure that I announce the first ever Legitimate Peaky Blinders festival, which is happening in the streets and alleys of Digbeth, Birmingham on Saturday 14th and Sunday 15th of September.
“It will be a festival of live music, performance, poetry, immersive theatre and experiences which will celebrate the swagger of the men and women who walked these same Digbeth streets one hundred years ago. Along with the music line up, we have the world-famous Ballet Rambert performing a specially written and choreographed Peaky Blinders ballet. There will be fashion shows, street food, pop ups and bars including a reimagined Garrison Tavern.
“We will be celebrating in Birmingham style and everyone from around the world is invited.
“Expect the unexpected, expect 1919 to come crashing into 2019 and, be assured, everything is officially by order of the Peaky Blinders.”
John Empson, festival director and founder, added: “The legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival is a brand new concept which starts in Digbeth, Birmingham, the authentic birthplace of the Peaky Blinders.
“Something totally fresh in the festival market, the show will merge cinema, live music, immersive theatre, ballet, bespoke food and drink, spoken word, pop-up performances, collaborations, exclusive previews, appearances from cast members and world class special guests. A totally 360 degree festival experience.”
Winning 12 awards including the 2018 BAFTA for Best Drama Series and Best Drama at the 2019 National Television Awards, Peaky Blinders series four was BBC Two’s biggest drama series of 2017 and last year it was announced that in the UK, the show will move from BBC Two to BBC One for its fifth series.
83,000 fans applied for a ticket via a ballot run by the BBC to attend the recent series 5 premiere in Birmingham.
The award-winning BBC One and Netflix series Peaky Blinders is produced by official brand owner Caryn Mandabach Productions and by Endemol Shine Group’s Tiger Aspect Productions. Endemol Shine Group represent a range of global ancillary rights for Peaky Blinders which is distributed by Endemol Shine International across more than 180 countries.