Today marks the beginning of the amazing MADE Festival in Birmingham, transforming Digbeth triangle into a hotbed of culinary talents and cultural phenomena for the weekend.

We have waited patiently for the 3rd edition of this event so let’s take a look at what is to come over the next couple of days…


FOOD. Can’t really think of a better way to start a three day weekend to be honest. Those lucky enough to get their hands on tickets have the chance to sample from some of the best traders in the West Midlands at the Food and Drink Street Party!

Buddha Belly, Bournville Waffle Company and Bare Bone Pizza, are just some of Brummy’s finest street food vendors treating us this weekend! *cheat day(s)*


This is the biggie for MADE and when some of the megastars of the UK’s dance music scene come out to play.

D U S K Y, S T O R M Z Y, S H Y  F X  & R U D I M E N T A L are some of the most anticipated of the acts performing across the six stages on day 2 and there is definitely something for everyone on offer. If there was one person we’d recommend to take a look at to really get your feet tapping get down to Sonny Fodera’s set at Low Steppa & Friends, certain to keep you smiling all the way through. Take a closer look at the set list here:



This outstanding line-up will then be followed by a number of after parties around the city. Our pick of the bunch would be the Knee Deep In Sound event, ran by Hot Since 82 and showcasing some of the top deep house names around at the moment.


On the Sunday of the Festival, MADE are hosting one of the hottest shows in the country with Hacienda Classical coming to town. The world famous Manchester club, Hacienda, influenced some of the biggest names in acid house throughout the 80s and 90s and this spectacle brings some of their biggest tunes back to life, except it is created by a 70 piece orchestra and choir.

The original resident DJ Mike Pickering has brought it all together, with Madchester legends such as Shaun Ryder and Peter Hook often making appearances during performances. The whole extravaganza might sound a little bit crazy, but I think that is exactly what it should be, and exactly how it should be enjoyed. The orchestra will be cracking on at The Rainbow Arena between 3pm and 6pm.

With a line up like this accompanied by impressive street art, food and a variety of creatives it is needless to say this is one of the biggest things to hit The Second City all year. Tickets are still available here.