For the fourth time, B-SIDE Hip-Hop Festival is back at Southside with a popping line-up celebrating all things Hip-Hop this month. Once again, Birmingham Hippodrome’s free* family-friendly festival stands to champion a whole host of talents, suiting a variety of tastes.  Whether it’s dance, music, spoken word, art or film you are into, there is something for you… and then some!

From 3rd – 12th May various events will take place showcasing the city’s finest Hip-Hop acts and world-class names. An immersive experience awaits for those of you that want to get involved and learn more. Competitions, workshops, rap battles and live music are all to be enjoyed across the 10-day fest, taking place predominately in and around Southside – Birmingham Hippodrome, Bullring & Grand Central, the Chinese Quarter and The Arcadian.

The Arcadian complex has supported B-SIDE since its beginnings and continues to throughout the 2019 festival; hosting a collection of fascinating performances across the last weekend of the event.

Here is a definitive list of all the events taking place at The Arcadian this year:

Fresh Fridays

Arcadian Piazza
Friday 10th May
6pm

Enjoy a passionate display of live music and entertainment from Jamaal in the Arcadian Piazza from 6pm.

Visionbombing Game Show

Arcadian Piazza
Friday 10th May
8pm

This hilarious game show will see two teams, made up of Hip-Hop artists compete individually and as a unit for all-important points. Think Mock the Week, combined with Krypton Factor, mixed with Never Mind the Buzzcocks, and you’re almost there! Presented by DJ Psykhomantus & TY Chijioke

Flowmotion – Freestyle Rap Cipher

Arcadian Piazza
Friday 10th May
9pm

Flowmotion arrives in the centre, fresh from Balsall Heath for its first cipher in town. The Manifesto? To create a culture of freestyle, finesse lyrical excellence and celebrate all styles, all while having fun! Anyone can take part!

Basketball Jam

Arcadian Car Park
Saturday 11th May
11am-6pm

Jams will feature men’s, women’s and youth 3v3s, including a wheelchair demo with the City of Birmingham Rockets. A slam dunk contest and open court participation will also take place.

Break Mission’s Prelims & Qualifiers

Arcadian Car Park & Piazza
Saturday 11th May
12pm-9pm

One not to be missed! Across the afternoon into the evening, you’ll get to see phenomenal break-dance battles to the backdrop of live MCs and DJs.

Bones2Stones

Arcadian Piazza
Sunday 12th May
1pm-3.15pm

A wild dance competition where only the very best will be crowned the winner. Marvel at the moves and maybe learn a thing or two.

BMX Demos

Arcadian Piazza
Sunday 12th May
Various times

Witness some of the most talented BMX trick riders demonstrate their skills throughout the day. Welcome Brock Horneman (Australia), Tomass Grinbergs (Latvia) and Kalvis Lazdins (Latvia) to Birmingham and cheer the guys on!

Free Running

Arcadian Piazza
Sunday 12th May
Various times

This adrenaline-fuelled segment will see the AXIS team free runners showcase their spectacular spinning and flipping skills while interacting with multiple objects.

Art Talks: TIE, staHHr and Lady Sanity

Arcadian Bar
Sunday 12th May
2pm

You’ll walk away feeling inspired after this Q&A. Spend an afternoon listening to artists, TIE, staHHr and Lady Sanity in meaningful conversation, and find out more about their upcoming and aspirational projects.

Break Mission’s Finals

Arcadian Car Park
Sunday 12th May
3.30pm – 7pm

Watch the finalists from the Prelims and Qualifiers body-pop, rock, lock and bop in a fierce display, with live MCs and DJs once again providing the soundtrack.

Click here to find out more about this fab fest!

*Some events carry a small price.

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