Free two-day music festival set to take place in Birmingham next month

23 June 2022
By Ellie Palmer
The Music for Youth National Festival will take place from 8-9 July

Tickets to this year's annual Music for Youth National Festival will be completely free for the public, as a ‘welcome back’ gesture by organisers after a challenging couple of years for the arts.

The theme for this year's festival, which will take place at the Symphony Hall, Town Hall and CBSO Centre, is ‘A Festival For All’. Performances will involve musicians from across jazz, brass, classical, folk, choral, pop, rock and everything in between. 


The festival's schedule


A dedicated ‘takeover’ stage will be open for anyone under the age of 21 to apply to perform and there will be non-performance roles available, including event and marketing assistants, and workshops and panels with leading industry experts, including representatives from TikTok and Universal Music. Presenters Summaya Mughal and Robyn Richford will be hosting.

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A highlight of the festival will be a showcase evening concert on Friday, July 8 at Town Hall to promote the level and breadth of music education across the UK. To support the celebration of live music, the festival will feature exciting new digital elements and live streams.

Phil Castang, CEO at Music for Youth, said: “This year’s National Festival really is a celebration of the joy of coming together again to perform and experience live music after a two-year absence due to the pandemic. Whether you are a long-standing partner of Music for Youth or a member of the community who has never engaged with the charity before, A Festival For All offers something for everyone. More than anything, it is about showcasing talented young musicians from across the UK.”

More information can be found here.