One of my favourite days of the year is becoming The Simmer Down Festival in Handsworth Park and this year’s event on Sunday 22nd July 2012 was no exception. I run the day with The Drum who artistically direct the event and Perry Barr Arts Forum who helped develop the event originally and still pull together every year to involve the local community in the event through workshops and other activity.
This is the fourth year I’ve worked on this event and it just keeps getting bigger and is becoming a key event for local people and reggae fans in the city.
This year we had our biggest headline act yet- ASWAD and we were also really lucky to have a glorious day of sunshine in a summer that was generally very wet and miserable. We had a record turnout with approximately 8000 people in the park that day. The smell of jerk chicken in the hot summer air and the sound of reggae from the stage and the sea of smiling faces made my 17 hour day as enjoyable as it was tiring!