First official Peaky Blinders festival to be held in Birmingham

The first official Peaky Blinders-themed festival will take place in Birmingham in September.

It will feature live music from Mercury Prize nominees Anna Calvi and Nadine Shah and Scots rockers Primal Scream.

A similar event last year, which was not approved by the makers of the show, reportedly left some fans unhappy.

“I wanted to put together a festival sanctioned by us but not to comment on anybody else’s attempt,” creator and writer Steven Knight told.

The Legitimate Peaky Blinders Festival will be held in Birmingham, where the show is set, on 14-15 September.

The drama follows the fortunes of the Shelby crime family, starring Cillian Murphy as leader Tommy Shelby. The music lover recently guest-presented several shows on 6 Music.

The event will see 200 actors recreate Peaky Blinders scenes live in the historic streets, warehouses, and factories of Digbeth. There will also be fashion shows and a specially commissioned dance performance by renowned company Rambert.

The line-up for the five music stages includes Anna Calvi, who scored the fifth series of Peaky Blinders, which starts One later in the year.

She said in a statement she was “thrilled to be performing”, adding that the score was “a major project for me this year and I’m excited to be bringing a special one-off version of my show to the festival”.

Music has played a part in the show’s success, with Nick Cave’s track Red Right Hand played over the opening credits.

“There is some music that is Peaky and some music that isn’t,” said Knight. “It’s a bit of an intangible [thing], but just know when you hear it and so we put together bands that feel right.

“I’ve never been able to define why it is that sometimes you hear a beautiful Irish folk song sung in a really beautiful melodic way and it’s still right. I think what connects all of those things is the words. The lyrics tease you into this slightly mystical, slightly dark, threatening place, which is where the Peakys live.”

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