Fierce Festival

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Fierce Festival 2012 is Birmingham's premier live art and performance festival.

Performers from around the world will converge on Birmingham to bring boundary-pushing performances and art installations to venues and unusual spaces across the city.


2012 line-up, rumours, news and our predictions

Fierce Festival 2012 has an variety of things going throughout the festival's 11 day duration.

More information about what is going on at this year's festival, click here.

2011 Line-up and past line-up highlights:

Fierce Festival 2011 included events from live art, theatre to fireworks and talks from the likes of Action Hero, Plan B, James Webb and EXYZT.

For more details on the 2011 line-up, click here.


Fierce Festival attracts revellers who love things from the arts, all things quirky to music and food. There is a chilled and relaxed feeling at Fierce Festival with also a very friendly, family orientated atmosphere.

History and facts

For over a decade, Fierce Festival has established an international reputation for risk-taking, excellence and innovation and is now widely recognized as one of the UK’s most important contemporary arts festivals.

Music stages and other entertainment

There are various things going on at Fierce Festival 2012 from art to performances. Each event is held at different locations around Birmingham City.

On site information

Noise Volumes:

The noise volumes can get loud the closer you are to a stage, so it's advised to take ear plugs in case you stand near a speaker or close to a stage.


The festival is held at the beginning of Spring. So warm/normal clothing is recommended.

However this is the UK, so it is advisable to check the weather closer to the time as it is known to rain. Also the weather maybe fine during the day, it can get cold in the evening so warm/waterproof clothing should be brought too for emergencies.

Festival Times:

Fierce Festival 2012 will run from 29th March to 8th April. Each event is held on different days and at run at different times. Check out the 2012 Lineup for festival time details.


There is no smoking inside the venues, however smoking is allowed in any outdoor area.

Cash Machines:

There are cash points located around the festival. It is very likely that these cash points will charge so it's advised that you bring enough cash into the festival and it would save you queuing and missing out any of the acts.

Merchandise & Programmes:

There are a number of stalls located around the festival site selling Fierce Festival and other various merchandise and programmes.

Bringing Your Own Alcohol:

Due to the festival being held in a city, festival goers are not allowed to bring their own alcohol as they can get into trouble with the authorities for having an open alcoholic beverage on the streets.

There are plenty of bars around Birmingham and remember to bring your ID.

General bins and Recycling bins:

There are plenty of general and recycling bins located around each festival event and the city.


Toilet facilities are available at every event location around Birmingham.

Food and drink

There are numerous food vendors, restaurants and bars around Birmingham offering a vast range cuisines for festival goers.

Drugs at the festival

Drugs are strictly prohibited from the festival. Anyone found with or using illegal drugs will be removed from the event and the police would be informed.

Camping and other accommodation

As the Fierce Festival is based within a city, there is no camping.

There are many hotels, apartments and hostels located around Birmingham which festival goers can stay in.


  • The Paragon Hotel: Rooms from £35 and they have a special offer during the festival period if give the code 'We Are Fierce' when booking a room. Tel: 0121 627 0627.

  • Etap hotel: Rooms from £29. Tel: 0121 622 7575.

  • Travelodge: Rooms from £29. Tel: 0871 984 6377.

  • Hyatt Hotel: Rooms from £95.20 . Tel: 0121 643 1234.

  • Nite Nite Hotel: Rooms from £55.95. Tel: 08458 90 90 99


  • City Nites: Rooms from £65. Tel: 0845 233 1155.


  • Birmingham Backpackers: Rooms from £12.50. Tel: 0121 643 0033.

Location and travel

Fierce Festival 2012 is held in Birmingham with performances, gigs, installations, parties, workshops, etc. being held in various locations around the city.

By Car

Birmingham is accessible from a number motorways: M5, M6, M42.

There are plenty of parking locations but the majority of them are 'Pay & Display', so remember to bring plenty of change.

Plan your route via AA Route Planner.

By Coach

Digbeth Coach Station, B5 6DB.

There a numerous coach services that travel to Birmingham from various locations around the UK and links to many airports.

Book your journey with National Express or Megabus.

By Train

Birmingham has three train stations:

  • New Street (BHM), B2 4ND.
  • Moor Street (BMO), B4 7UL.
  • Snow Hill (BSW), B3 2BJ.

All three stations are in the city centre and many of the festival venues are within walking distance. Plan your journey on The Trainline or Virgin Trains.

By Plane

The nearest airport is Birmingham International Airport (B26 3QJ) and has a train station with a direct link to the city centre taking about 15 minutes.

Alternatively, revellers can fly to other airports in London, Manchester, East Midlands and connect to Birmingham either by rail or coach.

Festival contact and ticket information

Ticket Prices vary from event to event:

  • Festival Hub: Free
  • PILOT: £3 - £5
  • Violet Replacement: £8
  • Holy Mountain Party: £5 (advanced); £7 (on the door)
  • Shabba Dabba Dah + special guests: £5 (advanced); £7 (on the door)
  • IMPACT: £7 - £10
  • Time Has Fallen Asleep In The Afternoon Sunshine: £3 (Free for Library Members)
  • Berlin Love Tour: £9 - £12
  • Love Letters Straight From Your Heart: £9 - £12
  • Make Better Please: £9 - £12
  • Cupid: £9 - £12
  • Dachshund U.N.: Free
  • Acts of memory: Free
  • Track: Free
  • The Message: Free
  • Opening of Edible Eastside: Garden Party: Free
  • LuckyPDF School of Global Art: Free
  • Stay Behind the Line: Free
  • SECRET SHOW: £15 (single ticket); £55 (group of 4 people ticket)
  • Mermaid Show: £9 - £12 (18 year olds and over only)
  • Curious Sounds in Curious Spaces: Free
  • Gifts of the Spirit: Automatic Writing: £9 - £12
  • Group walk with Hamish Fulton: Free but booking is essential by calling IKON on 0121 248 0708
  • Fierce Festival Feast: £5 (on the door)

More details about booking tickets can be found at Fierce Festival.