With Saturday closing in, there seems to be no end to Birmingham's potential. MADE Festival 2023 has been a journey of mass appreciation of music, artistic and cultural creation but it is far from over yet! With an array of talent from 12pm through to 10.30pm, there was so much to see during this main event. The final 1000 General Entry tickets, available for those aged 18 and above, and valid from midday to 10:30 pm, were priced at £55.00 plus booking fees, totalling £61.88 - A fair price for the sheer amount of talent and choice of venues available! A discounted rate of £50.00 plus booking fees (totaling £56.25) was offered for Final Release Group Tickets when purchasing three or more tickets offering groups a discount on their booking.
The VIP Final Release tickets, which included a VIP wristband, fast-track entrance, and after-party entry, were sold at £75.00 plus booking fees (totaling £84.38). These tickets were fully sold out and there's no question as to why!
An additional option for festival-goers was the VIP Upgrade Ticket, which needed to be produced alongside the standard ticket. This option was priced at £15.00 plus booking fees (totalling £16.88).
For the after-party held at a secret Birmingham venue, from 10:30 pm onwards, the tickets were priced at £12.00 plus booking fees (totaling £13.50). There were only a few of these tickets left at the time. The location for the much-anticipated after-party were revealed on the day of the event via posters scattered around the site. Attendees with tickets were also informed about the location, which was conveniently situated in Digbeth and just a short walk away, via email.
VIP wristband wearers were granted free access to the after-party, with a limited number of tickets also being made available at the door for purchase. The rules applied during the daytime event were enforced at the after-party as well, and the venue retained the right to refuse entry to anyone as necessary. Hence, attendees were encouraged to maintain a positive and cooperative attitude, particularly when interacting with venue staff and following their instructions.
VIP ticket holders enjoyed the privilege of fast-track entry not just to the main event, but also to the after-party. Upon arrival, these special attendees received a VIP wristband. It was crucial for them to stay in the right-hand lane, which was exclusively dedicated to VIP ticket holders.
Despite the lack of a dedicated VIP area due to site limitations, the event organizers aimed to make up for this in a unique way. As a special gesture, they sent out a surprise gift via email on Thursday, July 27th, to everyone who had purchased a VIP or VIP upgrade ticket.
For those who bought the VIP upgrade, it was necessary to present both their standard entry ticket and VIP upgrade ticket to gain access to the event. This system ensured a smooth and seamless entry process for all VIP guests, providing them with an experience of exclusivity and convenience.
DIGBETH DINING CLUB
The MADE Festival in Digbeth delivered not just an unforgettable musical experience but also a culinary adventure, thanks to its collaboration with the renowned Digbeth Dining Club. Attendees had the opportunity to indulge in a variety of dishes from some of the most esteemed food traders.
"Beef on the Block" served up quality British steak and chips on both Saturday and Sunday, providing a hearty, affordable meal to festival-goers. "Chatty Patty" made its mark with its famously crispy and flavoursome fried chicken strips, wings, and burgers, available on both days.
Fans of Middle Eastern cuisine were in for a treat with "Cleopatra's Kitchen", which offered a taste of handcrafted chicken and lamb shawarma, with each element, from the marinated meat to the homemade sauces, prepared with absolute dedication.
"Fat Snags", the food trader that won the 2022 MFDH Awards Street Food Trader Of The Year, served up their specialty Class A sausages in buns exclusively on Saturday. Meanwhile, "Flying Cows", the two-time British Street Food Award Champion and ITV's Food Trader of the Year, dished out some of the country's tastiest burgers on both days of the festival.
Mexican flavours were brought to the festival by the "Good Food Cartel" with their Tacos, Elotes, Burritos, and Quesadillas, available only on Saturday. For those with a preference for Asian flavours, "Hope You're Hungry" served award-winning East Asian street food on both Saturday and Sunday.
Street food aficionados were delighted with the renowned "Street Chef" on Saturday, famous for their Halloumi Fries, Dirty Doughnuts UK, and Swigclub. Cheese toastie lovers indulged in the irresistible offerings from "That's Mature" on Saturday, which served toasties loaded with gooey, melted cheese and tender meat slices.
Adding a punch of spice to the menu was "The Spice Is Right", which served up fine Punjabi chicken tikka and veggie/vegan cuisine on both days. Lastly, the "West Midlands Jerk Centre" transported attendees to the Caribbean with their authentic Jamaican pan jerk, available on both Saturday and Sunday.
This gastronomic journey was a food lover's haven during the festival, satisfying a wide range of palates and food preferences.
STREET ART & HIGH VIS DIGBETH
Live Street Art was a highlight of artistic flare. As I snapped a few pictures and appreciated the talent, more and more people surrounded the area to take snaps of the temporal pieces.
The MADE Stage event was a spectacle of diverse and thrilling performances that delivered non-stop excitement to the audience from noon to after dark. Starting the day with Kian Mills at noon, it saw a procession of rising and established artists taking the stage throughout the day. These included an eclectic mix of performances such as a powerful showcase by BIMM artists Amadeus TMM, Carys May, and Lottie Blogg, followed by the vibrant rhythms of Girl Grind UK, and a soul-stirring performance by Flowdan.
The day ended on a high note with the enchanting beats of Hybrid Minds, accompanied by Linguistics, who took the stage at 9:30 pm. Over on the Weird & Wonderful stage, the party got started with Stan Smith, leading up to a stellar closing set by Ben Hemsley at 9 pm.
The Weird Science X Kool FM stage played host to Trikka's opening beats at noon, escalating to a closing act by Mozez accompanied by Busta at 9:30 pm. WYLD stage brought in its share of thrills, starting the day with a B2B set by Lewis Caroll and Dan Schofield, leading up to the live duo performance by Oden & Fatzo at 9:15 pm.
The 02:31 stage served its share of energy with Jack Young at noon, topping the day off with Luude at 9:30 pm. RE:CORD and CNTRL X ESVDRA stages started their day with Ashley Parris and Raw Material respectively, and wrapped up the night with Reeshy and Endor.
On the Genesis X Sum Cellar stage, Genesis DJs kick-started the event leading up to a stirring closing set by Mixtress at 9 pm. RCE X NSE welcomed the day with 3 Brothers and concluded the party with a dynamic performance by Serial Killaz accompanied by Navigator. Lastly, the Abstrakt stage opened with Edd Cooke B2B James Hughes, and ended the day with Olly Pembo at 9:15 pm.
This festival of music demonstrated a range of styles, genre fusions, and unique collaborations. It was an exciting celebration for lovers of diverse and forward-thinking soundscapes.
The Digbeth Triangle is a unique blend of outdoor and indoor areas situated in the heart of Birmingham's creative quarter. The innovative space cleverly integrated several existing venues and temporary stages across the streets, warehouses, and other areas within Digbeth.
The site was equipped with ample seating and featured a plethora of bars, food stalls, and restroom facilities spread throughout the entire area. Attendees who found themselves in a queue for the restroom were advised to try facilities in another part of the site for a potentially faster alternative.
Both arrival and departure from the event required a level of respect for the locale. The emphasis was placed on maintaining the integrity of this vibrant and creative space, ensuring that the Digbeth Triangle remained a cherished hub for the creative community and events like the MADE Festival.
The party is still going strong and tomorrow promises to bring some heat with a live performance from the one and only Sean Paul!