Inaugural Sloss Fest set to make big splash in Birmingham

If you’re going to go in, you might as well go all in! That was the view of the organizers of the inaugural Sloss Music & Arts Festival, a two-day music and lifestyle event taking place at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark on Saturday July 18 and Sunday July 19th in Birmingham AL. A truly impressive music lineup is only part of the attraction, as the region’s craft beer and specialty cocktail scene will also be featured, with a focus on a selection of incredible food.

Did we say ‘truly impressive’ lineup? You decide. Modest Mouse, Cage The Elephant, Band of Horses, Young The Giant, and Big Gigantic are just some of the 16 bands performing Saturday. And on Sunday? The Avett Brothers, Primus, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Sturgill Simpson and Tyler, The Creator are on the bill.

‘Truly impressive’ is an understatement!

In addition to music, you can check out the special culinary world of Nick ‘N Friends, and some of the country’s finest poster makers will have displays for your enjoyment.

Perhaps you would like to participate in hands-on iron pouring brought to you by the Metal Arts Program at Sloss Furnaces. A bit of history, courtesy of the festival website:

Sloss is currently the only twentieth-century blast furnace in the U.S. being preserved and interpreted as an historic industrial site. The dramatic scale and complexity of the plant’s industrial structure, machines and tools make the Sloss collection a unique contribution to the interpretation of twentieth-century ironmaking technology and presents a remarkable perspective on the era when America grew to world industrial dominance. At the same time, Sloss is an important reminder of the hopes and struggles of the people who worked in the industries that made some men wealthy, and Birmingham the “Magic City.”

Music runs from 1:30 to 11:30 each day. There is no camping for this event at the festival. You may purchase a two-day pass or single-day tickets.

Here is the rest of the lineup for Saturday, July 18th:

First Aid Kit, Lord Huron, Robert Delong, Noah Gundersen, Kaleo, Cathedrals, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, Gabriel Garzon-Montano, Paul Thorn, T. Hardy Morris, and LANY

And the remainder of Sunday’s great lineup:

Purity Ring, Manchester Orchestra, Judah & The Lion, New Pornographers, Madisen Ward And The Mama Bear, Milo Greene, Zella Day, Lee Bains III & The Glory Fires, Kenny Loften, Grifters, and Blank Range

Alphabetically, that would be: Americana, country, funk, indie, jazz, rap, rock and soul. And nobody brings the soul like Birmingham’s own St. Paul & the Broken Bones! Music is heading to Sloss Fest from Canada, California, Washington, Colorado, Kentucky, Georgia, North Carolina and more. You don’t want to miss the inaugural Sloss Fest. Everything you need to know is on the website (lots of important information):


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