There’s an official Peaky Blinders festival coming to Birmingham next month and it sounds pretty great.
The hype is very much real for the upcoming season of Peaky Blinders, with the fifth instalment apparently being the best yet and Cillian Murphy just being excellent in everything.
The show’s creator, Steven Knight, said that the upcoming episodes are “on another level” and “fantastic” – which of course, you’d expect him to say – as well as spilling the beans on what will happen to Tommy when all is said and done.
“I want to take him on that journey from the person we saw [in series one], to the person he will become in 1939.
[Series seven] will tell a different story, where Tommy Shelby – who begins as this nihilistic, looking-out only for his family person – will be redeemed, and he will become good.”
With all of that said, it’s hardly like he’s going to say “season five’s good, but it’s not quite season two… maybe just watch that again instead?“
So we’ve got a lot to look forward to between now and, I don’t know, 2026 but until then and until season five hits us probably some time in Autumn, we have something else to cool the tide.
There’s a Peaky Blinders festival coming to Birmingham and this one’s official, so you’ll actually be attending something licensed, rather than, like, ’20s Midlands hat gangster party’.
The festival will include music from the likes of Primal Scream, Slaves and Anna Calvi, as well as a Q&A with members of the cast, food, drinks and an ‘immersive site-wide theatre’.
Speaking to the NME, Steven Knight said of the festival (which coincides with the 100 year anniversary of when the first episode was set):
“The most important thing that I wanted to do with this official one was not only to make it the biggest and best, but also to bring it back to Digbeth in Birmingham.
Those streets are the streets where the Peaky Blinders first walked and drank and swaggered. I’m really pleased that we’re bringing this back to the roots of what the Peaky Blinders really are.
Ballet Rambert have created a Peaky Blinders ballet that will be performed on the streets and on the main stage.
There’s going to be immersive theatre, discussion groups on how the Peaky Blinders lived at the time in comparison to how things are now. There will be food, a barbershops, tattooists, plus David Beckham’s Peaky Blinders clothing line with Kent & Curwen will have a presence there.“
Sounds like there’s a lot to keep you busy.
The festival takes place on the 14th and 15th of September in Digbeth, Birmingham.
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