With the unpredictability of the Birmingham summer, planning your diary can turn into an arduous task. Thankfully, Southside’s stacked schedule of events is below, with plenty to do come rain or shine.

2nd July – 13th July
Joseph and the Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat
Birmingham Hippodrome

Union J’s Jaymi Hensley dons the Technicolor Dreamcoat for his first ever major musical role. Retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours, this magical musical is full of unforgettable songs.

7th July
Latin America Festival Birmingham
Arcadian

The carnival spirit is in full swing this summer, with a free day of Latin music, dancing and performances. There’s food and mojitos, with Latin American prizes available to won all day.

13th July
Bloc Party Silent Alarm
O2 Academy

If you missed the chance to see Bloc Party tour with their debut album, Silent Alarm, back in 2005, the band are giving you the chance to relive their iconic. With singles including Helicopter, Two More Years and Banquet, this gig is a blast of modern day nostalgia.

13th – 14th July
Summer in Southside
Birmingham Hippodrome

This year’s festival is a celebration of all things outer space, marking 50 years since the first moon landing. The free-to-attend will be packed with performances, installations and ‘out of this world’ acts.

15th – 17th July
Ruby Redfort
The Old Rep

Based on the internationally bestselling series by Children’s Laureate Lauren Child (Charlie and Lola, Clarice Bean), Escapade Productions’ acclaimed adaptation of Ruby Redfort comes to The Old Rep Theatre. This quirky and hilarious spy thriller takes us on a rollercoaster of hair-rising stunts, terrifying villains, and death-defying codes.

16th July – 20th July
The Colour Purple
Birmingham Hippodrome

This award-winning book, film and musical is a moving family chronicle set in racially divided southern America, celebrating life, love and the strength.

19th July
Apollo 11
The Electric

Commemorating the 50th anniversary of the moon landings, The Electric presents captivating look at the historic mission. Apollo 11 is a cinematic space event film fifty years in the making, featuring never-before-seen large-format film footage of one of humanity’s greatest accomplishments.

19th July – 28th July
Birmingham, Sandwell & Westside Jazz Festival
Various venues

© Jim Simpson

With 226 performances in 116 venues, including Radisson Blu, The Green Room and Loft Lounge, expect everything from acoustic blues performances to workshops and book talks.

21st July
Family Comedy Show
Glee Club

For laughs for all the family, the Glee Club are hosting a two-hour lunchtime stand-up comedy event for all the family. Bring the children, bring the grandparents, and enjoy a Sunday in Southside.

3rd August
The Matrix
The Electric

Twenty years on from Keanu Reeves taking the blue pill, one of the most iconic films of a generation celebrates a landmark anniversary at The Electric.

12th August – 16th August
NeXt Gen Youth Summer School 
DanceXchange

During the school break, DanceXchange will be offering 11-18 year olds the opportunity to experience life as part of a professional dance company. With each day focusing on a different theme, this is the perfect opportunity to learn the steps of the experts.