Lifest is back: 26th August 2018

We’re coming up to our forth Lifest here at The Actress & Bishop! Each year, for one day only, we turn the pub into a mini Festival with all the trimmings, live music (of course), great street food, stalls, fancy dress, face painting, fire show, chill out zone and finish the night off with our famous silent disco!


Lifest started as an off the whim idea after a nights work in the office, which turned into a huge success from the get go! We’ve welcomed acts such as, Broken Witt Rebells, Ivory Wave, The Dead Sea Skulls,  Delamere, Lycio, The Frenzies, Lobster, Skabucks and many more. We like to keep the music upbeat all day and night long to create that perfect party atmosphere! We support local talent as well as sneaking in a couple of tour bands to create our dream line up! Over the years we’ve raised valuable funds for charities such as Cancer Research UK & St Giles Hospice and continue to do so, this year we will be raising money for a charity close to our heart St Gile’s hospice. More information on the charity can be found here:


This year certainly isn’t set to disappoint! The line up includes legendary locals The Cracked Actors, The Cracked Actors are HUGELY popular in and around Birmingham and have been going for longer than most bands we know. The Cracked Actors are a BIG festival band touring up and down the country every year to various UK festivals. With enigmatic frontman Fudge and strong band of 7, they’re a league of their own. Certainly one of the most entertaining bands on the Birmingham Circuit, if you haven’t caught these guys already, they’re a MUST SEE –


The Kavaliers, coming all the way from Sheffield, The Kavaliers are quickly climbing up the UK music scene under the umbrella of Northern Exposure. For fans of Oasis, The Stone Roses, The Beatles, Kasabian, Shed Seven, The Seahorses, Ocean Colour Scene, The Courteeners, The Libertines, Cast, The Jam. Kavaliers are set to be the ones to watch for 2019 to make sure you check these guys out –

Also making this year’s cut is 360 – again another group of local legends, known as the godfathers ”skafunkapunkreggaerock” hailing from Birmingham with 15 years experience, one of the most famous Birmingham original Ska bands to date. Who have played Glastonbury amongst other major festivals. –…uk/video/10150122207557824

Joining the above will be rising Birmingham stars Dead Summers, with hard hitting hits like ”wu tang forever” and the haunting slower track ”valium queen” (which will put goose pimples on the back of your neck.) These guys are a must see for any young music fan. Dead Summers video link:


The Peeps an ultimate fusion of 1960s Rock and psychedelic pop, blending unfeigned lyricism and catchy hooks to create a unique and unforgettable sound. Coming all the way from Brighton we’re so excited for this guys to take our stage:

Wood and Nails, another local hit! Paul Beaumont will be joining us for a solo Wood and Nails special this year, expect all Wood and Nails hits and impact just a little more unplugged!

Connor O’ Rouke – Birmingham based singer/songwriter, who’s toured Europe numerous times. He’s a hard act to bag here at The Actress so get him while he’s hot! Catch his video labour of love here:

We’re immensely proud of our line up for this years Lifest and hope you all enjoy the show!

But it doesn’t end there….

This year we’re introducing ”THE BARN”… for those who want a little break from all the craziness, we will be transforming our upstairs area into a new Lifest ‘Chill out zone.’ Complete with scrumpy cider, apple bobbing, background country music, stall, and haystacks for your chilling pleasure.


AND OF COURSE… not forgetting the delicious food we have on offer this year! This year we have TWO street food vendors , Big Daddies Diner & Nattie’s Thai Kitchen… Big Daddies Diner is a popular favourite down Digbeth Dining Club & Nattie’s Thai Kitchen is famous around the Thai Festivals in the Midlands… take a peek…
(Vegetarians catered for.)



And to top all that off we’ll be ending the night with a LIVE FIRE SHOW, followed by Silent Disco!… See you there folks!



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