Join us for YES Fest! We’re inviting Young Humanists across the UK to mark the end of summer by joining us at our first ever festival. The inaugural Young Humanists End of Summer Festival (YES Fest) takes place on Saturday 25 August in Birmingham.
YES Fest is a celebration of some of the best things about being a young humanist – laughter, music, community, and eating and drinking together. The day starts with a picnic in Moonlit Park in the afternoon, with local community and humanist groups, followed by an evening of music and comedy at Eagle & Ball.
Whatever you’re looking for, YES Fest is for you. We’ll be providing great food at our free picnic, it’s open to everyone and families are especially welcome. If you’re coming along to The Gig, spaces are limited to just 50 people. Book your place at The Picnic, The Gig, or the whole day.
Moonlit Park, B15 2BL
Saturday 25 August, 13:00 – 16:00
A free day-time event for all young humanists, with families especially welcome. We'll bring the food; you bring yourself! Join us in Moonlit Park in the afternoon, with local community and humanist groups.
Birmingham Humanists (@BrumHums) is a partner group of Humanists UK, meeting regularly, with monthly events led by speakers. They co-host the Blackham Lecture each year, and raise money for worthwhile charitable causes.
Uprising (@Uprising_Brum) provides leadership development, social action, and employability programmes for 16–25 year olds across the Midlands.
Eagle & Ball, B4 7BD
Saturday 25 August, 19:00 – 23:00
The brilliantly absurd Jay Foreman headlines the show with his unique brand of dark, musical comedy. We'll also hear from Alexandra Haddow, comedian and co-host of the School for Dumb Woman podcast, guitarist Jessie Reid, and singer-songwriter Matt Millard. It doesn’t matter whether you’re curious about humanism, have a burning question you've always wanted to ask, or just want to sing along to some bizarre lyrics – you're at home with the YES Fest Gig. Book your place
Alexandra HaddowAlexandra Haddow (@MissAHaddow) is a freelance writer and co-host of School for Dumb Women – a podcast by dumb women, for dumb women – where the hosts investigate the subjects you're too proud to admit you know nothing about.
Jay ForemanJay Foreman (@jayforeman) is a comedy singer-songwriter with four critically acclaimed shows to his name. He was a BBC New Talent Pick of the Fringe, and Runner Up in the 2010 Musical Comedy Awards. In 2010 he sold out his debut solo hour Pretend you're happy at the Edinburgh Fringe, and in 2011 sold out his second solo Edinburgh show We're Living in The Future. He co-wrote and starred in cult online spoof documentaries Unfinished London, which have been viewed over three million times between them.
Jessie ReidJessie Reid is a 25 year old singer-songwriter from Shropshire. She combines finger style and percussive guitar techniques with emotive, fragile and soulful vocal melodies to create a unique style of playing. Her innovative, folk influenced songwriting has been said to enchant audiences, drawing comparisons with the likes of Ben Howard, Lucy Rose and guitarist Andy McKee. Jess has featured regularly at Sofar Sounds sessions in the UK and South America and is currently working on the release her debut EP, set to be released in the Spring of 2018.
Matt MillardMatt Millard (@MattMillard_) is a self-produced singer-songwriter. He draws influences from recent folk revival artists such as Justin Vernon and Ben Howard. Millard’s music combines intricate acoustic melodies with a warm yet melancholy vocal, described by Birmingham Live as an artist who is "both raw and honest...definitely one you should be watching" . Now with a growing loyal following, Matt has released his debut EP ‘Take Me Anywhere - EP’.