“If you want to find the unheard sounds of young, Southern musicians, the best place to do it these days is Birmingham’s annual Secret Stages Festival.”

—The Bitter Southerner

“Secret Stages is already a far, far better music festival than anyone dreamed it might be.”

—Black & White

“…one of the biggest bangs for your buck you’re likely to find anywhere.”

—Chattanooga Pulse

“Secret Stages succeeded in having more depth in regional and national indie acts than the recent Soundland (aka Next Big Nashville) and had the out-of-the-box feel that SXSW had 15-20 years ago.”


“Secret Stages is a testament to the vitality of the music landscape.”

—Southern Living

“In this age of instant gratification, the concept of a music festival where the main goal is for patrons to discover new bands – rather than see bands they already know and love – is risky to say the least. Yet here we are, in the fifth year of Secret Stages, and it’s going as strong as ever.”


"This festival is one of my favorite regional events. Most of these bands have yet to break out of their respective local scenes…It’s a great chance to wander around and discover a bunch of new music."

—Little Advances

“…one of the most exciting new music festivals in the Southeast”

—The Audiovore

“Despite the lack of marquee headliners, that are used to draw large audiences and boost attendance, Secret Stages continues to be a breath of fresh air in its commitment to local artists and their promotion. This ethic has proven to be effective as more and more people each year choose to attend Secret Stages.”

—The Blue Indian (Macon)

“It would have been anybody’s guess that Birmingham would host the best Indie Festival in the Southeast.”

—The Nashville Bridge

“With so many new or little-known acts coming to town, Secret Stages is shaping up to be Birmingham’s best event of the summer for discovering new music.”


“…At so many shows and festivals, the artists play their set and then get out. Not so with Secret Stages. I shook hands and spoke with nearly every act I saw. There’s a personal element to Secret Stages that I really haven’t seen anywhere else.”

—You Hear This?