Mafia aim to build on festival success

Playground Mafia.
Playground Mafia.

NOBODY could accuse Playground Mafia of not gigging enough.

The live electro outfit have been gracing Sheffield’s stages for almost three years with their street-savvy funked up electro, igniting youthful audiences across the city with their big electro hooks and soulful grooves.

But now the band sees a major change in its live set up. They’ve ditched the band approach and opted for a staggering four vocalists, complete with super groovy backing tracks.

“It’s a much fuller sound now – the harmonies are amazing because we have female and male vocals so it gives us much more scope and flexibility. Live it’s really something,” says frontman Matt Bruce.

“We’ve got Elisha Jay, Blakstar and Alice Turton in the group now and it’s brilliant working with them.”

The group are playing several dates at this year’s Tramlines festival and are hoping to top their success at the festival last year, where the group had hundreds of people jumping up and down to their bass-fuelled ditties.

Beyond Sheffield, Playground Mafia are growing too. They’ve played the White Noise festival in Birmingham and supported Tinchy Stryder late last year. The group has also had tracks on the Yorkshire South By Southwest (SXSW) compilation CD and even remixed Reverend and the Makers’ No Soap (In a Dirty War) single.

But for now, the group is settling down to some serious rehearsing for dates at this year’s Tramlines Festival.

Playground Mafia are at The Forum on Thursday July 21, The Foundry on Friday July 2 and The Hubs on Sarurday July 23.