BLACK Heart stars Stooshe are high in the charts singing about falling for a monster – but their dream date is performing at Sheftival, writes digital editor Graham Walker.
The new urban pop girl band – Alex Buggs, Courtney Rumbold and Karis Anderson – were today added to the star-studded bill to play on the Real Radio main stage.
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The X Factor star Marcus Collins, Fame Academy’s Lemar, chart band The Noisettes, The Lightning Seeds and more will also appear at Sheftival, a new two-day music, sport and cultural festival.
Timed to celebrate Jessica Ennis competing in the heptathlon at the Olympics. it will be held in Don Valley, Sheffield, on Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5.
Stooshe said it was amazing to be part of it.
Courtney said: “It’s overwhelming. We’re a new girl band and we want to show people what we can do. Our debut album, Stooshe, will be a mix of different genres and topics – a bit of reggae, pop rock, urban and the whole Motown sound.”
New single Black Heart, which entered the charts at number four, has a Motown feel, complete with a Sixties-style music video.
Alex said: “It reaches out to a bigger audience. Maybe an older generation didn’t get our first single Love Me, because we were quite raunchy and a bit rude.
“Black Heart brings it back to the roots of the Sixties with a Motown feel.
Karis said: “We’ve got the sound across the album and perform Black Heart with the Motown routine.”
Alex explained how they got their name. She revealed: “We like the word Stoosh and use it in London. It can mean a mystery, expensive or something hidden away. We added the ‘she’ for girl power.”
Pete Egerton, Real Radio’s Hometime presenter, said: “With Black Heart in the charts there’s no better time to get on board with the next big girl band. Stooshe at Sheftival will be awesome.”
For tickets and details visit www.sheftival.com.
* Sheftival’s headline act will be revealed in The Star and on Real Radio Breakfast tomorrow from 7am.