Festival looks to the future

Heeley Festival
Heeley Festival
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Work has already begun on putting together a Sheffield festival for next year – after the success of this year’s event.

At Heeley Festival more than 3,000 people packed Heeley Park for a host of live music, talent acts and a classic car show.

Heeley Festival

Heeley Festival

Organisers have revealed they already have a date set for next year and are keen to focus on local talent and expanding the classic car show for the ‘great day out’ in the future.

John Steven, who moved to Meersbrook with his wife Joan in January, said: “It was a great way to see so much of our new community all at once.

“We both work full-time and have had a fair amount of work to do on the house, so we’ve had limited time to meet people, or to find out about local projects and groups.

“We heard about the festival and it was really inspiring to discover all of this community effort on our new doorstep.”

Big Boulder Promotions showcased local musical talent on the main stage, with writer and comedian Elliot Huntley introducing dancers from Anns Grove and Newfield schools before sets from acts including The Bints, Shaun Hutch, Julian Jones and Paul Littlewood.

Bev Nunn, events and involvement organiser at Heeley Development Trust, said: “It went really well this year.

“We estimate there were about 3,000 people, so that was a good number for us.

“We had a stage of music and dance, a classic car show, stalls, a pop-up learning zone and a roller racing challenge.

“The festival is important to us, because we have a lot of talent in the area and we tried this year to showcase local talent.

“We also worked hard to engage local businesses.

“We had 20 local businesses supporting the event in different ways.

“We definitely want to continue to focus on the local talent aspect and to maintain the main stage as being for local artists in the future.

“It’s a great day out for everybody who lives and works in the area.”

n Heeley Park will also play host to another community event in September – the Big Boulder Music and Arts Festival will take place on Sunday, September 7, from noon to 6pm.