Sheffield outdoor music festival grows to two days

Reverend and the Makers.
Reverend and the Makers.

ORGANISERS of an outdoor music festival in Sheffield are preparing to stage their biggest event yet this summer.

For the first time, Mosborough Music Festival is being held over two days at the old Westfield School site and will have two stages.

Headliners on Saturday, June 22 will be Reverend and the Makers and on the Sunday, Paul Heaton, formerly of The Beautiful South. Some of the proceeds will go to Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice.

The event has grown from a fun day three years ago at Mosborough Miners Welfare Club to help the family of local musician Mark Thorley after he took his own life. It raised £1,000.

The first festival at Westfield featured The Beautiful South, and raised £1,000 for the Children’s Hospital and Weston Park Hospital, attracting 1,600 people.

Last year’s event, headlined by Bad Manners, was marred by rain, which kept down the attendance to under 1,000, but it was one fundraiser in a series that generated £8,000 to send eight-year-old Reece Winterbottom and his family to Disneyland in Florida. Reece, who lives in Sothall, was diagnosed with a brain tumour six months after losing his mum to cancer.

One of the main aims is to continue to help charities, but the festival has now also become part of an events company that Steve Cowens has set up with Nigel Dixon, who manages Grimethorpe Colliery Band.

“To make it viable and to raise more money for charity, we have made it bigger and we are trying to appeal to everybody rather than just the village,” said Steve. “This year we need all the tickets to be sold and for the sun to come out!”

Capacity has been set at 2,500.

“I have always been raising money for charity and I have always been organising something. We had an event with Sean Bean at Bramall Lane which raised £3,000 for the Children’s Hospital.”

Some of the proceeds from Mosborough Music Festival go towards maintaining the old school playing fields, which are used by 22 football teams.

The festival, which is sponsored this year by Haybrook estate agency, has grown with the support of the authorities. “The police and the council have been brilliant in helping us to get it going.”

Steve added: “It all started in 2010 when my pal committed suicide and we had a charity fundraising day at Mosborough Miners Welfare Club. It was well attended and people said let’s have one every year. It just built from there.

“Now we are trying to make it bigger and better every year. We have got two days this time and two stages and 26 bands and we have got a camping site (at Davy McKee’s premises off Prince of Wales Road) with gigs on the Friday night.”