Sheftival: Another Sheffield festival around the corner…

Toots and the Maytals.
Toots and the Maytals.

SHEFFIELD will stay in festival mood after Tramlines as preparations continue for Sheftival as part of the city’s Olympics celebrations.

Music will be staged in the Don Valley Bowl in Attercliffe on August 4 and 5, and neighbouring sports venues, Don Valley Stadium, iceSheffeld and the English Institute of Sport, will be drawn into the event.

Around 50,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which coincides with the Olympics heptathlon final and Jessica Ennis’ bid to win gold.

After the downpours of recent weeks, organisers said 80% of the Sheffield festival site will be either indoors or on hard ground.

“The English Institute of Sport is host to the majority of the sports activities at Sheftival so these won’t be affected,” said spokesperson Nichola Freitas.

There will be 9,000 seats under cover in Don Valley Stadium to watch Jess Ennis on a big screen.

“All car parks at Sheftival are on concrete so there’s no chance of getting stuck.”

Although Don Valley Bowl is grass, it is used by the arena for winter parking and has a “fantastic” drainage system, added Nichola. “There is an infrastructure of metal mesh grids that sit under the grass so the ground stays solid.”

Live acts include ska veterans Toots and the Maytals, Britpop group The Lightning Seeds and pop trio Stooshe, along with TV talent show singers Lemar, Marcus Collins and Misha B.

The team behind Tramlines will also be presenting alternative music on the JuJu Club stage, and family activities will be on offer in the Sharrow Festival area.

Demonstrations of Olympic sports such as table tennis and judo will be dotted around the site.

Adult day tickets cost £12, or £20 for the weekend, and children under-six go free.

An under-18s day ticket costs £10, and £15 for the weekend, while family passes cost £40 for a day and £70 for the weekend. Visit www.sheftival.com or call 256 5567.