Top line-up in Sheffield music extravaganza

Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert performing with ska band Toots and the Maytals.
Frederick 'Toots' Hibbert performing with ska band Toots and the Maytals.

REGGAE legends, Britpop groups and up-and-coming local bands are all on the bill at a huge event in Sheffield to celebrate the Olympics - and thousands of people are expected to flock to the city to listen to the music.

Sheftival takes place in the Don Valley Bowl on August 4 and 5 from midday to 10.30pm, and the first line-up announcement features a diverse selection of acts, beginning with ska and reggae veterans Toots and the Maytals.

They will be treating the audience to favourites such as Pressure Drop and Monkey Man on the Saturday, while more ska is on offer from The Selecter and The Beat, who were both at the vanguard of the Two-Tone movement of the 1970s.

Sunday’s crowd will enjoy upbeat pop songs from The Lightning Seeds, fronted by Liverpudlian singer-songwriter Ian Broudie and reunited trio Dodgy, best known for their hits Good Enough and Staying Out For The Summer. Meanwhile the first Sheffield bands announced include hotly-tipped bands The Crookes and Sour Cherry.

More local acts will also be performing on a floating stage called the Buskers’ Barge.

Tickets are only required for the music arena.

Day passes cost £12 for adults and £40 for families, and weekend tickets cost £20, £70 for families.

To book log on to, call 0114 256 5567 or visit the Sheffield Arena box office in person.


Saturday, August 4

n Toots and the Maytals

n Macka B

n The Selecter

n The Balkan Bandits and Dancers

n Jungle Lion

n Renegade Brass Band

n Sour Cherry

n Laura Steel

n Soukous Revelation

n Nisha Lall Bollywood Dance

n Noise Blasters

Sunday, August 5

n The Beat

n The Lightning Seeds

n Dodgy

n The Crookes

n Carmen Ghia And The Hot Rods

n Bollywood Brass Brand

n Carnival Parade

n Kanda Bongo Man

n Sheffield Samba Band

n Truly Apparent

n Blood Sport

n Angelina African Dance