SLIDESHOW: Sheffield musicians’ Roundabout way to support retailers

Music stars in Sheffield have released a charity single – condemning plans to demolish independent stores in the city centre.

SheffAid: Save Our Culture incorporates new twists on some festive classics including Fairytale of New York and Last Christmas as it addresses controversial plans to knock down a row of shops on Division Street

Christmas Charity Single in aid of saving Sheffield's cultural institutions, shops and buildings.

Christmas Charity Single in aid of saving Sheffield's cultural institutions, shops and buildings.

It has been put together by writers and performers Dom Kidson and Jimmy May and features artists from Sheffield bands including Faerground Accidents, Dresden Saints and the recently-split Screaming Maldini.

Proceeds from the single will be donated to Roundabout, a charity for young homeless people in the city.

SheffAid organiser Francesca Scotrick-Boyd, a journalism student at Sheffield College, said: “I was getting annoyed with Christmas songs coming on so early and started messing around with some of their lyrics.

“I’m also a journalism student and was looking into the Division Street issue. I thought it was a good way to get the message out.

“It is something that’s been happening in Sheffield for years. My dad used to work in a shop just off Division Street, but that whole area was knocked down and the same thing happened there.

“The response from Sheffield’s musical scene, and the support received has been extraordinary – no-one wants to spend Christmas in the cold.

“Roundabout have been really supportive and a great charity to work with.”

Jimmy May, who performed in the video, said: “You can’t make a music video without enjoying it. It was very well organised.

“We did the video shoot in one day and recorded the single the day before.”

Amy Casbolt, Roundabout fundraising co-ordinator, said: “We’ve always been really fortunate that local musicians are supportive of the charity and we’ve worked with them before.

“We’re grateful to still be receiving this support, especially at Christmas when young people need our support most.”

The single and video comes as support continues to flood in for the independent stores, such as Rare and Racy and Syd & Mallory, which face being flattened to make way for flats and bars.

More than 18,000 people have signed a petition urging Sheffield Council to reject the planning application, while Matt Helders, drummer with top Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys, has also backed the campaign.