Stooshe take to the stage


TOP girl band Stooshe and a string of X Factor stars are expected to attract thousands of fans to one of South Yorkshire’s biggest ever festivals of music, culture and sport.

Sheftival boasts eight stages, more than 1,000 performers, 25 sports demos, 12 bars and is expected to attract hundreds crowds of sport and music lovers from across the region.

Next weekend’s line-up includes Toots and The Maytals, Lemar, Macka B, The Lightning Seeds, Dodgy, The Beat, Selecter, Noisettes, The Crookes, Kanda Bongo Man, Laura Steel and Balkan Bandits.

X Factor fans will get a preview of new material from last year’s major stars Misha B, the queen of R&B in waiting, and Marcus Collins, who was mentored by Take That frontman Gary Barlow.

As well as the star-studded performances on stage, there will also be a huge array of sport demos on offer to inspire more people to get active while athletes from across the world are competing for London 2012 medals.

With the acts performing at Sheffield’s Don Valley Bowl, a huge screen set up at the adjacent Don Valley Stadium will also beam the latest action from the Olympic Park including the final of Steel City heptathlon star Jessica Ennis.

The nearby English Institute of Sport Sheffield will be the base for South Yorkshire’s biggest ever sports participation event with two pop-up boxing rings, an inflatable hockey pitch and crazy golf among a series of have-a-go sessions. Among other sports and teams represented will be Sheffield Eagles rugby league, athletics, basketball, wheelchair basketball, Futsal, British judo, tae kwon do, table tennis, zumba, dancing, climbing, gymnastics, tennis, boccia, football and zorb balls.

There will also be world music on the JuJu Club Stage, acoustic sets on the Busker’s Barge, a Jamaican jerk barbecue and soundsystem, Monkey Bump dance tent and a Sharrow Family Village where children can make their own costumes for a carnival event.

A ticket to Sheftival will also grant you free access to iceSheffield, a demonstration by the Sheffield Steelers ice hockey team and the biggest foam party in the country!

Organisers say that the mixture of music, sport, civic pride, food, drink and entertainment will make Sheftival “a great excuse for communities of South Yorkshire and beyond to get together and celebrate our ability to throw the most friendly, energetic and inclusive of all parties.”

Day tickets cost from £10, with weekend tickets from £15. Children under six go free. Sheftival takes place on August 4 and 5 from midday to 10.30pm.

Buy tickets online at Sheftival or call 0114 2565567.