Lightning Seeds, Dodgy and Toots and The Maytals lined up for Sheftival festival

The Lightning Seeds
The Lightning Seeds

A selection of artists as diverse as John Peel’s record collection will appear at summer festival, Sheftival on August 4, 5 in Don Valley Bowl. Sheffield’s famous bowl is the idyllic mixing pot to blast out a rich recipe of reggae, indie, roots music and 2-tone, all weekend long.

The Sheftival Main Arena consists of the Tramlines Arena which features the Real Radio Main Stage, the JuJu Club Stage, and the Sharrow Family Village. Between them, our festival partners have brought together some incredible acts for the two day event.

We’re delighted to announce that ska and reggae legends, Toots and The Maytals, will be at Sheftival! They’ll be belting out tune after tune on the Juju Club stage on the Saturday including hit records Monkey Man and Pressure Drop. Saturday festival goers can also enjoy a set from infamous 2-tone band, the Selecter, featuring the First Lady of Ska, Pauline Black.

Sunday continues the pace with the sun-filled pop anthems of Liverpudlian band, The Lightning Seeds; alternative pop trio Dodgy; Sheffield’s own up-and-coming indie pop stars, The Crookes, as well as a headline set from more 2-tone legends in the form of The Beat. And yes, they still feature the legendary Rankin’ Roger!

Throughout the weekend, further soundtracks will be provided by the big Rastaman himself, Macka B; Congolese superstar Kanda Bongo Man; Sheffield Balkan brass and cabaret band, The Balkan Bandits; the awesome ska sounds of Jungle Lion, and a further feast of Jamaican music, sound system-style at the jerk chicken barbecue.

Adding rockabilly rebel swagger to the bill is the wonderful Carmen Ghia And The Hot Rods; The Renegade Brass Band who’ll shake their money makers; the Bollywood Brass Brand who’ll lead the Sunday carnival parade around the site; Tramlines People’s Choice band, Sour Cherry, and many Sheffield locals on the Buskers Barge floating stage.

But we’re not stopping there, oh no. Real Radio is set to bring an A-List line-up of pop acts across both days to stage Sheffield’s biggest outdoor pop concert this summer. Real Radio Breakfast’s Dixie and Gayle said:

“We are very excited to be part of ‘Sheftival’ and this first wave of artistes sound great. We’re big fans of The Lightning Seeds and Dodgy at Real Radio so we’re looking forward to seeing them play, but we are also looking forward to announcing the pop acts who’ll perform on the Real Radio main stage; soon people, soon! All we can say right now is roll on Sheftival; it’s going to be a fantastic star-studded, fun-packed couple of days! Be there.”

In addition to the Real Radio line-ups, due to be announced late June, there will even more acts added to the bill. This includes an electronic dance line-up in the Monkey Bump Dance Tent showcasing Sheffield’s leading independent club brands, giving you even more variety and choice.

Mixing pop, alternative and international genres from around the world will be the ultimate sound clash. When reggae finishes on one stage, pop will begin on another. Unlike most other festivals, Sheftival will even entertain festival goers between the music acts. Expect to see anything from British Judo displays to a Zumba dance-off as Sheftival combines two of Sheffield’s greatest legacies: music and sport, like never before.

Tickets to access the Sheftival Main Arena at Don Valley Bowl cost just £12 for the day or £10 if you’re under 18. A family ticket is priced at £40.

Buy online: Sheftival Tickets are also available in person at the Arena Box Office, City Hall or by phone on 0114 256 5567