Situated in the very South Eastern corner of Sheffield lies the village of Mosborough. Historically it was part of the Derbyshire but has been administered by Sheffield since boundary changes in 1967 and is now considered a suburb of Sheffield. It was known for sickle making and was also a coal mining area. Notable buildings include the historic 15th century Mosborough Hall a building which reputedly retains some Anglo-Saxon structure. Nothing remarkable about the village itself then, but this place hosts something rather remarkable once a year, and this year is no exception.
On the weekend of June 22nd, Mosborough hosts its own outdoor music festival, on the site of the old Westfield School. There are several brilliant things about this mini-festival. It allows some of the best bands in and out of the city a chance to play in front of a couple of thousand people or more, but its also a safe, family friendly event. And it’s cheap, a giveaway for what you’re likely to get. Ticket prices are yet to be finalised, but it looks like they’re going to be £25 per day, with a discount for the weekend. How many of these sort of things can you go to at that kind of price?
The line-up is impressive too, and there are two secret headline acts still to be announced. so far the highlights are ;
Reverend & the Makers
John McClure and his band are legends in the city, and three albums in are confounding everybody with singalong, indie punk/funk that has elbowed its way into the charts on a number of occasions. But it is live that the band really stands out, with a reputation for incendiary live shows that attract a following usually only found at a football match. A classic festival headliner.
Born in the Wirrell, but brought up in Sheffield – it was Hull where Paul Heaton found his voice, literally, as the singer in The Housemartins. His soulful vocal style mixed with his acute social conscious won the group many fans (and a Christmas number one ) and he went on to even greater success with his next band The Beautiful South. Now a solo artist, his recent concept album The 8th being described as ‘A rock-soul opera that sounds like Leonard Bernstein meets Public Enemy’ by The Independent on Sunday. Either way, you should never pass up a chance to hear one of the great voices of British pop.
Also announced are: Former Little Man Tate frontman Jon Windle. After four years and two major label albums with Little man tate, the band split and since then Windle has been active as a solo musician, releasing his debut album Step Out The Man in October 2010 and his second album “Sober Minds” in May 2012 preceded by its first single “The boy with the ginger hair”. Also on the bill are John Reilly from A boy on a Dolphin, doing a solo set, and Manchester’s The Rainband. This (Indie/Britpop four piece have had four releases so far, most notably ‘The Prodigal’ with Rowetta from Happy Mondays, and ‘Rise again’, their tribute to legendary MotoGP rider Marco Simoncelli who died in a crash in 2011, and features Double Superbike world champion James Toseland plays on piano.
West London’s Bedroom Hour make epic, almost Elbow sounding synth-pop who describe themselves as ‘ a 5 piece psychedelic guitar/synth based band with epic melodies and charmed vocals’. Local boys Section 60 bring their attitude enthused, Gallagher brothers transported to South Yorkshire Indie-Rock to the party, ensuring that everybody is sure to have a good time (you’d better…or else!). Also announced are Blue lip feel, Marquis Drive, hotly tipped Kartica, Chatfield, The Scoundrels, The North, The Barristers, Indra, Modern Faces and I Set The Sea on fire.
Pretty good, eh? Well you need to get your money ready because tickets go on sale This Friday at 9am. That’s This Friday at 9am!! Anything left over after the initial couple of weeks (i.e not much) will go to the various ticket agencies that will no doubt put their cut on top of the price. I wouldn’t have thought anyone wants to bother with that. I would say with a line-up this good, at a price that cheap – it’s a no-brainer. Just make sure you get on the phone promptly Monday morning, won’t you.
Kartica – Don’t you think so
Section 60 – Soul Uncensored