Free music festival returns to Sheffield for second year following pilot success

Free music festival, Sheffield Music Trails, is returning for a second year, and is due to take place on 2 April.

The festival will be held across 19 of Sheffield’s independent venues, all free of charge to those who wish to attend.

It is hoped the event will boost the music industry within the city as live music was restricted for so long following the COVID pandemic.

Promotions Assistant at The Leadmill, Frazer Spooner, said: “Thanks to funding from South Yorkshire Mayoral Combined Authority & Sheffield City Council, each venue has been allocated a budget that will enable them to open their doors to music-lovers for free.

“We’re hoping that those unfamiliar with some of the venues taking part will take this opportunity to discover some of the incredible live music spaces throughout Sheffield.”

The festival will extend all across the city, from Castlegate to The Leadmill. It includes venues such as Sidney & Matilda – a venue that only opened in 2018, a short while before being forced to close due to Covid-19.

Events and Bookings Manager at Sidney & Matilda, Ollie Parker said: “After all the adversity the industry has faced over the last few years, it is a pleasure to be able to work side by side with other venues on a city-wide party.”

Sidney & Matilda also thanked the council for their support in allowing independent venues produce a collaborative event to celebrate the diverse music scene in Sheffield.

The event will be headlined by indie pop-rock outfit, Kawala – the line-up also featuring local band Bedroom High Club and former Twisted Wheel lead singer Jonny Brown.

Mr Spooner added: “We have asked venues to book their own acts using the allocated budgets, as we wanted them to programme an artist that they are fans of, and were representative of the space they manage.

“For those wanting to come along to the event, there is absolutely no booking required, only age restrictions apply and admittance will be on a first-come first-served basis.”

Organisers have said the festival will begin around midday on 2 April and conclude with an 11pm curfew.

Written by Alfie Dunn

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