Musician hopes to create a ‘cultural platform’ for Sheffield as free entry event is launched

A Sheffield-based musician wants to “unite the community” with a free entry festival that is taking place across nine different venues this weekend.

Woodseats Live, a music, comedy, and spoken word festival will be launching on Saturday (4 March), at venues on Chesterfield Road.

Entry to the event is free and it aims to promote local talent surrounding the area and bring more community activity to Woodseats and potentially the rest of Sheffield.

Performers at the event include Tree Beard, Harry Larkin, Matt Hooker, Sam Scherdel, and Harriet Rose, who was 2021’s UK Country Music Awards breakthrough singer of the year.

It is set across nine different venues from the area, with the first performance starting at 1pm and the last starting at 10pm.

Organisers Ciaron Elm and Nye Farley want to expand this event across various areas in Sheffield, with plans for similar events in Heeley, Meersbrook and Abbeydale Road in the near future. The final goal is to merge all the events and create one big day for free live entertainment in the city.

Funds from donations or profits they make from the event will go towards the expanding the business, supporting the artists, or putting it back into the local businesses surrounding Woodseats.

Ciaron Elm, 34, who is a freelance entertainment consultant as well as being a musician, wants to bring back the same feeling the Tramlines festival used to bring to the local community when it was free entry.

Ciaron Elm is one of the organisers of Woodseats Live. Photo: CXG Media/Alex Brade

He said: “We want this to provide a platform and a cultural legacy for people going forward for five, 10, 20 years. There’s people from all walks of life, from all over the world here in Sheffield, there just needs to be something that brings it all together, like a united platform.”

He added: “If this expands and is a huge success, I’d love to recruit younger people from the city who have lots of passion and would want to be involved in the making of something like this because then you’re not just providing a platform for culture, but also for recruitment.”

Written by Temi Idowu

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