We're all about keeping the peace here in Sheffield so whether that involves heading to Donny for a laugh; channelling some folky rhythms; supporting those brave enough to take on the Tour De France or getting the Peace in the Park Festival up and running again there's plenty to get involved with this month…
Give Peace A Chance
Last year, for the first time in its 10 year existence, Peace in the Park was forced to cancel due to lack of funds. Bad times – but the good news is there’s plenty of peeps out there working together to ensure it won’t happen again.
This month sees the Cool Beans collective hosting a fundraising shindig at The Riverside – and the line-up’s a corker. Taking place Feb 21, Carl ‘On Fire’ Watkins will be kicking off proceedings with his own brand of acoustic blues before six piece pop/funk/soul act Bongo & The Soul Jar make a Cool Beans debut. Add to this a rare performance from Balkan Bandits, and a headline slot from the mighty Renegade Brass Band, and you have a great night for a great cause. Advance tickets are £4, or you can buy them on the door for £6. See www.welovecoolbeans.com and www.peaceinthepark.org.uk for more.
No Place Like Dome
Doncaster’s having a laugh this month – literally!
During the whole of February, Donny Dome is playing host to a bunch of emerging and acclaimed comedians guaranteed to give you a good old rib-tickling.
Simon Brodkin’s popular alter-ego Lee Nelson starts off the month (Feb 1) – before Roy Chubby Brown takes to the stage on Feb 7 offering a barrage of rude, crude and mickey-taking banter.
With many TV appearances to his name, including QI and the Big Fat Quiz of Year, northern comedian Jason Manford (Feb 8) is another household name promising high class comedic anecdotes and observations.
Fresh from a sell-out Edinburgh festival run, catch Sheffield’s own Tom Wrigglesworth on Feb 9 and emerging talent Joe Lycett on Feb 23 – before Seann Walsh (Feb 27) brings his precocious storytelling ability to the Dome.
Jongleurs Comedy Club wraps up a spectacular and hilarious month with a couple of stints at the Icebreaker Bar (Feb 22/28). See www.the-dome.co.uk for more.
Keep It Steel
The Tour de France takes place throughout the city this summer – and it’s fair to say we’re not the only ones excited about it.
High Bradfield (home to one of the main attractions in the form of the Kirk Edge Road climb) will be hosting The Steel Stage – an epic free-for-all event running July 4-7. Expect a host of live music and entertainment, a large screen showing all the cycling action, and the launch of the first ever Bradfield Brewery Beer Festival.
For the truly dedicated, route-side camping spaces will also be available for £50.
For full details head to www.tourdefrancesheffield.com
Taking place over the May Bank Holiday weekend, Wath Festival is the biggest folk festival of its kind in the region – with a growing national reputation.
Since 2011, the festival has teamed up with local musician Charlie Barker and her company The Partnership Media to search for artists aged 16-24 for the Wath Young Performers Award. On offer? A trophy, photo shoot, main headline support slot and a cash prize. Not too shabby, eh?
The great news is, if you’re a young performer you can still enter for the chance to win and play on Sunday May 4. The Festival is looking for three acts to perform in front of their panel of expert judges where one will take home the booty.
Soloists, duos and trios playing traditional and contemporary folk, roots and acoustic music are all welcome to apply before April 25. See wathfestival.org.uk/competition for more.