City talent at musical festival

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A NEW music festival for local talent in Sheffield this weekend will boost the accounts of two city charities.

Any money made at Sheffield Sound will be split between Weston Park Hospital Cancer Charity and Roundabout, which helps young homeless people.

The festival, has come about after student Tom Holmes designed a poster promoting a fictional music event.

It features city artists and is backed by businesses.

Tom’s dad Michael said the aim was to boost Weston Park after rain dampened a summer event called Weston Party.

He also wanted to help out local causes with which friends were involved.

He said: “It’s also about the fact cancer affects everyone in one way or another and Roundabout is particularly Sheffield based, helping the age group which will be coming along to the festival.

They are both a big help to people in the city.”

The festival takes place at a disused warehouse in Sidney Street in Sheffield city centre, this Saturday and Sunday, September 15 and 16.

Headline acts include The Blame, due to perform on Friday, and The Ratells, who will take to the stage on Saturday.

DJs and artists are also expected, plus other bands including Kara and Liberty Ship.

A Roundabout spokeswoman said any money raised by the festival would be used to help refurbish its emergency hostel.

Amy Casbolt, fundraising co-ordinator, said: “We are delighted Roundabout has been chosen as one of the charities to benefit.”

Tickets are £5 a day or £8 for both from Balance on Division Street or The Old Sweet Shop in Nether Edge.