Bands out to make a fresh stand

Driftrun 2012.
Driftrun 2012.
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NEVER has the bandstand at Weston Park been in so much demand – it hosts three days of live music beginning with the third Weston Party on Sunday.

Driftrun and The Ratells are among the acts playing in aid of this year’s selected charity, Weston Park Cancer Hospital, 11.45am to 6pm.

“Punters are asked to respect the beautiful park and can bring their own refreshments as long as they clean up after,” says Driftrun’s Richard Gill, organiser of an event that last year pulled £1,000 for good causes via raffles and donations.

“There will be food vans, hot and cold drinks, and face painting for the kids.”

The first brace in a season of Weston Park Live gatherings, organised by Big Live Event, follows on Monday and Tuesday. The Jubilee specials feature acts such as The Clench, Sarah Mac and Goldsoul. Ten more open air gigs follow through to September 9 and all the above events are free.

There’s a £5 door charge for Dodworth & District Miners Welfare Festival on Sunday, but it is is in support of Dodworth Miners’ Memorial fund.

From noon the main stage will feature action from the likes of Pulp Friction, Whispering Dolls and Black Echo while Mynas and Velcro Teddybears are among those occupying the acoustic tent.

The latter also play The Yew Tree Inn the same day as the Malin Bridge pub hosts Yew Fest with sets from The Conroys, Smiling Ivy and Spit N Strings from 2pm.

Before those festivals Sheffield’s CADS, in Shalesmoor, on Saturday hosts Jubilee Blues, featuring some of the area’s finest blues exponents, including Natchez Burning and Roaming Son. Starts 5pm; £6 on the door. And Endcliffe Park should be lively as Pride hosts a live music stage featuring Undercover, Floating Death Picnic and more amid the rainbow flags.

Sheffield watering hole Frog & Parrot, on Division Street, will celebrate the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee on Sunday with a Mod all-dayer.

Organised by The Rock & Roll Lounge, the line up of DJs playing Mod, R’n’B, Ska, Britpop and Northern Soul from 3pm includes TV cook and Mod Stacie Stewart.

“The Mod scene is as strong as ever,” says promoter Jim McGuinn. Watch out for a ‘ride past’ by members of The South Yorkshire Mod Society, local scooter clubs and The Trojans DC.