Festival to be ‘bigger and better’

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More than 100 bands are set to take to the stage in South Yorkshire in one day with the return of a free indoor music festival.

LIVE in Barnsley is back for the third time, with about 120 bands set to perform across 14 venues in the town on Saturday, June 20.

A festival spokesman said: “We are back for our third year and are making sure 2015 is going to be even bigger and better.

“Last year, more than 4,000 people turned Barnsley into one big, fantastic festival site.

“We are proud to have shown the world just a little of what Barnsley has to offer and we intend to keep building on that success again this year.

“There will be loads of brilliant new additions and an even bigger line-up of music.”

More than 40 bands have already been confirmed for the event, including a number from across South Yorkshire.

These include new alternative rock quartet Hands off Gretel.

The band only formed last year with singer-songwriter Lauren Tate and Sean McAvinue on guitar, Danny Pollard on bass and Laura Moakes on drumes.

Lauren says: “I am always searching for female singers with integrity and attitude who don’t rely on over-sexualised imagery to sell their music, but they are hard to find.

“So I set about creating the style of music I wanted to listen to and couldn’t find, unless I looked back 25 years.

“I’m sure there are others who also want to hear this music.”

Also on the bill are The Torn, from Doncaster, feasturing Nick Berry on guitar, bassist Tim Taylor, drummer Ben Mullins and frontman Damian Dalton Smith, who appeared on BBC singing talent show The Voice this year and is the brother of award-winning actress Sheridan Smith.

Other acts on the bill include Sheffield’s electronic dance rock band Stop Drop Robot and pop quartet Malarkey Affair.

n For further details, see www.liveinbarnsley.co.uk