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Parklife music aid for the young

WESTON Party returns a week on Sunday, a stone’s throw from Sheffield Children’s Hospital – for which bands will be playing.

The first was held last August as a “post-Tramlines pick-me-up” but was such a hit Chris Goodyear of organising act Driftrun decided on a sequel in Weston Park.

From noon until 6pm you can see the likes of former Little Man Tate singer Jon Windle, Alvarez Kings, Steve Edwards, Playground Mafia and, of course, Driftrun, while a collection bucket goes round.

“The overall ethic is to showcase some of Sheffield’s finest emerging talent in a family-friendly, relaxed environment,” says Chris.

“The event is free so we’re asking partygoers to a give a little to a very local charity.”

Brought in food and drinks are allowed with the proviso that you take your empties away.

Wath a lot of music for our boys

BRITISH war veteran and former Yorkshire Man Of The Year Ben Parkinson has joined forces with music promoters to stage the first White Arrow Music Festival at the Montgomery Hall tomorrow.

From 10am the Wath venue will host a numerous bands from Osprey, The Starkings and Zapp Brannigan to Dead Replica, Cause Of Denial and Volume Zero, aiding Help For Heroes and Ben’s Challenge.

“The aim is to give an opportunity to musicians of varying ages and influences to perform for the community, raising money for two great organisations and have a good time doing it,” says organiser Beth Murray.”

A festival CD available at the event can be bought via iTunes. See our gig guide and whitearrowmusic.com for a full line-up.

Dead cert for a busy summer

MONDAY sees Sheffield mood swingers Dead Sons release their first free download single ahead of sunny months of exposure to the masses.

Junk Room, a muscular blues-rock march, comes just ahead of their slot on the bill of the first of two Arctic Monkeys returns to home ground on Friday when they join Miles Kane and The Vaccines at a sold out Don Valley Bowl.

Praise for previous Dead Sons nugget I Am The Lord has also aided their passage to the Tramlines festival main stage on July 24.

Get the new track from deadsons.tv

All’s fur in love and chores

BIG things are predicted for 20-year-old singer/songwriter Ed Sheeran – but his pet moggie seems to have beaten him to it.

Tickets for his Plug show tonight are hard to come by ahead of his major label début album in September and following online traffic for the video to new single The A Team, out June 12.

Ed previously sold thousands of copies of self-released EPs out of his backpack at gigs and via his website. January’s No5 Collaborations EP, featuring hip-hop/grime chaps Devlin, Wretch 32 and Wiley, hit number two in the iTunes chart after just 24 hours, outsold only by Rihanna.

It wasn’t always like that, of course. “I was playing every night, sometimes three times a night,” he says. “I played every open mic night going. At first the crowds weren’t interested, but I learned how to make them interested.”

Hat-trick of gigs lights up Lantern

A TRIPLE helping of live music across three nights at Sheffield’s Lantern Theatre will be filmed for a new DVD.

Leading the charge is city-based musician Philippa Hanna who has just released her new mini album Out Of The Blue, featuring seven tracks recorded live at Steelworks Studios.

She follows that with a “homecoming gig” at Hope City Church, in The Megacentre, a week today before which she joins Peter Neuland and Roo Walker for the first of the back-to-back shows at Kenwood Park Road for the Live At The Lantern DVD series.