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Revellers will be hard rocking around the Christmas tree at an inaugural Sheffield festival.

City centre rock venue Corporation, on Milton Street, is holding the one-day WinterRocks Festival – featuring international artists and some of Sheffield’s finest rising talents across two stages.

Stuart Turner, festival promoter, said: “We decided last Christmas there isn’t really a festival in Sheffield dedicated to rock music of this vein.

“We have worked with a lot of the bands before so decided to put on two stages and do a full day dedicated to it.

“There’s lots of festivals in the summer, but this is an end-of-year show. It should be good.”

Headlining the festival on Saturday, December 6, are The Answer, while the bill also includes Heaven’s Basement, Sheffield’s own Black Spiders, Swedish stars Stonewall and Liberty Lies.

Headling the second stage are Goat Leaf, with their heavy groove rock show, with New Zealanders Rival State as the main support.

Other acts performing at the festival – for which doors open at 12.30pm – include The Verals, I Am Giant, The Aaron Keylock Band, Red Jester, Black Hands and Coyote Mad Seeds.

The Answer said: “We’ve been rocking out in Sheffield ever since our first UK tour so we always feel right at home. The line-up looks great and we’re ready to play our part in a big way. Sheffield we’re coming for you.”

Heaven’s Basement said: “It’s been too long since we’ve been to Sheffield. We’ve had some epic times at Corp! Some of our favourite stuff has gone down at these shows and we can’t wait to get back to see our Yorkshire friends. Let’s kick off Christmas early at WinterRocks Festival.”

And Black Spiders said: “One of our favourite top 10 places to play in the Europas. Many a city has seven hills, but the city of Sheffield is a home from home.”

Tickets are now on sale, priced £18, from www.corporation.org.uk

Stuart Turner said: “Interest has been great. All of the bands have bought into it and everyone seems to love the idea and tickets have been flying out, which puts us on a good footing to do it again next year.”