Dig out your sun hats – it’s festival season! Here’s our round up of some of the big festivals in and around Sheffield this year.
Contours music Festival
Organised by The University of Sheffield Students’ Union for charity Safe@Last, next Thursday, June 6, from 2pm to 4am in the union building, The University Arms, The Harley, and DQ nightclub. Tickets £4 from www.sheffieldsu.com and union box office, or £5 on the door.
Organised for Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, on June 22 and 23, at the former Westfield School site. Acts include Reverend and the Makers – in their only Sheffield gig this year. Tickets £25 a day or £45 the weekend from www.mosboroughmusicfestival.co.uk, Sheffield Arena ticket office, and Rare and Racy in Sheffield city centre.
Needs no introduction – the biggest of them all. From July 19 to 21, with acts including Sheffield favourites The Crookes and soul singer Lianne La Havas. Tramlines is charging for the first time at its main stage after its council subsidy was reduced. All day entry to The Leadmill and O2 is £6 but many venues are still free - www.tramlines.org.uk.
Free annual festival on Saturday, June 22, to include music, medieval re-enactment, classic cars and food. To book stalls or for information call 0114 250 0613.
Pride 2013 takes place on July 6 at Barker’s Pool and Devonshire Green. A parade and entertainment will include street dancing, stalls and a party at night. A more traditional festival feel will be at Devonshire Green. Tickets from £7 - www.sheffieldpride.co.uk.
Khaos Music Festival
100-plus bands on August 3 and 4, on stages in fields next to Hooton Lodge, Kilnhurst. Raising money for Help for Heroes and Rotherham Hospice. Tickets are £8.50 to £16 - wegottickets.com.
Stalls are already sold out for August 11 in Greenhill Park. Attractions include free dodgem cars, a climbing wall, a funfair, 250 classic cars, a dog show and a living history camp. Organised by Greenhill Tenants Association and Friends of Greenhill Park.
A free family day out at Hillsborough College, Livesey Street, on June 15, 10am to 2pm. Stalls, bouncy castles, quad bikes, and football. Organised by Sheffield College Enterprise Gateway team.
Sheffield Food Festival
The best beer, produce and food Sheffield has to offer from September 20 to 22. Market, cooking demonstrations, pop-up restaurants, food and drink master classes, tastings, talks and lectures -see www.sheffieldfoodfestival.org.uk.
Off The Shelf Festival
One of the country’s most prestigious literary festivals returns from October 12 to November 3. More than 25,000 people attend Off the Shelf events - from poetry readings to workshops and talks with authors - featuring literary stars including Benjamin Zephaniah.