Sheftival: Sheffield pop star Laura Steel goes into Overdrive - VIDEO

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SHEFFIELD has produced some charismatic stars from Def Leppard to the Arctic Monkeys and the Human League, but never anyone quite like Laura Steel - an enigmatic power-pop diva, writes Graham Walker.

She’s the girl with looks that kill and hooks that leave a mark like a sonic lipstick kissed stain on your psyche.

Pop power-diva: Laura Steel returns home for Sheftival.

Pop power-diva: Laura Steel returns home for Sheftival.

Laura, a singer songwriter, has been wowing crowds at festivals such as Wireless in London’s Hyde Park and the Big Top stage lineup at 2011’s sold out Isle Of Wight Festival.

She writes her own material and is fully involved in the creative process from designing her own artwork through to crafting her own unique personal style.

Her musical journey has seen her travel between London, New York and Los Angeles to work alongside songwriters and producers such as Jens Gad, Tina Parol, Brian London, Marc Nelkin and Karlin Kenneth, who between them have worked with most of pop’s A-list - Britney, Bruno Mars, Jason Derulo, Ke$ha and Lady Gaga.

Now the Aston girl is back home to perform at this year’s Sheftival on the Real Radio stage, on Saturday, August 4, 1.30pm.

Laura, who attended Wales High School, said: “I’ve got a single out called Overdrive, about how I felt for somebody at the moment. I felt like my heart was ane engine and I had lost contgrol.

“It’s full on rocky pop, in your face and I can’t wait to play Sheftival. My family have seen me get this far and it will be great to have them there on the day.”

TICKETS: Tickets are from £10, and free for children under six. For full details and dates go to www.sheftival.com and check out www.realradioyorkshire.co.uk.

VIDEO: Press the play button to watch our video report.

YOUTUBE: Laura Steel performed an acoustic version of her new single Overdrive on the Paulette Edwards show, on BBC Radio Sheffield. Watch it here and see her interview with The Star’s Graham Walker - CLICK HERE,

OFFICIAL WEB SITE: For news, photos, video and more visit Laura Steel’s official web site at www.misslaurasteel.com/#home.

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