Stage set for rival fans to play Sheffield festival

Jon McClure of Reverend & The Makers
Jon McClure of Reverend & The Makers
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ONE star act is a die-hard Owl, the other a Blade.

But Sheffield Wednesday fan Jon McClure, of Sheffield band Reverend and the Makers and Sheffield United supporter and former Beautiful South singer Paul Heaton will put football rivalry aside when they take to the stage at Sheffield’s Mosborough Music Festival.

Paul Heaton 2012.

Paul Heaton 2012.

Both are part of a star line-up for the third annual festival, which has been revealed as organisers gear up for the weekend-long event.

More than 25 acts, including Sheffield’s Jon Windle, formerly of Little Man Tate, and ska legend Neville Staple from The Specials, are to perform to crowds.

Organiser Steve Cowens, who has set up an events firm called Lane Events in a nod to Bramall Lane, said: “I’ve got Reverend and the Makers and Paul Heaton on different stages!

“At the end of the day we are all Sheffield, we’ll be putting football rivalry aside.

“I’m a big Blade, but I love Reverend and the Makers.”

The festival, on Saturday and Sunday, June 22 and 23, takes place at the old Westfield School site, Westfield Crescent, Mosborough.

Last year it helped raise cash to send schoolboy Reece Winterbottom, who was diagnosed with a brain tumour after his mum died of cancer, on a dream holiday to Florida with his family.

Money collected this summer will boost Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, North Anston.

Steve, of Mosborough, said: “It is bigger and better than ever before.

“We’ve always looked after Sheffield bands and up-and-coming artists.

“We’ve got a lad this year called John Lennon McCullagh who will only be 16 when the festival is on.

“There are bands coming from all over too. It is a brilliant line up. I’m chuffed with it.

“I just hope everybody comes and supports it.”

Other bands lined up include The Sherlocks, Yellow Elevators and The Darlingtons.

Tickets cost £25 for a day and £45 for the weekend. Camping is available for £20.

n For tickets and details, visit www.mosboroughmusicfestival.co.uk