Stereophonics announce festival warm-up gig in Sheffield

Stereophonics are playing Sheffield next month. Picture: Hans-Peter van Velthoven
Stereophonics are playing Sheffield next month. Picture: Hans-Peter van Velthoven
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Music lovers in Sheffield are in for a treat – after Welsh rock legends Stereophonics chose the Steel City as the venue for a low-key festival warm-up show.

The quartet, who are more used to playing arenas and outdoor shows, will play the city’s 2,150-capacity 02 Academy on Wednesday, July 8 – ahead of a headline performance at the 85,000-capacity famous T in The Park festival in Scotland the following weekend.

Stereophonics formed in 1992 in South Wales and shot to fame with a string of hit singles from their debut album Word Gets Around, including A Thousand Trees and Local Boy in the Photograph.

They have since enjoyed a string of top-1o singles, including Just Looking, Mr Writer, Handbags and Gladrags and 2005 chart-topper Dakota, from their fifth studio album, Language. Sex. Violence. Other?

The quartet – frontman Kelly Jones, bassist Richard Jones, guitarist Adam Zindani and drummer Jamie Morrison – will release their 11th studio album, Keep the Village Alive, in September.

* Tickets for Stereophonics at Sheffield’s 02 Academy on Wednesday, July 8, priced £35, go on sale tomorrow, at 9am, from www.o2academysheffield.co.uk.