Local talent to feature again at Mosborough Music Festival

Space play at last year's Mosborough Music Festival
Space play at last year's Mosborough Music Festival
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Bands will play at a venue graced by the Rolling Stones and U2 when the Mosborough Music Festival moves to Don Valley Bowl.

Alternative rockers The Lightning Seeds will join Bruce Foxton's From The Jam and Cast as headliners for the third festival on June 2 and 3.

The festival's background of supporting Sheffield acts will continue. This year, The SSS, Sundance and the Velcro Teddy Bears are among the local contingent performing.

Organiser Steve Cowen was particularly pleased with this year's list of performers.

"It's probably the best lineup we've had," he said.

"We've really gone for it."

He was proud to get behind the local artists.

"We try to support Sheffield bands and the up and comers," he said.

"We like to look at who's making big noises in Sheffield."

Development at the old site off Moss Way has forced Mr Cowen to find a new home for the festival.

He chose the Bowl because of the transport links, proximity to the M1 and nearby hotels.

Keeping it local is another bonus.

"I’m a proud Sheffield lad and I really wanted to keep the festival in Sheffield," Mr Cowen said.

"Plus I’d still be dealing with the local authorities, who I have to say have been brilliant in their support and advice."

He has big plans for the festival - he aims to steadily grow the numbers year by year.

As the numbers grow, so will the amount raised for charity. This year, the festival will support the Sheffield Children's Hospital.

Mr Cowen hopes to raise £8,000 for the hospital.

The idea for the festival came from tragedy, after Mr Cowen organised a fundraiser for good mate and well-known Mosborough resident Mark Thorley.

Mr Thorley died in 2010, and Mr Cowen helped put on an event to raise money for his family.

He decided to make it a career shortly after.

"It's grown from there," Mr Cowen said.

Bands now come to him, offering their services for future festivals.

Mr Cowen said he had already been approached by two big acts to play in 2018.

Tickets for this year's festival cost £25 on the day or £20 in advance, for adults.

Under 10s are free with a paying adult, and for 11-15 year-olds, a ticket will cost $6.

Head to www.mosboroughmusicfestival.co.uk or the Leadmill to buy your ticket.