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Laura Steel: Sheftival 2012 festival and album download stars.
Laura Steel: Sheftival 2012 festival and album download stars.
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SHEFTIVAL is the region’s new music and sport festival in celebration of the Olympics and we have a gold medal of a keepsake - a FREE Sheftival download album.

The Star exclusive features songs by 10 acts who will be performing live at Sheffield’s Don Valley Bowl over the weekend.

It includes a track by Good Enough Britpop trio Dodgy, a song by Sheffield’s Grammy Award winner Eliot Kennedy for new city teen sensation Max and the forthcoming single from home grown diva Laura Steel - ahead of its commercial release in October.

We have six great songs today - all by bands performing in The Tramlines Arena, mainly on the Real Radio main stage.

Four dance tracks, by acts to perform on the The Monkey Bump Dance Tent, will follow tomorrow.

Play the songs on your computer, store and play on your phone, or other MP3 player, or burn them on a disc - we’ve even produced the album artwork you can also download, right.

The first six up are Dodgy, Laura Steel, Max, Sarah Mac, The Clench and Blood Sport. Then we have Rogue State, Arie, Smiley Maxx, Autograff & Walter Ego

Sheftival’s big names line-up - full details and timings at - includes the Noisettes, Stooshe, Joe McElderry and Lemar tomorrow, with Marcus Collins, Misha B, Lawson, Dodgy and The Lightning Seeds on Sunday, plus others, with 80 bands on eight stages.

There are more than 1,000 performers, 25 sports, three markets, a fairground, 12 bars, a giant bungee, free ice-skating and more.

Much of the festival, including sports activities, will be free to enter, timed to celebrate Sheffield golden girl Jessica Ennis in Olympic action.

Final preparations are under way on all three main areas including Sheftival Live, a free big screen Olympics viewing zone at Don Valley Stadium, supported by BBC Radio Sheffield, which is open, with sports activities, from 10am to 7.30pm.

Sheftival of Sport is in the English Institute of Sport, with free ‘have-a-go’ sports activities, demonstrations and tournaments.

Pat Smith, Don Valley Stadium general manager, said: “The area is looking fantastic and we can’t wait to see it packed for a totally unique even.”

n Tickets, from £10 and free for children under-six, are required for the Tramlines Arena music stages. Buy at Sheffield Motorpoint Arena and Sheffield City Hall. Visit, call 0114 256 5656 or 0114 256 5567.

n FREE DOWNLOAD: Get the first six tracks of our free Sheftival 2012 album and see our video report at