City bands hit festivals

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SHEFFIELD’S three biggest bands are set to dominate the summer festival season after it was announced Arctic Monkeys will headline Scotland’s T In The Park and Def Leppard top the billing at Download.

That follows news late last year that Pulp had reformed for a series of European festival dates, widely predicted to include a main stage headline slot at Leeds Festival as well as their July 3 Wireless fixture at London’s Hyde Park.

The city’s younger superstars, Arctic Monkeys, will headline T In The Park alongside Foo Fighters and Coldplay a week later having recently sold all 20,000 tickets for their two hometown Don Valley Bowl outdoor shows in just seven minutes.

The gigs happen on June 10 and 11, the same weekend Joe Elliott’s 50 million album-selling veteran rockers play Donington Park alongside American giants Linkin Park and System Of A Down. Rising Stocksbridge stars Bring Me The Horizon also feature.

Queen legend Brian May, meanwhile, is to return to Sheffield City Hall on May 6 with his Anthems: The Tour.