Festival to recreate famous music venue

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Beer festival organisers are hoping to pay tribute to a famous Sheffield music venue – by recreating it.

The Rotherham Real Ale and Music Festival is planning to recreate The Boardwalk at this year’s event, which takes place at Magna from Wednesday to Saturday, March 5 to 8.

The Boardwalk, on the corner of Snig Hill and Bank Street in Sheffield city centre, shut in 2010, but is set to live on as one of three live music stages inside the festival.

Stephen Burns, festival organiser, said: “Although it is perhaps the choice of real ales that catches people’s attention, music has always been an important part.

“The Boardwalk was known for its unique atmosphere and we wanted to pay tribute to the huge contribution it made in helping shape South Yorkshire’s live music scene, by renaming one of three stages after it.

“We’re planning to recreate the legendary stage, as well as adding our own twist, which will continue its legacy of helping nurture up-and-coming talent, as well as showcasing established artists.”

Confirmed acts for The Boardwalk stage include rock covers band Swansong and jazz specialists the Nicola Farnon Trio.

Originally known as the Black Swan, the Boardwalk provided a home for live music for more than five decades.

It was particularly notable for hosting the first live music performance by The Clash in 1976, while Sheffield band Arctic Monkeys named their first demo Beneath the Boardwalk in its honour.

The venue is now due to reopen in spring as a nightclub and bar that will be ‘a new home of Sheffield’s gay scene’.

After being closed for more than three years, the upper section is being turned into Fuel, which revives a club that closed six years ago in Eyre Street.

n For festival tickets and details, visit www.magnarealeale.co.uk