Musicians prepare to hit the water as festival line-up comes together

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MUSICIANS are set to take to the water as part of an Olympian festival coming to Sheffield.

Sheftival - billed as South Yorkshire’s biggest festival of music, culture and sport - takes place at the Don Valley complex in Attercliffe on Saturday and Sunday, August 4 and 5.

And the event will feature a ‘showcase of Sheffield’s finest musicians on the Busker’s Barge’.

Acts booked to appear on the floating stage - which will make regular trips along the Sheffield Canal from the jetty at the Don Valley Bowl - include The Payroll Union, the Eatly Cartographers, Cats For Peru and singer-songwriter Nat Johnson.

Other attractions at the festival include a 48 sq metre screen showing live coverage of the London 2012 Olympic Games - coinciding with Sheffield athlete Jess Ennis going for gold in the heptathlon.

The festival will also feature a Jamaican jerk barbecue as it coincides with the 50th anniversary of Jamaica’s Independence Day at the same time as top Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt bids to retain his 100m Olympic title.

Other highlights at the event include a family area hosted by Sharrow Festival, a dance tent and the Tramlines Arena, featuring bands such as the Lightning Seeds, Dodgy and Sheffield’s own The Crookes and Sour Cherry.

A Sheftival spokeswoman said: “Sheftival spans a 25-acre site with a unique mixture of music, sport, civic pride, food, drink and entertainment.

“Seven stages, more than 1,000 performers, 20 sports associations, three markets, 12 bars and a giant bungee are just scratching the surface of what’s on offer.

“It will be a great day out for all and day tickets cost from as little as £10 – what a bargain.”

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