Tour leads to Sheffield music event being axed

Richard Hawley performing at Under the Big Top in Graves Park last year.
Richard Hawley performing at Under the Big Top in Graves Park last year.
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A Sheffield music event has been postponed after organisers became too busy with the Tour de France.

Thousands of people flocked to Under The Big Top, which saw The Levellers and Richard Hawley perform over two nights at Graves Park last summer.

Sheffield-based organiser FGOWI planned to put on the event again this year, but has now announced it will not happen.

FGOWI, of Providence Road, Walkley, said it could not dedicate enough time to it because it is managing the spectator hub in High Bradfield for the Grand Départ of the Tour de France.

Promoter Carly Whitfield said: “We are a small events company and the workload for the Tour built up to where it wasn’t feasible for us to do Under The Big Top.

“We are not able to put the right amount of time to get the artists it deserves.

“The only option was to push it back later in the year, but then you can never guarantee the weather.

“We started trying to find the right artists, but nothing really ticked the boxes.

“We will be back in 2015 bigger and better.”

FGOWI is managing the hub in High Bradfield, with Langsett Cycling and Bradfield Brewery.

About 4,500 spectators are expected at the event to enjoy a beer festival, live music, a mini film festival and children’s entertainment. People will also be able to watch the live action on large TV screens.

Carly said: “The Tour has brought new logistics we’ve never had to contend with before like road closures. It’s been challenging and fun.”

FGOWI is also involved in organising the Music In The Park event in Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens from July 17 to 20.