Art project idea proves smash hit with Sheffield bands

Music Festival 'Tom Holmes, who has organised a 2 day Music Festival in Sheffield
Music Festival 'Tom Holmes, who has organised a 2 day Music Festival in Sheffield
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WHAT started out as a poster for an art project’s imaginary event has become the inspiration for a real-life music festival.

When Tom Holmes designed a poster promoting a fictional music festival in Sheffield it triggered a chain of events - and now dozens of bands are set to perform for real in the city next weekend at Sheffield Sound.

Sixth former Tom, who attends King Edward VII School in Broomhill, designed the poster for a GCSE art project, and included the names of local bands who he pretended were due to appear at a fictional Leeds-style festival.

But when he posted it on Facebook and ‘tagged’ all the bands he had included, support for a real festival grew - and tickets are now being sold for a two-day event on September 15 and 16.

The festival is to be held at a disused warehouse on Sidney Street, with tickets on sale at Balance on Division Street and The Old Sweet Shop in Nether Edge.

Tickets cost £5 per day or £8 for the weekend. Headline acts include The Blame, who are due to perform on Friday, and The Ratells, who will take to the stage on Saturday.

Other bands including Kartica and Liberty Ship are on the bill.

Tom’s dad Michael Holmes, who is helping to promote the festival, said: “We posted the Leeds-style poster on Facebook and tagged all the people that had been included.
“We could not have imagined the response that followed!

“Over the next couple of days there were so many posts, comments and ‘likes’ on Facebook that we just stopped counting.

“So many people said it had to happen that the challenge was on!”