Festival features music in the forest plus a bear

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MUSIC in the forest is set to return to a popular Sheffield music festival.

The plush green surroundings of Endcliffe Park will provide the backdrop for performances from local, national and international artists as the Folk Forest makes a return to this year’s Tramlines bill.

The park will play host to some of the genre’s most celebrated names, including James Yorkston, The Big Eyes Family Player and Mary Hampton during the festival, which runs from Friday to Sunday, July 20 to 22.

Gareth Roberts, of Regather Co-Operative, which organises the Folk Forest, said: “Even though we are only 10 minutes away from the city centre the Folk Forest is a whole world away.

“We’ve got some excellent folk music, plus high-quality food and drink, a craft market and outdoor activities. People can escape the city centre for a relaxed atmosphere in beautiful river and woodland location.”

Sarah Nulty, Tramlines director, said: “Everyone loved the Folk Forest last year, so we are really pleased that it is making a return in 2012.

“The team at Regather have put an amazing line up together.”

And it’s not just adults who will enjoy the delights of this year’s Tramlines, as a special concert for children will coincide with the wealth of gigs taking place across four outdoor stages and in about 70 venues across the city.

The Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity has joined forces with organisers to host Theo the Bear’s Music for the Kids - named after the hospital mascot - on the Saturday.

The free event, which will raise money for the charity’s Art for Health programme, takes place at Waterstones, Orchard Square, Sheffield city centre, from 3pm until 5pm.

Cat Powell, Arts for Health co-ordinator at the charity, said: “With lots of families attending Tramlines every year we thought it would be lovely for Theo to put something on just for them.

“We hope people come along and support our incredible children’s hospital too.”