Sheftival: Rain won’t stop play at Sheffield festival, say bosses

Sheftival 2012: Music and sport festival.
Sheftival 2012: Music and sport festival.
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RAINY weather has put paid to dozens of events so far this summer - but organisers of next month’s Sheftival spectacular have assured ticketholders the music and activities won’t be scuppered by downpours.

Sheftival is at the Don Valley complex on August 4 and 5, and is being held to celebrate the Olympics, offering live bands, sporting demonstrations and big screens showing action from the 2012 Games.

Around 50,000 people are expected to attend the festival, which coincides with the heptathlon final and Jessica Ennis’s bid to take home the gold medal.

Sheftival spokeswoman Nicola Freitas said 80 per cent of the festival site is either indoors or on hard standing ground.

“The English Institute of Sport is host to the majority of the sports activities at Sheftival so these won’t be affected,” she said, adding that 9,000 seats in the big screen viewing area are also under cover.

“All car parks at Sheftival are on concrete so there’s no chance of getting stuck.”

More than 15,000 people will be able to stay dry, and Don Valley Bowl - where the music stages will be set up - is the only part of the site on grass.

“Because it is used by the arena for winter parking it has a fantastic drainage system,” she said.

“There is an infrastructure of metal mesh grids that sit under the grass so the ground stays solid.”

Acts on the bill include Toots and the Maytals, The Lightning Seeds, Stooshe Lemar, Marcus Collins and Misha B.