Lightning Seeds, Dodgy, The Beat and Toots and The Maytals all lined up for Sheftival

The Lightning Seeds
The Lightning Seeds

Sheftival is Sheffield’s biggest ever festival of sport and culture, timed to celebrate our own Jess Ennis’s Olympic final.

On August 4, 5, the best of the city’s music, sporting and event organisers will be taking over the Don Valley Complex with an event programme as lively, colourful and diverse as Sheffield itself. Sheftival is our take on an Olympics party, done festival style.

Tickets priced Adult £12-£20, U18 £10- 15, Family £40-£70, U6 Free (subject to booking fee) are now on sale through the Arena Ticket Shop.

A selection of artists as diverse as John Peel’s record collection will appear at the summer festival. Sheffield’s famous bowl is the idyllic mixing pot to blast out a rich recipe of pop, reggae, indie, roots music and 2-tone, all weekend long.

The Sheftival Main Arena consists of the Tramlines Arena which features the Real Radio Main Stage, the JuJu Club Stage, and the Sharrow Family Village. Between them, festival partners have brought together some incredible acts for the two day event.

Real Radio is set to bring an A-List line-up of pop acts across both days to stage Sheffield’s biggest outdoor pop concert this summer, inlcuding The Noisettes, Marcus Collins, Lemar, Stooshe, Lawson & Micha B.

Ska and reggae legends, Toots and The Maytals, will be belting out tune after tune on the Juju Club stage on the Saturday including hit records Monkey Man and Pressure Drop. Saturday festival goers can also enjoy a set from infamous 2-tone band, the Selecter, featuring the First Lady of Ska, Pauline Black.

Sunday continues the pace with the sun-filled pop anthems of Liverpudlian band, The Lightning Seeds; alternative pop trio Dodgy; Sheffield’s own up-and-coming indie pop stars, The Crookes, as well as a headline set from more 2-tone legends in the form of The Beat. And yes, they still feature the legendary Rankin’ Roger!

Throughout the weekend, further soundtracks will be provided by the big Rastaman himself, Macka B; Congolese superstar Kanda Bongo Man; Sheffield Balkan brass and cabaret band, The Balkan Bandits; the awesome ska sounds of Jungle Lion, and a further feast of Jamaican music, sound system-style at the jerk chicken barbecue.

Adding rockabilly rebel swagger to the bill is the wonderful Carmen Ghia And The Hot Rods; The Renegade Brass Band who’ll shake their money makers; the Bollywood Brass Brand who’ll lead the Sunday carnival parade around the site; Tramlines People’s Choice band, Sour Cherry, and many Sheffield locals on the Buskers Barge floating stage.

An electronic dance line-up in the Monkey Bump Dance Tent will showcase Sheffield’s leading independent club brands, giving you even more variety and choice.

Mixing pop, alternative and international genres from around the world will be the ultimate sound clash. When reggae finishes on one stage, pop will begin on another. Unlike most other festivals, Sheftival will even entertain festival goers between the music acts. Expect to see anything from British Judo displays to a Zumba dance-off as Sheftival combines two of Sheffield’s greatest legacies: music and sport, like never before.

And in true festival style, the site will be filled with loads of other things to do. Enjoy mouthwatering gourmet food, peruse Devonshire Market’s arts, farmers markets, a real ale trail, crafts (and cupcakes no doubt!), and Jamaican jerk barbeque. You can join the carnival parade, hit the fairground or even go ice skating for free!

Jess Ennis, Usain Bolt and the rest of the Olympics will be shown live on a 40square metre big screen in Don Valley Stadium, where anyone can join us for free. Dotted throughout the site and taking over The English Institute of Sport, there will be sports, demonstrations and tournaments from Sheffield Eagles ruby league, aerial extreme with Activity Sheffield, table tennis competitions, Hallamshire FA Junior futsal tournament, judo, boxing, fitness classes including zumba and boxercise, and loads more beside. Armchair fans can join our Interactive Olympics in the technology zone.


Saturday August 4:

Toots & The Maytals

Macka B


The Balkan Bandits + Dancers

Jungle Lion

Renegade Brass Band

Sour Cherry

Laura Steel

Soukous Revelation

Nisha Lall Bollywood Dance

Noise Blasters

The Noisettes


Sunday August 5:

The Beat

The Lightning Seeds


The Crookes

Carmen Ghia And The Hot Rods

Bollywood Brass Brand Carnival Parade

Kanda Bongo Man

Sheffield Samba Band

Truly Apparent

Blood Sport

Angelina African Dance

Marcus Collins


Misha B

Please note artiste line-up may subject to change.

Tickets for Sheftival at the Don Valley Complex on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 August are on sale now, priced Adult £12-£20, U18 £10- 15, Family £40-£70, U6 Free (subject to booking fee), online at Arena Ticket Shop by phone on 0114 256 5567 and in person at the Motorpoint Arena Sheffield box office.