So this week BOMfest announced that there would be no festival this year in what was a very brief facebook update on their page, that went like this… “BOMfest management are taking a year off this year from organising the event. More news shortly.” Since then they have announced that they have lost huge amounts of money after last year’s rescheduling and that has put the future of the festival in jeapody.
So we leave it up to both Coalfields and the all new Live in Barnsley to deliver the big hitters on the festival front this year. However, also expect this summer another helping from the franchise Fake Fest over at Locke Park and in August, Mad Fest, the brilliant folk festival that takes place at Elsecar Heritage Centre.
Live in Barnsley is a brand new indoor, urban music festival that uses a similar template to Sheffield’s T and takes place over ten town centre venues on Saturday 22nd June. They have been making weekly line-up announcements in the local press and on their own facebook pages, with regular glimpses of individual artists and bands running, showcasing videos and music streams. It’s a refreshing way to run a festival and taking place over the weekend prior to the launch of the new Experience Barnsley museum in the Town Hall, there is going to be a lot of interest in both the town and local talent.
Find below the complete line-up, with venues and headliners in bold, followed by Barnsley acts playing those venues, then all other acts:
THE WALKABOUT: SOUR CHERRY
Barnsley acts include AZTEC DOLL, BLACK SHOES and LAURENT TATE. Also playing are WILDSIDE RIOT, SEE EMILY PLAY, MY FOREVER, THESE YOUNG SONS and THE TEMPERTON.
OPIUM NO.10 – THE BLACK LAMPS from Barnsley include former members of influential local bands Party Day, Danse Society and Creatures of Habit, they admit they like reverb….alot!
Barnsley acts include MCCARTHY VIGIL, TOKYO WITCH HUNT, THE EXHIBITION and REDMIST DESTRUCTION. Also playing are BLIND DRIVERS, SECTION II, KNIGHTS and MAN CAN’T FLY.
THE SHAKESPEAR – SHERMER from Barnsley bring their big, atmospheric alternative rock sound.
Barnsley acts playing include THE ROLLING DOWN HILLS, RED JESTER and F.D. Also playing are FASTER THE CHASE, ANGELS IN CHAOS, BAD CARDIGAN, SOPHIE DE BATTISTA and SULIVEN.
THE COURTHOUSE – ANDWHATARMY alternative rockers from Barnsley that pack a big punch with their post hardcore sound.
Also playing are Barnsley’s ANTESAINT, DAVID HALE, DARREN FREEMAN, DEMOGRAPHIC and THE STRAY TARGETS. And from out of town we have BROKEN SAINTS, MATT BENTLEY and THE RUDIMENTS.
THE WHITE BEAR – HITOMI from Barnsley, once described as “an irresistible sugar bomb of rowdy pop punk.” – Simon Young, Kerrang! Magazine. Also playing from Barnsley is CRY and VANQUISH, alongside regional acts BRAVE NEW STORM, RAISED BY WOLVES, SCOUNDREL, SPEKULUS, THE SUNBEAMS and THE TORN.
STEREO BAR – IMOKO SET from Barnsley “Like Arcade Fire with electropop leanings, outstanding female Sundays style vocals and a bag full of ideas”.
SILVERS – THE GLAVINS from Barnsley, a band sound that can go from modern pop/rock to 60s psychedelia in the blink of an eye. Shimmering guitars, melodic vocals, bouncing bass lines all tied together with a pumping beat!
Also on the bill are POLYOPIA and STELLAVISION from Barnsley and regional acts BAD MOON RISING, CLASSICALLY HANDSOME BRUTES, COYOTE MAD SEEDS, FOLD, GYMNAST and SUPERINTENDENT.
THE LONDONER – KARTICA from Sheffield blend a mix of driving guitars and heavy drumbeats with dreamy riffs and anthemic melodies, Kartica achieve a soaring sound with echoes of Oasis and The Verve. Barnsley acts BLACK VINES, DANNY SMART, FLUFFY GREMLINS and REDLIGHTS perform alongside BLUEHEARTS, ROLLED UP 20’S, THE MAVIS SEED and TOMORROW WE RADIO.
BLAH BAR – THE VELCRO TEDDY BEARS northern fried acoustic rock n roll with band members from Sheffield and Barnsley.
This all acoustic line-up included Barnsley’s THE BAR-STEWARD SONS OF VAL DOONICAN, MICHAEL DUGHER, WILDE SAMMON alongside regional acts DWIGHT PERIERA, KATE DOUGLAS, MARK KEELEY, MARK OTWAY and TRIBE OF JUAN.
CHAMBERS – MYNAS Indie/Jazz/New wave band from Barnsley who state that they write upbeat songs about murder, herd mentality and Catalonia.
Barnsley acts here include ADAM GUEST, AMY CONDREY, MARK JACKSON’S CRIMINAL WASTE OF TALENT, NOWHERE NEAR LONDON and THE RAZOR TONES, and they play alongside KID CONVENTIONAL, STEPH STEPHENSON and THE JANKSYS.
DIGITAL BAR – THE RATELLS with a sound variously described as “post punk indie pop”, “sparklingly melodic” and “epic”, The Ratells have gained the reputation as a must-see band on the vibrant Yorkshire music scene.
Digital Bar’s line-up also indluces HOBSON, LUVA GUNK, FRAZER, SAFE IN THE CROSSFIRE, SUZIE DOES IT, THE GIFTED, alongside Barnsley acts DISLOCATOR and OUTSIDER.
All bands will be offstage no later than 9pm at these venues and the festival will close with Sour Cherry taking to the stage of The Walkabout at 9.10pm. Often likened to Lily Allen and Kate Nash for her acerbic observations coupled with an irresistible pop sensibility.
Before Sour Cherry take to the stage the draw will be made for the winner of an acoustic guitar donated by Tanglewood Guitars in conjunction with CAM Music Store and will be presented by the legendary Rocky Shades of Wildside Riot.
For more information about Live in Barnsley, visit their facebook page and official website.
Coalfields announcements final got underway this month. The festival which will take place on Saturday 27th July and will feature six stages this year. Announcements have been made already about three of those stages and are as follows…
The Main Stage this year will mainly be covers bands with Fiery Biscuit, Control Freak, Rakkiteers, Pulp Friction, The Harry Myatt Band and Finton Stax confirmed, with more to follow soon. Burn Down the Disco will curate two stages this year. One Stage One, confirmation announced so far are The Trap from Chesterfield and Barnsley’s Shermer and Yellow Elevators. Confirmed so far on Stage Two is Two Skies, Rise from Manchester and Barnsley’s very own Imoko Set.
Local metal promoter, Noize Assault will run this years metal stage with acts Immension, Quake, Callus, AndWhatArmy, King Nothing, Steel Trees, Engraved In Blood, Red Rum, Idle Creep and Doused, Kill the Silence, Path Unknown all confirmed to play, with Immension headlining. The stage’s opening act is the only act now to be confirmed.
Local record studio Studio 24 will run a stage with McCarthy Vigil, Siberia, Shannon Lassu, The Bar Steward Sons of Val Doonican, Polyopia, Spittin’ Feathers, From The Dock, Redlights and The Voice contestant Emily Worton all confirmed so far.
The final announcement to date is that the acoustic tent will be run by Audio Picnic and so far on their line-up is Goatleaf, Stellavision, Mynas, The Glavins, Black Vines and Tom Attah.
Many more line-up announcements will come in the forthcoming weeks and Alternative Barnsley will be sharing them.
In the meantime, keep up to date by following the official Coalfields facebook page and website.
This years Fake Festival takes place at Locke Park on Saturday 13th July. It’s main headliners are the tribute bands Kazabian, Oasish and Blondied plus five local support bands Hitomi, The Sherlocks, The Patriots, The Starkins and Demographic. All will be held inside the Fake Festivals marquee with a licensed bar and fenced food and entertainment garden area.
Full details ticket and scheduling details are available on the following link > http://www.fakefestivals.co.uk/festival-details.html?festival_id=109
This years Mad Fest has confirmed a stella line-up including the best best of international and regional folk and roots music. The festival takes place over the week of Fri 2nd to Sunday 3rd August. Headline acts inlcude:
Larkin Poe, Emily Smith and Rita Payne.
Carthy, Hardy, Farrell and Young, which bring together four of the finest names in British folk, including Eliza Carthy – a member of the Carthy/Waterson family and Bella Hardy one of the country’s brightest young talents. Expect four part harmonies and quartet fiddle playing revive old favourites and initiate brand new songs. Also, Dave McGraw & Mandy Fer and Barnsley’s very own Kariona Gilmore & Jamie Roberts – twice-nominated at BBC Folk Awards for best contemporary folk/acoustic duo.
Capercaillie, Le Vent du Nord and Birds of Chicago.
SATURDAY AND SUNDAY ACTS IN THE OUTDOOR STAGE
The Baghdaddies, Red Hippo, The Bar-Steward Sons of Val Doonican, Frumtarn Guggen Band, Treebeard, Elidh Forster, Feet First, Mark mark Productions, La Navet Bete and Qdos Creates.
This year the festival has expanded and now includes an Open Mic stage curated by The Bar-Steward Sons, family theatre tent and has a huge selection of performances and activities across Saturday and Sunday that are free for all.
More details to follow…
…AND OUTSIDE OF TOWN
Tramlines have made their first line-up announcements and I’m really excited about that one. Lianne La Havas, 2:54 and Veronica Falls are a couple of my favourite acts from the last two years and I love both Jim Jones Revue and locals Rolo Tomassi, but also announced are David Rodigan, Toddla T Sound, Maurice Fulton, Theo Parrish, New Young Pony Club, Slow Club, Duke Dumont, The Invisible, Friends, Lulu James, Dutch Uncles, Alessi’s Ark, B. Traits, Cheatahs, The Crookes, DJ EZ, Dre Skull, Dub Phizix & Strategy, Chris Duckenfield, Eliza and the Bear, Everly Pregnant Brothers, Forgemasters, Fossil Collective, Lanterns on the Lake, Kagoule, Lemuria, Menace Beach, Peggy Sue, PINS, Sky Larkin, Stylo G, Tall Ships, Teleman, Theme Park, Thumpers, TTNG and Wet Nuns.
But don’t forget that on top of these official Tramlines announcements, there will be hundreds more bands playing in venues all over Sheffield on the weekend of 19th to 21st July.
Keep up to date here > www.facebook.com/Tramlines www.tramlines.org.uk/ <
Many line-up announcements have been made now for Wakefield’s Long Division Festival which takes place in venues all over the city between 7th and 9th June. The two brilliant headliners of The Fall and Ghostpoet are complimented by a shedload of wonderful regional and national alt.rock and indie talent, including a few Barnsley names too. The line-up so far is as follows…
THE FALL × GHOSTPOET × JEFFREY LEWIS & PETER STAMPFEL × HOWARD MARKS × NINE BLACK ALPS × ALLO DARLIN’ × THE HISTORY OF APPLE PIE × ROBIN INCE & JOSIE LONG’S UTTER SHAMBLES × EAGULLS × THIS IS THE KIT × ED TUDOR POLE × KID CANAVERAL × LET’S WRESTLE × SKY LARKIN × RM Hubbert × That Fucking Tank × Blacklisters × Dead Sons × Humanfly × This Many Boyfriends × Skint & Demoralised × Runaround Kids × Too Many T’s × Middleman × Post War Glamour Girls × Olympic Swimmers × The Spills × Mark Wynn × New Vinyl × O Messy Life × Harry George Johns × Imp × Jonnythefirth × Witch Hunt × St Gregory Orange × Above Them × The State Of Georgia × The Michael Ainsley Band × Matadors × The Birthday Kiss × The Coopers × Spirit Of John × The Do’s × Piskie Sits × The Exhibition × Rose & The Howling North × Morain × The Grand × Aztec Doll × The Sunbeams × Cry Baby Cry × Buen Chico × The Shaking Whips × Dead Flowers × Raevennan Husbandes × Micky P Kerr × Soulmates Never Die × Neil McSweeney × Boxing Klub × Jamiesaysmile × Crowds × Glass Caves × Jasmine Kennedy × Thomas Wilby Gang
Stay up to date with Long Division news on their facebook and website.