Who can’t resist a day in Sheffield at the iconic Leadmill venue with so many great bands and then a headline set from The Murder Capital? Ticket details below
On 23rd September the festival called ‘Float Along‘ in Sheffield will return for it’s second year, having been such a huge success in 2022. The key venue of the day will be The Leadmill which has been the subject of some controversy regarding new ownership and what they plan to do to the venue, many are still declaring this as a major risk and The Leadmill website itself is advertising a ‘Save the Leadmill’ campaign with a request for everyone to “Make Your Voice Heard” at the public hearing on the 18th September. Tim Burgess from The Charlatans was among many musicians declaring their fondness for the venue, he added “Sheffield is such a hugely important city for music, and The Leadmill is the lynchpin venue for so much that happens.”
So with that in mind, what a great opportunity to not only support live music and to get to see some amazing live bands but also to potentially save an iconic venue by going to the Float Along festival and spending some time at The Leadmill. Other venues are also hosting the event – Sidney and Matilda plus The Corporation will make this a day and evening to remember.
Headlining the event and fresh off a number of festival appearances including a monumental performance at Glastonbury, will be Dublin-based post-punk group The Murder Capital, who are about to start their 2nd European and UK Tour for “Gigi’s Recovery” their 2nd album released earlier this year. One thing I will guarantee is that singer James McGovern will be spending much of the set in the audience, rather than on the stage. Their set will be one NOT to miss!!
Fans of The Maccabees will be delighted to see brothers’ Felix and Hugo White’s new project, 86TVs on the bill, while danceable indie gem makers from Brighton Lime Garden will be bringing their nonchalant swagger and sense of fun to the festival.
An outlier of the off-kilter, Float Along champions rising acts including Amsterdam-based collective Personal Trainer, who seek out sharp-witted ways to prolong the innate joy of being in a band by simply plugging-in and playing. Having sold out shows across the UK and Europe, the band released their debut album “Big Love Blanket” in late 2022. They’re an absolute must see and a band who truly embody the festival’s alternative foundations.
Elsewhere Leeds based band English Teacher will be at Sidney & Matildas after The Murder Capital’s set, which is another act you really should not miss.
Returning to the festival are one of last years’ highlights – Manchester’s W. H. Lung. Dubbed one of the UK’s most exciting live acts and a forward-thinking synth-pop powerhouse. Electric. Energetic. Raucous. Astounding – are only a handful of words that can describe the rollercoaster of hysteria that a Lung show brings.
Among an eclectic plethora of spectacular bands, sees Traams bring their hybrid or kraut and punk rock, while Glaswegian newcomers Humour will be showing us why NME cited them as one of their “100 Exciting New Artists For 2023”.
Special Guest Steve Lamacq will present his “Going Deaf For A Living” at Sidney & Matildas Factory Stage at 3pm.
Event organiser Mark Dunn said,“Last year was the inaugural Float Along Festival and we were blown away by its reception. It feels great to be welcoming people back to Sheffield’s vibrant culture quarter this September for a day of carefully curated live music across numerous stages and venues. The close proximity of the venues and careful programming are really important to us to ensure attendees have the optimum experience. Discovering your new favourite band while supporting independent venues is what drives us in the music industry, we hope you enjoy this year as much as we did last year!”
Complementing the acts, the festival will also feature DJ sets and independent street food traders.
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Full Stage times are below: