Sheffield music pioneers unveil new project in the Eats, Treats & Beats Village at Sheffield Food Festival

The Eats, Treats & Beats Festival Village is the newest addition to the Sheffield Food Festival programme and is promising to be one of its most exciting features. Sheffield Food Festival are working with one of the city’s finest music venues, Plug, to provide top notch DJs and local music talent to entertain you across the weekend. And it’s all free!

Highlight of the weekend’s entertainment will be the unveiling of a new musical collaboration between three veterans of the Sheffield music scene. Universal Tree make their live debut on Sunday 28th May, featuring Crooked Man (Richard Barrett, better known as DJ Parrot of All Seeing I and Sweet Exorcist, and past collaborator with Richard H Kirk of Cabaret Voltaire), prolific house vocalist Steve Edwards (who has had international hits with artists like Bob Sinclar and Cassius), and songwriter, poet and artist Mr Somerset Ward (whose thirty year career spans creating innovative multi-media projects with I Monster, to co-writing one of Take That’s best known hits: ‘Everything Changes But You’). Described as psychedelic neo-soul with funk, beats and conscious lyrics, Universal Tree continue the thread running throughout this year’s food festival: 100% made in Sheffield.

As far as the rest of the weekend is concerned, the Eats, Treats & Beats Festival Village opens its doors on Friday 26th May, with DJs from the UK’s biggest indie rock’n’roll party, Propaganda, kicking things off in style. Propaganda takes place at Plug every Friday night, and if you pop in and see them at Eats, Treats & Beats, you can grab a Propaganda wristband for £3 entry at Plug all night.

Throughout Saturday daytime, you can see some of Sheffield’s emerging talent in action. Caroline Francess, recently named ‘Best Unsigned Act’ in the 2017 Exposed Magazine Awards, brings her powerful vocals and catchy piano melodies in what has been described as ‘a beautiful performance of diverse enchanting odes to life; its joys and pitfalls’. Chanel Yates, who fronts local indie band Chanel & The Visual, will be sharing some of her quirky, feel good songs - check out their YouTube channel to hear a great mix of original songs and covers. And Chelsea Alice Scott, another Sheffield based acoustic singer-songwriter, will be demonstrating her ‘admirable vocal range.. infectious charm and blatant skill in songwriting’ as one reviewer described her after seeing her support slot on Rebecca Ferguson’s ‘Superwoman’ tour at Liverpool Philharmonic Hall.

Saturday evening will see a transition into deep house and bass music, hosted by DJs from up and coming local night NOX and house music stalwarts Delve Deeper. If you like what you hear, you can head on to Plug after Eats, Treats & Beats closes its doors at 11pm for the Sheffield Rumble - a musical battle of epic proportions with Sheffield’s best DJs and producers going head to head: DJ to DJ, genre to genre - Delve Deeper vs NOX vs Displace. Who will emerge victorious? Sunday’s programme is an entirely more funky affair.

Alongside Universal Tree, rising star Otis Mensah will be showing us what he’s made of. Mensah is ‘a young story-teller- rapper-poet with a talent for drawing the poetic from the everyday happenings in his life’. The alternative hip-hop artist has risen from a new wave; age and era, embodying a contemporary, poetic take on hip-hop music. Sunday evening’s DJs continue the funky flavour, with Andy H - Sheffield’s premier turntablist and hip hop DJ - and Tom J Newell - iconic Sheffield artist and self proclaimed ‘turntable tinkerer’ - spinning an impeccable selection of hip hop, rap, disco, bugged out psych beat and undoubtedly much much more. To continue the party, and to hear more from Andy and Tom, head to Plug for the Craig Charles Funk & Soul Club bank holiday special.

As Sheffield Food Festival winds to a close on Monday 29th May at 6pm, the energy stays high in the Eats, Treats & Beats Village throughout the day, with DJs from 80’s retro night Relax! taking control of the soundsystem. Described as ‘the most fun you can have out in Sheffield’ after putting on just two nights, Relax! will ensure that Monday in the Village is an up beat and light hearted way to end your food festival weekend.

The Eats, Treats & Beats Village will be open from 6pm - 11pm on Friday 26th May, 11am – 11pm on Saturday 27th and Sunday 28th May, and from 11am – 6pm on Monday 29th May.

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Beats Village at the top of Fargate will continue into the evening with street food and music until 11pm.