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Float Along's one-day festival returns to Sheffield's shores in September

Following last year's musical extravaganza, Strange Days announce 2023's line-up and it's sensational, featuring Personal Trainer, Sister Wives, Erol Alkan, The Murder Capital and many more.
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Erol Alkan, a late-night headliner at Float Along 2023.

Our good friends at Strange Days launched their inaugural one-day, multi-venue festival last year in Sheffield to much acclaim. With a line-up that included W.H. Lung, Katy J. Pearson, Warmduscher and heavyweights Everything, Everything, plus fledgling bands like Prima Queen and Brighton's Fur, the event provided the perfect late summer musical remedy.

So what can we expect from the good ship Float Along 2023? A showcase of exceptional musical talent, including Dublin post punk band The Murder Capital playing from their sophomore album Gigi's Recovery, former Maccabees Felix and Hugo White's project 86TV's, Chichester rockers Traams and Glasgow's Humour, the latter seeking to justify their inclusion in the NME's 100 Exciting New Artists for 2023.

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There's also a welcome return from Manchester's W.H. Lung, a festival favourite from last year, bringing his synth-pop science.

Undoubtedly a programme standout – and probably the most exciting alternative newcomers since Black Country, New Road – are and BBC6 Music Marc Riley favourites, the Amsterdam-based Personal Trainer. The depth, variation, complexity and human emotion of their music – evident in lauded 2022 album Big Love Blanket and recently via the Live At Katzwijm release – make them the hottest new band this year. It would be mutiny to miss them.

If only I had time to mention indie dancemeister's Lime Garden, Welsh mythologists Sister Wives and recently announced headliner DJ and producer Erol Alkan, plus eerie-indie trio Nightbus. Ah well, next time.

With late night DJ sets, street food and additional artists still to be announced, Float Along 2023 looks set to once again be a highlight in Sheffield's alternative sonic calendar.

I can't wait, but I guess I'll have to. Float, float on....

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