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Sheffield Music Trails returns for second year this April

Hosted at venues across the city, free music festival features artists including Kawala, Abbie Ozard and Bedroom High Club.

A free city-wide music festival is returning to Sheffield for its second year, hosted by 19 independent venues including Corporation, Sidney + Matilda and Yellow Arch.

The return of Sheffield Music Trails has been organised by The Leadmill and will see dozens of acts play different venues on Saturday 2 April.

Headliners include London-based indie pop band Kawala at the Leadmill itself, as well as local acts like Leona Nørskov and Bedroom High Club.

The line-up also features bedroom pop singer-songwriter Abbie Ozard, Jonny Brown of much-loved indie band Twisted Wheel. and James Leesley's analogue electronics project Studio Electrophonique.

After debuting in August last year the return of the festival was originally planned to take place over several weekends, but organisers have now decided to put all the acts over one day.


The festival is funded by Sheffield Council and the South Yorkshire Mayor's office, using government money intended to help kickstart the creative industries in the region.

The Leadmill is one of the UK's oldest independent venues, having hosted major names and up-and-coming acts since 1980, and has since been joined by smaller spaces like Delicious Clam and Sidney + Matilda.

Other performances at the festival include Brighton-based quintet Youth Sector, Manx surf outfit Voodoo Bandits and noise-rock duo Perfectparachutepicture, with more acts to be announced.

The Leadmill have launched a Spotify playlist featuring some of the bands and musicians performing on 2 April. Entry to all shows is free.

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