What bands are playing at Sheftival?
Check out the line-up page! We’ll be announcing Real Radio’s star studded pop line-up in the coming weeks.
What time is Sheftival on?
12pm-10.30pm on Saturday 4th August and Sunday 5th August.
Who is Sheftival for?
Like Tramlines, we are catering for the whole community at this festival. Whether you’re an indie lover, a pop addict, a reggae fan, a dedicated raver or a real ale enthusiast, we have provided something for your entertainment. We’re family friendly and all inclusive. Like Tramlines on a Sunday, everything is a bit chilled out but there’s still opportunities to get your party on and see some fantastic music. We celebrate the weird and wonderful with areas like the Buskers’ Barge and pay homage to Sheffield’s communities in the Jerk BBQ area.
How Much Does it Cost?
You can wander the Sheftival site for free, but to make the most of the festival we recommend you buy a wristband. We have kept pricing affordable (just enough to cover the costs of the event). A family of four can come for a day for £40 or for the weekend for £70. We reckon that’s more or less the same as a trip to the cinema these days! Under 18’s get in for a tenner a day and adults for £12. If you are a friend of Fitness Unlimited, Tramlines, The Sheffield Star, The Mercury or Exposed, keep an eye out for special offers and even further savings.
What do I get if I buy a Wristband?
Probably the best value you have ever seen out of a tenner. Your wristband gets you all of the following:
Access to the Sheftival Arena, where you can watch at least a dozen of this year’s biggest names in pop, courtesy of Tramlines and Real Radio. They will be playing alongside artists like Stooshe, Lemar, Toots and the Maytals, The Beat, The Selecter, The Lightning Seeds, Dodgy and a whole load more.
There is a World Music Stage with some of the godfather of Reggae, like Macka B and a range of truly global artists. The Sharrow Festival will be entertaining the family with workshops, performances and activities for all ages. And we have three other music stages too. The Monkey Bump Dance Tent, The Buskers Barge and The Jamaican Jerk BBQ, The Thornbridge Tent and The Jettyside Live Area.
On top of that, you also get: free ice-skating in iceSheffield and a foam party on ice, if you are that way inclined. £1 off all fairground rides at Sheftival (50p of kids rides). Free access to the gyms at the English Institute of Sport – Sheffield and Don Valley Stadium. There is even half price access to a load of Sheffield’s independent nightclubs if you want to carry on partying later. Oh - and did we mention our inflatable crazy golf course?
Which parts of Sheftival are free?
If for whatever reason, you don’t want to part with a tenner, then Sheftival still has plenty for you to do.
Sheftival Live is our free Olympic Games viewing zone. The day’s action will be relayed on a massive 48 square metre screen. There will be demonstration sports to take part in and watch, including touch rugby, wheelchair basketball, football and loads more.
There are markets, bars and places to eat all round the site, and a programme of sport and music in the English Institute of Sport – Sheffield, throughout the day.
Do I need to register to take part in the sporting activities?
You can take part in sports demonstrations all weekend which you don’t have to book in advance – just turn up. However, some competitions and tournaments will require you to register in advance.
Where can I buy an event programme?
Event programmes will be available at the festival site for free. Look out for the guys in Sheftival T-Shirts who’ll be giving them out. A plain text version of the event programme is also available to download on the ‘Line-up’ page of this site.
Are there bars on the site?
Cash bars will be dotted around the site. We’re charging city centre prices, not extortionate festival prices! If you’re lucky enough to look under 25, please bring some ID. Just like Tramlines, the bars will be reasonably priced.
Will there be cash points on site?
I want to arrive on the Buskers Barge. How can I do this?
Please visit the news section of this site. There’s a story about VIP passes that includes a trip on the Buskers’ Barge in the morning. Normal tickets will allow you onto the Barge on round trips throughout the day, check the line-up page to check who’s performing.
Is car parking available?
Yes. Car park tickets can be purchased in advance. Costs are £5 per day or £10 for the weekend. Click here to get yours.
Family ticket admits four - day pass £40 / weekend pass £70
Under 18s - day pass £10 / weekend pass £15
Over 18s - day pass £12 / weekend £20
Under 6s - go for free
Where can I buy tickets?
Click here to buy online from the Arena Box Office.
Tickets are also available in person at the Arena Box Office, Sheffield City Hall or by phone on 0114 256 5567.
Where can I exchange my ticket for a wristband?
If you have already bought a ticket for the festival you can go straight to the main festival site at Don Valley Bowl and look out for the wristband kiosks. Once you have your wristband you can go anywhere on and around the site.
Can I exchange my ticket before the day?
I’m afraid not. You can only exchange your ticket for a wristband on the day of your ticket. It can’t be done in advance.
I don’t have my ticket yet, how do I buy a wristband?
If you don’t have your ticket you can purchase a wristband from the three Box Office locations, situated at Motorpoint Arena Box Office, EIS Sheffield, Don Valley Stadium.
My ticket hasn’t arrived in the post, what should I do?
Please contact the booking office where you purchased your ticket.
Can I upgrade my day ticket to a weekend ticket?
Yes, we will do exchanges on the weekend, you will have to pay the difference but will still make a saving on buying two day tickets.
I can no longer attend. Can I get a refund?
Unfortunately all tickets purchased are non refundable.
I have lost my ticket, what should I do?
Please contact the booking office where you bought your ticket who can advise you what to do next.
Are there any special concession prices?
In order to keep our prices as low as possible, we opted not to have any special concessions for students, OAPs etc. However, if you are a carer accompanying someone with a disability, please contact the City Hall Box office, if you would like to come for free.
All of our main areas have disabled viewing zones, and disabled parking is available on request.
Can I bring food / alcohol onto the site?
Unfortunately we do not permit alcohol to be brought onto the festival site, there are several reasonably priced bars including a Thornbridge Real Ale tent and a Veuve Clique Champagne Bar. Glass bottles are also not permitted because they can be hazardous. Non-alcoholic drinks in 500ml containers or smaller is fine and food is fine as long as you’re not bringing a huge quantity with the purpose of selling it on site.
Can I bring dogs or other animals onto the site?
Unfortunately, the only animals we can allow on site are guide dogs. We love animals (particularly Cocker-Spaniels and Labradors) but they can cause problems on a festival site.