Sharrow Saturday!!! Saturday July 16th


A vibrant and much loved Community Festival in a culturally diverse area of Sheffield

Please see below for the lineups on the Music Stage & The Community Stage

Music Stage

Papa Al is back once again with his programme of musical treats reflecting the great talent and diversity of the Sheffield music scene, with a few guests from further afield. Catch his music show, ‘Green, friendly and different’ on Sheffield Live 93.2fm, going out 9.00 – 11.00 am on Tuesday mornings or listen again online.

1.00 – 1.30 Forefathers
Afrobeat, funk and brassy soul

1.45 – 2.10 Man Bites Fridge
Funky new wave, post punk, afro-ska

2.25 – 2.50 Jono and the Vandals
Punk, electronic and techno with splatterings of this and that

3.00 – 3.25 Malarkey Affair
Original Sheffield indie pop trio

3.40 – 4.05 Mojah
Leeds based reggae band with a unique onstage presence

4.15 – 4.40 Kath Auto
Electro indie

4.45 – 5.00 Romano Jilo
Great young dancers from Sheffield’s Roma Community

5.05 – 5.30 The Unscene
Flavours of reggae, folk and soul from our festival favourites

5.35 – 5.50 Alfie
Young guitar prodigy plays Hendrix and much more

5.55 – 6.20 Bongo and The Soul Jar
Funk-Soul Brothers performing original rock, reggae, funk and soul

6.35 – 7.00 Steel City Rhythm
Uptempo reggae with dub breaks, blazing brass line, funk grooves and soaring vocals – 7.00

7.15 – 8.00 Abelwell Foundation Live PA with guest vocalist Sandawanda
Sweet reggae vibes from Andrew Campbell

Sharrow Festival 2016: Community Stage

Programmed by Trevor Tomlin & Yasmin Moxam (Diversity Fest, Peace In The Park) and compered by the comic genius that is MC Nige!

12-12.30 Chanel Yates

Talented teenage singer-songwriter.

12.30-12.50 Mulembas D’Africa

Superlative African fusion dancers.África-144692918949335/?fref=ts


12.50-1.10 Nycha Dance

Fantastic street & contemporary dance.
1.10-1.30 Unbeatable Energy

Amazing African drummers.

1.30-1.50 tbc
2.10-2.40 Early Cartographers

Local folk legends – acoustic, bouncy, alternative, occasionally sinister but normally upbeat collective.


3-3.30 Satnam Singh & The Noise Blasters

Brilliant dhol drummers led by master musician Satnam Singh.

3.50-4.20 Black Thorn

Excellent four-piece band, young and energetic with a catchy new-wave folk sound.
4.40-5.10 Gwenyambira

Great new Zimbabwean octet.


5.30-6 Ryan Taylor Octofunk

Neo-souljazzfunkygoodtimes never sounded so fresh!



On April 30th we will be holding out first indoor and outdoor market with global food and enticing stalls, followed by our first ever fashion show, featuring the talents of local designers specialising in a range of clothing and accessories in different multicultural styles.

We are very keen for vinyl/cd music sellers to come down to the market, call Alan on 07903949931 if you need more info

To book a stall please contact Mark 

Not long left now! Looking forward to seeing the designs of El Addo, Mhacagi, Dread Funky, Khimaar, Araneus T-Shirts/ Araneus ADW and Team Sunrise, the hair styling of Alicia Nang Hair & Beauty and make-up artistry of Fern Strawson MUA and Hayleigh Louise.



Tropical Riddim Showdown at Hagglers Corner, a fund raiser for Sharrow Festival hosted by Cool Runnings and Da Beat Down 12 hours – of soul, reggae and tropical beats
. Ft K.O.G. & Franz Von (Zongo), JKAS, UNSCENE, DAN LOOPS, GENEIVIEVE CARVER, JOEY MCPHAIL, JAMES CANNON, DJS PLAYING TROPICAL BEATS, PLUS MORE TBC, with children’s entertainment till 6pm and food. Entry £: Pay on the door as you please.



Sharrow Folk Festival 2016: Saturday 16th April 3 p.m-2 a.m.,  Hagglers Corner, Queens Road

Following the success of our first Sharrow Folk Festival in 2014, we’re delighted to be doing it again:

I’ts gonna be folking amazing !!!

Tickets are a mere £5 – from Hagglers Corner, Airy Fairy, Golden Harvest.

A massive folk-tastic fundraiser for Sharrow Festival 2016 (which will be on Saturday 16th July, Mount Pleasant Park: 12-8pm: Free)

Sharrow Folk Festival is a fundraiser for Sharrow Festival and all performers and organisers are unpaid volunteers….

Café (afternoon)

3-3.35 Treebeard

Folk rock musicians playing original, contemporary & traditional songs & tunes.

3.45-4.20 Del Scott Miller
Great acoustic guitarist.

4.30-5.30 Tim & Julie Cole
The Coles have been playing music together for many years, having met first at Julie’s school folk club. We sing and play acoustic music including traditional folk, and our own songs and tunes with interesting arrangements for guitars, cello and tin whistle.

5.40-6.20 Fran Wyburn
“Fran Wyburn has a unique, engaging voice and lyrical tales to share, a rising Yorkshire talent”
BBC Introducing West Yorkshire

6.30-7 Boz
Acoustic set from well known Sheffield musician.


8-8.45 Paul Pearson
Affectionately known as the Steel Town Troubadour, Paul, from Sheffield, specializes in taking songs from excellent but obscure songwriters and turning them into PP Originals.

9-9.45 Charlie Barker
Sheffield singer, songwriter & guitarist. New album ‘Ghosts & Heroes’ out now on RootBeat Records.

10-10.45 Break A Leg!
Break a Leg! is Chris Rust and Karen Hisom and they  play Folk, Jazz and Blues songs with voice, clarinet & guitar.

11-11.45 Avital Raz
Avital Raz is a vocal artist who travels across many genres.
Her songs may resemble old English lute songs, Indian Classical Ragas, Cabaret, Blues or Eastern-European Jewish melodies. A multi-cultured get-together of many strange characters, all rolled up into one quirky singer- songwriter

12-12.45 Rob Lowdon
Rob “played guitar for over 30 years, I’ve went through many a different band and style, but feel happiest when it’s just me and an acoustic guitar. No pretensions, just plain honest acoustic music, the way it’s meant to be. I just enjoy playing it, I hope you enjoy listening🙂 ”

1-2 12 Dead In Everett
Playing syndicate-folk, anarcho-Americana and old time rebel songs – music to fan the flames of discontent and tell the Boss to go to hell. Guitar, banjo, accordion, and sweet harmonies of reason in a world deaf to exploitation. All members or fellow travelers of the IWW Union (‘The Wobblies’).

Upstairs Stage (evening):

8-8.45 Early Cartographers
Six piece acoustic, bouncy, alternative, occasionally sinister but normally upbeat collective.

9.15-10 The Silver Darlings
Singer-guitarist Andy Whitehouse leads his folky quartet as seen at Sharrow Festival 2015.

10.20-11.20 Sharrow Festival Ceilidh Band with caller Rosie Huzzard
 ‘One hour of high energy ceilidh mayhem, with some of Sheffield’s best dance musicians, suitable for absolute beginners, our band and caller will have you stripping the willow and doe-si-doeing the night away in no time!’

11.40-12.25 Black Thorn
Black Thorn are a four-piece band, young and energetic with a catchy new-wave folk sound.


12.30-2 DJ Papa Al

Playing world folk.


Saturday March 19th:

Mardi Gras, Hagglers Corner

Daytime 2pm – 6pm

Live music, children’s activities and child friendly dance workshops with Nisha Lall (Bollywood & Bhangra), Mulembas D’Africa (African Fusion) & Nycha Dance (Street Dance)

Evening 8pm – 2am

Mango Rescue Team

Hot Diamond Aces

Son de América

Sheffield Samba Band

DJs Gee Shakti, Mr Meerkat, The Globologist, Scrubba, Papa Al.

Tickets: £5 from Hagglers Corner, Airy Fairy, Golden Harvest or online at

This is a fund raiser for Sharrow Festival please see Fb event or contact for more information

Saturday July 9th:

Cirque De Sharrow, Hagglers Corner (part of Sharrow Fringe)


Sharrow Festival Xmas Party, Friday 11th December, The Cremorne, London Road: 8-late, £3

Celebrating a muddy Festival 2015 and having a good old Sharrow Knees Up with four live acts and three quirky DJs, featuring:

Inavibe (live)
The Unscene (live)
Bongo and the Soul Jar (live)
Sushi (live)
Duncan Emperor of Bling (DJ)
Dank Zappa (DJ)
Papa Al (DJ)

£3 suggested donation towards Sharrow Festival 2016 (16th July)


Thanks to everyone who came to our Halloween Headcharge fund raiser at Yellow Arch, wow, what a night. next event is the Sharrow Festival Xmas party at The Cremorne, London Rd on Friday 11th December. Remember get in touch if you want to join our team.


Wow! That was fun!

Thanks to everyone who made the day such a great event (even with the extreme weather)!

Some event photos & videos here:

Planning meetings for 2016 have already started: next one is on Tuesday 9th February 8-9p.m. at the Old Junior School, South View Road. We need lots of help over the coming months with fundraisers and developing a new website so please get in touch if you can help us out.

SHARROW FESTIVAL 2015: Rescheduled for Saturday 22nd August.

Papa Al (JuJu Club) returns with a great programme of music treats reflecting the great talent and diversity of the Sheffield music scene, together with a few guests from further afield.

13:00 Malarkey Affair
The roots sound of Sheffield pop

13:40 Kath Auto
Alternative electro acoustic version

14:20 The Balkan Bandits

Musical ambassadors from the Former Soviet Socialist Republik of South Yorkshire

15:00 The Unscene

Acoustic reggae, folk and soul from one of the best acts currently in Sheffield…/The-Unscene-Sheffield

15:40 Sushi

Live drum and bass with guitar thrills

16:20 Bongo Bert & The Soul Jar

Its funk, its soul and its rock and the songs are beautifully crafted

17:00 Hot Diamond Aces

Blistering brass based funk and Afrobeat

17:50 Steel City Rhythm

Politically conscious Reggae with heavy dub breaks, blazing brass lines, funk grooves and soaring vocals

18:40 KOG & The Zongo Brigade

Fresh from their Glastonbury successes with West African Afroskank

19:30 Truly Apparent
Sheffield’s premier reggae band, playing roots, rocksteady and lover’s rock


Sharrow Festival 2015: Community Stage 12-6 p.m.

MC Nige + Isembard’s Wheel + Bella Shimmy + Mulembas D’Africa + The Soul Organization + Nycha Dance + Treebeard + The Silver Darlings + The Miser On The Faerie Gump+ Aim To Dance

Programmed by Trevor Tomlin, Compered by MC Nige…

12-12.10 MC Nige presents…(part 1)
Talented local people presented by MC Nige throughout the afternoon.

12.30-1 Isembard’s Wheel
Rowdy folk band.

1-1.20 Bella Shimmy
Belly dance.

1.40-2.10 The Miser On The Faerie Gump

Sheffield’s fine purveyors of folk metal.

2.10-2.30 Mulembas D’Africa
African fusion dance

2.50-3.20 The Soul Organization
Massive brass-driven soul dance band keeping the faith of Motown and Northern Soul alive.

3.20-3.40 Nycha Dance
Amazing young dancers.

3.40-3.50 MC Nige presents…(part 2)
Talented local people presented by MC Nige throughout the afternoon.

4.10-4.40 The Silver Darlings

The Silver Darlings are a varied collection of musicians playing the songs of singer/guitarist Andy Whitehouse. Downbeat rom…antics, helpless optimists, they wander forth glass in hand…

4.40-5 Aim To Dance

5-5.10 MC Nige presents…(part 3)
Talented local people presented by MC Nige throughout the afternoon.

5.30-6 Treebeard
Local folk legends.

All stage times are approximate and subject to change.





And there’s more!!!

Forthcoming Events!!!


Holding the State to account on violence against women

£5 – £20TICKETS

Holding the State to account on violence against women

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 at 10:30 – Manchester, United Kingdom

£5 – £20TICKETS

Holding the State to account on violence against women

Fri, 22 Jul 2016 at 10:30 – Manchester, United Kingdom

£5 – £20TICKETS

Event Information

Event Description

Holding the State to account on violence against women: A new Centre for Women’s Justice event convened by the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre at Manchester Met.

A day of discussion, ideas and debate, followed by a launch party bringing together feminist activists, survivors, frontline practitioners with lawyers, academics and journalists to explore ways of using the law to challenge and redress violence against women and girls.

This event is supported by the Baring Foundation and the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre at Manchester Metropolitan University.


10.30 – 11.00: Registration and coffee

Opening discussion and panel

11.00 – 11.15: Welcome from Dr Kate Cook, Head of the Sylvia Pankhurst Gender Research Centre and introduction from Harriet Wistrich, founding director, Centre for Women’s Justice.


The Lawyers – legal challenges around violence against women and girls

Chaired by Marcia Willis-StewartBirnberg Peirce and Partners – lead solicitor for seventy seven families at the recent Hillsborough Inquest.


Sarah Ricca:  solicitor from Deighton, Pierce, Glynn, trustee of Centre for Women’s Justice,specialising in civil litigation against the state and particular expertise in holding the state to account for failures to protect women, particularly in cases that have resulted in domestic homicide.

Ruth Bundey: solicitor and partner at Harrison Bundey in Leeds. With 36 years experience as a criminal defence and inquest lawyer in Chapeltown, Leeds.

Richard Scorer:founder member of Association of Child Abuse Lawyers,expert on litigation around institutionalised child sex abuse and child sexual exploitation in Rochdale.

12.15pm – 1.15pm

The Academics – chaired by Dr Kate Cook (Manchester Law School)


Dr Helen Monk: Co-Director of the Centre for the Study of Crime, Criminalisation and Social Exclusion (CCSE) at Liverpool John Moores University.

Professor Jalna Hamner, retired Professor of women’s studies at Bradford University – researcher on violence against women and activism.

Sarah Woodhouse, Principal solicitor at University of Liverpool Law Clinic.

1.15 – 2.15pm: Lunch

2.15-3.30pm: The Frontline – Chaired by Sasha Deepwell, trustee at Centre for Women’s Justice


Sandhya Sharma, Safety4Sisters (S4S); S4S has worked for and with migrant women experiencing abuse, since 2009.

Sandra McNeill: lifelong feminist activist and campaigner on violence against women – Leeds Justice for Women – good and bad experiences of working with lawyers.

Alison Boydell: ISVA at SARSVL, co-founder of End Online Misogyny and co-founder ofJURIES, the campaign to introduce mandatory briefings of juries in rape and sexual abuse trials.

Zlakha Ahmed: from Apna-Haq a South Yorkshire black & ethnic minority women’s support/advocacy organisation on issues of violence and abuse, brought legal challenge to loss of funding in favour of a generic white women’s organisation.

3.30pm – 5.00pm: Tea and workshops, diving into interest areas to discuss

5pm- 6pm: Plenary: Ideas for future collaborations and challenges with feedback from workshops and additional contributions from:

Estelle du Boulay: Director of Rights of Women

Sally Chesworth: Producer of BBC Radio 4’s File on 4 and BBC Radio 5 Live Investigates.

Sonia Birdee – Barrister and volunteer with Greater Manchester Law Centre

6.30pm-8.00pm: Launch party

Introduction from Harriet Wistrich – CWJ

Julie Bindel – feminist campaigner and journalist

Fiona Broadfoot: prostitution survivor, campaigner and educator, founder and founder of ‘Build a Girl’.

‘Sana’ member of WAST who brought legal challenge against Home Office, Serco and Bedfordshire police arising from sexual abuse at Yarl’s Wood.

Music from Women Asylum Seekers Together (WAST) Choir

Drinks and canapes supplied by Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer.

Friday, 22 July 2016 from 10:30 to 20:30 (BST) Add to Calendar
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Manchester Metropolitan University Business School

Organiser of Holding the State to account on violence against women

Manchester Metropolitan University Business School is one of the UK’s top Business Schools, offering high quality taught responsible management and business courses with professional accreditation and transformational applied research.  We have a keen awareness of the realities of modern management/enterprise and we aim to develop responsible business managers to lead sustainable competitive advantage for world-class organisations.

The Business School is one of the oldest in the UK with roots dating back to the Victorian Period.  Over the last 120 years the school has grown in size and although it is one of the country’s original Business Schools, it has maintained a cutting-edge and intelligent approach to the challenges facing business and managers around the world in this current recessionary times.

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Wanting to speak out in Sheffield? Here’s your chance!!

Sheffield Feminist Network Next Meeting- you won’t want to miss out!!
Women in Local Politics  Monday 4th of July 2016 at 7.15pm

Sheffield Feminist Network will be joined by local councillors, who will be sharing their experiences of local politics and answering questions from members, in a hope to encourage more women to get involved in local government.
Women are under-represented in politics; making up only 32% of local councillors, and only 12.3% of local authority leaders in England. There are many hurdles that women face when standing for local election, and this results in important decisions being made without women round the table.
Join us for this meeting to find out what you can do to ensure the different perspectives and experiences of 50% of the country are heard!

Monday 4th of July 2016 at 7.15pm
This is a women’s meeting and is trans-inclusive
Sheffield Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, S1 2EW
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