Roots of Steel

Yellow Arch
, 2017

Tickets cost £5 afternoon only (3-7pm), under 14s free until 7pm - £15 all day

An all-dayer of music, food and family fun in the name of Sheffield's trees.

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Sheffield's trees have been in the news a lot recently. To quickly sum it up: facing austerity cuts the council made a deal with a private contractor to improve the city’s roads – a deal that came with the side effect of felling thousands of trees. This, of course, did not go down well in the proudly green city of Sheffield. There've been arrests. Various campaign groups have formed to protest the controversial felling of healthy, mature trees that are both beautiful and beneficial to the city.

These campaign groups now come together under the umbrella organisation Sheffield Tree Action Groups (STAG). This Easter weekend, join in some fun in the name of Sheffield's trees, at the STAG fundraiser Roots of Steel.

Roots of Steel is an all-day festival spread across three areas in the intimate Yellow Arch Studios, bringing people together through music, creativity, food and family fun.

Music highlights include the inimitable Mik Artistik’s Ego Trip and Franz Von from the Glastonbury Festival's Emerging Talent finalist K.O.G and the Zongo Brigade. The lineup also features everything from Sheffield Samba Band to a protest song DJ set from Th’ Captain to local afro-funk favourites Forefathers and foot-stomping Americana from the 20ft Squid Blues Band. There'll be a special dub-reggae set from ex-Reverend and the Makers percussionist Bongo Bert, accompanied by vocalist Sofia Vago and melodica player Ilodica, and a funk set from Dirty Brasstards and members of the Sheffield University Brass Band.

For a laid-back afternoon, visit the marketplace and discussion area, or chill out in the courtyard with swing and folk from the likes of The Sette of Odde Volumes, Fuzzy Jones and Kid Conventional. Little'uns will be kept happy in the daytime with face painting, creative activities, tree planting and more.

When evening falls, get moving to funk, disco and reggae from Kompression Soundsystem and a DJ set plus live percussion from Hot Diamond Aces. And late into the night the legendary DJ Winston Hazel (Warp Records/Kabal) will keep you on the dance floor, with his mix of house, funk, jazz and soul.

Between all that, satisfy your hunger with treats from street food faves Sunshine Pizza Oven and Yabba Carribean, and the bakery Adeli of Beverley.

Money raised at Roots of Steel will go to STAG (Sheffield Tree Action Group), to support their campaign to raise awareness of and in providing legal and professional advice, particularly for people who got arrested.

3pm-midnight. Limited early-bird all day tickets are on sale now at £10 (full price £15). Afternoon-only tickets are also available at £5 or free for under-14s. The festival is 18+ only after 7pm.