A Look at Some of the Bands Appearing at This Year’s LIVE in Barnsley

LIVE in Barnsley – the town’s first metropolitan free music festival sponsored by Fenton and Fenton Roofing Specialists, is now in to its third year and is set to take place again this summer on Saturday 20th June.  This year there are 14 venues and over 120 bands taking part.

This week the organisers announced another batch of bands for this years festival.  Including Sons of Death Valley, recently described by Christian Carlisle, BBC Introducing as “formed when the flames from Hendrix’s guitar set fire to Zach de la Rocha’s dreadlocks, Chris Cornell inhaled the fumes and coughed out four rock tinged screams that manifested into the members of SONS of DEATH VALLEY” The guys have been together over two years and in early 2013 the band were took under the wing of Joe Moskow (Reverend and the Makers, Riders) and recorded their demo EP at Paradise Studios, Sheffield. The resulting, “The Paradise Sessions”, contains five tracks recorded in a live environment to give the raw edge their music craves. No strangers to the live stage, the band have played a number of gigs at Sheffield’s premier venues (O2 Academy, The Plug, The Harley to name a few) and plan extensive UK dates to be announced shortly.

​Sky Valley Mistress are from Darwen in Lancashire and began life in 2012.  Consisting of Kayley “Hell Kitten” Davies – Vocals. Squire – Guitar, Maxwell Harvey William Newsome III – Drums and Russell “Russell” Russell – Bass.  Team Rock described them as “Fronted by the formidable Kayley ‘Hell Kitten’ Davies, the quartet take their musical cues from Zeppelin, Sabbath and the meanest, low-down urban blues, to deliver bruising rock ‘n’ roll thrills.” They recently completed a UK Tour with The Cadillac Three that saw them finish a sell out tour at Camden Dingwalls in London.  Having played shows varying from Download Festival and Great British R&B Festival, to The Dublin Castle in London.  Hayley Davies told us “We’ve played at over 180 venues in towns and cities across the UK in the past 18 months and have supported The Subways, Fight Like Apes, Young Rebel Set and Red Racer on their last UK tours.  We have also been featured in Kerrang, Rhythm Magazine and Blues Magazine.”


The Leathernecks are Nick Wild, Adam Manning, Matt Johnson and James Burton from Rotherham.  They started out (as many bands do) playing in a five piece Indie/Rock covers band. After a few years of playing together up and down the UK and throughout Europe four members decided to have a go at doing some of their own stuff… in late 2013 The Leathernecks were born.  They take their influences from The Courteeners, The Raconteurs, Black Keys, The Vaccines.  They released of their debut single ‘Bunny Bolier’ in June 2014 and with their debut EP scheduled for early 2015, it is looking like the next 12 months will be busy for these four lads.


The Fontaines are a 6-piece Sheffield band, fusing the traditional indie 4-piece guitar band with a trumpet and sax to make an in your face indie sound. Singer Joe St Ledger told us, “Every single gig will see the band members getting just as sweaty as the crowd as they’ve come to see us and we always give them a show.”  Their latest EP is upbeat and full of catchy hooks that will have your feet tapping along from the first listen, consisting of four, ‘Blame It On Alcohol’ ‘Amanda’ ‘Two To Tango’ and the lead track ‘Santiago Skyline’.”  Joe also told us the bands interests included, “Golf and long walks in the country side…” Nice.


Broken Flowers are from Wakefield but with a Barnsley based singer.  The 4-piece Country Acoustic rock act play their own original material influenced by all that is Americana from Steve Earle to Tom Petty, Sister Hazel to Neil Young.  Anna Mosley, Mike Brown, Sean Hudson and Darren Gibbs appeared at last years festival following the release of their debut EP called ‘Amaryllis’  Since then they have gone on to support such acts as Steve Forbert, Big Country and T’Pau.


Jack City is an independent hip hop artist from Leeds who played LIVE in Barnsley last year and joined We Are The Bands onstage at the finale singing the House of Pain classic, ‘Jump’.  Since then Jack has been working on his debut album which is now completed and he plans to debut tracks from it at this years festival.



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