Bands from Sheffield and Rotherham appearing at 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 spotlight falls on Sheffield/Rotherham bands.

Stop Drop Robot, are a popular electronic dance rock band from Sheffield featuring Sam Christie, Nathan Bailey, Matt Ross and Dan Battye.  They recently launched their new EP ‘Cerebral Eviciton Notice’ with a headline gig at a sold out Plug in Sheffield. The group effortlessly bring a unique blend of synthesizers, blues and electronic rock together to create the SDR sound.  The band formed in late 2012 and in their short time together have already played the Sheffield 02 Academy and played in Weston Park as part of last years Tramlines Festival.  They also appeared at a music festival in Serbia last year.  Last month they released their latest single, ‘Cradle’ and soon go out on tour with Servers and The Verals before supporting 80’s electro faves, Heaven 17, and taking part in this years Liverpool Sound City Festival, Long Division and Tramlines again.

The Verals, Kane, Jack, Curt are 3 lads from the Steel city who went through school together. They came together through their love of Rock and Roll and decided to make and perform their own style of dark, dirty, noise. They have already supported Reverend and The Makers and are creating a definite buzz on the Sheffield music scene.  The band are currently at Big Dog Studios recording their debut 5 track EP due for release in the summer.

The Fargo Railroad Co. Are Jody, Mike, Leon and Andy from Sheffield. They describe their sound as settled in the broad and deep ocean of Southern Rock. Looking at the mighty works of Lynyrd Skynyrd, The Marshall Tucker Band, ’38 Special etc.  They told us, “Whoever you are, whatever music makes you hum, nod and tap, we hope you find some shared joy and sorrow in the sounds we make. We want to welcome all aboard to share in the Fargo experience and sincerely hope & believe it is becoming more than the sum of its parts. This engine is gonna run and everyone who gets on board is fuelling it. We hope you join us, even if just for one mile.”

Four Authors are Andrew Hodgkinson, Joshua Ingamells, Jacob Ingamells and Liam Linley.  Four Authors came together when former members of Hitomi joined with the team at Big sky Records and Liam Linley Music Tuition. Bringing together a passion and excitement to create and share new music.  They describe themselves as a pop-rock band, and formed in late 2014. In just a few months the band have written and produced their debut EP, ‘Chapter One’. The Debut single, ‘Follow You’, is available from the bands online store on a ‘pay what you want’ deal. Since the band burst on to the scene, the single ‘Follow You’ has alot of airplay from BBC Radio Sheffield Introducing, Trax FM, Dearne FM and Rother FM. Music blog website ‘After the Boardwalk’ said: ”Follow You’ is an irrepressible, catchy pop/rock tune that will worm its way into your head, build a nest, and make its self a home”

Safe in the Crossfire are Alternative rock band consisting of Andy Taylor – Guitar, Nick Warne – Vocals/Bass and Dan Noble – Drums.  They have already supported such bands as Supporting Senses Fail, Brigade, Fenix TX, Future Of The Left, More Than Conquerors and Trip To Dover.  They describe themselves as having “quick harmonic riffs from the likes of ‘Funeral For A Friend’, Melodic Chorus’ with catchy, easy to relate lyrics from ‘Jimmy Eats World’, thrown in chunky power chords influenced by ‘AC-DC’, ‘Audioslave’ and ‘Parkway Drive’, while adding flavours of maturity and experimentation from ‘Hopesfall’, ‘Thrice’, and ‘The Dangerous Summer’.”

Floodhounds are Jack Flynn – Guitar/Vocals, Rhys Owen – Bass/Vocals and Lauren Greaves – Drums.  Their new EP, “Bare Bones” was recorded at 2FlyStudios in Sheffield, with local production legend Alan Smyth and will be out this summer.  They cite their influences as ranging from British indie/rock to raw American Blues, like a British Black Keys,crossed with The Rolling Stones.  Floodhounds have played all of Sheffield’s major venues as well as the Tramline’s Festival, Oxjam Takeover and Yorkshire Unplugged Festivals.  Now they are ready for their LIVE in Barnsley debut.

Redfern, were previously known as Scoundrel, and are now a three-piece Indie/Rock band. Currently  finishing their debut EP at 2fly studios in their home town Sheffield with Dave Sanderson at the helm.  The EP consists of four songs: 1.Undertones, 2.Fate, 3.Too Much Of Something 4.Black Or White.  Singer Joe tells us, “we draw on inspiration from bands such as the Clash, Oasis, Arctic Monkeys, The Cribs and many more. Our writing style presents an outlook into various concepts that mirror daily life and values, writing lyrics from their own perspective.”

Malarkey Affair started out together in 2013 and simply describe themselves as a four piece pop group based in Sheffield. They recently released their debut single, ‘Early in the Morning’ to critical acclaim.


Stop Drop Robot

The Verals

Four Authors

Safe in the Crossfire


Malarkey Affair

The Fargo Railroad Co.



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