BLUES, indie, rock, acoustic, jazz, dance – name your kind of music and they’ll be a venue playing it at Doncaster’s multi-venue music festival Mapfest.
The full line-up, revealed this week, features The Wonder Stuff frontman Miles Hunt, Leeds-based indie rock band The Sunshine Underground and Barnsley folk group James Cannon and The Sinners.
Also playing on August 4 are Edinburgh’s indie sensations OK Social Club, as well as former lead singer of The Seahorses Chris Helme, and ex-Inspiral Carpets’ Tom Hingley.
Welsh diva Charlotte Church, who has 10 million record sales under her belt, was announced last week as the headline act at The Leopard, where she’ll be supported by The Arcane and In Fear Of Olive.
An impressive 14 venues have pulled together to put on the event to showcase and celebrate Doncaster bands and promote the town’s place on the music circuit.
Others taking part are The White Swan, Vintage Rock Bar, Masons’ Arms, Bar 32, The Garage, The Priory, Social, Jacques, The Hallcross, Red Lion, Cask Corner, Liberty Bar and Grill and Lloyds Bar.
The festival came together with the idea of creating a guide based on a map of venues with music and people at the heart of it.
Marc Jones, landlord of Cask Corner, is thrilled to see licensees come together to celebrate of Doncaster’s thriving music scene.
He said: “The idea of bringing a big music festival to town is something that has been spoken about for many years but no-one has ever done anything quite like this in Doncaster before.
“It’s a similar idea to Tramlines in Sheffield. We really want to push the music scene as there is so much good music in Doncaster.”
Organisers are also hoping they might be able to arrange for an outdoor stage and perhaps for some musicians to busk so there is even music to be heard between all the venues.
Doncaster bands performing include popular Bang Bang Romeo who will be headlining at The Hallcross, with support from four-piece White Valentine.
Most venues will be free entry – with a few charging a small admission, including just £10 to see international sensation, Charlotte Church. For regular updates and more information, visit www.mapfest.co.uk
Irish Folk Stage, The White Swan, from 5pm, Irish Song Book, Billy Clampit, James Cannon and the Sinners.
Rock Stage, Vintage Rock Bar, 2pm to 5pm, The Colliers, Black Shoes feature in acoustic sets with free admission, and later for £3, Liar, Liar, On the Waterfront, Reverbed, Money Shot and Summerlin.
Bassline Stage, Masons’ Arms, midday to midnight, Shea, Rock of Art, Prodigy, Black Star Dub Collective, as well as music from DJ Press and Jon Kelly.
Dance Stage, Bar 32, Prestige - a night of the finest dance music with a special guest to be confirmed.
Indie stage, The Garage, Live music from 3pm, OK Social Club, The Me Me Mes, UV Pop among other bands.
Indie stage, The Priory, 6.30pm to 10pm, The Sunshine Underground, Arkham Karvers plus support. Admission £10.
Indie stage, Social, 8.30pm to 1am, Fatboy Slim tribute (Fatboy Tim), Miles Hunt and Erica Nockalls, Chris Helme (formerly of The Seahorses), Alvarez Kings, Tom Hingley (ex Inspiral Carpets)
Party stage, Jacques, 7pm until late, Live party band including resident DJ Rob Fletcher, playing big soul, motown and party sounds.
Acoustic stage, The Hallcross, 7pm to 11pm, including White Valentine and Bang Bang Romeo.
Covers stage, from 3pm, Red Lion, Damaged Goods, classic covers band
Blues stage, Cask Corner, from 3pm, Shaggy Dog, Mic and Mc Blues Duo, 13 Woman, The Nervous Trigger Men, The Mick Simpson Band
Jazz stage, Liberty Bar and Grill, from 3pm, including Liberty Skank, Louis Louis Louis.
Covers stage, Lloyds Bar, 3pm to 10pm
Indie stage, The Leopard, The Arcane, In Fear Of Olive and Charlotte Church, doors 7pm, admission £10. Also The Leopard Lounge open 2pm to 7pm with acoustic sets with admission free.