Underpass Festival will be held at the University of Sheffield’s Student Union on 02 May this year.

The first wave of acts on the line up feature indie trailblazers Spector, pop group Fickle Friends, and the Manchester foursome, Larkins.

The new festival was a manifesto pledge of Jake Verity, the Student’s Union President, during the student elections last year.

Jake spoke to us about the festival and how it came about.

“I thought it’d be a really cool idea for Students to come together before exams and have a really good time before the stress of the next few weeks starts to kick in,” said Jake.

“When promising something so big in my manifesto last year, it’s fair to say it raised expectations from the student body, so delivering it was always going to be a really big challenge”.

The night will collide with Live at Leeds, however many view Underpass as a well needed rebirth for a metropolitan festival in Sheffield since Outlines Festival (the short-lived sister festival to Tramlines) failed to last in 2017.

Jake Verity: The University of Sheffield Student’s Union President

“Sheffield’s got a great music scene with The Leadmill and Tramlines being super popular, and I thought it’d be a great chance to get something going at our own Student’s Union, long term,” said Jake.

The festival is set to provide a platform for rising uni bands who will play alongside the headliners. The Tuesday Club which is a famous weekly dance night at the Student’s Union will also be hosting a stage with acts such as Andy H and Lunar.

“We’ll have students playing music, well-established bands and artists with millions of streams, societies and student groups showcasing their talent, lots of great food and an energetic atmosphere across the building,” said Jake.

Underpass will also feature a host of upcoming talent including Sheffield girl group The Seamonsters who we have previously predicted to have huge success, and the electro-funk band patawawa who are currently featured in our February 2020 playlist.

Tickets are available to purchase now and can be found here. The full line up so far can be seen below.

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Will Fisher

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