This week we’re at Mosfest. In recent years this popular, two-day festival on the Sheffield fringe has moved from Mosborough to Don Valley Bowl. But the name has stuck and nine years in, the organisers certainly seem to have cracked that winning, line-up formula.
“Cannock Crusaders”, Marquis Drive are Mosfest regulars and they always pull in the crowds and get everyone going. When they joined me, I was enjoying a beer in the sunshine with the other bands in what was a very low-key, back-stage affair. It was great to just hang out and chat to people. For me that meant meeting bands like Jesus Jones who I’ve not seen live since around 1990.
But whilst I was happy to chill with Marquis Drive, Space and fellow Liverpudlians, the Farm were actually itching to get going. Because of course this was no normal Mosfest Saturday. This was Champions League final day and in Madrid, the reds were facing Spurs. Bearing in mind Mosfest began with Mosborough Football Club and the sudden loss of one of the local club’s driving forces, the organisers were completely sympathetic. They moved the Liverpool bands up the the running order to let them go early and suddenly, Marquis Drive were headlining. Brilliant stuff! Most people actually chose to stay and enjoy the whole show. And for Space and co it was the best of all worlds, with a great festival experience and a two nil win that brought the cup home to the Pool.
Roll on Mosfest 2020. But in the meantime If you feel you’ve missed out on this years festival, there’s a second helping coming up next Saturday in the shape of Music for the Homeless. Presented in association with the Cathedral Archer Project you can donate to the charity and enjoy an entertaining show including another Mosfest favourite, the Neville Staple Band. Plus, you can sleep out under the stars to further demonstrate your support for the cause.