Friday 7pm on the Main Stage
Having made a name for himself in South Yorkshire’s bars and clubs as one of the regions most beloved singer-songwriters, James Taplin, ‘The Voice’ of bluesy-roots and acoustic rock & soul, is paving the way for a promising future ahead. Lyrically, James invokes well-worn tales of yore, refocused through modern glasses, and reveals a place equal parts New Orleans street corner and Don Valley labour club.

He paints a picture of the struggles of life for the working man, and how friendship, love, and heart, all work powerful miracles to bring joy and hope into our darkest days.

James has been vocally captivating audiences across the country, evoking the timbre of B. B. King and Billy Joel, to the power of James Brown, with a spoonful of James Taylor’s hypnotic resonance.

James Taplin delivers a fresh response to what the UK music scene is urgently asking for, originality, with heaps of classic, profound songs. James gigs relentlessly, as an original artist and a full-time musician he performs usually five or six times a week.

A string of live dates across the country in 2016, playing festivals from Tramlines to Y-Not, secured James his second live performance on the critically acclaimed BBC Introducing Sheffield radio show with host Christian Carlisle, to talk about his upcoming CD and his recent career highlights. The 25th November 2016 saw the arrival of his self-released debut EP ‘Dragging My Feet’, and he is currently trying to limit his tax liability on their sales.


Friday 8pm on the Main Stage
Artisan of country-laced rock and soulful grooves.
Taking his cues from acts as diverse as Fleetwood Mac, John Mayer, and D’Angelo, The Sheffield-based Jack writes music for those with itchy feet and reflective minds; for the late night drive, and the journey home.

From the early age of 13, Jack was already knee-deep in songwriting & performance, with those early musical adventures shaping his musical direction for years to come. In association with Resound Media, this year sees Jack finally bringing his personal music to the fore, filled with an honesty and passion brought to bear from over a decade of musical development.

As a solo act he has appeared on stages including The Leadmill and Sheffield City Hall. Jack is also an in-demand session musician, working his way around the local music scene in recent years; lending his guitar playing to acts including indie-pop quartet Bayonet, recording at the famed Steelworks Studios and performing for dozens of theatre shows in and around his hometown. Meanwhile side-project, the blues-rock duo Deaf Crows (alongside long-time collaborator Aeddan Lockett) have seen him appear at regional festivals.

The appearance at Peakender is one of many in summer 2017, including Tramlines and Brighton’s Great Escape Festival. Joined by a full band, this brand new set has evolved with a cast of stellar musicians – enhancing the ocean-wide sound of his recent release. Add to this a healthy dose of intricate and emotive guitar playing, and it’s hard not to expect an impressive show and bright future for this emerging talent.

The Debut EP, Heal This Way is out now on all digital platforms - Find out more @ www.jackchapmanmusic.com

“Some wonderful country-rock, soulful grooves…. some dreamy guitars going on there… lovely vocals… glorious track” Christian Carlisle, BBC Radio Sheffield Introducing.


Saturday 8pm on the Main Stage

“This young Sheffield band are on the precipice of something huge. Harmonies, soulful singing and a bluesy, rock and roll edge that you don’t see much in music these days, Liberty Ship are destined for success – it’s just a matter of when, not if.” Vibe Sheffield.


From the global indie success of their debut ‘Learning to Fly’ and follow-up ‘Don’t Wish’, and live sets at the likes of Isle of Wight, Kendal Calling, Y Not and Leeds Festivals, ‘Cast Away’ is the third single from Sheffield quartet Liberty Ship, one of two tracks set to kickstart the band into conquering 2017.

‘Cast Away’ is an energetic cut priding itself on the preservation of authentic rock ‘n’ roll whilst capturing a youthful buoyancy illustrating its merit as a live favourite. Rhythmic acoustic guitar backs Lewis Hancock’s raw-yet-soulful vocal delivery, suitably interrupted by a confident guitar solo in true rock ‘n’ roll form. The track’s adept production was executed by Reverend & the Maker’s Ed Cosens prior to the band’s tour with the fellow Sheffield rock group, and is the first of two in the partnership.

The band have become a part of Sheffield’s perpetually exciting music scene having sold out the Leadmill, opened the main stage at Tramlines Festival and having last year gained a slot opening for Milburn at their sold-out run at O2 Academy Sheffield.

“It’s about the dream of escape. When you’re sat sharing a bottle of cider with your best mate nothing matters. We’ve cast away from all you. We’re invincible, try and stop us.” Jack Eddison (Lead Guitar)

With ‘Cast Away’ Liberty Ship continue to drop what has been described as generationdefining music, with an offering of spirited youth making the four-piece destined for further festival fame this summer with sunny, lively rock ‘n’ roll.

“We’ve heard two Liberty Ship tracks set for release early this year and they are, no word of a lie, phenomenal. Lee Mavers like phenomenal. That good.”  This Feeling / Fred Perry Subculture.

“Just heard the incredible new track from Liberty Ship…which will also feature exclusive artwork from Kid Acne. That’s just two brilliant Sheffield institutes coming together there to make something fantastic!” Christian Carlisle, BBC Introducing Sheffield.


Sunday 2pm on the Main Stage
Ash Gray And the Burners play high energy, southern tinged alternative country and rock. Hailing from Austin Texas, Gray, now based in Sheffield UK has been touring constantly between the U.S and Europe, more recently setting sights on some dates in France in late summer. Gray’s new album “Chicken Wire” due for release in November and his current set capitalizes on songs from his forth coming album that move swiftly between acoustic, singer/songwriter folk and straight up Texas rock.


Saturday 7pm & Sunday 1pm on the Main Stage
As a result of 12 years working the toughest venues in the world (the street) and more years performing on stage, Steve’s show has evolved into a near perfect blend of comedy and magic that has left even the most hardened crowd in hysterics and bewilderment.
The perfect blend of award-winning magic and humour.


Curley Wurley brings all the fun of the circus, with a twist of education, into an action packed, joy filled and playful activity.
Treading clumsily on the great traditions of Clowning, Curley Wurley will amuse and delight as he draws you into his world of huge groans, silly gags and barmy props.
Rotundly charming he moves through a crowd putting smiles on the faces of children, adults and pigeons alike.