The Sheffield Wednesday family extravaganza Owls in the Park has announced top artists to entertain audiences on Sunday 13 July.
The event, hosted by the club, will enjoy music from headlining act, The Darlingtons who will play a full set on the day.
The Darlingtons, who originated in Somerset but are now based in Sheffield, deliver energetic melancholic alternative music, come to Hillsborough Park on the back of European dates in France and Belgium as well as UK dates.
Joining The Darlingtons are the Echo and the Empress all the way from South Australia, who are booked to play The John Peel stage at this year’s Glastonbury Festival, and The Dunwells who return from touring America supporting artists like Mumford and Sons and Sheryl Crow.
Also appearing on the day is Sheffield band Kartica who recently sold out the O2 Academy and Bar Abbey in the city and who are a real crowd favourite.
For the first time, the event, which is in its third year, will also host an acoustic stage, which will accommodate smaller acts and give them a chance to perform in front of the crowds.
Neil Hargreaves, music programmer for the event, said: “Owls in the Park is a genuinely exciting event and its been great to facilitate the music for it. This year’s line-up is even bigger and really impressive, and with bands like The Darlingtons, The Dunwells and Echo and The Empress we are stepping up to a whole new level.
“The event also gives the newer acts on the stage a chance to experience a big outdoor live music setting and bring their music to a whole new audience”
The day, which is hosted by Sheffield Wednesday and sponsored by the Brooklyn Steakhouse, is expected to attract thousands of people to the event.
Along with appearances from Wednesday players, other activities include live entertainment, a funfair, catering and fun games at various stalls around the park. The Owls’ mascots, Ozzie and Barney, will also make a special appearance!
Supporters will have the opportunity to get the autographs of their heroes and pose for photos – together with buying Season Tickets and official Memberships, which will be on sale on the day.
The Sheffield Wednesday Community Programme, the club’s charitable arm, will host various taster sessions and activities which will include a World Cup themed football tournament, inflatable pitches and a range of community stalls.
As well as the Sheffield Royal Society for the Blind, local children’s hospice, Bluebell Wood - the Community Programme’s official charity partner - will be holding an official bucket collection in a bid to raise much-needed funds for the organisation.
In addition, Sheffield Children’s Hospital Charity and Support Dogs will join the day with special activities and entertainment throughout what promises to be a fun-filled afternoon!
Owls in the Park 2014 is free to attend and takes place on Sunday 13 July, starting at 11.00am and finishing at 5:30pm.