Barnsley’s best music acts to take to the stage for the Tour de Yorkshire

In Gear Live will showcase the town’s top music talent

Barnsley’s best music acts will take to the stage and perform live for the Tour de Yorkshire crowds on Friday 4 May with the first ever ‘In Gear Live’ music festival.

The aptly named music extravaganza will see a variety of artists perform sets on the main stage in Mandela Gardens and other popular venues across the town centre to celebrate the start of the second stage of the prestigious race in Barnsley.

A programme of entertainment will also take place, while artisan food stalls will be on hand to serve food and drink to festival-goers.

Acts will perform between 10.30am-4pm on the Mandela Gardens stage – hosted by Dearne FM – while venues 00Bar, The Garrison, Annie Murray’s, Soul Lounge, White Bear and Old No 7 will have artists performing between 2.30pm-8pm.

In Gear Live has been put together with the help of the organisers of Barnsley Live – One Over the Eight.

Barnsley Live – to take place on June 16 - takes over from the town’s previous music festival, LIVE in Barnsley. It will see talented acts perform across venues in the town centre, but not before they perform for Tour de Yorkshire crowds in less than two weeks’ time.

Chris Scarfe of One Over the Eight, said: “The Tour de Yorkshire is a massive event which will give some of Barnsley’s best music talent the opportunity to perform in front of some big crowds. It’s going to be an exciting day and the acts we have lined up are going to take the opportunity to showcase what they’re all about.

“We’ve got all sorts of genres lined up so there really is something for everyone. It’s a going to be a fantastic day and we’re delighted to be involved in such a prestigious occasion.”

In Gear Live is part of a wide programme of events taking place on race day.

Cyclomania will host a pop-up cycling demonstration showcasing a host of leading brands on the ground floor of the Civic.

Other attractions include ‘May the Toys be With You’ – a free exhibition at Experience Barnsley that features a collection of memorabilia from the Star Wars franchise.

A life-size X-Wing will land in the town centre as part of the Star Wars Day celebrations, while the popular continental market makes a welcome return.

Meanwhile, a virtual reality walk-through of the £130m Glass Works scheme will give spectators a sneak preview of Barnsley’s new town centre.

Don’t forget to look out for the striking town centre land art on top of the multi-storey car park courtesy of local charity Creative Recovery.

For a full list of bands scheduled to perform on the day, follow Love Barnsley Town Centre on Facebook.

You can also follow #TDYBarnsley or visit barnsley.gov.uk/TDY to keep up with the latest news.

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