Turn up the volume this February as Signals Festival returns to Rotherham!

by | 26 January 2024 | Children's Group, Community Event, Music, Rother

After the huge success of last year’s debut event, Signals Festival is back from Saturday 10th to Sunday 18th February with more free music events, workshops and performances across the borough.

A collaboration between the teams from Children’s Capital of Culture, Rotherham Music Hub and RMBC Events, the large-scale youth music festival has been designed by young people, for young people in Rotherham.

Liam O’Shea, community manager at Rotherham Music Hub, explained: “Signals Festival is about celebrating all the creative young talent we have here in Rotherham, and signalling what people can expect from Rotherham becoming Children’s Capital of Culture in 2025 as we gear up for our 365-day festival. We’ve got an amazing line-up of events that will appeal to people of all ages.”

Sarah Christie, programme manager at Children’s Capital of Culture, adds: “There’s so much cool stuff going on in Rotherham right now. We want our young people to feel proud and excited about their hometown, and Signals Festival is right at the heart of it. It’s not to be missed.”

The festival starts on Saturday 10th February with a careers event at University Centre Rotherham that will include talks, workshops and advice from music professionals, to support budding young record label execs, musicians, recording engineers and PR gurus into the industry.

Then throughout the week, you will find talented young musicians performing across the borough, from New York Stadium, to supermarkets, bars and hair salons. You can also improve your own musicality at different music-making workshops.

Head over to Magna to see Particle Shrine, an immersive installation which turns solar particles into sound and light patterns, surrounding you in music and visual patterns, projections and undulating mirrors. There will also be a live feed from the Super-Kamiokande neutrino observatory in Japan.

The Saturday Shindig on 17th February is sure to be a festival highlight. This all-day event in the town centre includes the AMP Up! Talent showcase in a heated marquee in All Saints’ Square, sound and light installations at Rotherham Minster, and a host of activities and interactive music workshops happening across venues such as Grimm & Co, Over the Rainbow, ROAR, the imperial Buildings and Chapel on the Bridge.

What’s On

  • Launchpad: An industry event that will support budding young record label execs, musicians, recording engineers and PR gurus at University Centre Rotherham on Saturday 10th February.
  • Pop In and Make: Free music-making workshops throughout the week that will include instrument-making and early years music sessions.
  • Pop Up and Play: Busker-style performances by local musicians and artists across a range of unexpected venues across the week.
  • Particle Shrine at Magna: Free to visit throughout Signals Festival. Explore the cosmic connection between audio and light.
  • Signals Saturday Shindig: A showcase of Rotherham’s young musicians which will see the town centre will come to life with a day-long festival on 17th February.
  • Signals Fringe, Saturday 17th February: Gigs at The Bridge Inn (14+) and Cutlers’ Arms (18+).
  • Sound of Rotherham: Programmes of music-making workshops delivered in community hubs across the borough in the run up to the festival, culminating in public performances over the festival week.

To find out more about Signals Festival, visit www.childrenscapitalofculture.co.uk/whats.