Sensoria announces crowdfunding campaign for a
‘Bouquet of Steel’ Award for new Sheffield music.
2017 sees the festival’s 10th edition, Sensoria X, and as part of their celebrations they have
created the Bouquet of Steel, a new award to showcase Sheffield music and encourage new
talent. The chosen artist/band will be offered a £2,000 fee to write new music and perform
at Sensoria festival. They will also win a day to record their work in a Sheffield studio.
Additionally Sensoria will commission a Sheffield-based metal designer to create a physical
award that will be passed on each year.
The festival team is hoping that music fans and Sheffielders will get behind their campaign
to raise £6,500 for the award. The campaign goes live on Wednesday 19 April for a month and
can be found here.
The project has been backed by an array of Sheffield musicians who agree that it’s time to help out the next generation of musical talent. Martyn Ware, Stephen Mallinder, Nat Johnson and Richard Hawley have all given the award the ‘thumbs up’.
“What a great idea from a great festival! This will be such an amazing win for someone. It’s so rare to find such an open and welcoming opportunity, especially if you’re just starting out. I hope some dazzling ideas are born from this, Sheffield.” Nat Johnson
“When we first started making sounds there were no bands, artists, or even acknowledgement of Sheffield having its own scene. Music was something other people did; it came to town from ‘another place’ on its way to somewhere else. But we egged each other on, the floodgates opened and now the city’s identity and spirit is built on its music and culture. I think it’s important we recognise that and a music award seems a fitting way to keep that legacy going.”
Stephen Mallinder (Wrangler, formerly Cabaret Voltaire)