Sheffield Makes Music
Tickets cost £ various (most events are free)
Amazing sounds in unexpected places.
Raga in the railway station. A silent disco in the market. Opera on the town hall steps. An all-nighter in a warehouse. All this and much more is happening on Friday 9 June 2017, when Sheffield Makes Music returns to bring amazing sounds to unexpected places across the city for 24 hours.
As BBC 6Music's Steve Lamacq says: “every 10 years Sheffield produces a band, or an idea, or an ethos, which goes on to leave a lasting legacy in British pop culture.” From dawn till dusk, a thousand musicians will play the city for Sheffield Makes Music, in a unique celebration of Sheffield's rich music scene. Supported by the University Of Sheffield, the showcase will bring together everything from opera to omnichord solos, hip-hop to harmonicas, folk to fanfares, brass to Beethoven. There’ll be soloists, choirs, samba drummers, indie bands, acoustic bands, famous bands, just-starting-out bands, music to dance to, music to sit still to.
In short, it’ll be a day full of unusual acts playing in unlikely locations, ending with a late-night party at the inaugural No Bounds Festival at Trafalgar Warehouse and Hope Works.
Programme (events free unless stated):
Sheffield Station, 8am-6pm
Start the day with raga from the Indian Music Ensemble at 8am, followed by performances from a variety of acts throughout the day.
Winter Garden, 10am-2pm
Everything from a classical violin performance to the Rock Choir.
Barker's Pool, 11am-6pm
Yellow Bus Stage presents some of Sheffield's most promising acts, including alternative hip-hop from Otis Mensah, dark country rock'n'roll with Ryan Young & The Electric Sunrise, disco funk from Kiziah & The Kings, The Stars Band – who write and perform original tunes, and all happen to have a learning disability and/or autism too – and more.
Music in Barker's Pool will pause at 1pm when Sheffield Music Hub surely break some kind of record with a 300+ ensemble of school children performing as the world’s (unofficially) biggest samba band!
Leadmill Presents: Sounds All Around, 11:30am-5:30pm
Acoustic artists pop up in unexpected places throughout the day. Venues on the trail include Foodhall, John Lewis, The Frog and Parrot, The Forum, The Green Room, Tamper: Sellers Wheel, and The Great Gatsby. UPDATE: Unfortunately John McClure and Joe Carnell are no longer able to perform as part of Sounds All Around.
The Moor Market, 12-3pm
Silent Disco – choose your tunes and bop while you shop.
Town Hall Steps, 12:45pm
A lunchtime operatic aria.
Trafalgar Warehouse, 1-10pm, £15 day/£30 day+night – book now
No Bounds Festival launch event – including live coding workshops, modular synthesis workshops, Q&A with Nina Kraviz, among many other daytime delights. As night falls, expect multiple live, spoken word, AV and DJ performances, and simultaneous raving with the Hope Works venue. More details.
St Paul's Place, 5-5:50pm
The Sheffield Makes Music Orchestra – a unique collaboration between Sheffield players performing a selection of classical hits in this sublime outdoor setting.
The Moor, 6pm
Concord Allstars Marching Band – a fantastic brass and percussion ensemble of 8-to-12-year-olds.
St Marie’s Cathedral, 7:30-8:15pm
Classical Sheffield present Gabriel Fauré’s Requiem – an unmissable Sheffield take on an extraordinary classic, in beautiful surroundings.
Abbeydale Picture House, 7:30pm-12am, £15 – book now
The Cuckoo Clocks perform their new album in its entirety accompanied by the Up North Session Orchestra and guest musicians.
West Street Live, 8-11pm, 18+
The cream of Sheffield’s grime and urban scene come together: Matic Mouth, Post Collide, Alone With Jerome, and L-Dizz – "a true graduate of Generation Grime."
Yellow Arch, 8:30pm-2am, 18+, £5 – book now
Taking inspiration from across the globe, Yellow Arch presents a line up which represents how musical roots can be reinvented into modern dance-floor focused rhythms. Orchestra of Samples creates new created from films of improvised sessions with hundreds of musicians, playing a multitude of instruments, all over the world. KOG & The Zongo Brigade offer an interpretation of African music laced with funk, reggae and jazz. And Sifaka a brilliant fusion of soul, rock and African blues.
Tudor Square, 10-10:30pm
UPDATE: unfortunately the outdoor choral performance is no longer taking place.
Hope Works & Trafalgar Warehouse, 12-8am, 18+, £25 night/£30 day+night, book now
No Bounds Festival launch event – bringing the party to a close with two simultaneous raves, with a free shuttle bus between the two. The outstanding lineup features the newest stars and established heroes of the techno and electronic scene, including Nina Kraviz, Helena Hauff and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith. More details.
Download the full Sheffield Makes Music programme.
The music extravaganza doesn't end there. On 10-11 June, electronic artist Mark Fell curates Lush Spectra in Sheffield General Cemetery – a weekend of experimental and acoustic music from around the world, plus talks and workshops – find out more.