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):
Barkers Pool, 11am-6pm
Yellow Bus Stage presents some of Sheffield's most promising acts, including:
Otis Mensah – alternative hip-hop.
Ryan Young & The Electric Sunrise – dark country rock'n'roll.
Sophie Longshaw – a soulful mix of guitar and piano driven acoustic songs with shades of electronica.
Kiziah & The Kings – disco funk.
The Stars Band – together for over 6 years, The Stars Band write, compose and perform original tunes, and they all happen to have a learning disability and/or autism too.
Vuromantics – northern dark pop.
Music in the city 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!
Sheffield Station, 8am-6pm
Raga from the Indian Music Ensemble at 8am, followed by performances from Sheffield acts throughout the day.
The Moor Market, 12-3pm
Silent Disco – choose your tunes and bop while you shop.
Leadmill Presents: Sounds All Around, times TBC
Acoustic artists in unexpected pop-up places and surprises at every turn throughout the day. Venues on the trail include Foodhall, The Frog and Parrot, The Forum, The Green Room, John Lewis, and The Great Gatsby.
Town Hall Steps, 12:45pm
Operatic aria with tenor Gareth Lloyd.
Trafalgar Warehouse, 1-10pm, £15 day/£30 day+night – book now
No Bounds Festival – 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.
St Paul's Place, 5pm
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.
Yellow Arch, 7-11pm, £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:
Addictive TV presents Orchestra of Samples – Addictive TV have spent the last few years filming improvised sessions with hundreds of musicians, playing a multitude of instruments, all over the world. They've created new music by sampling these musicians, who never met but who now play together on screen.
KOG & The Zongo Brigade – the interpretation of genuine African music fused with energy and laced with funk reggae jazz and music from all corners of the world.
Sifaka – a brilliant fusion of soul, rock and African blues.
Abbeydale Picture House, 7:30pm, £15 – book now
The Cuckoo Clocks – for one night only, the band perform their new album, Frontiers of a Seductive Mind, in its entirety accompanied by the Up North Session Orchestra and a host of guest musicians.
St Marie’s Cathedral, 7:30pm
Classical Sheffield present Faure’s Requiem – an unmissable Sheffield take on an extraordinary classic, hosted in beautiful surroundings.
West Street Live, 8-11pm, 18+
The cream of Sheffield’s grime and urban scene come together:
Matic Mouth – hip-hop, rap, grime and electro in one brilliant performance.
Post Collide – R&B and hip-hop duo, featured on 1Xtra.
Alone With Jerome – R&B gem, also featured on 1Xtra.
L-Dizz – "a true graduate of Generation Grime."
Tudor Square, 10pm
Classical Sheffield present a choral extravaganza with a free, late night, outdoor performance of Carmina Burana featuring Sheffield Philharmonic Chorus.
Hope Works & Trafalgar Warehouse, 12-8am, 18+, £25 night/£30 day+night, book now
No Bounds Launch – 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:
Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith
The music extravaganza doesn't end there. On 10-11 June, electronic artist Mark Fell curates Lush Spectra at the newly refurbished Nonconformist Chapel in Sheffield General Cemetery – an unmissable weekend of experimental and acoustic music from around the world, plus talks and workshops – find out more.