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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar. Filled with picks of the city’s arts, culture and heritage events, both in-person and virtual. Plus reviews and festival guides.

Sounds of Now: Bastard Assignments

Thu. 19 May 2022

Site Gallery

Composer-performers Timothy Cape, Edward Henderson, Caitlin Rowley and Josh Spear are together integrate theatre, spoken word, choreography and visuals, often with a deliciously wild sense of humour. Join them for this one-off event at Site Gallery.

Ensemble 360: Scandinavian Scenes

Thu. 19 May 2022

Crucible Theatre

An hour-long concert of music by Scandinavian composers. With a soundscape evoking icy Swedish winters, an evocative piece for horn, violin and piano, and a cello sonata filled with warm-hearted charm.

Ruby Hughes, Joseph Middleton & Ensemble 360

Thu. 19 May 2022

Crucible Theatre

Celebrated soprano Ruby Hughes is joined by pianist Joseph Middleton and members of Ensemble 360 for a recital of 20th and 21st century composers.

Sounds of Now Workshop

Thu. 19 May 2022

Site Gallery

A workshop exploring new works for mixed ensemble and experimental music. With Sheffield CoMA (Contemporary Music for All) and Edward Henderson of Bastard Assignments.

Sounds Like Pizza

Thu. 19 May 2022

Foodhall

Join the friendly folk at social eating space Foodhall for their monthly music and food night, Sounds Like Pizza. For May's event, there'll be music from melodious Sheffield duo Shrub and folk multi-instrumentalist Mr Ben.

Mingus Profiles Sextet

Fri. 20 May 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

An all-star line-up inspired by the great Charles Mingus’s small group music, hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Ensemble 360: French Duos and Trios

Fri. 20 May 2022

Crucible Theatre

Lili and Nadia Boulanger were pioneering musicians in the early 20th century. This afternoon concert features music by the renowned sisters and other French composers.

Ensemble 360: Copland, Weir and Mozart

Fri. 20 May 2022

Crucible Theatre

The ensembles' four wind players take centre stage in this late afternoon concert.

Ensemble 360: Late Beethoven – Piano & Strings

Fri. 20 May 2022

Crucible Theatre

Ensemble 360's cycle of the complete Beethoven string quartets comes to its conclusion with this concert, alongside the composer's final three piano sonatas.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival

Fri. 13 May 2022 — Sat. 21 May 2022

Crucible Theatre

Nine days of intimate and inviting chamber music performances.

Ensemble 360 and Aga Serugo-Lugo: Music for Curious Minds

Sat. 21 May 2022

Crucible Theatre

A tour through the wondrous world of chamber music, specially created for young audiences aged 7–11. With musical adventures, games, and the chance to join in and make music together.

Ensemble 360: Festival Finale

Sat. 21 May 2022

Crucible Theatre

The 2022 Sheffield Chamber Music Festival comes to a thrilling end with a performance of music by Benjamin Britten, Oliver Knussen, Helen Grime, and Johannes Brahms.

Mozart and Vivaldi performed by Candlelight

Sat. 21 May 2022

Sheffield Cathedral

The title of this event says it all – what more could any classical music fan want? In the stunning setting of Sheffield Cathedral, surrounded by candlelight, the Piccadilly Sinfonietta will perform a selection of works from each composer.

Weston Park May Fayre

Sun. 22 May 2022

Weston Park, S10 2TP

Join in a day of nostalgic family fun when the attractions and entertainment of Weston Park May Fayre return for 2022. With rides, sideshows, crafts, music, and more.

Rock Me Baby: Fran Minney/Tom Gunn Nash/Hoamin

Sun. 22 May 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Join Rock Me Baby for their third baby friendly gig, presenting three alternative music artists. With dreamy indie electronica, experimental folk and cinematic post-rock.

ISQ

Multiple dates

The Lescar

A quartet led by vocalist Irene Serra, combining elegant jazz-pop songs with powerful lyrics and Nordic jazz sensibilities.

Conspirators: Listening Session with Shenece Oretha

Thu. 26 May 2022

Site Gallery

Join artist Shenece Oretha for an intimate listening session in tribute to the African American singer Jeanne Lee (1939–2000). Together you'll meditate on the sculpting and shaping of sound, and how it moves and shapes us.

Legs Eleven Present: Gemma Cullingford & Japan Review

Fri. 27 May 2022

Delicious Clam

Join Legs Eleven for a Friday night dose of electronic grooves.

Legs Eleven Present: Ghost Car & Honk

Sat. 28 May 2022

Delicious Clam

Two bands from across the Pennines and beyond. Expect glam rock riffs, and vocals sitting somewhere between Clare Grogan and Poly Styrene.

Moore/Pope/Hunter

Wed. 1 June 2022

The Lescar

A true legend of European jazz is joined by two of the UK's finest improvising musicians. Expect a highly charged programme of intuitive, spontaneous, vital and captivating music. Hosted by Jazz at The Lescar and Sheffield Jazz.

TalkingGigs presents Addictive TV's Orchestra of Samples

Thu. 2 June 2022

Drama Studio

An immersive mix of performance and conversation, with artist collective Addictive TV. They'll share insights into the making of their global music project Orchestra of Samples, as well performing with Sarah Yaseen and Ford Collier.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Fri. 3 June 2022

Foundry, Sheffield Students' Union, Western Bank, S10 2TG

This Melbourne based band specialise in energetic indie rock, full of pop hooks, bright guitar lines and dry wit. They describe their style as “tough pop/soft punk” and sound like a mix of The Strokes, The Go-Betweens and REM.

Peddler

Multiple dates

Peddler Warehouse, 92 Burton Road, S3 8DA

Food, music, art. In a former warehouse. At night.

Judy and the Jerks

Sun. 5 June 2022

Delicious Clam

This Mississippi four-piece are a band who champion all things weird in their fast, fun and frenetic hardcore punk. Pitchfork said: “their music splatters like mashed potatoes against concrete walls.” This show is sure to be messy but uplifting.

Shirley Smart + Robert Mitchell

Wed. 8 June 2022

The Lescar

Beautiful, thought-provoking improvised music and poetry from cellist Shirley Smart and pianist and Steinway artist Robert Mitchell. Including responses to the Windrush scandal and the search for global peace. Doors open early, under-18s welcome.

Zoetic

Thu. 9 June 2022

Yellow Arch Studios

Join the folks from Jazz at The Lescar at Yellow Arch Studios for an evening of subtle, rhythmic and quietly expressive improvised chamber music from a band of UK jazz and improvised music legends.

Olivier Le Goas and Reciprocity feat. John Escreet

Fri. 10 June 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10

A special one-off gig by an all-star international band, featuring a rare UK appearance by Doncaster-born pianist John Escreet. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Future Classical Live

Fri. 10 June 2022

DINA

Join composer Benjamin Tassie for this special live recording of Resonance FM's Future Classical radio show, with guests Mark Fell and CHAINES.

Peace in the Park

Sat. 11 June 2022

The Ponderosa

Music, community arts and positive vibes in the sunshine.

A Reyt Queer Do #6

Sun. 12 June 2022

Sidney + Matilda

Andro and Eve are back with their queer cabaret – and belated fifth birthday celebration!

Neighbourhood Voices

Sun. 12 June 2022

The Montgomery

Neighbourhood Voices are a 60-strong community choir, who in the past year have performed with Self Esteem and opened Steve Lamacq’s show for BBC World Music Day. Expect unique arrangements of Laura Mvula, Caroline Polachek, All Saints and more.

Dolce

Sun. 12 June 2022

Bishops' House

A varied evening of classical and folk music in the intimate setting of Bishops' House in Meersbrook Park.

Revival Room

Wed. 15 June 2022

The Lescar

A fresh and distinctive trio of three musicians from Manchester’s burgeoning improvised music scene. Hosted by Jazz at The Lescar.

Pollen

Multiple dates

An inner-city flower market. Taking over a corner of Castlegate one Sunday a month with plants, flowers, fresh produce and more – for a celebration of all things botanical.

ABC

Tue. 21 June 2022

Sheffield City Hall

Formed in Sheffield in the 80s, ABC became one of the decade's most popular and inspirational new wave bands. 40 years on, they're performing their timeless debut album The Lexicon of Love in its entirety, including iconic tracks like Poison Arrow.

Jemma Freese

Wed. 22 June 2022

The Lescar

Contemporary jazz metal riffs, heavy synths, choral-inspired vocals, sub-bass and classical piano, hosted by Jazz at The Lescar.

Future Now Festival

Wed. 11 May 2022 — Thu. 23 June 2022

A festival of creativity, showcasing the work of Hallam students. With exhibitions, events, performances and film screenings.

Matt Woosey

Thu. 23 June 2022

Cafe #9

A modern day guitar master. His music spans blues, folk, rock, pop and ambient. Whether he’s playing in fans' living rooms or at some of the most prestigious venues in Europe (or in tiny cafes in Sheffield), intimacy, passion and skill are a given.

Queer Folk

Fri. 24 June 2022

Drama Studio

Queer Folk have been delving into the archives to find stories, songs and dances celebrating LGBTQIA+ history.

Both Sides Now: The Joni Mitchell Songbook

Fri. 8 July 2022

The Greystones

Both Sides Now are back in Sheffield to mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic albums ever made: Blue. Join them as they pay homage to Blue alongside other tracks from Joni Mitchell’s illustrious career.

Sharrow Festival

Sat. 9 July 2022

Mount Pleasant Park, Abbeydale Road, S7 1BY

Sharrow Festival has been a special part of its local community since 1996. Join in the family-friendly celebration of the area's culture and diversity.

The Chats

Sun. 10 July 2022

The Leadmill

This Australian band rose to fame through the release of their single Smoko, a song about smoking breaks that went huge on Youtube. Their no-nonsense attitude and anthemic singalongs have gained celebrity fans including Alex Turner and Dave Grohl.

Bassfest Summer Festival

Sat. 16 July 2022 — Sun. 17 July 2022

Don Valley Bowl

Two days dedicated to drum and bass, house, bassline, and beyond. Lineup to be announced.

Tramlines

Fri. 22 July 2022 — Sun. 24 July 2022

Hillsborough Park

A three-day summertime celebration of music.

Villagers

Mon. 22 August 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Irish singer-songwriter Conor J. O’Brien and his band specialise in soul-enriching, life-affirming music that straddles folk, chamber pop and indie rock. NME described their latest album as “woozy, psychedelic soul that conjures another world.”

Rockin the Bowl

Fri. 9 September 2022 — Sun. 11 September 2022

Don Valley Bowl

"Forged in fire, set in steel." A three-dayer dedicated to bringing open-air rock back to the Don Valley.

Float Along Festival

Sat. 24 September 2022

A brand new multi-venue music festival for Sheffield. With Manchester art rock band Everything Everything, local psych and post-punk favourites Sister Wives, London dance-rock band Los Bitchos, and more.

Laura Jurd

Thu. 29 September 2022

Yellow Arch Studios

A brass-fuelled party band led by trumpet player and composer Laura Jurd. With music influenced by Celtic folk traditions, the blues and a sprinkling of alt-rock.

Festival of the Mind

Feed your mind with a series of fascinating and inspiring talks, exhibitions and events. Returning in September 2022 – dates and details coming soon.

Sensoria

Fri. 30 September 2022 — Sat. 8 October 2022

Sheffield's festival of film and music. Expect a truly unique mix of performance, live film scores, screenings, exhibitions, and music industry activity.

No Bounds

Fri. 14 October 2022 — Sun. 16 October 2022

A weekend of bleeps, beats and sweaty grins. Bringing together music, visual art, and technology. Earlybird weekend passes on sale now.

Standing at the Sky's Edge

Sat. 10 December 2022 — Sat. 21 January 2023

Crucible Theatre

A musical centred around Sheffield’s Park Hill, with music by the city’s own Richard Hawley. Read our review from its sell-out debut run in 2019, and book now for its return to the Crucible stage.