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

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar. Make some plans with our picks of events, our art and theatre reviews, and programme highlights from the city's main festivals and venues.

Potpourri

Thu. 23 January 2020

Hatch, 107 Harwood Street, S2 4SE

Forming through a desire to hang out in a more creative way, this four-piece DIY collective released their first single Eisenhower on Christmas Day – a catchy, slightly spooky slice of art-pop. For fans of: Pulp, Sheffield synth pop, Kate Bush.

Jean Toussaint Quartet

Fri. 24 January 2020

Crucible Theatre

An intimate evening in the Crucible Studio with a saxophonist of international stature and his excellent band.

Lauren Kinsella / Tom Challenger / Dave Smith

Wed. 29 January 2020

The Lescar

Unique, beautiful music that premiered at the 2018 London Jazz Festival, exploring themes of conservation and nature.

Fergus McCreadie Trio

Fri. 31 January 2020

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Although you may not yet have heard of him, Fergus McCreadie is a phenomenal young pianist and his trio is one of the hottest, most exciting young groups in European jazz at the moment. Don't miss him when Sheffield Jazz bring him to town.

Noisia

Fri. 31 January 2020 — Sat. 1 February 2020

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

The Tuesday Club hosts Noisia's last ever Sheffield show, as part of their farewell tour. With support from Black Sun Empire, Levela, Kyrist and lots more.

Lilli Unwin

Wed. 5 February 2020

The Lescar

An enchanting and soulful singer, playing with a brilliant trio featuring much sought after guitarist Rob Luft, and Rupert Cox on keys.

Holy Goof

Tue. 4 February 2020 — Wed. 5 February 2020

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

The Tuesday Club is back with a bang with one of the biggest names in dance music right now or its first outing of 2020.

Ensemble 360 and James Gilchrist

Thu. 6 February 2020

Crucible Theatre

Featuring works by Howard Skempton, Beethoven, and Vaughan Williams. With poems are sung by tenor James Gilchrist, praised by The Times as an interpreter of English song who is “in a class by himself”.

Emilia Mårtensson Band

Fri. 7 February 2020

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Over the last decade, Emilia Mårtensson has built a reputation as one of the most exciting young vocalists on the UK jazz scene.

Beethoven 250: String Quartets and more

Tue. 11 February 2020

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

An evening of music that takes us to the extremes of Beethoven’s character.

Young Marco, Stevie Cox & Román Rocha

Tue. 11 February 2020

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

Dekmantel resident and all round party starter Young Marco makes his Tuesday Club debut. Plus support from Stevie Cox, and La Rumba head honcho Román Rocha.

RESOLUTE + Arthur O’Hara Trio

Wed. 12 February 2020

The Lescar

Two original and totally distinctive bands representing different aspects of the stunningly varied UK jazz and improvised music scenes. 

MoonMot

Wed. 19 February 2020

The Lescar

A vibrant collaboration between UK band Word of Moth and Swiss musicians OIi Kuster and Simon Petermann; exploratory improvisation, acoustic and electronic sounds: powerful, fiery and driving music.

Hazard, KAZ, Clouwds & Andy H

Tue. 18 February 2020 — Wed. 19 February 2020

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

Hazard returns to Sheffield's Tuesday Club off the back of his brand new EP.

Martin Speake Quartet ft. Ethan Iverson

Fri. 21 February 2020

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

A great quartet fronted by two of the most original improvisers on either side of the Atlantic.

Barry Green Trio

Thu. 27 February 2020

Firth Hall, Firth Court, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, S10 2TN

A welcome return of one of the best pianists to play in Sheffield in recent years.

Ensemble 360

Tue. 3 March 2020

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

A lunchtime concert featuring two of the most glorious works for violin and piano of the later Romantic period: Polish composer Karol Szymanowski’s Myths and César Franck’s majestic Sonata.

Mella Dee

Tue. 3 March 2020 — Wed. 4 March 2020

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

The Tuesday Club and The Night Kitchen present a special all night long set with Warehouse Music head honcho Mella Dee.

Anthropology Band

Fri. 6 March 2020

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Sheffield-based saxophonist, composer and record producer Martin Archer brings a highly talented octet of musicians to revisit the electric period of Miles Davis.

Hospitality Sheffield 2020

Fri. 6 March 2020 — Sat. 7 March 2020

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

Join The Tuesday Club for "a night of guaranteed vibes and unbeatable music with the best drum and bass family in the world."

OneFest and Shabaka Hutchings

Sat. 7 March 2020

The Leadmill

A festival bringing music business education to young people alongside world-class jazz musicians.

Ensemble 360

Tue. 10 March 2020

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

This lunchtime concert features two of the most glorious works for violin and piano of the later Romantic period.

TTC x Peachy x SheFest: ANZ, Jossy Mitsu, Tino, & More

Tue. 10 March 2020 — Wed. 11 March 2020

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

The Tuesday Club and Peachy team up to present a very special event in association with SheFest – a group dedicated to championing self-defining women's rights and gender equality through events, activities, workshops, film screenings and more.

Beethoven 250: Wind & Piano

Fri. 20 March 2020

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

A joyful showcase of Beethoven and more from the wind players of Ensemble 360.

Concerteenies with Music in the Round (1 and 2 yr olds)

Fri. 20 March 2020

Channing Hall (Upper Chapel), 45 Surrey Street, S1 2LG

Ensemble 360 performs two relaxed concerts for young children and their grown-ups.

Ant Law Quartet

Fri. 20 March 2020

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

A welcome return to Sheffield by Ant Law and this very talented guitar-led band.

Beethoven 250: Harmoniemusik

Sun. 22 March 2020

Kommune, Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LS

Join Music in the Round for a leisurely Sunday of music, all while enjoying refreshments from the many independent outlets in Kommune.

Beethoven 250: Come & Play

Sun. 22 March 2020

Kommune, Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LS

Come and play along with friendly musicians from Ensemble 360 and Hallam Sinfonia. You'll play through the first movement of Beethoven’s greatest symphony, No. 5 (da-da-da-DUUUUMMM).

Beethoven 250: The Final Sonatas – Steven Osborne

Fri. 27 March 2020

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

A trio of beautifully balanced and contrasting works, played by a thrilling performer.

Nikki Iles Orchestra

Fri. 27 March 2020

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

A big band treat! Award-winning pianist and composer Nikki Iles’s Jazz Orchestra marks a new chapter in a long and distinguished career in British jazz.

My Nu Leng & M8s

Tue. 31 March 2020 — Wed. 1 April 2020

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

The Tuesday Club is hosting My Nu Leng as they return to the city for the Sheffield leg of their My Nu Leng & M8s UK tour.

Tomorrow's Stars Today

Fri. 3 April 2020

Crucible Theatre

American rising stars, violinist Randall Goosby and pianist Jonathan Ware, make their Crucible Studio debut supported by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).

Maya Youssef Trio

Fri. 3 April 2020

Crucible Theatre

Damascus-born Maya Youssef is hailed as ‘the queen of the qanun’, a traditional Syrian 78-stringed plucked zither.

Trish Clowes – My Iris

Fri. 17 April 2020

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Saxophonist Trish Clowes draws inspiration from the concept of an iris opening and the kaleidoscopic range of sounds which the band are exploring. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Harry Styles

Fri. 17 April 2020

Sheffield Arena, Broughton Ln, Sheffield S9 2DF

One Directioner turned solo.

Alan Barnes + 11

Fri. 24 April 2020

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Alan Barnes celebrates his 60th birthday with a collection of tunes from his birth year in large-group format with new arrangements by trombonist Mark Nightingale.

Jason Rebello Trio

Thu. 30 April 2020

Firth Hall, Firth Court, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, S10 2TN

Jason Rebello is one of the most inventive pianists to emerge from the UK since he burst onto the scene in the early 90s.

Yazz Ahmed's Hafla Band

Fri. 8 May 2020

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

A welcome return to the Sheffield Jazz stage following her hugely popular 2018 Crookes gig.

English Touring Opera

Mon. 18 May 2020 — Tue. 19 May 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar), one of Handel’s most celebrated operas: a story of passion and revenge. And Così fan tutte by Mozart, a glorious music and farcical story of young love and fidelity.

The Folk Forest

Sat. 18 July 2020 — Sun. 19 July 2020

Endcliffe Park

An oasis of calm between the trees. With music, arts and crafts market, heritage craft workshops, and more.

Stormzy

Wed. 16 September 2020

Sheffielld Arena, Broughton Ln, Sheffield S9 2DF

Grime pioneer turned global superstar.