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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.

NONUNONU

Wed. 24 April 2024

The Lescar

Nu-jazz fusion with vibrant and intense grooves, and free-flowing improvisation. Hosted by Jazz at The Lescar.

Trish Clowes & Ross Stanley

Thu. 25 April 2024

Firth Hall

A distinctive duo playing music built around their own material, arrangements from jazz, folk and church organ traditions, and free improvisations. Presented with Sheffield Jazz.

Verona Quartet

Fri. 26 April 2024

Firth Hall

An international string quartet for the 21st century. Championing the rich breadth of the string quartet repertoire from the time-honoured canon through contemporary classics.

Lost Signal #1 – Sheffield DIY Electronica

Fri. 26 April 2024

Hatch

A new series bringing the best names in DIY electronica to Hatch. Kicking off with a DJ set of high energy techno and DnB from Flora Ocean Parkin hot off the release of her debut EP. Plus Heavy Lifting, Phoneutrian x Zaron Mizmeras, and Vernon Delph.

We Hate The Sharkman

Sat. 27 April 2024

Yellow Arch Studios

The Sheffield-based seven-piece jazz/funk/afro/dub band celebrate the release of their new EP. Playing brass-infused originals and covers (their first released included Bill Withers's Ain’t No Sunshine and Favourite Things from the Sound of Music).

Songs For The Record

Tue. 30 April 2024

The Three Tuns, 39 Silver Street Head, S1 2DD

Like a book club, for albums. A fun, informal and welcoming space where people can talk (and maybe learn a little bit too) about music they love and remember. This month, the album is Oasis's 1994 debut, Definitely Maybe.

BLACKSABBATHMODE

Wed. 1 May 2024

The Lescar

A celebration of and homage to the music of Black Sabbath. In an original collaboration between nu jazz duo BIGHEADMODE and vocalist Plumm, hosted by Jazz at the Lescar.

Ana Carla Maza

Thu. 2 May 2024

Firth Hall

Cuban composer, cellist and singer Ana Carla Maza makes a musical reconnection to her Havana upbringing and Latin American roots. Presented with Talking Gigs, combining discussion and a concert.

Key Of She – Music Improv Jam

Multiple dates

Theatre Deli

A monthly jam night for women, non-binary people and transfolk to explore musical improvisation.

Footprints Open Jazz Jam

Thu. 2 May 2024

Alder

An open jam session led by the Footprints house band. All musicians and vocalists are invited to join – or just come down to enjoy the music.

Granny’s Attic

Fri. 3 May 2024

St Andrews Church, Psalter Lane, S11 8YL

"One of the most exciting and accomplished English folk acts on the scene right now” according to Folk Radio. Granny's Attic bring their exceptional musicianship and boundless energy to Sheffield as part of their 15th anniversary tour.

Peddler

Multiple dates

Peddler Warehouse, 92 Burton Road, S3 8DA

Food, music and art in a former warehouse, one weekend a month. Plus kids craft activities on the Saturday afternoons. With bonus Christmas crafts for their festive edition.

Chinabot Label Showcase

Sat. 4 May 2024

Hatch

Live electronic music from Chinabot, a platform and collective to change the dialogue surrounding Asian music. With audio visual artist Neo Geodesia, DJ, producer and visual artist Jaeho Hwang, and multi-instrumentalist and composer Ayankoko.

Sheffield University Wind Orchestra

Sun. 5 May 2024

Firth Hall

Join the ensemble as they perform a range of music for wind orchestra, including new and lesser heard pieces.

Hunday Service at The Three Huns

Multiple dates

The Three Tuns, 39 Silver Street Head, S1 2DD

Every first and third Sunday of the month, The Three Tuns becomes The Three Huns with an afternoon and evening of drag queen-hosted karaoke, fun and games.

Sheffield University Wind Orchestra

Sun. 5 May 2024

Firth Hall

Be blown away by the uni's wind orchestra.

Emergence Collective

Fri. 10 May 2024

Drama Studio

A revolving lineup play a mix of ancient and modern instruments, building beautiful, minimalist sound worlds through improvisation.

Mock Media

Fri. 10 May 2024

Delicious Clam

Featuring members of Crack Cloud, N0v3l and Pottery, Mock Media are an underground Canadian supergroup of sorts. High-wired post punk forms the basis of their sound, with elements of European folk, 70s funk and straight up pop hooks thrown in.

Martin Simpson

Sat. 11 May 2024

Firth Hall

One of the finest fingerstyle guitar players in the world. Known for his intimate solo performances combining English traditional folk, American folk and blues and his own compositions.

SHRUB with support from Cats and the Law + Monqi

Sat. 11 May 2024

Sidney & Matilda

Joyful, jangly pop, melting together lush vocal harmonies, angular sax, infectious rhythms and psychedelic synth sound baths. With support from Cats and the Law and Monqi, hosted by Boxie.

English Teacher

Wed. 15 May 2024

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

Formed in 2020 in Leeds, English Teacher embrace the sprechgesang (speak-singing) style of vocal delivery. Their EPs showcase their impressive musical chops and wide ranging influences, all undercut by Lily Fontaine’s quick wit and biting sarcasm.

Sounds from the Ground presents Nkisi, KMRU, Ashley Holmes

Thu. 16 May 2024

GMill at SADACCA, 48 Wicker, S3 8JB

Join Arts Catalyst for a hypnotic evening of live experimental electronic music by Nkisi, KMRU and Ashley Holmes.

Festival Launch: Ensemble 360

Fri. 17 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival 2024 launches with two spellbinding works in the intimacy of the Crucible Playhouse – a passionate Piano Quartet by Gabriel Fauré, followed by Louise Farrenc’s triumphant Nonet.

Peter Hill plays Bach

Fri. 17 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Pianist and Music in the Round audience favourite Peter Hill gives a solo recital of a selection of Bach’s elegant English Suites and ever-inventive Well-Tempered Clavier.

Get Together

Sat. 18 May 2024

Kelham Island

A joyous one-day festival of independent music, taking over warehouses, breweries and bars of Kelham Island and Neepsend.

Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom

Sat. 18 May 2024

Crucible Theatre

Follow Sir Scallywag on an adventure to defeat the filthy trolls and find the famous Golden Sausage. With narration, visuals from the book and lots of music, this is a brilliant first concert for 3-to-7-year-olds.

Emma Rawicz Quartet & Tony Kofi Quartet

Sat. 18 May 2024

Crucible Theatre

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of Sheffield Jazz with two all-star bands led by British jazz musicians. One longstanding favourite with Sheffield audiences and one rising star.

Skylarking

Thu. 22 February 2024 — Sat. 18 May 2024

Soft Ground

An exhibition and events programme by Sheffield-based artist Ashley Holmes, exploring the relationship between landscapes, music and belonging.

Accent on Youth Summer Concert 2024

Sat. 18 May 2024

All Saints Church, Ringinglow Road, Ecclesall, S11 7PP

Sheffield Chamber Orchestra perform French classical music by composers Jean Baptiste Lully, Camille Saint-Saëns, Maurice Ravel and Francis Poulenc. With young guest conductor John Lyon and a solo from local up and coming cellist James Hindle.

Consolation

Sat. 18 May 2024

Hatch

Consolation play fast, raw, cathartic hardcore protest music. Playing live for the last time – catch them now or forever hold your peace. Support from fellow hardcore punks Ruined Virtue, post-metallers Mouths and synth-goth superstars Kalter.

Pollen

Multiple dates

Grey to Green, S3 8LB

An inner-city flower market, celebrating all things botanical. Taking over a patch of Sheffield city centre one Sunday a month, with plants, flowers, fresh produce and music.

Sunrise

Sun. 19 May 2024

Sheffield General Cemetery

A selection of music to accompany the rising sun, alongside the dawn chorus of singing birds. In the atmospheric surroundings of the Samuel Worth Chapel.

Weston Park May Fayre

Sun. 19 May 2024

Weston Park, S10 2TP

Join in a day of nostalgic family fun when the attractions and entertainment of Weston Park May Fayre return for 2024. With rides, sideshows, crafts, music, and more.

Visions: An Afternoon of Choral Music

Sun. 19 May 2024

St Mark's Church, Broomhill, S10 2SE

An afternoon of glorious choral music with The Abbeydale Singers, Ensemble 360, Organist Darius Battiwall and singers Anna Huntley and Ella Taylor.

Mozart and Schubert

Mon. 20 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Violist Robin Ireland, formerly of the Lindsay String Quartet joins Ensemble 360 and soprano Ella Taylor to perform pieces by Mozart and Schubert. Expect music rich in drama and emotional depth.

Relaxed Concert: Carnival

Tue. 21 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

A relaxed performance featuring The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. With doors left open, lights raised, a break-out space, and less emphasis on being quiet during the performance.

Saint-Saëns: The Renaissance Man

Tue. 21 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns transports the listener into a musical menagerie – with a swan, a tortoise, lions and a magical aquarium. Also in the programme is an early French film alongside a live score written by the composer.

French Gems

Wed. 22 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Opening with Maurice Ravel’s homage to his teacher Gabriel Fauré, this concert looks back to those who shaped him and forward to those writing today for whom he remains a guiding light.

Romantic Piano

Thu. 23 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Pianist Mishka Rushdie Momen performs music encompassing three centuries – from the baroque lyricism of Rameau to the impressionism of Ravel.

An Evening with Steven Isserlis

Thu. 23 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Steven Isserlis is guest curator at the 2024 Sheffield Chamber Music Festival. Join him, Irène Duval and Mishka Rushdie Momen as they perform music they adore – celebrating the musical loves and legacy of French composer Gabriel Fauré.

Fauré String Quartet

Fri. 24 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Violinist Irène Duval joins Ensemble 360 to perform a programme of compositions by Fauré and Enescu.

Friday Night in Paris

Fri. 24 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Musical national treasure Roderick Williams is singer-in-residence with Music in the Round. Join him and Ensemble 360 for a magical musical tour through the City of Light.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival

Fri. 17 May 2024 — Sat. 25 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Nine days of intimate and inviting classical music performances for all ages.

Close Up: Music for Curious Young Minds

Sat. 25 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Wind musicians and singers breathe life into the wondrous world of chamber music. Ideal for 7–11 year-olds and their families.

Finale

Sat. 25 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Join Music in the Round for the finale of their 40th anniversary Sheffield Chamber Music Festival. Guest curator Steven Isserlis and Ensemble 360 perform pieces by George Onslow, Gabriel Fauré and Tchaikovsky.

Peace in the Park

Sat. 8 June 2024

The Ponderosa

Music, community arts and positive vibes in the spring sunshine.

Mosfest

Sat. 8 June 2024

Don Valley Bowl, S9 2DF

A family music festival with a charity fundraising heart, returning for the final time in 2024.

Jazz on the Park

Sat. 15 June 2024

Weston Park, S10 2TP

An outdoor music and arts festival, coming to Weston Park and its iconic bandstand. With live acts, DJs, A/V installations, food traders and a roller-disco. Organised by Footprints Jazz Club and Mondo Radio in aid of low-grade serous ovarian cancer.

Karma Sheen

Fri. 21 June 2024

Sidney & Matilda

A unique band, inspired by 60/70s psychedelia, classical Indian music and fuzztone guitars. Led by Sameer Khan, who has been formally trained by a 600-year-old lineage of musicians from modern-day Pakistan. A free show to celebrate summer solstice.

She Rises

Sat. 22 June 2024

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

Immerse yourself in a powerful and moving experience with the upper-voice vocal consort Sonority.

Bassfest Summer Festival

Sat. 20 July 2024 — Sun. 21 July 2024

Don Valley Bowl

Dedicated to drum and bass, house, bassline, and beyond.

The Ultimate Classic Rock Show

Sat. 27 July 2024

Octagon Centre, The University of Sheffield, S10 2TQ

Dust off your air guitars for an evening of classic rock anthems from legends past and present.

Tramlines

Fri. 26 July 2024 — Sun. 28 July 2024

Hillsborough Park

A three-day summertime celebration of music. Lineup for 2024 coming soon.

Sharrow Festival

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 – 2024 details to come.

Rock N Roll Circus

Thu. 29 August 2024 — Sat. 31 August 2024

Don Valley Bowl, S9 2DF

Roll up, roll up! Part music festival, part circus, the Rock N Roll Circus is coming back to town. With headliners Richard Hawley, Becky Hill and Milburn. Plus aerialists, stilt walkers, fortune tellers and more.

Float Along Festival

Sat. 28 September 2024

Float Along music festival returns to Sheffield city centre to do it all again for the third year running. This year's lineup includes: Shame, Antony Szmierek, Fat Dog, Scaler, Snapped Ankles, and more.

Festival of the Mind

Thu. 19 September 2024 — Sun. 29 September 2024

Feed your mind with a series of fascinating and inspiring talks, exhibitions and performances. Organised by folks from the University of Sheffield in collaboration with local artists and creatives.

Sensoria

Thu. 3 October 2024 — Sun. 6 October 2024

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

A weekend of bleeps, beats and sweaty grins. Returning in October to bring together music, visual art and technology. 2024 dates and lineup TBC.

Classical Weekend

One big celebration of classical music. Bringing classical music to concert halls, gardens and public spaces across the city, every other year. Returning in 2025.