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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.

Ensemble 360 play Dvořák, Martinů and a world premiere

Fri. 22 October 2021

Crucible Theatre

Three centuries of music. Featuring a 19th century classic, a large-scale gem of the 20th century chamber repertoire, and a world premiere composed in 2021.

Trish Clowes – My Iris

Fri. 22 October 2021

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Sheffield Jazz host a concert from saxophonist Trish Clowes and her band My Iris. Expect brooding tunes with driving grooves, distinctive melodies and inventive shifts in tempo.

Izzy Gizmo family concert

Multiple dates

Crucible Theatre

Best-selling children’s book Izzy Gizmo is brought to life in this family concert presented by Music in the Round.

Snapped Ankles

Sat. 23 October 2021

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

This London four-piece make dance-infused, post-punk inspired by the efficiency of Devo and the improvisational spirit of Can. They’ve gained notoriety for their live shows, often in outfits made from forest debris and with synths built from logs.

Salt House

Thu. 28 October 2021

Firth Hall

Salt House have been praised by folk bible fRoots for bringing “startling freshness” to the British song tradition. Expect ​​echoes of Pentangle, a touch of Dick Gaughan and murmurs of Scandinavian and Scots.

The Walk: Sheffield Welcomes Little Amal

Fri. 29 October 2021

Sheffield welcomes Little Amal, a giant puppet of a 10-year-old refugee girl, on an international journey from the Syria-Turkey border to Manchester.

Black History Month Carnival

Sat. 30 October 2021

University of Sheffield Students' Union, Western Bank, S10 2TG

Join Sheffield Students’ Union for a Black History Month Carnival with food vendors, cultural performances, live music, and market stalls from local, Black-owned businesses.

The Little Unsaid

Sun. 31 October 2021

The Greystones

Combining elements of alt-folk, electronica and alt-rock, The Little Unsaid have been championed by the likes of Iggy Pop and Tom Robinson on BBC 6 Music. Their latest record is described as "a genre-hopping exploration of flux and impermanence."

Hip Hop Horror Party

Sun. 31 October 2021

Theatre Deli

Big beats, hair raising entertainment and a fun fright of your life, with DJs, live entertainment and a fancy dress competition.

Making Tracks

Wed. 3 November 2021

Firth Hall

Making Tracks brings together exceptional young artists from around the world to showcase unique musical traditions and new collaborations. Taking place in-person and streaming online.

A Thomas Hardy Songbook

Thu. 4 November 2021

Crucible Theatre

With songs by Benjamin Britten, John Ireland and more. Performed by baritone Roderick Williams and Christopher Glynn on piano.

DINA presents: WIYAALA w/ full band ft. special guest KOG

Thu. 4 November 2021

Yellow Arch Studios

As part of DINA's autumn programme, they're presenting WIYAALA at Yellow Arch with a full band, featuring special guest KOG.

Peddler

Multiple dates

92 Burton Road

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

Graig Ogden classical guitar & Miloš Milivojević classical accordion

Sat. 6 November 2021

Crucible Theatre

Classical guitarist Craig Ogden joins classical accordionist Miloš Milivojević to play stunning arrangements by composers including Vivaldi, Scarlatti and Piazzolla.

Julian Joseph piano

Sat. 6 November 2021

Crucible Theatre

"The most significant jazz musician this country has produced for many years, perhaps ever." (The Stage).

Hedgerow

Multiple dates

Division Street

A creative street market for Sheffield city centre. Filling Division Street with live music and independent retail once a month from August onwards.

Concerteenies with Music in the Round

Sat. 6 November 2021

Channing Hall, 45 Surrey Street, S1 2LG

Chart-topping classical guitarist Craig Ogden teams up with award-winning classical accordionist Miloš Milivojević for relaxed concerts for babies and their grown-ups.

DINA & SONA Present Helena Celle and Slaylor Moon

Thu. 11 November 2021

Site Gallery

DINA and female sound collective SONA present an immersive live experience within the beautiful visuals of Permanent Distraction by Rafaël Rozendaal at Site Gallery. Featuring headphone sets from artists Helen Celle and Slaylor Moon.

Bird Migration: Charlie Parker Centenary Big Band

Fri. 12 November 2021

Crookes Social Club, MulehouseRoad, S10 1TD

A 13-piece ensemble exploring the musical ideas of Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker. An innovative, cross-genre project from critically acclaimed composer and multi-instrumentalist Hans Koller.

Our Favourite Places audience survey 2021

We’re making some changes at Our Favourite Places and we want to learn more about you – our audience. Share your thoughts in our survey to help us improve OFP. As a thank you, you can enter a draw to win a £40 La Biblioteka voucher and OFP goody bag.

Rakhi Singh

Thu. 18 November 2021

Firth Hall

Singh is known for taking audiences on a journey through the incredible breadth and range of emotions summoned by a single, solo violin. Taking place in-person and streaming online.

DINA presents The Oozes + DUCK + Gum Disease

Thu. 18 November 2021

DINA

Join DINA for a night of energetic queer punk.

Working Mens Club

Thu. 18 November 2021

The Leadmill

Combining the sparse electronics of English post-punk with the rhythms of Italian house and Detroit techno, Todmordern’s Working Mens Club are one of the leading lights of the UK music scene right now.

Deschanel Gordon Trio

Fri. 19 November 2021

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Winner of BBC Young Jazz Musician 2020, pianist Deschanel Gordon brings his trio to Sheffield. Playing original tunes influenced by the contemporary London scene and the music of his Jamaican heritage, plus his take on some selected jazz standards.

Pollen

Multiple dates

Castlegate, S3 8LB

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.

Wesley Gonzalez

Tue. 23 November 2021

Delicious Clam

The former front man of cult-indie icons Let’s Wrestle. He’s swapped his band's lo-fi, guitar driven for a style influenced by pop and soul from the 70s and 80s – somewhere between Sly and the Family Stone, Pulp, Giorgio Moroder and George Michael.

Tim Horton: Chopin Works for solo piano

Fri. 26 November 2021

Crucible Theatre

Chopin composed wonderfully melodic music for solo piano, which is why it is still so popular today. Sit back and enjoy this concert from Music in the Round.

Freddie Gavita Quartet

Fri. 26 November 2021

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Rising star Freddie Gavita is establishing a reputation as one of the top trumpeters on the UK jazz scene. Expect scintillating grooves, heartfelt ballads and some serious swing. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Sound Junction I

Fri. 26 November 2021 — Sat. 27 November 2021

Firth Hall

Incredible electronic and electro-acoustic music performed through a 360° soundsystem.

Fournier Trio

Thu. 2 December 2021

Firth Hall

One of the leading young chamber ensembles in the UK.

Clark Tracey Sextet

Fri. 3 December 2021

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

With over 40 years in jazz, Clark Tracey leads his sextet of gifted young musicians through bebop and post-bop. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Ensemble 360 play Bartók and Ligeti

Sat. 4 December 2021

Crucible Theatre

Passionate, thrilling music rooted in Hungary's folk music traditions, heard in the works of Béla Bartók and György Ligeti.

Ella Taylor plus Dorothy Ker, Dominic McHugh & Renee Timmers

Thu. 9 December 2021

Firth Hall

An evening of music lectures and Q&As hosted by University of Sheffield Concerts, followed by a performance from rising young soprano Ella Taylor. This event will take place both in person and online.

Yazz Ahmed Quartet

Fri. 10 December 2021

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Yazz Ahmed and her quartet perform music from her latest album. A celebration of female courage, determination and creativity, blending Western and Middle Eastern influences. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Awake Arise: A Christmas Show For Our Times

Sat. 18 December 2021

Firth Hall

Traditional songs, folk carols, spoken word and newly written music to galvanise and brighten the winter season, Awake Arise is a warm gift to the wintertime from five of the most engaging and celebrated performers on the English folk scene.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Christmas by Candlelight

Sat. 18 December 2021

Sheffield Cathedral

What better way to get into the festive spirit than an evening in Sheffield Cathedral, surrounded by candlelight, listening to classical Christmas music. With the Piccadilly Sinfonia, an orchestra made up of some of the UK’s leading young talent.