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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.

London Astrobeat Orchestra present 50 years of Abbey Road

Wed. 18 September 2019

Yellow Arch Studios

A night of AfroBeatleMania, taking the classic album back to its blues roots to mark its 50th anniversary.

Forj

Wed. 18 September 2019

The Lescar

Jazz at the Lescar welcome to town one of the most exciting new line-ups on the UK jazz scene. Driving, expansive, interactive, purposeful, and intensely grooving yet rhythmically subtle music.

Planet Zogg 19th Birthday

Fri. 20 September 2019 — Sat. 21 September 2019

Yellow Arch Studios

Celebrate 19 years of hyperdelia since Zogg blasted off in 2000.

High Hazels

Sat. 21 September 2019

The Leadmill

Melodic indie rock from Sheffield. The show is in celebration of the band's new album Days of No One – drawing on both their northern roots and moody Americana. Catch these local lads done good at The Leadmill for what’s sure to be a great party.

Sheffield Waterfront Festival

Sat. 21 September 2019

Victoria Quays and Exchange Street

Celebrate the Sheffield and Tinsley Canal's 200th birthday with one big day of fun on and around the water. With boat trips, canoeing, live street art and music by day, followed by more live music and DJs in Exchange Street into the early hours.

Archipelago x J Frisco

Wed. 25 September 2019

The Lescar

A superband bringing together two of the most exciting and innovative bands from the northern creative music scene. Mixing jazz-rock rhythms, explosive improvisation and minimal melodic lines.

Sheffield Makes Music

Thu. 26 September 2019

One big day of music – bringing amazing sounds to unexpected places and transforming the city centre into a stage for Sheffield's talents.

Sammartino

Fri. 27 September 2019

Bishops' House

"Hymns for the internet age" from Sheffield’s premier masked synth-pop artist. Expect an experience that’s equal parts disturbing, hilarious and incredibly fun, in the 16th-century timber surroundings of Bishops' House.

George Fitzgerald, Paranoid London, Willow, Batu, Nazira, Metrist

Fri. 27 September 2019

Hope Works, 1A Sussex Road, S4 7YQ

​​​​​​​Hope Works is celebrating its 7th birthday with a massive weekend of events that will feature some of the biggest names in the business along with new and emerging talent.

Têtes de Pois

Wed. 2 October 2019

The Lescar

A seven-piece band from Leeds, bringing a mix of jazz, soul and funk to their own original and vibrant music. Hosted by Jazz at the Lescar.

Philip Thomas plays Feldman

Wed. 2 October 2019

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

Hypnotic and endlessly fascinating piano music, complementing documentary films on two of the US’s greatest visual artists: Jackson Pollock and Willem de Kooning.

Tasmin Little & Piers Lane

Fri. 4 October 2019

Crucible Theatre

Tasmin Little, BBC Music Magazine’s Personality of the Year 2019, and her recital partner Piers Lane, visit Sheffield for Tasmin’s last ever recital with Music in the Round before she retires from the concert platform.

Karen Sharp 4

Fri. 4 October 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulhouse Road, S10 1TD

Sheffield Jazz host Karen Sharp with her long-established lineup of Nikki Iles, Dave Green and Steve Brown – world class musicians who also happen to be great friends.

Sensoria

Fri. 27 September 2019 — Sat. 5 October 2019

Sensoria Music and Film Festival returns for 2019, presenting a unique mix of live performance, film screenings, installations, exhibitions and music industry activity.

Creep Show

Sat. 5 October 2019

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

Sensoria host the premiere live performance by a group made up of John Grant and the dark analogue electro of Wrangler (Stephen Mallinder, Phil Winter, Benge).

Ensemble 360

Tue. 8 October 2019

Crucible Theatre

An evening of two Octets. Schubert's fuses the intimacy of delicate chamber music with grand outbursts on an orchestral scale, while Widmann's was conceived as its companion piece.

Quentin Collins Sextet

Fri. 11 October 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulhouse Road, S10 1TD

Drawing inspiration from the rich tradition of three-horn frontlines, evoking The Jazz Messengers, McCoy Tyner and Wynton Marsalis. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

No Bounds

Fri. 11 October 2019 — Sun. 13 October 2019

A weekend of bleeps, beats and sweaty grins. Bringing together music, visual art, poetry, and workshops.

Benjamin Grosvenor

Fri. 18 October 2019

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

An evening of pianistic virtuosity.

Binker Golding's Band

Fri. 18 October 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulhouse Road, S10 1TD

A new group put together by the eponymous tenor saxophonist best known for playing in the MOBO award winning band Binker & Moses, hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Jeff Williams Quintet

Fri. 25 October 2019

Crucible Theatre

Join Sheffield Jazz and Music in the Round for this all-star band led by leading US drummer Jeff Williams.

Leonore Piano Trio

Sat. 26 October 2019

Crucible Theatre

A cycle of the complete Beethoven violin sonatas, cello sonatas and piano trios.

The Unthanks Sing Emily Brontë

Fri. 1 November 2019

Crucible Theatre

Marking Emily Brontë’s 200th birthday, The Unthanks turn a selection of her poems into song.

Jo Whiley's 90s Anthems

Fri. 1 November 2019 — Sat. 2 November 2019

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

Bringing you all the best tracks from the decade. Think Blur vs Oasis, Fatboy Slim, Primal Scream, The Verve, The Chemical Brothers, Faithless, The Prodigy and a whole lot more.

Ensemble 360

Fri. 8 November 2019

Upper Chapel, S1 2JD

String and piano quartets. Including Robert Schumann’s turbulent Piano Quartet, a piece that has been described as ‘a small piano concerto’ and is one of Ensemble 360’s favourite works.

O'Higgins and Luft play Monk and Trane

Fri. 8 November 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Expect swing, fun, grooves and moods from this exciting new collaboration, hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

The Chimpanzees of Happytown

Sat. 9 November 2019

Crucible Theatre

A concert for families, telling the heartwarming story of Chutney the Chimp and celebrating the importance of love and happiness in everyone’s lives.

Alex Hitchcock Quartet

Fri. 15 November 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Sheffield Jazz host a saxophonist that Jazzwise describe as part of "the shape of jazz to come".

Beethoven 250: String Quartets and more

Sat. 16 November 2019

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

The first of Music in the Round's series of concerts dedicated to Beethoven's string quartets, with Ensemble 360. Part of worldwide celebrations of the composer's 250th birthday.

Ingrid & Christine Jensen with the Whirlwind Jazz Orchestra

Fri. 22 November 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Over the past twenty years, the Canadian Jensen sisters have each shaped prolific careers in contemporary jazz –  as trumpeter and saxophonist respectively.

Ensemble 360 lunchtime concert

Mon. 25 November 2019

Upper Chapel, S1 2JD

An entertaining lunchtime concert for flute, oboe and piano, featuring glorious Baroque music, a charming trio by British composer, actor and cartoonist Madeleine Dring, and champagne cork-popping Italian opera.

Barb Jungr: Bob, Brel and Me

Wed. 27 November 2019

Crucible Theatre

One of the world’s great cabaret singers, performing original arrangements of songs by Bob Dylan and Jacques Brel, as well as some of her own.

Tim Horton

Fri. 29 November 2019

Crucible Theatre

A spellbinding exploration of Schubert’s works for solo piano concludes with an unmissable trilogy of Sonatas.

Daniel Erdmann's Velvet Revolution

Fri. 29 November 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Sheffield Jazz host a true European jazz super-group.

Ensemble 360 lunchtime concert

Tue. 3 December 2019

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

Spend your lunchtime in the company of Music in the Round, and the sounds of a Brahms’s cello sonata and a piece for violin by Joseph Joachim.

Laura van der Heijden and Tom Poster

Fri. 6 December 2019

Upper Chapel, S1 2JD

Cellist Laura van der Heijden and pianist Tom Poster present a fascinating programme of the full range of tones and colours from cello repertoire spanning 200 years. Followed by an informal Q&A session.

Fabled

Fri. 6 December 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Sheffield Jazz bring to town Fabled – the brainchild of saxophonist/clarinettist Sam Rapley, who has assembled a group of the UK's most exciting young musicians.

Concerteenies with Music in the Round

Sat. 7 December 2019

Crucible Theatre

Cellist Laura van der Heijden and outstanding pianist Tom Poster lead two relaxed concerts for young children and their grown-ups, with bubbles, percussion and props.