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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.

Metropolis + live score

Tue. 25 September 2018

Spiegeltent, Barker's Pool, S1 2HB

As part of the Festival of the Mind, Film Unit will be taking over the glorious Spiegeltent a screening of the sci-fi classic complete with live score.

Studio 54

Thu. 27 September 2018

Abbeydale Picture House

A documentary on the rise and fall of what many consider the greatest nightclub of all time.

The Magic Gang

Fri. 28 September 2018

Plug, 14-16 Matilda Street, S1 4QD

Uplifting indie rock.


Fri. 21 September 2018 — Fri. 28 September 2018

Sheffield Cathedral

An animated rap music video installation, inspired by the inner thoughts of women from black and ethnic minority backgrounds.

3 Ring Circus

Fri. 28 September 2018

Three shows from three artists on all the same night. Featuring Richard Hawley and more to be announced soon.

Open Mic Night

Sat. 29 September 2018

The Montgomery

A spotlight on Sheffield's emerging comedy and music talent.

Sounds of the Antarctic

Sat. 29 September 2018

The Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, S10 2TQ

A breathtaking expedition through the world’s last true wilderness, accompanied by sounds from the Sheffield Rep Orchestra.

Jlin and jme.osc

Sat. 29 September 2018

Trafalgar Warehouse, 120 Trafalgar Street, S1 4JT

One of the most exciting producers of today's generation of electronic musicians. With support from Sensoria’s Beats Working award winner.

Childhoods at a Cross Roads in Ghana

Sat. 29 September 2018

The Spiegeltent, Barker's Pool, S1 2HF

Poetry and music exploring the impact of British colonial rule and missionary activities on childhoods in Ghana. With Kewku Sackey (KOG and the Zongo Brigade) and Dr Afua Twum-Danso Imoh.

Software Garden

Sat. 29 September 2018

The Spiegeltent, Barker's Pool, S1 2HF

Artist Rory Pilgrim and poet Carol Kallend look at the connection between technology, disability and care, through a performance of experimental music and dance.

The Sound of Science

Fri. 28 September 2018 — Sat. 29 September 2018

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

A family-friendly concert combining music, animations and live demonstrations of science.

Out of the Archive

Sat. 29 September 2018

The Spiegeltent, Barker's Pool, S1 2HF

A performance of a new composition in response to John Addington Symonds (1840-93) and his lyric mediation on homoerotic colour and clothing. By Out Aloud, Sheffield’s LGBT Community Choir.

Festival of the Mind

Thu. 20 September 2018 — Sun. 30 September 2018

Feed your mind with a series of fascinating and inspiring talks, exhibitions and events.

Desolation Center

Tue. 2 October 2018

Picture House Social

A documentary about Reagan-era guerrilla punk concerts in the Californian desert, featuring the likes of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Swans and Einstürzende Neubauten.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed with live score

Wed. 3 October 2018

Drama Studio, Sheffield University, Shearwood Road, S10 2TD

The world's oldest surviving animated feature film,
telling a story involving a prince, a princess, a witch, Aladdin, and a bunch of demons. With a live score played on a spectacular array of instruments from around the world.

Beak> + Ex-Easter Island Head

Thu. 4 October 2018

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

Moody soundscapes, mortorik rhythms and percussive drones.


Thu. 27 September 2018 — Sat. 6 October 2018

Sheffield's distinctly innovative, always interesting festival of sound and vision.


Sat. 6 October 2018

The Octagon, Clarkson Street, S10 2TQ

One for synth obsessives. A showcase of synthesisers plus a modular meet-up, talks from the likes of Heaven 17's Martyn Ware, and a session on how Delia Derbyshire created the Doctor Who theme.

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

Sat. 6 October 2018

Picture House Social

A documentary telling the previously little told story of Native Americans' huge influence on popular music.

Will Gregory Moog Ensemble

Sat. 6 October 2018

Trafalgar Warehouse, 120 Trafalgar Street, S1 4JT

New music played on vintage synthesisers. Led by Goldfrapp keyboard player Will Gregory and featuring renowned composers, members of Portishead, and more.

Ghosts and Whispers

Sat. 13 October 2018

Sheffield General Cemetery

An unbroken sequence of music including work by Mozart, Stravinsky and Woolrich, accompanied by a new film by Brothers Quay.

The Brian Jonestown Massacre

Mon. 22 October 2018

The Leadmill

As notorious as they are prolific.

Sheffield Modern: In C

Fri. 26 October 2018

Arts Tower, Western Bank, S10 2TN

Terry Riley's minimalist masterpiece performed from within the Arts Tower's paternoster lift. Revolutionary music in a revolving setting.

Eddi Reader

Sat. 27 October 2018

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

From the traditional to the contemporary, Eddi brings joyous life to all forms of song.

Me and My Bee

Fri. 2 November 2018

The Montgomery

An intimate family show tackling big issues with live music and comedy.

Rafiki Jazz – Up Close!

Mon. 5 November 2018

Crucible Theatre

An evening with Sheffield's all-star global music collective, accompanied by hypnotic digital animations.

JigDoll Ensemble

Thu. 22 November 2018

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

Cutting-edge looping technology mixed with vocal, accordion and composition skill.