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

Factory Floor live soundtrack to Metropolis, Sensoria 2017. Photo by Laura Merrill courtesy of Sensoria

A festival named after a track by Sheffield synth pioneers Cabaret Voltaire? You know you’re onto a winner with Sensoria right away.

Sensoria is Sheffield's festival of film, music and digital art. Since it started out in 2008, Sensoria has projected films in places we’d never have thought would make for cinemas – The Big Blue at Hathersage lido, Threads on the hill above Sheffield station, Metropolis with a live soundtrack by Factory Floor in a steel mill turned museum. It's staged bands and installations in buildings we'd thought were beyond use. And Sensoria isn’t just skilled at location scouting; it's hosted some of the most memorable music of recent years in Sheffield, bringing to town the likes of Laurie Anderson, Bo Ningen, Michael Rother, and a roving Richard Hawley, John Grant and Bill Ryder-Jones triple bill.

See our top picks of the Sensoria 2018 programme.

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Dipped in Gold present...

Sat. 20 July 2019

The Great Gatsby

Record label Dipped in Gold curate the Saturday lineup in Gatsby's upstairs room. Artists include avant-garde post punk troubadours Bilge Pump and Sunderland’s Roxy Girls with their awkward, angular and angry guitar music akin to Gang of Four.

White Denim

Wed. 31 July 2019

The Leadmill

Texan psych-rockers. Their latest album is full of hard hitting riffs and psychedelic breakdowns that take you from A to B in the blink of an eye, as if someone has cut and spliced together every classic rock album since the 1960s.

Delicious Clam

A record label and self-confessed labour of love, fuelling the fire of Sheffield's alternative music scene.

Abbeydale Picture House

An enchanted princess of a building, the beguiling 1920s Abbeydale Picture House is at last mid-rescue.