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

Sensoria artwork by Lisa O'Hara

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 and music. 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, John Grant and more.

See what's in store for Sensoria 2021.

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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.

Welcome II the Terrordome

Thu. 28 October 2021


Ngozi Onwurah's Welcome II the Terrordome is a rough diamond of 90s British cinema, a ferocious dystopian nightmare and Afrofuturist vision. Followed by a discussion with award-winning film exhibition company We Are Parable and Being Human Festival.

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."

Kid Acne

If you've spent a decent amount of time in Sheffield, chances are you'll have come across, and come to love, the work of graffiti artist-musician-printmaker Kid Acne in one form or another.