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

Tom Roper

Our Favourite Places would be nothing without our contributors — a massive thanks to all of them!

Tell us about you…
I moved to Sheffield from Norfolk to study. Like most people, I fell in love with the city and didn’t want to leave; now I work at the University of Sheffield.

I enjoy making music, doing pub quizzes, playing cricket and watching documentaries.

What does Sheffield mean to you?
To me, Sheffield means having the opportunity to be creative. It has a great DIY culture where people who want to make things or start new projects can.

What’s your favourite Sheffield place?
There are so many! I’m lucky enough to live next to Two Steps fish and chip shop on Sharrow Vale Road which makes it a real challenge to not eat their delicious, well priced, generously portioned food every single day. In a similar, but slightly healthier vein, I love Blue Moon Cafe next to the Cathedral – it serves great vegetarian food at a low price and you get loads on your plate!

Bear Tree Records is my favourite new shop in Sheffield, Joe gets some great stuff in so it’s always worth a visit. Likewise, the Showroom always has something interesting to watch and is a great place to go for a cosy evening. My favourite places to go for a drink are the Sheffield Tap next to the train station, the Sheaf View in Heeley, and Picture House Social on Abbeydale Road.

What would you do to improve the city?
I’d ban the needless demolition of buildings and encourage renovation of all the beautiful empty spaces.

Latest contributions

O Adversity, I Will Overcome Thee

Fri. 12 August 2022


A varied night of bands all united by their love of very, very loud noise. Expect everything from heavy, doom-laden sounds to psych-infused post-rock to math-rock. Earplugs advised. Raising funds for CRIBS International, supporting pregnant refugees.

Mdou Moctar

Wed. 17 August 2022

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

A fusion of psychedelia, desert rock and folk from an artist who's been called "the Hendrix of the Sahara." Singing primarily in Tamasheq, he covers topics such as imperialism, women’s rights, the natural world, and oppression of people from Niger.

The Monochrome Set

Sat. 2 July 2022

The Greystones

Legendary music journalist John Robb called the Monochrome Set "arguably the first truly postmodern pop band." A huge influence the Smiths and Franz Ferdinand, the band are noted for their wry humour and their crisp, well constructed post-punk.

Krar Collective

Fri. 1 July 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

From London via Addis Ababa, Krar Collective have been called "the White Stripes of Ethiopia" due to their stripped back take on contemporary African roots music. They play hypnotic, groove-laden jams centred around the Ethiopian krar harp.