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

Meet the Locals

Our interviews with some of the creative folk who happily call Sheffield home. Get to know local artists, musicians, makers, designers, poets, brewers, and more.

Ashley Holmes

An artist with a multitude of interests – music, film, visual arts, archiving – investigating social and political histories, and exploring the ways that stories of Black people in Britain are told.

Otis Mensah

Sheffield's first poet laureate. A radical performer with a clear vision of poetry and rap as a means of communicating emotion.

Yusuf Yellow

A lyricist reflecting on authenticity, masculinity, existential angst and the power of creativity, especially as expressed through rap.

One World Choir

A group of refugees and asylum seekers, as well as other local people, who come together over songs of love, solidarity and belonging.

Lucy Cheesman

A sound artist, musician, producer and organiser whose work often blurs the boundary between the visual, the audible and the digital.

Leafcutter John

An artist and instrument builder from the experimental fringes of electronic music. See him live at this year's AlgoMech festival.

Kweku Sackey – K.O.G

A multi-instrumentalist and Afro-fusion pioneer, making positive connections and "linking Yorkshire to the rest of the world" as frontman for the eight-piece K.O.G and the Zongo Brigade.

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.

Richard Hawley

No musician has as deep a connection to Sheffield as Richard Hawley. Here he talks about the "grim up north" myth and how Sheffield inspires his music.

Alex McLean

A pioneer of the algorave scene, creating music through live coding.

Delicious Clam

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

Nat Johnson

"A little bit country, a little bit folk, a little bit indie."

Nancy Kerr

Folk music A-lister, "fiddlesinger" and champion for social change.