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

Music picks

Make some dates with excellent bands and artists, with a hand from our Tom's picks of the gigs coming soon in Sheffield.

Browse the What's On calendar for even more music events.

Portico Quartet + Before Breakfast

Wed. 26 February 2020

The Leadmill

Mercury Prize-nominated Portico Quartet debut new music, sending out echoes of jazz, electronica, ambient music and minimalism. Support comes from Before Breakfast, one of the rising stars of the Sheffield scene. Presented by Opus and Now Then.

Julian Cope

Sat. 29 February 2020

The Leadmill

Musician, author, historian, hallucinogen enthusiast, and devotee of all things cosmic, who came to fame in the late 70s as the frontman of The Teardrop Explodes.

OneFest and Shabaka Hutchings

Sat. 7 March 2020

The Leadmill

A festival bringing music business education to young people alongside world-class jazz musicians.

Elvis Costello and the Imposters

Sat. 7 March 2020

Sheffield City Hall

A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who, o​​​​​ver the course of his 40 year long career, has embraced multiple genres, inspired millions and written songs many consider to be amongst the best in the world.

Lee Scratch Perry

Thu. 26 March 2020

O2 Academy Sheffield

​​​​​​​Lee Scratch Perry is one of reggae’s greatest producers, a pioneer of dub music and a man whose eccentric reputation is matched by the strangeness of his recorded output.

Maya Youssef Trio

Fri. 3 April 2020

Crucible Theatre

Damascus-born Maya Youssef is hailed as ‘the queen of the qanun’, a traditional Syrian 78-stringed plucked zither.

Harry Styles

Fri. 17 April 2020

Sheffield Arena, Broughton Ln, Sheffield S9 2DF

One Directioner turned solo.

The Folk Forest

Sat. 18 July 2020 — Sun. 19 July 2020

Endcliffe Park

An oasis of calm between the trees. With music, arts and crafts market, heritage craft workshops, and more.


Wed. 16 September 2020

Sheffield Arena, Broughton Ln, Sheffield S9 2DF

Grime pioneer turned global superstar.