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

Sensoria picks

Sensoria is Sheffield's festival of film, music and digital art that is, quite fittingly, named after a track by Sheffield's synth pioneers Cabaret Voltaire.

This year's programme features a performance harnessing the power of the Tesla coil, the return of Sheffield post-math-rock faves Rolo Tomassi, a retrospective of music video auteur Dawn Shadforth, an exhibition of work by prolific 80s-90s Sheffield photographer Barbara Wasiak, and tons more.

See the full programme on the Sensoria website, and read on for our Tom's top 10 picks.

Studio 54

Thu. 27 September 2018

Abbeydale Picture House

A documentary on the rise and fall of what many consider the greatest nightclub of all time.

Sensory Wine Tasting

Fri. 28 September 2018

APG Works

Booze experts Starmore Boss lead a tasting session to demonstrate how the way a drink looks can affect our senses.

3 Ring Circus

Fri. 28 September 2018

Three shows from three artists on all the same night. Featuring Richard Hawley and more to be announced soon.

Jlin and jme.osc

Sat. 29 September 2018

Trafalgar Warehouse, 120 Trafalgar Street, S1 4JT

One of the most exciting producers of today's generation of electronic musicians. With support from Sensoria’s Beats Working award winner.

Desolation Center

Tue. 2 October 2018

Picture House Social

A documentary about Reagan-era guerrilla punk concerts in the Californian desert, featuring the likes of Sonic Youth, Minutemen, Meat Puppets, Swans and Einstürzende Neubauten.

The Adventures of Prince Achmed with live score

Wed. 3 October 2018

Drama Studio, Sheffield University, Shearwood Road, S10 2TD

The world's oldest surviving animated feature film,
telling a story involving a prince, a princess, a witch, Aladdin, and a bunch of demons. With a live score played on a spectacular array of instruments from around the world.

Beak> + Ex-Easter Island Head

Thu. 4 October 2018

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

Moody soundscapes, mortorik rhythms and percussive drones.


Sat. 6 October 2018

The Octagon, Clarkson Street, S10 2TQ

One for synth obsessives. A showcase of synthesisers plus a modular meet-up, talks from the likes of Heaven 17's Martyn Ware, and a session on how Delia Derbyshire created the Doctor Who theme.

Will Gregory Moog Ensemble

Sat. 6 October 2018

Trafalgar Warehouse, 120 Trafalgar Street, S1 4JT

New music played on vintage synthesisers. Led by Goldfrapp keyboard player Will Gregory and featuring renowned composers, members of Portishead, and more.

Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked The World

Sat. 6 October 2018

Picture House Social

A documentary telling the previously little told story of Native Americans' huge influence on popular music.