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

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar. Filled with picks of the city’s arts, culture and heritage events, both in-person and virtual. Plus reviews and festival guides.

Conspirators: Listening Session with Shenece Oretha

Thu. 26 May 2022

Site Gallery

Join artist Shenece Oretha for an intimate listening session in tribute to the African American singer Jeanne Lee (1939–2000). Together you'll meditate on the sculpting and shaping of sound, and how it moves and shapes us.

Legs Eleven Present: Gemma Cullingford & Japan Review

Fri. 27 May 2022

Delicious Clam

Join Legs Eleven for a Friday night dose of electronic grooves.

Legs Eleven Present: Ghost Car & Honk

Sat. 28 May 2022

Delicious Clam

Two bands from across the Pennines and beyond. Expect glam rock riffs, and vocals sitting somewhere between Clare Grogan and Poly Styrene.


Wed. 1 June 2022

The Lescar

A true legend of European jazz is joined by two of the UK's finest improvising musicians. Expect a highly charged programme of intuitive, spontaneous, vital and captivating music. Hosted by Jazz at The Lescar and Sheffield Jazz.

TalkingGigs presents Addictive TV's Orchestra of Samples

Thu. 2 June 2022

Drama Studio

An immersive mix of performance and conversation, with artist collective Addictive TV. They'll share insights into the making of their global music project Orchestra of Samples, as well performing with Sarah Yaseen and Ford Collier.

Outlaw's Picnic

Thu. 2 June 2022

Loxley Primary School, Rodney Hill, Loxley, S6 6SG

Join the folks from Sensoria Festival as they host an outdoor family-friendly day of activities near what's thought to be the birthplace of Robin Hood. With acoustic music, book and art stall, games, talks, food and drink.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Fri. 3 June 2022

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

This Melbourne based band specialise in energetic indie rock, full of pop hooks, bright guitar lines and dry wit. They describe their style as “tough pop/soft punk” and sound like a mix of The Strokes, The Go-Betweens and REM.


Multiple dates

Peddler Warehouse, 92 Burton Road, S3 8DA

Food, music, art. In a former warehouse. At night.

Judy and the Jerks

Sun. 5 June 2022

Delicious Clam

This Mississippi four-piece are a band who champion all things weird in their fast, fun and frenetic hardcore punk. Pitchfork said: “their music splatters like mashed potatoes against concrete walls.” This show is sure to be messy but uplifting.

Shirley Smart + Robert Mitchell

Wed. 8 June 2022

The Lescar

Beautiful, thought-provoking improvised music and poetry from cellist Shirley Smart and pianist and Steinway artist Robert Mitchell. Including responses to the Windrush scandal and the search for global peace. Doors open early, under-18s welcome.


Thu. 9 June 2022

Yellow Arch Studios

Join the folks from Jazz at The Lescar at Yellow Arch Studios for an evening of subtle, rhythmic and quietly expressive improvised chamber music from a band of UK jazz and improvised music legends.

Olivier Le Goas and Reciprocity feat. John Escreet

Fri. 10 June 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10

A special one-off gig by an all-star international band, featuring a rare UK appearance by Doncaster-born pianist John Escreet. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Future Classical Live

Fri. 10 June 2022


Join composer Benjamin Tassie for this special live recording of Resonance FM's Future Classical radio show, with guests Mark Fell and CHAINES.

Peace in the Park

Sat. 11 June 2022

The Ponderosa

Music, community arts and positive vibes in the sunshine.

Quayside Market

Multiple dates

Victoria Quays, S2 5SY

A monthly market by the water in the beautiful Victoria Quays. Bringing craft stalls, street food, craft beer and live music to the historic cobbles.

A Reyt Queer Do #6

Sun. 12 June 2022

Sidney + Matilda

Andro and Eve are back with their queer cabaret – and belated fifth birthday celebration!

Neighbourhood Voices

Sun. 12 June 2022

The Montgomery

Neighbourhood Voices are a 60-strong community choir, who in the past year have performed with Self Esteem and opened Steve Lamacq’s show for BBC World Music Day. Expect unique arrangements of Laura Mvula, Caroline Polachek, All Saints and more.


Sun. 12 June 2022

Bishops' House

A varied evening of classical and folk music in the intimate setting of Bishops' House in Meersbrook Park.

Revival Room

Wed. 15 June 2022

The Lescar

A fresh and distinctive trio of three musicians from Manchester’s burgeoning improvised music scene. Hosted by Jazz at The Lescar.


Multiple dates

An inner-city flower market. Taking over a corner of Castlegate one Sunday a month with plants, flowers, fresh produce and more – for a celebration of all things botanical.


Tue. 21 June 2022

Sheffield City Hall

Formed in Sheffield in the 80s, ABC became one of the decade's most popular and inspirational new wave bands. 40 years on, they're performing their timeless debut album The Lexicon of Love in its entirety, including iconic tracks like Poison Arrow.

Jemma Freese

Wed. 22 June 2022

The Lescar

Contemporary jazz metal riffs, heavy synths, choral-inspired vocals, sub-bass and classical piano, hosted by Jazz at The Lescar.

Future Now Festival

Wed. 11 May 2022 — Thu. 23 June 2022

A festival of creativity, showcasing the work of Hallam students. With exhibitions, events, performances and film screenings.

Matt Woosey

Thu. 23 June 2022

Cafe #9

A modern day guitar master. His music spans blues, folk, rock, pop and ambient. Whether he’s playing in fans' living rooms or at some of the most prestigious venues in Europe (or in tiny cafes in Sheffield), intimacy, passion and skill are a given.

Queer Folk

Fri. 24 June 2022

Drama Studio

Queer Folk have been delving into the archives to find stories, songs and dances celebrating LGBTQIA+ history.

Both Sides Now: The Joni Mitchell Songbook

Fri. 8 July 2022

The Greystones

Both Sides Now are back in Sheffield to mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic albums ever made: Blue. Join them as they pay homage to Blue alongside other tracks from Joni Mitchell’s illustrious career.

Sharrow Festival

Sat. 9 July 2022

Mount Pleasant Park, Abbeydale Road, S7 1BY

Sharrow Festival has been a special part of its local community since 1996. Join in the family-friendly celebration of the area's culture and diversity.

The Chats

Sun. 10 July 2022

The Leadmill

This Australian band rose to fame through the release of their single Smoko, a song about smoking breaks that went huge on Youtube. Their no-nonsense attitude and anthemic singalongs have gained celebrity fans including Alex Turner and Dave Grohl.

Bassfest Summer Festival

Sat. 16 July 2022 — Sun. 17 July 2022

Don Valley Bowl

Two days dedicated to drum and bass, house, bassline, and beyond. Lineup to be announced.


Fri. 22 July 2022 — Sun. 24 July 2022

Hillsborough Park

A three-day summertime celebration of music.


Mon. 22 August 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Irish singer-songwriter Conor J. O’Brien and his band specialise in soul-enriching, life-affirming music that straddles folk, chamber pop and indie rock. NME described their latest album as “woozy, psychedelic soul that conjures another world.”

Rockin the Bowl

Fri. 9 September 2022 — Sun. 11 September 2022

Don Valley Bowl

"Forged in fire, set in steel." A three-dayer dedicated to bringing open-air rock back to the Don Valley.

Float Along Festival

Sat. 24 September 2022

A brand new multi-venue music festival for Sheffield. With Manchester art rock band Everything Everything, local psych and post-punk favourites Sister Wives, London dance-rock band Los Bitchos, and more.

Laura Jurd

Thu. 29 September 2022

Yellow Arch Studios

A brass-fuelled party band led by trumpet player and composer Laura Jurd. With music influenced by Celtic folk traditions, the blues and a sprinkling of alt-rock.

Festival of the Mind

Feed your mind with a series of fascinating and inspiring talks, exhibitions and events. Returning in September 2022 – dates and details coming soon.


Fri. 30 September 2022 — Sat. 8 October 2022

Sheffield's festival of film and music. Expect a truly unique mix of performance, live film scores, screenings, exhibitions, and music industry activity.

No Bounds

Fri. 14 October 2022 — Sun. 16 October 2022

A weekend of bleeps, beats and sweaty grins. Bringing together music, visual art, and technology. Earlybird weekend passes on sale now.

Standing at the Sky's Edge

Sat. 10 December 2022 — Sat. 21 January 2023

Crucible Theatre

A musical centred around Sheffield’s Park Hill, with music by the city’s own Richard Hawley. Read our review from its sell-out debut run in 2019, and book now for its return to the Crucible stage.