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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.

Sound Junction – Mariana Vieira and guests

Fri. 1 December 2023

Firth Hall

An immersive showcase of experimental electronic sound. With special guest, Portuguese composer Mariana Vieira.


Multiple dates

Peddler Warehouse, 92 Burton Road, S3 8DA

Food, music and art in a former warehouse, one weekend a month. Plus kids craft activities on the Saturday afternoons. With bonus Christmas crafts for their festive edition.

Guitar Classics: Craig Ogden

Sat. 2 December 2023

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Join Music in the Round for an afternoon with the great classical guitarist Craig Ogden.

Sounds Of Now: The Hermes Experiment

Sat. 2 December 2023

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Fronted by singer Heloïse Werner, this quartet presents a wildly imaginative programme of music – by the likes of Hannah Peel, Emily Hall, Meredith Monk and more.

Winter Gala Concert

Sat. 2 December 2023

All Saints Church, Ringinglow Road, S11 7PP

Join Sheffield Chamber Orchestra for their Winter Gala Concert. Taking you on a festive, classical music tour to Spain, Italy, Hungary and Germany.

Christmas Makers' Market

Sat. 2 December 2023

Orchard Square, S1 2FB

Head to Orchard Square and browse the wares of local Sheffield artists – with everything from bespoke jewellery to photography prints, children's clothes to cheese, ceramics, and much more. And enjoy some live music in the square while you're there.

Music of the Movies

Sun. 3 December 2023

OEC Sheffield, Penistone Road, S6 2DE

Watch the classics come to life in an afternoon tribute to the music of the movies.

Sheffield University Symphony Orchestra

Sun. 3 December 2023

Firth Hall

An evening of classical and modern music, bringing together the best orchestral players from around the university.

Sophie Ellis-Bextor's Christmas Kitchen Disco

Sun. 3 December 2023

Sheffield City Hall

Sophie Ellis-Bextor brings her online lockdown event from her kitchen to the stage, with a special Christmas Kitchen Disco tour.

Lunchtime Concert: Historically Informed Performances

Multiple dates

Firth Hall

A free, informal performances of early music and classical pieces that have been researched by students.

New Music Ensemble

Wed. 6 December 2023

Firth Hall

A rush-hour concert from an ensemble who perform new compositions written in the Department of Music at Sheffield Uni and with collaborators.

Key Of She: Musical Improvisation Jam Night

Multiple dates

Theatre Deli

A jam night for women and marginalised genders to explore musical improvisation. Held every first Thursday of the month.

Brooks & Aaron

Thu. 7 December 2023

Firth Hall

Trans-Atlantic melodies and bluesy-folk brilliance.

Offbeat: Christmas Special

Fri. 8 December 2023

Raynor Lounge, Sheffield University Student Union, Glossop Road, S10 2TN

Join Sheffield's legendary indie-pop club night Offbeat for its 2023 Christmas Special. Expect classic, current and Christmassy left-field indie tunes, plus the top 10 songs of the year as voted for by Offbeat fans.

Focus on the Viola

Fri. 8 December 2023

Upper Chapel, Norfolk St, Sheffield S1 2JD

Ensemble 360's Rachel Roberts pairs two great works for viola: Vieuxtemps’s expressive sonata and Rebecca Clarke’s hauntingly beautiful meditation.

Bean Weevil

Sat. 9 December 2023

Delicious Clam

Delicious Clam's alternative Christmas do. With infectiously catchy grunge-pop band Bean Weevil and their sweet harmonies, odd-ball storytelling and shambolic sing-alongs. Plus punk rockers Rivalry, powerpoppers Post Archives, and no-fi dudes Jeuce.

The Sheffield Beatles Project: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band & (The Beach Boys’) Pet Sounds

Sat. 9 December 2023

Octagon Centre, University Of Sheffield, S10 2TQ

A 30-person supergroup of Sheffield’s finest musicians celebrate two iconic albums of the 1960s.

VHS Head, hellocatfood + support

Sat. 9 December 2023

Sidney & Matilda

An evening of live glitch- and sample-based music and visuals pumped through stacks of cathode ray tube TVs.

Indie Kids

Sun. 10 December 2023

Picture House Social

Calling all indie-loving families with babies and toddlers: bop on down to the next Indie Kids disco. Playing indie and alternative music for little feet to shuffle to and parents to get nostalgic about. December's will be a Christmas special.

Martin Simpson

Multiple dates

The Greystones

47 years after he recorded his first album, Martin Simpson is one of the most well-regarded and decorated folk musicians around. Expect this special Christmas show to be spellbinding, fun, festive and full of special guests.


Thu. 14 December 2023

Sheffield Arena, Broughton Lane, S9 2DF

Since their emergence in the late 70s ska revival, Madness have become one of the most loved and most fun British bands of all time. They'll be playing songs from their new record and hits from their back catalogue.


Fri. 15 December 2023

Delicious Clam

Join DIY music venue Delicious Clam as they throw a Christmas party with Sammartino, Thee Mightees, R. Loomes, and Bebo. Plus karaoke and mulled drinks to carry you on til late. All money raised from ticket sales will be going towards Palestine.

The Christmas Festival of Music – John Reilly and Friends

Sat. 16 December 2023

Octagon Centre, S10 2TQ

Singer-songwriter John Reilly and musical director Lewis Nitikman host their annual Christmas concert. With guests John Parr (of St Elmo’s Fire fame), Stannington Brass Band, Janine Dyer with Sheffield Community Choir, tenor Gareth Lloyd, and more.

University of Sheffield Chamber Choir

Sat. 16 December 2023

Firth Hall

A Christmas concert from the uni's dynamic choir, led by new student musical director Joseph Banerjee. Performing Mendelssohn’s 6 Motets (Op 79), Gabriel’s Message by Jim Clements, and Puer Nobis by Richard Rodney Bennett.

Oughtibridge Brass Band Christmas Carol Tour

Sat. 16 December 2023

Join in the joy as Oughtibridge Brass Band perform carols in boozers around Kelham Island and Sheffield city centre. Stopping at The Millowners Arms, Riverside Kelham, Kelham Island Tavern, Shakespeare’s, Two & Six Micropub, and The Dorothy Pax.

Pattern Club Live

Sun. 17 December 2023

Theatre Deli

A solstice special of experimental, "pattern-based" performance. Featuring Leafcutter John, Tante Verte (Robyn Haddon, DS and Eye Measure), Peter K Rollings and his Experimental Sonic Machines, and Epiploke.

The Unthanks in Winter

Thu. 21 December 2023

The Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, S10 2TQ

A dream-like winter fantasia, with music capturing the magic and wonder of the turn of the year.

Grimethorpe Colliery Band

Thu. 21 December 2023

Sheffield Cathedral

Join Sheffield Cathedral for a Christmas concert with the world’s most famous colliery band.

Dale Storr's New Orleans Christmas Show

Fri. 22 December 2023

The Greystones

Described by Jazz Journal magazine as the "piano man's piano man," Dale Storr is one of the UK's leading exponents of New Orleans-style piano. Join him for his Christmas show at the Greystones.

While She Sleeps

Fri. 22 December 2023

The Octagon, University Of Sheffield, S10 2TQ

An intimate hometown Christmas show from Sheffield band While She Sleeps.

Seven by 7 Festive Fun at 45RPM

Sat. 23 December 2023

Dorothy Pax

Join Seven by 7 as they celebrate 22 years of "open decks" fun and frolics with their festive bash at the Dorothy Pax.

Grease Singalong Cinema

Thu. 28 December 2023

OEC Sheffield, Penistone Road, S6 2DE

Sing and dance along with Sandy, Danny and the gang at this fun screening, with drag host.

Beauty and the Beast Singalong Cinema

Thu. 28 December 2023

OEC Sheffield, Penistone Road, S6 2DE

A magical family-friendly singalong to the classic fairytale film.

Classical Sheffield Festive Programme

Sat. 2 December 2023 — Sat. 30 December 2023

Orchestras, choirs, soloists, conductors, composers – and everything in between – are hosting festive concerts across the city this December. Including concerts for little ones with Concerteenies.

The Sheffield Carols

Sun. 12 November 2023 — Mon. 1 January 2024

A folk tradition, filling pubs with the sound of locally written songs that have passed down the generations. Gather in the pubs to join in the sings this November and December.


Sat. 18 November 2023 — Sat. 6 January 2024

Cupola Gallery

Share the joy and beauty of creativity at Cupola's Christmas exhibition. A joyous celebration of the human spirit of generosity, with work by over 60 artists.

A Tribute To 90’s Britpop & Indie Classics

Sat. 3 February 2024 — Sun. 4 February 2024

OEC Sheffield, Penistone Road, S6 2DE

A tribute night full of 90s indie nostalgia.

The Vaccines

Mon. 19 February 2024

The Octagon, University of Sheffield, S10 2TQ

The Vaccines are back with their sixth album, packed with euphoric hooks and melodies, plus deep emotion.

Jersey Boys

Fri. 22 March 2024 — Sat. 23 March 2024

OEC Sheffield, Penistone Road, S6 2DE

A tribute to one of the most iconic groups in music history.

Peace in the Park

Sat. 8 June 2024

The Ponderosa

Music, community arts and positive vibes in the spring sunshine. Come back soon for the date and details of the next Peace in the Park in 2024.

No Bounds

A weekend of bleeps, beats and sweaty grins. Bringing together music, visual art, and technology. No Bounds 2023 has been postponed – the festival will return in October 2024. Details TBC.