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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.

Abbeydale Singers Summer Concert

Sat. 13 July 2024

St John's Church, 5 Ranmoor Park Road, S10 3GX

Join Abbeydale Singers for an evening of beautiful music in one of Sheffield's iconic venues.

AS Music School's 35th Birthday Celebration

Sat. 20 July 2024

AS Music School, 2–4 Cobnar Road, S8 8QB

On 20th July we are opening our car park up as an outdoor venue for the first time to celebrate AS Music School's 35th Birthday!

Pollen

Multiple dates

Grey to Green, S3 8LB

An inner-city flower market, celebrating all things botanical. Taking over a patch of Sheffield city centre one Sunday a month, with plants, flowers, fresh produce and music.

Bassfest Summer Festival

Sat. 20 July 2024 — Sun. 21 July 2024

Don Valley Bowl

Dedicated to drum and bass, house, bassline, and beyond.

Hunday Service at The Three Huns

Multiple dates

The Three Tuns, 39 Silver Street Head, S1 2DD

Every first and third Sunday of the month, The Three Tuns becomes The Three Huns with an afternoon and evening of drag queen-hosted karaoke, fun and games.

Queen by Candlelight

Thu. 25 July 2024

The Octagon Centre

A night of Queen anthems performed by a cast of West End Singers and an epic band, all by candlelight.

Clamlines

Thu. 25 July 2024 — Sat. 27 July 2024

Delicious Clam

Clamlines may well hold the unofficial record of ‘sweatiest event at the fringe’, mainly because the quality of the acts they book far outsizes their modest capacity. With Faint Paint, The Tubs, Sister Wives, Delivery, karaoke, lageritas, and more.

Shakelines

Fri. 26 July 2024 — Sat. 27 July 2024

Shakespeare's

Earwig Presents curate Shamlines on Friday with Macclesfield rockers Queen Cult and Sheffield’s experimental alt-rockers Dearthworms. Jarred Up take over on Saturday with a 10-act lineup featuring the Richard Carlson Band, Shelley Byron and Surf Jaz.

The Ultimate Classic Rock Show

Sat. 27 July 2024

Octagon Centre, The University of Sheffield, S10 2TQ

Dust off your air guitars for an evening of classic rock anthems from legends past and present.

Damnlines

Sat. 27 July 2024

Yellow Arch Studios

A brilliantly curated lineup leaning heavily on the garage, psych and rock’n’roll side of things. Most importantly it sounds like a lot of fun. With Gold Cup, Scene Killers and Bodach. Plus Craft n Flea market of artists, mystics and vintage clothes.

Hope Works x WUB Club (OffTramlines) Summer Sizzler

Sat. 27 July 2024

Hope Works

Party specialists Hope Works are throwing a 12-hour day/night party. They’ll be leaving ‘no stone unturned’ as Sheffield’s finest underground DJs play from 4am to 4pm, covering: speed garage, bassline, house, jungle, DNB, amapiano, reggae and disco.

Jabslines

Sat. 27 July 2024

Jabbarwocky, 308–310 London Road, S2 4NA

A small but high-impact affair featuring some of the best acts from Sheffield's underground. With krautrock inspired two-piece Åyusp, americana inspired folk rock from Loic J Tuckey, and headliners Yo Dynamo, known for their frenetic live shows.

Chill Foo Front Street Party

Sat. 27 July 2024

Sheffield Cathedral

A family fun street party on the Cathedral forecourt. With DJs bringing the vibe, plus an open mic, dance crews, face painting, a Jamaican BBQ, and more. Hosted by Steel City music, dance and radio veteran John Chillout Simpson.

Tramlines

Fri. 26 July 2024 — Sun. 28 July 2024

Hillsborough Park

A three-day summertime celebration of music. Lineup for 2024 coming soon.

The Fringe Stage

Sat. 27 July 2024 — Sun. 28 July 2024

Devonshire Green, S1 4GT

Home to the official Tramlines Fringe, the Devonshire Green stage will be showcasing an array of world music and local talent over the weekend. With 10-piece Mango Rescue Team, the uplifting Shine Choir, DJ, poet and dancer Ripton Lindsey, and more.

The Fringe at The Washington

Fri. 26 July 2024 — Sun. 28 July 2024

The Washington

The Sheffield institution is hosting its own huge fringe party. Psych jazz rockers BONK! feature on Friday. Full-throttle soul duo The Hot Soles come out of hibernation on Saturday. And Sheffield's We Hate The Sharkman close the party on Sunday.

The Other Festival

Fri. 26 July 2024 — Sun. 28 July 2024

Sidney & Matilda

With a mighty 35 acts over the weekend, Sidney & Matilda offer a “weekend of the best alternative music on offer in Sheffield and beyond.” Acts include Wet Man, Captain Avery & the Cosmic Triceratops of Intergalactic Peace, Riddimtion, and more.

Indie Kids

Multiple dates

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.

The Fringe at Alder

Fri. 26 July 2024 — Sun. 28 July 2024

Alder

Friday night's lineup includes Sheffield soul and jazz stalwart Jackie Moonbather and high-concept electronica from Dimitri. Saturday sees sets from indie-poppers Wurlitzer and 'alt-dad' band Airport Dad. On Sunday, the Dig Deep record shop returns.

Canal-Lines

Thu. 25 July 2024 — Sun. 28 July 2024

Dorothy Pax

The Dorothy Pax host four days of fun. Thursday is curated by WaterBear College of Music. Grunge-pop oddballs Been Weavil headline Friday. Jazz, funk and soul band Mappin Street Collective are a Saturday highlight. Chorlton Country Club close Sunday.

Sharrow Festival

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 – 2024 details to come.

A MAZE. / Sheffield

Fri. 2 August 2024

FØRGE Warehouse, 148 Effingham Road, S4 7YS

Experience video games and play on another level, as Berlin games, playful media and club culture comes to a warehouse venue in Sheffield.

Peddler

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.

Johnny Osbourne

Fri. 9 August 2024

Network

Emerging in 1969 as lead vocalist of the Wildcats, the 'Dancehall Godfather' is a legend of reggae and dancehall. Associated with Jamaican label Studio One and a favourite son of the island, he's most famous for his standards like Ice Cream Love.

Dig Where You Stand Biennial

Sat. 20 July 2024 — Sun. 18 August 2024

An exhibition revealing South Yorkshire's hidden racial history. Featuring work by 14 artists across five venues, uncovering stories from the archives about people of colour who have lived, worked and set down roots here.

The Music Of James Bond By Candlelight

Sat. 24 August 2024

The Octagon Centre

A night of music that will leave you shaken, not stirred. With a cast of West End singers accompanied by a live band, performing iconic Bond songs by candlelight.

Fleetwood Mac by Candlelight

Sun. 25 August 2024

The Octagon Centre

Enjoy songs like The Chain, Rhiannon, Don’t Stop and many more, performed live in an atmospheric candlelit setting.

Rock N Roll Circus

Thu. 29 August 2024 — Sat. 31 August 2024

Don Valley Bowl, S9 2DF

Roll up, roll up! Part music festival, part circus, the Rock N Roll Circus is coming back to town. With headliners Richard Hawley, Becky Hill and Milburn. Plus aerialists, stilt walkers, fortune tellers and more.

Adam Glasser Quartet

Fri. 6 September 2024

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

South African-born Adam Glasser is a leading exponent of South African township jazz and a leading jazz chromatic harmonica player. With a band featuring top British jazz musicians. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Sheffield Showcase

Fri. 6 September 2024 — Sun. 8 September 2024

A collaborative weekend-long event, showcasing the variety of cultural activity that takes place in Sheffield. With film screenings, music performances, art exhibits, family-friendly activities, and more.

Elton John by Candlelight

Thu. 12 September 2024

The Octagon Centre

Iconic hits like I’m Still Standing, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and Bennie and the Jets, performed by in a candlelit Octagon Centre.

The Music of Adele by Candlelight

Fri. 13 September 2024

The Octagon Centre

The UK’s leading Adele tribute J’Adele and her live band bring to the Octagon Centre an evening packed full of hits like Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You, Hello and more.

The Music of Abba by Candlelight

Sat. 14 September 2024

The Octagon Centre

A night of Abba anthems, performed by candlelight by tribute act Abba Reunion.

Piano Favourites

Sat. 14 September 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Acclaimed pianist Kathryn Stott returns to Sheffield for her final recital. Promising a whirlwind tour through a unique career – including Bach, a brand new farewell commission, the spirit of Broadway, Chopin, and more.

Mladi & More

Wed. 18 September 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Janacek’s beloved Mládí (Youth) was written towards the end of his life as a nostalgic celebration of memories of his youth, drawing on his early writing. Music in the Round celebrate the 100th anniversary of this iconic piece for wind.

Mock Tudors

Wed. 18 September 2024

Sidney & Matilda

Sheffield's professed “garage punks powered by steam and ale.” The latest project of Ben Hall and Tom Diffenthal (Mr Ben and the Bens) and Richard Birkin (Hot Souls) their infectiously silly, catchy songs cover bin days, PTA meetings and tax returns.

The Music of The Beatles by Candlelight

Sat. 21 September 2024

The Octagon Centre

A sing-along spectacular with the sounds of the Beatles performed in a candlelit setting.

The Last Dinner Party

Wed. 25 September 2024

The Octagon Centre

In support of their forthcoming debut album, Prelude To Ecstasy, the London-based band bring their dark guitar-pop and beguiling live presence to Sheffield.

Lloyd Cole

Thu. 26 September 2024

Sheffield City Hall

The frontman of indie band Lloyd Cole and The Commotions has retained a devoted fan base since his emergence in the 80s. Back with a one-man show, expect dry wit, ornate guitar compositions and heartfelt delivery from one of our finest songwriters.

Float Along Festival

Sat. 28 September 2024

Float Along music festival returns to Sheffield city centre to do it all again for the third year running. This year's lineup includes: Shame, Antony Szmierek, Fat Dog, Scaler, Snapped Ankles, and more.

Festival of the Mind

Thu. 19 September 2024 — Sun. 29 September 2024

Feed your mind with a series of fascinating and inspiring talks, exhibitions and performances. Organised by folks from the University of Sheffield in collaboration with local artists and creatives.

Scouting For Girls

Wed. 2 October 2024

The Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, S10 2TQ

Scouting For Girls make their Octagon Centre debut, bringing to Sheffield their rich catalogue of hits including She’s So Lovely, This Ain’t A Love Song, Heartbeat, and Elvis Ain’t Dead.

Bach for Solo Violin

Fri. 4 October 2024

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

Benjamin Nabarro performs the first in a new series of concerts celebrating JS Bach’s much-loved music for solo violin. With performances at 1pm or 7pm.

Tori Freestone/Alcyona Mick Quartet

Fri. 4 October 2024

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Tori Freestone and Alcyona Mick's collaborations reflect a shared influence from jazz, folk, Brazilian music, classical, free improvisation and more. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Sensoria

Thu. 3 October 2024 — Sun. 6 October 2024

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

Romantic Piano Trios

Tue. 8 October 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

The Leonore Piano Trio's series of concerts traces the intimate form of the piano trio. This time, Robert Schumann’s Trio No.1 takes centre stage.

The Music of Jersey Boys by Candlelight

Fri. 11 October 2024

The Octagon Centre

A night of iconic harmonies and unrivalled showmanship made famous by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, taking you back to ‘late December back in ’63.’

Tom Ollendorff Trio with Will Vinson

Fri. 11 October 2024

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Rising star British guitarist Tom Ollendorff teams up with US-based British alto saxophonist Will Vinson for an evening hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

No Bounds

Fri. 11 October 2024 — Sun. 13 October 2024

A weekend of bleeps, beats and sweaty grins. Returning in October to bring together music, visual art and technology.

Shed Seven

Thu. 14 November 2024 — Mon. 14 October 2024

The Octagon Centre

A career-spanning 30th-anniversary set from Shed Seven. With special guests The Sherlocks.

Jess Gillam and Friends

Thu. 17 October 2024

Crucible Theatre

The first saxophonist to reach the finals of BBC Young Musician and the youngest ever soloist to perform at the Last Night of the Proms. Jess's infectious enthusiasm and passion for music light up every stage.

Fergus McCreadie Solo

Thu. 24 October 2024

Firth Hall

Award-winning pianist Fergus McCreadie returns to Sheffield Jazz for a solo performance.

Tindersticks

Sat. 26 October 2024

The Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, S10 2TQ

Tindersticks return this autumn with a new album recorded in Girona, Spain and extensive tour of Europe.

Mendelssohn String Quartets, Consone Quartet

Sat. 26 October 2024

St. Matthew's Church, 45 Carver Street, S1 4FT

Music in the Round’s new visiting string quartet celebrate the quartets of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn.

Mendelssohn Roundtable, Consone Quartet & Laura Tunbridge

Sat. 26 October 2024

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

Join Music in the Round’s new visiting string quartet in conversation with the University of Oxford's Prof. Laura Tunbridge.

Mendelssohn Octet, Ensemble 360 & Consone Quartet

Sat. 26 October 2024

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

The Consone Quartet join forces with the string players of Ensemble 360 to perform Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet, full of joyful invention.

The Monster In The Maze

Fri. 1 November 2024 — Sat. 2 November 2024

Crucible Theatre

Opera for the people of Sheffield and with the people of Sheffield. Bringing together people of all ages alongside professional musicians for an epic take on ancient Greek myth.

Sheffield Plastic Free Market

Sun. 3 November 2024

The Steamworks, 109-111 Randall Street, S2 4SJ

Join Sheffield Action on Plastic for their market. Browse wares from local businesses, tuck into delicious food and drink, and enjoy a showcase of local music talent. All without single use plastics.

The Libertines

Mon. 4 November 2024

The Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, S10 2TQ

The iconic band that dominated the 00s indie music scene are back with a bang.

Vienesse Masterworks. Brahms and more for solo piano

Thu. 7 November 2024

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

In his new recital series, Tim Horton celebrates the music of Vienna, a city famous for its classical music, through works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and more.

Lightning Seeds

Fri. 8 November 2024

The Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, S10 2TQ

Celebrate 35 years of pure joy with one of the country’s best loved bands on their greatest hits tour.

John Stowell/Jamie Taylor Quartet

Fri. 8 November 2024

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

A treat for guitar lovers as Sheffield’s Jamie Taylor teams up with three of his favourite musicians from either side of the Atlantic.

Tina Turner by Candlelight

Fri. 15 November 2024

The Octagon Centre

Dixie Daye and her band perform Tina Turner's biggest hits in an atmospheric candlelit concert.

Efpi All Star Orchestra

Fri. 15 November 2024

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

A unique 15-piece ensemble celebrate the 15th anniversary of Efpi Records, featuring musicians from Beats & Pieces Big Band, Let Spin, and Johnny Hunter Quartet. Presented by Sheffield Jazz.

Meat Loaf by Candlelight

Sat. 16 November 2024

The Octagon Centre

Stars of the West End's Bat Out of Hell present the ultimate tribute to Meat Loaf.

Soft Machine

Fri. 22 November 2024

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

A UK avant/jazz-rock and improvising band make their Sheffield Jazz debut at Crookes Social Club.

Queen of the Qanun

Fri. 29 November 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Hailed as ‘the queen of the qanun’, the Middle Eastern 78-stringed plucked zither. Based on Arabic classical traditions, Maya's sound has echoes of everything from jazz to flamenco, infused with warmth and humour.

Schuman & Chopin for solo piano. Stephen Hough

Fri. 29 November 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Voted one of Classic FM’s top 25 greatest pianists ever, Stephen Hough returns to the Crucible Playhouse to perform works including Schumann’s Fantasie in C and Chopin’s final piano sonata.

Fanfare! Trumpet Classics. Aaron Azunda Akugbo & Zeynep Özsuca

Sat. 30 November 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Rising star trumpeter Aaron Akugbo makes his Sheffield debut. Citing Louis Armstrong as his greatest musical influence, this charismatic performer presents an eclectic mix of works by Vivaldi, Florence Price, Eugene Bozza and more.

Sounds of Now: Meltwater. Manasamitra

Sat. 30 November 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

An immersive meditation on the environmental crisis, exploring the destructive power and awesome beauty of water. With vocals from Carnatic tradition singer Supriya Nagarajan, film, and acoustic and electronic music from Duncan Chapman.

Empirical & Jason Rebello

Fri. 6 December 2024

Crucible Theatre

The jazz outfit bring their signature sound to Sheffield – a combination of complex, thoughtful writing and spontaneous improvisation.

Empirical with Jason Rebello

Fri. 6 December 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

A UK jazz outfit celebrated for their complex, thoughtful writing and spontaneous improvisation. Sheffield Jazz and Music in The Round.

Contrasts

Sat. 7 December 2024

Crucible Theatre

Two utterly different string quartets from two giants who typify the staggering range of fin de siècle classical music: Schoenberg and Debussy.

Spirit of the Guitar

Sat. 7 December 2024

Crucible Theatre

An afternoon concert with the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet, performing everything from classical favourites to irresistible tango and famous movie hits.

A Boy Was Born

Fri. 13 December 2024

Sheffield Cathedral

The choir of Sheffield Cathedral brings to life Benjamin Britten's beautiful A Boy Was Born, capturing the spirit of Christmas. Plus other seasonal classics performed with Ensemble 360.

Bublé Christmas by Candlelight

Thu. 19 December 2024

The Octagon Centre

An evening of Christmas hits made famous by Michael Bublé, with big band accompaniment.

Christmas by Candlelight

Fri. 20 December 2024

The Octagon Centre

A magical evening of best-loved festive hits performed by candlelight.

Classical Weekend

One big celebration of classical music. Bringing classical music to concert halls, gardens and public spaces across the city, every other year. Returning in 2025.