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

New for 2024, Sheffield's Crossed Wires Festival is bringing some of the UK's top names in podcasting from your headphones to the stage for one weekend this spring.

From Friday 31 May to Sunday 2 June, Sheffield's City Hall and Lyceum Theatre will be among the venues packed with live shows, never-seen-before performances and special guests. All hosted by podcasting talent across comedy, current affairs, culture, sport, family and wellbeing.

On top of that there'll be food pop-ups, after parties and free festival fringe – details coming soon.

The Crossed Wires 2024 lineup so far:

The Adam Buxton Show with guest Self Esteem
Musician and South Yorks native Self Esteem joins podcast royalty for an afternoon of over-sharing, laughter and music.

Brown Girls Do It Too with Poppy Jay and Rubina Pabani
Bringing their groundbreaking podcast to life, Poppy and Rubina tackle the taboo topic of sex in Asian communities.

Jon Ronson
Peer behind the curtain at the Gonzo journalist's most terrific, terrifying and troubling experiences making his shows.

Katherine Ryan: Telling Everybody Everything LIVE with special guest
A no-holds-barred night of eye-watering anecdotes, side-splitting stand-up and unflinchingly honest guidance.

NewlyWeds with Jamie Laing and Sophie Habboo
The duo tell tales of newly married life – expect audience participation and mystery guests.

TalkArt with Russell Tovey & Robert Diament
Calling all art lovers. Actor Tovey and gallerist Diament's hit podcast features interviews with leading artists and curators.

Uncanny: I Know What I Saw with Danny Robins
'The UK's go-to ghost guy' gathers his team of experts for a night of terrifying and thought-provoking storytelling.

Wolf and Owl with Tom Davis and Romesh Ranganathan
Tom and "party" Rom shoot the breeze, solve problems and remind you to 'do you' but most importantly doing it to the max.

Elis & John
Comedians Elis James and John Robins bring all the fun from their weekly podcast.

Off Air with Jane & Fi
Fresh from their Times Radio show Jane Garvey and Fi Glover grab a cuppa and say what they really think.

The Crossed Wires Fringe:

The Fringe is the festival's free programme of events, workshops and talks. Most of the Fringe will take place in Bethel Chapel, just steps away from City Hall. Once home to the Coles toyshop, Bethel Chapel is set to open as a music venue later this year. The venue will be a hub of entertainment for the whole family – with soft play and storytelling for kids, and workshops for students and adults. The adjoining food hall, Cambridge Street Collective, will also be open.

The free Fringe events include:

A night of music on Friday, including a DJ set from Self Esteem.

Football Heaven
Covering South Yorkshire's highs and lows of football, with special guests including the assistant manager of Royal Oak FC Steve Bracknall.

The Naked Podcast
Two friends, one guest, no clothes. Best mates Jenny Eells and Kat Harbourne are on a mission to challenge the ways we think about our bodies.

Tortoise presents... Alexi Mostrous in conversation with Charlie Webster
Two titans of investigative podcasting share their secrets and discuss investigative journalism in podcasting.

The Price of Music with Steve Lamacq
Radio DJ Steve Lamacq and Music Ally’s Stuart Dredge demystify the music industry and look at the money behind the business.

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