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

Factory Floor live soundtrack to Metropolis, Sensoria 2017. Photo by Laura Merrill courtesy of Sensoria

A festival named after a track by Sheffield synth pioneers Cabaret Voltaire? You know you’re onto a winner with Sensoria right away.

Sensoria is Sheffield's festival of film, music and digital art. Since it started out in 2008, Sensoria has projected films in places we’d never have thought would make for cinemas – The Big Blue at Hathersage lido, Threads on the hill above Sheffield station, Metropolis with a live soundtrack by Factory Floor in a steel mill turned museum. It's staged bands and installations in buildings we'd thought were beyond use. And Sensoria isn’t just skilled at location scouting; it's hosted some of the most memorable music of recent years in Sheffield, bringing to town the likes of Laurie Anderson, Bo Ningen, Michael Rother, and a roving Richard Hawley, John Grant and Bill Ryder-Jones triple bill.

See our top picks of the Sensoria 2018 programme.

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Folk Train

A surreal combination of folk bands, music lovers, alcohol and regular commuters on a packed and ageing Northern Rail carriage, with a Peak District pub as the destination.

Tramlines

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Hillsborough Park

A three-day summertime celebration of music.

The Harley

We've had some fun at the Harley in our time. Gigs include the sorts of new bands that are starting to creep onto the Radio 6 playlist, while club nights should keep you entertained till late.

Richard Hawley

No musician has as deep a connection to Sheffield as Richard Hawley. Here he talks about the "grim up north" myth and how Sheffield inspires his music.