A one-stop shop for all your musical desires. Tucked away in Kelham Island, Yellow Arch is a venue playing more genres than I care to mention as well as putting on club nights. I’ve seen Sub-Saharan folk bands and avant-garde trip-hop acts all in the same night. To top it off, there is an excellent café and recording studios there should you ever need to use them!
For fans of… Friendly atmospheres and genre-bending music!
The standard of acts that Lo Shea’s Hopeworks showcases punches well above its weight. This warehouse venue puts on not just some of the finest electronic acts in the country but the world, with artists frequently flying in from the US and other destinations far and wide. Previous acts include pioneers such as KiNK, Kara-Lis Coverdale, Evian Christ and Ben UFO.
For fans of… 4/4 beats, late nights and progressive sounds.
Some may say I have a certain bias for this venue however its concerts team consistently creates innovative and inspiring programmes of cutting edge music. Its free lunchtime and rush hour concerts are great for those wanting to squeeze as much music into their days as possible and they’re a great opportunity to see the development of The University of Sheffield’s highly talented students.
For fans of… Spending precious moments wisely and musical variety.
Possibly Sheffield’s grandest venue (most definitely from the outside), the Lyceum puts on more popular musical theatre productions such as might be found on the West End. The standard of professionalism involved in The Lyceum’s productions is incredibly high and it’s hard not to feel classy being sat in its plush seats and grabbing a drink during the interval at its gleaming bar.
For fans of… The West End and the finer things in life.
A venue that needs little introduction really. Cabaret Voltaire, The Human League, ABC and of course The Arctic Monkeys all cut their teeth playing this stage. Sheffield locals are proud of this medium-sized venue conveniently located within a two minute’s walk from the train station. Leadmill delivers on all fronts with good sound, great bands, reasonably priced tickets and it also puts on club nights if you fancy a dance after the gig!
For fans of… Larger indie bands, bang for your buck and Sheffield heritage.
Every Wednesday this classy and authentic gastro pub opens its doors to the best acts on the UK jazz circuit as part of the Sheffield Jazz collective. Do not be fooled in to thinking the diminutive stature of The Lescar means that the standard of musicianship takes a hit, as recent Bluenote signees GoGo Penguin are among those who have played here as well as Robert Mitchell.
For fans of… Jazz served alongside great food.
Previously The Rocking Chair, Café Totem puts on the best in local up and coming bands as well as ones from further afield in an intimate location. Run by industry professionals this venue definitely has music at the heart of what it does and this is reflected in the quality of the sound broadcast to the audience.
For fans of… Local musicians who demand only the best in sound.
I have many happy memories watching emerging bands on the Washington’s tiny stage. If alternative rock and indie are your thing then the Washington’s standard of acts will leave you smiling and with close ties to local promoters English Rain you know you will always be listening to the freshest sounds coming out of Sheffield.
For fans of… Homegrown talent and getting up close to the band.
The only venue central to Sheffield that can house a full-sized orchestra, the City Hall sees The Hallé, BBC Phil and international touring orchestras as well as Sheffield Symphony Orchestra perform some of the greatest music ever written. This venue also puts on some of the best in modern pop music including Kate Rusby as well as some golden oldies.
For fans of… Beautiful interiors and the spectacle of performance.
Some of the best worst-known bands of the North and beyond clamour to the Clam to play to pocket-sized audiences in this central venue. Come here for anything that adheres to a punk aesthetic (whatever that may entail) and enjoy feeling like you’re now part of the family.
For fans of… Hella, Eagulls and whatever lies between.
Behind an unassuming back door down near Bramall Lane is a gateway to the outer reaches of the musical universe. A place of upcoming bands and artists specialising in the avant-garde and the indefinable, Audacious is a DIY space full of music that will make you question what you are listening to before realising you don’t care about the answer. Don’t forget your earplugs.
For fans of… Envelope-pushing sounds set against a laid-back atmosphere.
Much more than just snooker, The Crucible offers a varied programme of classical chamber music usually performed by their resident artists; Ensemble 360. The Crucible’s “Music In The Round” series provides audiences with a rare, intimate insight in to classical performances as musicians can be viewed from all angles within the round. For those more interested in contemporary composers, The Ligeti Quartet are regulars.
For fans of… Classical music outside the realms of a concert hall.