Live Music in Sheffield
As the home of a diverse range of music acts that includes
Def Leppard, Joe Cocker, Moloko and Pulp frontman Jarvis
Cocker, you would expect the city to have an equally diverse
range of venues…and Sheffield does not disappoint.
Top pop and rock acts that are, or used to be, regular
fixtures in international music charts can be regularly
seen at the Hallam FM Arena [map]. Formerly known simply
as the Sheffield Arena, this world-class venue
has hosted some of the biggest names in music including
REM, Elton John and Lionel Ritchie since it open in 1991.
Tickets can be purchased online from the Hallam
FM website or over the phone on 0114 256 56 56.
With a maximum capacity of 50,000, Sheffield’s other
major venue is the Don Valley Stadium [map]. It boasts
a varied programme of events, including concerts so it’s
definitely worth checking out who’s playing at this
Opened in the autumn of 1980, the Leadmill [map] is the venue that bridges the gap between headline acts
on tour, and up-and-coming talent. This venue regularly
appears on “top ten live music venues” lists
by the NME and other industry magazines and has
an impressive history of acts that includes, Primal Scream,
Faith No More, Manic Street Preachers, Paul Weller, Moby,
Miss Dynamite and Coldplay, to truly name only a few.
Both Sheffield Hallam and the University of
Sheffield also have live music on offer. For live
music The Foundry [map] is probably where you’ll
find your favourite band, but you may also catch some
new music at other university venues as well. Most events
are during term time but most concerts are open to the
The Boardwalk [map] is one of the music venues
in Sheffield where you can go to see what talent is making
its way through the music ranks. The venue as been a home
for live music for the past 50 years and has helped
to launch the careers of several acts. The venue has an
inclusive outlook on the style of music it supports and
during any one week you could experience anything from
country and folk music to thrash and nu metal. There are
also regular acoustic sessions as well as performances
by local talent. There’s something different
on every night of the week here, so when you fancy an
injection of live music, this is an ideal venue.
If you’re in Sheffield and have some musical talent
you want to share with the world, or at least the local
clientele, then try Casbah [map], Art Room [map], The Fez Club [map] or The Deep End [map] . Alternatively you could try The Grapes [map] in the city centre, as this pub and live music venue
regularly hosts homegrown talent and future indie music
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