20–30 September 2018

Sheffield makes Music

Sheffield Makes Music

Sheffield Makes Music celebrates the brilliant musical creators, contributors and talent in the city.

As part of the national celebrations for BBC Music Day we’re joined by BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq who will broadcast his 6 Music drivetime show live from the Spiegeltent in Barker’s Pool.

Throughout the day, all around the city centre we will weave the sounds of our city via a series of acoustic performances, including opera on the Town Hall steps and various brass, strings and voices in the St Paul’s Place pop-up band stand.

All events: Friday 28 September


Town Hall steps

1pm – Opera On Location entertain us once again with some operatic treats and afternoon arias


St Paul’s Place (Back of the Winter Gardens)

1.30pm – Sheffield Music Hub Children’s Choir presents A Festival of Song

2.15pm – Rhiannon Scutt Trio – homegrown brilliance, perfect songwriting, perfect singing

3pm – BanjoJen – Banjo and Double Bass create blue grass joy

5pm – Sheffield Makes Music Orchestra – a flash mob selection of classical foot stompers and chart toppers


Bear Tree Records

4pm – Surf Muscle – three-piece surf instrumentalists


Train Station

6pm – BBC Music Day’s Platform to Perform presents Vivacity Choir


Spiegeltent, Barker’s Pool

BBC 6 Music’s Steve Lamacq broadcasts his drivetime show live from the Spiegeltent. Expect exclusive acoustic performances, lively interviews and many of your favourite indie rock tunes as we showcase Sheffield over the 6 Music airwaves

This event is free but tickets are required. There are 50 free pairs of tickets available.

You’ll need to apply via the BBC website no later than 7pm on Monday 24 September 2018:

Apply now on the BBC website


The Leadmill Acoustic Trail

Creating Sounds All Around the Leadmill have curated some of the cities brightest talents in a trail around the city

12pm – John Lewis – Ben Ibbotson

12.45pm – Frog and Parrot – Saint Petersburg

1.30pm – Green Room – Conor Houston

2.15pm – Gatsby – Otis Mensah

3pm – Forum – Emily Stancer

3.45pm – Tamper – Henderson

4.30pm – Tamper – Liberty Ship


The music continues to sound around the city in to the early hours. Here’s just a selection of what a Friday night has to offer in Sheffield.

Firth Hall

7pm – The Sound of Science – Dean Honer and Kevin Pearce collaborate with creative agency Human and Professors Cameron and Ryan and Dr Nate Adams to create an eclectic multimedia live and digital experience aimed at a family audience.

Tickets: this performance is a free, ticketed event.

Book your place: The Sound of Science

See also: The Sound of Science – Saturday 29 September

The Leadmill

7pm – The Magic Gang are back at The Leadmill to debut on the main stage. Supported by the incredible Spector and newcomers Drip Gloss

Delicious Clam

8pm – Single launch with Sheffield’s premier indie poppers All Ashore & Thee Mightees plus special guests (18+ event)

Frog and Parrot

9pm – a musical overload of blues and rockin’ soul to celebrate 50 years since Sheffield’s own Joe Cocker released his seminal #1 cover of With a Little Help From My Friends

Hope Works

12am – Hope Works opens its autumn season with a massive lineup. Brainfeeder’s Ross From Friends and Dekmantel’s Space Dimension Controller are both touring brand new albums and will play live at Hope Works joined by Willow, Lo Shea and a very special Wisdom Teeth showcase ft Hodge, Facta and Loft