Sheffield Makes Music

After the success of last year’s inaugural event, Sheffield Makes Music returns on the weekend of 9 – 11 June to celebrate local emerging and established talent in collaboration with BBC Music Day.

This year, Sheffield Makes Music aims to have 1000 musicians performing over 24 hours at various locations around the city from as early as 8am. Some performances will be in established music venues and performance spaces, while others will form magical moments of amazing sounds in unexpected places.

There’ll be everything from Opera to Omnichord solos, Hip Hop to Harmonicas, Folk to Fanfares, Brass to Beethoven. There’ll be music at the train station, in shops, bars and coffee shops, indoors and outdoors, soloists, choirs, bands – electronic, unplugged, quiet, loud – music to sit still to and music to dance to.

Professor Vanessa Toulmin, Director of City and Cultural Engagement at The University of Sheffield, said: “Sheffield is a great music city from the musicians to the bookers and promoters to the audiences. This weekend showcases our musical talent, our wonderful city, our international venues celebrating the city and music together.”

Highlights already scheduled for 9 June include Sheffield University’s Indian Music Ensemble performing a Raga at 8am at Sheffield Train Station – what a welcome to your day!

There’s a Tea Time parade by the always-wonderful Concord Allstars who will be taking over the Moor for a march. Also on the Moor, you can once again Bop While You Shop at the Moor Markets Silent Disco.

Barkers Pool plays host to the Yellow Bus stage with a variety of the city’s best talent on show, including:

Northern, dark pop band Vuromantics – check them out here.

The Stars Band, whose members all happen to have a learning disability and/or autism, have been together for over six years; writing, composing and performing original tunes.

And the homegrown favourites don’t stop there . . .

Reverend & The Makers’ Jon McClure and Milburn’s Joe Carnell will both be in town and insisting you share the joy of performance with them.

The Leadmill will curate the Acoustic Trail, winding its way all day around the city’s favourite shops, coffee bars and cafes. Some of Sheffield’s brightest talents will be playing in intimate surroundings and rearranging their familiar favourites accordingly to surprise, delight and enchant us all.

Music in the city will pause at 1pm when Sheffield Music Hub surely break some kind of record with a 300+ ensemble of school children performing as the world’s biggest (unofficially) Samba Band! are in on the fun with their folk ensembles – we can’t tell you where because they’ll be popping up all over! – as will some of the cities great choral groups, barbershop choirs and many amateur choirs.

Hope Works are hosting The Launch event of No Bounds Festival on 9 June, which will feature workshops and Q&A opportunities with many people at the forefront of Electronic Music, Techno and Live Coding including a Q&A with Nina Kraviz at Trafalgar Warehouse.

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Cuckoo Clocks have a multimedia feast for the senses to launch their new album at Abbeydale Picture House.

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Yellow Arch plays host to Kog and the Zongo Brigade and Addictive TV’s project Orchestra Of Samples, an explosion of global sounds collected and curated on the travels of the musicians and sampled in to a live audio-visual delight. It’s a truly exceptional event.

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Classical Sheffield presents Faure’s Requiem. An unmissable Sheffield-take on this extraordinary classic hosted in the beautiful surroundings of St Marie’s Cathedral.

Classical Sheffield will also present a choral extravaganza with a free, late night, outdoor performance of Carmina Burana at Tudor Square.

Sheffield Makes Music Orchestra with collaborative guests will perform a selection of Classical hits in the sublime setting of St Paul’s Place. With support by Yellow Arch Studios and SheffieldBID.

Opera On Location will deliver an awe inspiring afternoon Aria on the Town Hall Balcony at 12.45.

Concluding the 24-hour-odyssey, Hope Works and Trafalgar Warehouse have the culmination of the No Bounds Launch event with two simultaneous raves with a free shuttle bus between the two. Incredible DJs and live coders with an early morning Algorave featuring an exceptional line up headlined by Nina Kraviz – one of the best DJs on the circuit right now – Helena Hauff and Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith.


The weekend continues on 10 and 11 June, as Sheffield-based electronic artist Mark Fell curates Lush Spectra at Sheffield’s newly refurbished Non-Conformist Chapel, General Cemetery. This unmissable free even opens on the afternoon of 10 June and is a most unique and mesmerising experiential journey, with live performances from some of the world’s most renowned performers and composers, a series of multichannel audio-works, talks and workshops.

Fresh from curating a critically acclaimed international festival “Geometry Now” in Moscow; Mark brings his personal and unparalleled approach back to Sheffield. Working with a number of artists from non-western traditions this two day event will be the first music event to be held in the newly refurbished Non-Conformist Chapel deep within the grounds of Sheffield’s General Cemetery.

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With more exciting announcements to follow, join Sheffield’s celebration to be music, live music and . . . to make music!