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Live music is back! Sheffield’s own Tramlines was amongst the first of the UK’s 2021 summer music festivals to take place, marking a landmark moment for both city and the live events industry, with the event hailed a massive success.

In addition to this, The Fringe at Tramlines also took place in outdoor spaces and venues across the city to great success, bringing smiles back to plenty of faces.

If Tramlines has left you with a thirst for more, or you’re about ready to get back out there and start enjoying live music again, there’s a host of great gigs and festivals in Sheffield this summer. Here’s our roundup of big music events to suit all tastes, over coming weeks and months…

Get Together Festival,
7- 8 August at The Foundry at Sheffield University Students’ Union

Get Together is an exciting and positive new festival that celebrates the best in music, food and drink over the course of a weekend. For the inugral running of the festival, Get Together had pulled together an impressive line-up of artist and bands including Black Honey, Self Esteem, Tim Burgess, Dream Wife, The Orielles, Ibibio Sound Machine and many more.

Sheffield Music Trails
7 / 21 / 28 August at various locations in Sheffield
A unique opportunity to catch some of the finest artists in the UK performing for FREE, at a fantastic selection of our city’s unbeatable independent venue spaces. The trails will run on three Saturdays across August, with each taking you on a walking tour of various areas in the city. From Castlegate to Neepsend, Sharrowvale to Abbeydale Road and Devonshire Street to The Leadmill – whether you are a seasoned gig-goer looking to revisit some of your favourite haunts, or simply curious to discover what the city has to offer, there will be a bit of something for everyone. All of the trails will be free to attend, no tickets or bookings but venues will be restricted to their capacity and age limits may apply.

Leadmill in the Square
 7 – 8 August at Tudor Square
Another amazing weekend of FREE, outdoor live music performances in Sheffield! The Leadmill, University of Sheffield and Yellow Bus Events have combined forces to present a whole mixture of live music taking place over the course of the weekend, with events running from 12pm - 8pm on Saturday 7 and 12pm - 4pm on Sunday 8 August. The Leadmill have programmed back-to-back performances, featuring a hand-picked selection of the iconic venues absolute 'ones to watch,' as well as fantastic street artist performers.

Bassfest Summer Festival
14 -15 August at Don Valley Bowl
Bassfest returns to present a two-day weekender festival, bringing the best in UK Garage, Drum & Bass, House, Hip Hop and Bassline to Sheffield’s Don Valley Bowl.  This year’s line-up includes Andy C, Gorgon City, Ben Nicky, Dusky, Sub Focus, Chase and Status, High Contrast, Shy FX and many many more.

Opera on Location present Debussy’s The Prodigal Son
15 August at Kelham Island Museum

Classical with a difference! Join Opera on Location live from the courtyard at Sheffield’s Kelham Island Museum for an open-air production that is guaranteed to fill you with joy, happiness and the tantalising smell of barbecue. The company are thrilled to be working with Sheffield based orchestrator and arranger George Morton to create a new modern adaptation of Debussy's award-winning one-act opera, The Prodigal Son. This poignant production will be accompanied by a 10-piece ensemble, with four performances available (each 1 hour long) at 12.30pm, 2.30pm, 4.30pm, 6.30pm.

Shady Grove Summer Party
21 & 22 August at Shady Hall Farm, Ford Rd, S21 5RE
The Dorothy Pax and HoneyBee Blues Club are bringing together the greatest local and international artists from the world of blues, americana, rock’n’roll and roots for their Shady Grove Festival. Join them for a fun packed weekend of music, drinks, great food, stalls, fire pits and summer vibes.

Sheffield Pop Weekender
28 -29 August at Sidney & Matilda and Shakespeare’s
Two of Sheffield’s much-loved venues have teamed up for an August Bank Holiday music festival! The Sheffield Pop-Up Weekender 2021 is set to take place at Sidney & Matilda in the city centre on Saturday 28 August and pub Shakespeare’s in Kelham (well, Shalesmoor…) on Sunday 29 August. Expect an eclectic weekend of music from the likes of Chemtrails, Nervous Twitch, Duck, Soup Review and more.

Sheffield Reggae Festival
Sunday 29 August at Charity Car Park, Milton Street, S3 7WH
The UK’s BIGGEST Reggae festival is Coming to Sheffield! This one-of-a-kind event will take you on a journey to Caribbean complete with carnival dancers, traditional Caribbean food stalls, pop-up rum stands and a huge reggae line up including General Levy, Mad Professor, Mungos HiFi + Solo Banton, Sinai Soundsystem and The Marley Revival Experience.

Sheffield Showcase
2 - 5 September at multiple venues in Sheffield
With a dozen of the city’s arts/culture groups involved, Sheffield Showcase has a whole load of cultural activity on offer to create a weekend-long programme of events. Of course, there’s lots on the music side of the programme, with classical sounds in the Winter Garden and Upper Chapel, an algorave at arts venue DINA and jazz events at Yellow Arch Studio and Crookes Social Club. See the full programme here:

Rockin the Bowl
10 - 12 September at Don Valley Bowl
Bringing open air rock back to the Don Valley, Rockin the Bowl promises another full-scale rock and roll assault on the senses, over three days this September. Having first taken place in 2019 and following a year off due to covid, the line-up for the 2021 edition includes Doro, Massive Wagons, Skam, Bad Touch, Florence Black, Sons of Liberty, Cats In Space, Hollowstar, Collateral, JOANovARC, and many more.

Sensoria Festival
1 - 9 October, various venues in Sheffield
Sensoria is a film and music festival that presents a unique mix of live performance, film screenings, installations, exhibitions plus music and film industry activity at venues across Sheffield. Taking place annually in autumn, the festival is renowned for its use of unusual venues, with past events having included city centre Drive-Ins, swimming pool screenings and an AV installation in a 60s hotel ballroom.

No Bounds
15 - 17 October at Hope Works and Kelham Island Museum
Returning to full capacity venues for the 2021 edition, No Bounds will once again take place at Kelham Island Museum and Hope Works as the core venues, complete with body shaking sound systems cranked to trance inducing peak rave perfection. Aside to the standard offering of electronic sounds and forward-thinking music, expect visual art, poetry, panel discussions and workshops, along with a few surprises along the way.

Of course, great music events take place in Sheffield all year round and the city boasts some amazing venues, spanning genres to suit all tastes. From electronic, dance and bass events at Hope Works, The Tuesday Club and Dryad Works to live bands in the iconic Leadmill and O2 Academy. There’s also a whole host of more intimate venues like Sidney & Matilda, Yellow Arch Studios, Plot 22 and Dorothy Pax, through to bigger stages at Sheffield City Hall and Sheffield Arena. Visit for more event listings.




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