Sheffield Makes Music 2017

Sheffield Makes Music 2017

16 May 2017

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.

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 on trams, on trains, 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.

Delivered by the University of Sheffield supported by Sheffield BID,  following on from last year's event, Sheffield Mkaes MusicDay haa become a significant part of Sheffield’s cultural calendar, continung the city’s rich musical tradition.

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 Friday 9 June include Sheffield University’s Indian Music Ensemble performing Raga at 8am at Sheffield Train Station - what a welcome to your day!

Sheffield Youth Orchestra, Music Hub’s Senior Orchestra and Brass Band England are collaborating on a showstopper performance in the city centre, and Opera On Location will once again bring a few minutes of serenity with a lunchtime Aria on the Town Hall steps.

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 once again plays host to the Yellow Bus stage with a variety of the city’s best talent on show, 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, and there may even be a couple of musical surprises up their sleeves.

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 audiences.

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.

If all this wasn't enough, Hope Works are set to host a launch party for their No Bounds Festival on 9 June. The 18 hour music, art and technology event  features workshops and Q&A opportunities with many people at the forefront of Electronic Music, Techno and Live Coding, culminating in an early morning Algorave featuring an exceptional line up headlined by DJ Nina Kraviz. The events will take place across Sheffield Trafalgar Warehouse & Hope Works 1pm-7am, visit for tickets to this event.

Local band Cuckoo Clocks are having a multimedia feast for the senses to launch their new album at Abbeydale Picture House (visit for tickets to this event), while Yellow Arch Studios will play 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 ( visit  for tickets).

Sheffield Makes Music then contiues into the weekend with a very special event on Saturday 10 and  Sunday 11 June, as Mark Fell curates Lush Spectra at Sheffield’s newly refurbished Non-Conformist Chapel, General Cemetery. This eclusive event will use experimental music, deeper listening and nonlinear time-consciousness, to create a unique and mesmerising experiential journey into the night, with live performances from some of the world’s most renowned performers and composers.