A monumental year for Sheffield Music

Think of any major music era in the last 60 years and there will be a Sheffield band/artist helping define it.

From the bluesy 60s to emerging electronica in the 70s, synth-pop and glam metal of the 80s, through to chart-topping 90s Britpop and the New Yorkshire indie movement of the noughties, Sheffield’s popular music credentials rival that of any UK city.

And so, it goes without saying that Sheffield has staged its fair share of live music spectacles over the years too. However, 2023 is set to be a landmark year in the city’s music history, as several of Sheffield’s best-known exports return to play historic headlining shows.

Huge Sheffield Homecomings...

Arctic Monkeys

Hillsborough Park, 9 & 10 June

One of the biggest bands in the world, Arctic Monkeys return to play two special homecoming shows this summer.

Ahead of another headline slot at Glastonbury Festival and following the release of their latest album, The Car, the band are set to takeover Hillsborough Park for their biggest Sheffield homecoming yet.

Def Leppard & Mötley Crüe

Bramall Lane, Monday 22 May

Def Leppard are set to play a huge homecoming gig in Sheffield as part of a co-headline World Tour alongside fellow iconic rock legends, Mötley Crüe.

The first stop on the European leg, the Sheffield show is set to take place at the home of Sheffield United FC, which will be especially sweet for Joe Elliot who is a devoted Blade.


Sheffield Arena, 14 & 15 July

Reunited once again, PULP return to Sheffield Arena for two homecoming shows this summer. It'll be their first show in the city since their emotional farewell performance at the very same venue in December 2012.

Long-time friend and fellow Sheffielder, Richard Hawley will also be joining as a special guest for the Sheffield dates.

Self Esteem at Rock N Roll Circus

Don Valley Bowl, Saturday 2 September

Having blown away fans with two sold out shows at the O2 Academy Sheffield earlier this year, Rotherham-born Rebecca Lucy Taylor AKA Self Esteem will be back in September for her biggest Sheffield gig yet!

Returning to headline the Saturday of new festival Rock N Roll Circus at Sheffield's Don Valley Bowl, expect another high octane performance of hits from her critically acclaimed album, Prioritise Pleasure, along with a lineup of supporting guests, specially curated by Self Esteem herself. 

The artists Self Esteem in a huge red ballgown.

Sheffield: DIY Party Capital

Anyone who doesn't think Sheffield has a thriving local music scene, just needs to look a little harder, as a new wave of DIY venues and promoters have stealthily cultivated something which is now attracting national press. 

The latest in a few feature articles exploring Sheffield's DIY scene recently, is this great in-depth piece published by TimeOut Magazine, written by Daniel Dylan Wray.

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The stage set for the show Standing At The Sky's Edge.

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