Love Your Local with the Tramlines Regulars
Sheffield’s music scene has always been pretty eclectic, with pioneering artists, bands and labels springing up in everything from electronic to classical genres. And whilst that spirit lives on strong, it’s been really hard for those artists to perform to audiences over the last 18 months or more because all the venues have been shut.
The announcement of the return of Tramlines has brought smiles back to the faces of those artists just as much as it has the fans, because it means not only are festivals getting closer to reality again, but that our great bars, pubs and venues are on their way back to normality too, so that musicians can once again play to live audiences.
So to celebrate Sheffield’s scene, we asked a few of the Tramlines regulars and team members, which local spots tick all the right boxes and are part of the furniture when it comes to Sheffield and music.
Lucy - Before Breakfast
"Me and my friends love Picture House Social as the absolute staple to many of our nights in Sheffield. Since spending too many hours (and money) in The Great Gatsby on a Thursday night, Picturehouse Social was always going to be great too.
The pizza is so good, the cocktails are SO GOOD and we all love to join in the trend of taking a selfie in the toilets. I always order an espresso martini and some arancini and cannot wait for another bottomless brunch. We have played in the back room a few times and remember having a laughing fit on stage to the point we couldn't play the next song. It was fairly embarrassing! My favourite memory is of watching Self Esteem play there with a home crowd that adore the woman and her band. It was a big night!"
Klive - The Everly Pregnant Brothers
"One of our favourite spots to hang out is Steam Yard on Division Street. We’ve been going there ever since Nick & Matt opened the place in 2014. It’s dog friendly too - so all our four-legged friends come along as well. We used to visit 5 times a week - a ritual walk from the studio. Sitting inside or in the courtyard - just enjoying the relaxed atmosphere. Johnny, our double bass player in the band likes to visit Steam Yard on his Harley Davidson - he’s also been known to park his American 1950’s Ford Fairlane in the courtyard!
A month or so ago, the Brothers were filming a web concert at nearby Corporation and were in desperate need of some caffeine - so we called up Steam Yard and put in a large order of coffee and doughnuts. Perfect service!
Also we are really looking forward to the opening of Corner Store on Sharrowvale Road in June - which will be very close to Pete McKee’s gallery."
Kiaran - The Sherlocks
"My favourite spot for drinks is probably a little bar called The Green Room. It’s a little quirky place that I love to drink in, especially towards the back end of the night. The reason I love this place is because the music is always great. They’re always playing Motown & soul music which I love and the atmosphere is really friendly. I’ve got so many memories of drinking in this place and just having the best time listening to the music and watching people dance!
Me and the rest of the lads used to turn up in the van to play their weekly jam night… I seem to remember it being on a Wednesday night and we were desperate to play to anyone who would listen. I’m thankful for all the little jam nights that pubs like this had set up as it gave bands like ours a stage and a platform to showcase what we’d been working on in the practice room. That’s why it’s so important people look after these places and cherish them."
Charlie Barton - Marketing Manager
"For me there’s so many great spots. The local boozers over in Hillsborough like Shakey’s and Brass Monkey that you can pretty much hear Tramlines from in the Park.
There's some awesome clubbing in the city too - Tank put on some proper good nights for those who like to dance and you can’t beat a bit of Yellow Arch down in Kelham Island too, because you’re literally in the place where people like Arctic Monkeys, Jarvis Cocker and Richard Hawley have made their music… that’s just special."
Alex Deadman - Local & Regional Press Manager
"Church - Temple of Fun has a bit of everything for me. I can use it for a midday meeting, a family outing or even a late night DJ session. I love taking in a nostalgic retro game on the arcade machines whilst drinking an expertly sourced pint and then getting stuck into the vegan food menu.
It's somewhere to bring visitors to Sheffield when I need to prove that we're a city with unexpected gems. I also really appreciate stepping out on the balcony and watching the River Don flow through the city. There's such a lot of history attached to the waterway and the local area still bears the hallmarks of its industrial past. If you're very lucky you might even spot a Kingfisher or an otter!"
If reading this makes you excited to get back out there again, there are some music venues doing sit down events whilst coronavirus restrictions are still in place, so please do support these places and soak up a bit of the city’s musical heritage in the meantime. The more we all keep doing the right things, hopefully the sooner we’ll be singing, dancing and appreciating the beauty of live music again.
Until then, keep following @VisitSheffield and @tramlines for more ways to keep Making Yourself at Home in one of the best musical cities in the world (in our humble opinion). For more information on this year’s Tramlines feativel and the line up, head to: tramlines.org.uk