Sheffield set for culture takeover with another busy weekend of events across the city

Sheffield set for culture takeover with another busy weekend of events across the city

06 June 2017

Sheffield is set for a huge culture takeover this weekend, as several major city events and festivals take place.

Events will kick off on Friday when the return of Sheffield Makes Music coincides with the start of Sheffield’s international documentary festival Doc/Fest.

Taking place Friday 9 June - Friday 14 June, once again Doc/Fest will be bringing the World’s best documentaries, virtual reality and interactive experiences and talks to the city. The film programme alone features a record 183 documentary features and shorts from around the world, including 35 World, 21 International, 24 European and 74 UK Premieres. 

Doc/fest events will be spilling into venues across the city, including the festival’s long-time home, Sheffield Showroom plus the brand new venue, The Light Cinema at The Moor and two outside pop up screens, the Free Screen on Tudor Square and The Light Free Screen on Howard Street.

As well as returning Doc/Fest regulars such as Louis Theroux and Stacey Dooley, special guest speakers attending the Festival for the first time include the likes of Maxine Peake, Sir Lenny Henry in conversation with June Sarpong MBE, Peter Greenaway CBE, Years and Years Frontman Olly AlexanderWalter Murch, and Ian Hislop.

Meanwhile, Sheffield Makes Music is aiming to have 1000 musicians performing over 24 hours at various locations around the city, from as early as 8am on Friday 9 June. 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.

As part of Sheffield Makes Music, renowned Sheffield-based electronic artist, Mark Fell, is also set to curate Lush Spectra which will bring together some of the world's most renowned performers and composers to create a mesmerising experiential journey over two days (Saturday 10 & Sunday 11 June).

Set to be held on in the newly reopened Samuel Worth Nonconformist Chapel, in the grounds of Sheffield’s General Cemetery, the event promises to be an experience like no other and will see the venue beautifully illuminated as it comes alive with a series of multichannel audio works and acoustic music.

If that wasn’t enough, the launch for new festival, No Bounds, will see an 18-hour party of music, art, technology and dancing across Hope Works and Trafalgar Warehouse  (9 June). Then on Saturday (10 June), Sheffield’s much-loved FREE community arts and music festival, Peace in the Park, returns to the Ponderosa Park,  taking place12pm - 8pm.

The Leadmill Comedy Festival also continues this weekend with whole host of stand-up performances across their two stage spaces in the venue, and a third special stage on a bus outside. Nashville rockers Kings of Leon are set to play Sheffield Arena on Saturday night while 90s indie-pop band Sait Etienne also play Sheffield City Hall's Grand Ballroom.

Sheffield’s hotels are also bursting to capacity this weekend as result of the nearby RHS Chatsworth Flower Show. Taking place from Wednesday 7 - Sunday 11 June, this will be the first time the prestigious flower show is to be held at Chatsworth House and the event is already a sell out with around 30,000 visitors expected over the five days.

In what has already proven to be a busy year for Sheffield’s major events programme, there are even more city events and festivals on the horizon over coming months. For more information on events in Sheffield visit