Events and Concerts in Sheffield

Hammersmith Apollo

Sheffield is the home of some iconic music often in the form of bands with household names such as Babybird and more popular bands like Def Leppard and The Artic Monkeys. The Artic Monkeys being the most popular band to come from Sheffield – with the majority of the time the words “Sheffield” and “Music” being mentioned the instant reaction would be thinking of the Artic Monkeys. Popular for their Indie style music, the band has released four studio albums; the first of which in 2006 called “Whatever people say I am, That’s what I’m not.” The album was such a success it became the fastest selling debut album in British music history!


Not just is Sheffield home to top music bands it also has the venues to match. The most notable ones being the Sheffield 02 Academy, The Boardwalk and The Leadmill. Over the years these venues have been host to big named artists and are continuing to produce such great acts.

Motorpoint Arena

The Motorpoint Arena is the premier music venue in Sheffield. It opened in 1991 and has a capacity of 13,500. Live Nation is the venue operator and plays some of the best UK gigs in the area. It is used for concerts and for sporting events. The venue is based in the Sheffield City Centre.

So far the arena hosted some of the biggest music artist in the world such as Jay-Z, Kasabian, Oasis and Depeche Mode. 2013 is another big year for the venue. Bruno Mars, Rod Stewart, Black Sabbath and Micky Flanagan already announced their gigs at the Motorpoint Arena and other big artists are likely to follow.

Sheffield 02 Academy

The Sheffield Academy is a fairly modern venue having only opened on the 11th April 2008: selling out upon opening with a gig of local band Reverend and the Makers. The venue is located in the prime city centre as is a £3.5 million development which consists of an auditorium holding a capacity of 2,350 as well as a smaller room attached. The Academy already has events on right the way through the year with musical bands such as Wheetus and Electric Six included.

The Boardwalk

Once upon a time this old friendly club was beginning to come to an end, however, a dramatic turnaround occurred which included Alex Turner (the lead vocalist in the Artic Monkeys) working on the bar. The city centre bar was formerly known as The Black Swan and held legendary gigs such as the Sex Pistols. During its revamp the bar has now became popular for its rock concerts and became a crucial cog in Sheffield’s recent musical resurgence. Although the Boardwalk is currently temporarily closed the bar already has some big rock gigs lined up for October kicking off with The Z tops on the 6th.

The Leadmill

The Leadmill is Sheffield’s longest running live music venue and nightclub after first opening back in 1980. Over the years the venue has played centre stage to some of the world’s greatest bands as Coldplay, Oasis, Stereophonics, The Stone Roses, Kings of Leon, Kasabian, The Killers and of course The Artic Monkeys have all featured at The Leadmill – just to name a few! As a result the Leadmill has firmly established its self as Sheffield’s premier live music venue with the Pigeon Detectives already booked for this month.

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