The diversity in festivals matches the city’s diverse demographic, there is something to satisfy most tastes, here are a few suggestions for 2020, the line ups often change and are released nearer to the festival date but you can get a good idea of what is to come by checking the official websites and seeing what has gone before.
Sheffield Fake Festival
Sheffield Fake Festival is a tribute-based music event and one of te Fake Fest 2020 tour dates, 16th May. Bringing 6 of the ‘fake bands’ to Sheffield – professional touring-grade tribute bands that put on a superb performance. They look, sound and move like the real rock-stars – you have to see them to believe it! Fake Festival work hard to ensure the festivals are safe, secure, accessible and friendly - with an environment that caters for all ages. The giant marquee ensures a warm, lively, inside atmosphere, so you can really enjoy the music. So round up your group or family members and make it a fun packed music day out - come and support live music and party late into the evening!
On 18th July, the UK’s largest celebration of the world’s greatest pop and rock acts is steaming into Sheffield. With an incredible line up on the festival stage, everyone will love this unforgettable afternoon and evening of live music. What’s more…you can bring your own picnic! Six of the world’s biggest arena tribute acts are squeezed into one amazing day. The Legends Festival enshrines each star’s legacy allowing fans a chance, once again, to enjoy the majesty of their world-renowned performances. Legends exclusively use internationally endorsed touring artistes seen by millions across the globe.
Tramlines is the biggest party Sheffield’s ever seen. Over the weekend of 31st July – 2nd August, there’ll be an amazing line-up with more than 70 artists across four stages, plus comedy, a pop-up cinema, an expanded family area and a food and drink line-up unlike anything before. As ever, Tramlines will be championing local talent and celebrating creativity in Sheffield, with a strong focus on local talent. Currently, at just £89.50 for a Weekend Ticket, there’s not a better value three-day festival in the country. All this and it’s only 15 mins on the tram from the city centre. See you at Hillsborough Park in 2020!
Sensoria is the UK’s festival of film and music. Sensoria’s natural home is Sheffield – a city renowned for its creative and technical innovation and one rich in musical heritage. The festival has risk taking and innovation at its core – it is informal and informative; Sensoria loves to provide access, raise aspiration and work to encourage new talent on an ongoing basis. Expect a heady mix of screenings, performance, talks, events and exhibitions but keep checking throughout the year as they present Sensoria Teasers – events, activities and collaborations as and when the opportunity arises. There are a number of virtual projects too – check out Uncommon People – an online family tree of Sheffield’s music scene, past and present – and the Sheffield Music Map, a free smartphone app. Coming 2 - 10 October.
Fire & Steel
On September 14th Rockin the Bowl – Forged in Hell 2019 brought open air rock back to the Don Valley in Sheffield to critical acclaim from fans, bands and press alike. On the 12th September Rockin the Bowl – Fire & Steel will be bigger and better hosting the absolute cream of emerging talent and a headliner who is guaranteed to round the party off in style. Way back in 1993 Def Leppard, Thunder, Ugly Kid Joe and Terrorvision played to over 40 000 people at the now demolished Don Valley Stadium. 25 years later, rock is back in the Don Valley – not at the stadium but at the Bowl, an 8000 capacity grass bowl that will become home to the very first Rockin the Bowl full day event. As a nod towards Sheffield’s proud industrial heritage, this year’s party will be ‘FORGED IN HELL’ and will be featuring a great line-up of local and national rock bands.