Ocean Colour Scene to open Leadmill gig at Don Valley Bowl

Ocean Colour Scene will be the third act to headline Don Valley Bowl this summer, alongside previously announced Hacienda Classical, and George Ezra. Revellers can expect a whole day of spectacular live music with The Coral, The Bluetones, Dodgy, and Sheafs already confirmed to be heading down to support the Birmingham band, on Sunday 19 August 2018.

Following their 1989 formation, Britpop veterans Ocean Colour Scene have released nine albums, three of which made the Top 5. In 1996 they stormed to number 2 in the UK charts with their sensational second album Moseley Shoals which spawned four Top 20 singles, including the instantly recognisable anthems The Day We Caught The Train and The Riverboat Song.

Samuel Feeley, Promoter at The Leadmill said: “We really can’t wait for this one. It’s going to be a day full of sing-along anthems! All of the bands on the line-up have played the venue over the years so it’s somewhat of a greatest hits line-up for us as promoters!”

With such an eclectic line-up over the August weekend, The Leadmill’s Don Valley Bowl shows have something for everyone.

Tickets for The Leadmill’s huge Sunday show will be available from 10am on Friday 30th of March from their website– with tickets priced at £35. 

‘Hope is strong’ at the Millennium Gallery

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With far right parties and hate crimes on the rise, civil liberties and minority rights seem more at risk today than we could have imagined. In these turbulent times, Hope is Strong explores the power of art to question the world we live in.

See Jeremy Deller’s The Battle of Orgreave Archive (An Injury to One is an Injury to All), chronicling the confrontations between police and striking miners in South Yorkshire.

Hope is Strong also features work by Ruth Ewan, Flying Leaps, Mona Hatoum, Sharon Kivland, Goshka Macuga, Keith Piper and more.

Hope is Strong is a free exhibition and will be showcased until 10 June, 2018. 


Thursday 8 March is International Women’s Day and Sheffield will be celebrating the event with a six day festival: SheFestSheff.

From 5-11 March the city will host a number of events as a local tribute to the global celebration of women. This year’s festival is especially significant, as 2018 marks the 100th anniversary of the Representation of the People Act- granting some women the right to vote.

Curated by a small team of volunteers, this not-for-profit festival will see a range of events take place across the city. From a women’s history walking tour to a ‘black glamour’ art exhibition, the festival hopes to engage more people in the public conversation about women’s rights that remains as important as it was a century ago.

For a full brochure of the events click here.


On Saturday 18 August, George Ezra will headline Don Valley Bowl.

Following the recent announcement of their phenomenal Hacienda Classical show, The Leadmill has confirmed that George Ezra will be the second artist heading to Don Valley Bowl this August. Sheffield’s famous Leadmill venue promises a weekend of incredible live music at the 7500-capacity outdoor arena which will take place on Friday 17 and Saturday 18 of August 2018.

Ahead of the show, the BRIT-winning singer-songwriter is set to release his much anticipated second album, Staying At Tamara’s, in March 2018. After singing his way into the hearts of millions with his debut album, Wanted On Voyage, George Ezra promises much more experimentation and confidence this year.

After receiving worldwide praise for his ballad Budapest, George Ezra went from virtually unknown to internationally renowned in just 18 months. The Leadmill loves a success story, and is famed for being a ‘rite of passage’ for emerging talent; in 2014 George Ezra played two sell-out shows at The Leadmill and are truly thrilled to have him back to headline their biggest show yet.

Samuel Feeley, Promoter at The Leadmill said “It’s brilliant to be bringing more outdoor events to the city, it’s a step forward for us as promoters and it’s great for the people of this city. Hopefully, we’ll have more to come!”

Tickets to the 14+ event will be on sale from 2 March at 10am and can be bought on The Leadmill’s website, where you can also find tickets to Hacienda Classical.

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Theatre Deli presents Bad Blood Blues

For three nights only, dark yet intriguing play Bad Blood Blues will be showcased at the Theatre Deli in Sheffield.

Bad Blood Blues explores the controversial HIV/AIDS drug trials which used African people as guinea pigs to pioneer new medicine. Accompanied by a live blues musician, the powerful drama watches two characters as they negotiate a moral and sexual maze.

Why is HIV/AIDS treatment too expensive for countries where the virus is most rife? Are Africans being exploited as guinea pigs to test new drugs for multi-national pharmaceutical companies?  Is it okay to sacrifice lives to protect the integrity of medical studies?

Directed by Ugandan born Sheffield bred theatre maker, John Rwoth-Omack, Paul Sirett’s explosive 2009 play comes to Sheffield to expose the unanswered questions of the pharmaceutical industry’s murky past.

The performance will be showing at the Theatre Deli from 1 to 3 March. Click here to book your tickets.


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The Leadmill presents Haçienda Classical at Don Valley Bowl

The Leadmill brings Hacienda Classical with Manchester Camerata, the city’s experimental orchestra, to Sheffield’s Don Valley Bowl on Friday 17th August. 

Now coming into its third year, these nostalgic nights have recreated the tunes that defined a generation at the original Manchester club, renewed and rearranged with a classical orchestra.

The show will feature its third new set which is currently being prepared by former DJ’s Graeme Park and Mike Pickering alongside executive producer Peter Hook and musical director Tim Crooks. This version will once again see many new classic tracks added to the repertoire for the Hacienda Classical players and special guests.

Samuel Feeley, Promoter at The Leadmill said, “Hacienda Classical has been all over the country and has always gone down a storm so we’re really excited to be able to bring them to Sheffield this summer!”

The announcement of this show is met with excitement: Rebecca Walker, Senior Live Promoter & Assistant General Manager at The Leadmill said, “The Leadmill is such a loved institution to many in the Steel City and I’m immensely proud of both the brand and our hardworking staff to be able to take The Leadmill to the next step with such an ambitious show”.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 16 February and can be bought at

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Sheffield celebrates Japanese culture with Japan Now North festival

From 21 February to 3 March, the art, culture, literature, film and photography of Japan is brought to Sheffield and showcased at various events across the city. 

Japan Now North welcomes an impressive range of academics and creatives to the city so that Sheffield locals can enjoy an essence of Japan without having to travel thousands of miles to get there. The festival programme has been produced by the University of Sheffield, Modern Culture and The Japan Foundation.

Leading photographers, writers and filmmakers from Japan have been invited to the city to exhibit and explain their work. Tokyo-based photographer and visual artist, Suzanne Mooney, hosts an exhibition which documents her observations in the capital city and self-portraits from around the world whilst renowned filmmaker, Mika Ninagawa, hosts a talk and film screening.

Sheffield’s Showroom cinema presents the screening of Megumi Sasaki’s A Whale of a Tale, with a Q&A and Kyoko Miyake’s Tokyo Idols, plus a Q&A.

Other events include a conversation with writers Richard Lloyd Parry and Mariko Nagai about the environmental destruction in Japan due to disasters like tsunamis and radiation poisoning and discussions about documentaries and living in Tokyo will be taking place.

A full programme, with links to (mostly free) tickets, can be found here.