Unmissable music in Sheffield: May 2018

The Lower Than Atlantis lads are playing Plug on 14 May
The Lower Than Atlantis lads are playing Plug on 14 May

We all know that when it comes to catching some great live music, Sheffield has a pretty stellar selection. To help you nab tickets to some big names, as well as bands we think you’ll love, here’s a handful of gigs going down in the city centre over the next month.

High Hazels, The Leadmill, 4 May, 7:30pm

Having opened for the likes of The Coral, Richard Hawley and Slow Club, these Yorkshire lads are set to bring their majestic pop to The Leadmill on Friday. Welcome the long weekend listening to sumptuously melodic phrasing from the band that’re set to take Tramlines by storm in the summer. To book your £7 tickets, head to www.leadmill.co.uk or call 0114 272 7040.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival, Various Locations, 11-19 May

This nine-day festival hosted by Music in the Round will see concerts held at the Crucible studio, Sheffield Cathedral, and the Winter Gardens, all in aid of celebrating the harmony that chamber music resonates. As well as concerts from resident musicians Ensemble 360, Singer-in-Residence Roderick Williams and various international guest artists, you’ll be able to connect with the music through informal talks, silent films with improvised soundtrack and much more. Get your tickets from Music in the Round now; some concerts offer two tickets at just £5 each. Bargain!

INK, Corporation, 14 May, 7pm

Bandmates Dougie Poynter, Todd Dorigo and Corey Alexander bring their alternative rock/grunge/classic rock/new age sound in the form of INK to Corporation on Monday 14 May. Having formed only last year, the band have released their debut EP, ‘HEAVEN’ globally, and are showcasing their fresh music live to audiences. To book your tickets, call 0114 276 0262 or visit Corporation for more.

Lower Than Atlantis, Plug, 14 May, 7:30pm

British rock band Lower Than Atlantis hit the road for the first time in four years this month and they’re bringing their regional tour to Plug on Monday 14 May. Catch classics including ‘Had Enough’ and ‘Get Over It’ at the iconic Plug venue on Matilda Street, and let supports The Faim and Boston Manor warm you up before an evening of LTA magic. Tickets are selling fast and are £16.50 for general admission. Head to seetickets.com or Plug’s website for more.

The Shires, Sheffield City Hall, 20 May, 8pm

The Shires will bring their UK tour showcasing their hotly anticipated third album ‘Accidentally on Purpose’, to the Oval Hall on Sunday 20 May. The duo recorded their new album in Nashville, Tennessee, and have combined country-pop choruses with deep emotive lyrics inspired by their whirlwind journey, relationships and time in the States. Bringing country music into the mainstream, the pair’s new album has adapted to suit more modern musical tastes.

BBC Music’s The Biggest Weekend Tour - Mahalia & Alicaì Harley, with support from Otis Mensah, The Leadmill, 21 May, 7:30pm

In celebration of BBC Music’s Biggest Weekend music festivals, BBC Music Introducing is taking four bands on tour across the UK as part of the UK Fringe leg of the festival. One leg of the tour will visit several grassroots venues across the UK and will feature Mahalia and Alicaì Harley playing at The Leadmill. Each night will feature support from a new local artist working in conjunction with Local BBC Music Introducing shows - and Sheffield is lucky enough to have young local talent Otis Mensah. Get your tickets from Skiddle.

The Hallé, Sheffield City Hall, 25 May, 7pm

As part of Sheffield’s International Concert Season, Hong Xu will join Sir Mark Elder and the Hallé in Mozart’s B flat major Piano Concerto and Dvořák’s Seventh Symphony in the Oval Hall on Friday 25 May. Exquisite musician Xu and the Hallé will interpret the two lively pieces with great poise for an evening that promises to be one brimming with emotive orchestral music.

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