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This is a part of the UK that has a great history in the world of things Alternative, they even kicked off their own sub-genre of Electronic Dance Music, partly inspired by Yellow Magic Orchestra, this sub-genre became known as "Bleep Techno".

The area has its own Industrial festival, Resistanz Festival.

Something else that the world can be grateful to Sheffield for is the Record Label Warp Records.

Bands from Sheffield

Many great and extremely innovative artists have hailed from, or have produced albums from this area, below is just a selection.

Arctic Monkeys


This Indie style band formed out of a Sheffield suburb, High Green.

Cabaret Voltaire


This Industrial legend was formed out of here in 1973, very much ahead of their time, band member Stephen Mallinder was born here as well.

Clock DVA

In 1978, Clock DVA started to perform Industrial, Post Punk and Electronic Body Music before most people really knew what these genres were.


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In 1990, Gong gave the world the live album Live at Sheffield '74.

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Human League


They were formed out of Sheffield during 1977.


This Electronica / Techno, IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) / Acid House / Industrial Dance music group were bought to the attention of the world by Sheffield label Warp

Pop Will Eat Itself

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The "Poppies" have good connections with Sheffield, their debut album 'Box Frenzy' with Robert Gordon at Sheffield's FON studios in the Summer of 1987.

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Most of the bands artwork was designed by the Sheffield based, now defunct design house The Designers Republic.



Formed out of Sheffield, during 1978, and almost defined the sound that became known as Indie.

The band has always maintained a strong connection with Sheffield.

In 2014 Pulp teamed up with filmmaker Florian Habicht, and premiered Pulp: A Film about Life, Death & Supermarkets.

Skeletal Family


They produced the "Live At Sheffield 1984" DVD, a mail-order release from this band.



An Industrial / Hardcore styled band, who also formed out of Sheffield.


The Corporation

An independent live music venue and nightclub located in city centre.

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Corporation is known for hosting live music from touring bands and club nights which play a variety of Alternative and Rock music, but it also hosts the club night skool disco, predominantly a student based Pop music night.

2 Milton St, Sheffield S1 4JU

Mulberry Tavern

Two floors of complete entertainment!

Upstairs! - Karaoke, cheesy music.

Downstairs! - Live music! Punk, Ska, Rock, Indie, Heavy Metal.

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10 Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2PP


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1,200 capacity 3-room nightspot hosting diverse programme of live music and weekly club nights.

Since its opening in 2005, this place has established itself as one of the top independent live music and club venues in Sheffield and the North of England.

They have played host to some incredible acts over the years including Arctic Monkeys, The Prodigy, Patti Smith, and Lily Allen.

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As a venue, Plug dances perfectly on the tightrope between grandiosity and intimacy, bringing audiences awe-inspiring live and DJ performances in a perfectly proportioned setting.

Having just won both the Best Club and Best Overall categories in the Best Bar None Awards 2013/2014, they have naturally got quite a spring in their step, with their most legendary club night’s being Ohm Sweet Ohm and Spanked.

14-16 Matilda St, Sheffield S1 4QD

West Street Live

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Compact live music venue and late bar/club in Sheffield, open 7 days a week with free entry for nightly bands and DJs, plus weekend tribute acts.

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Every night of the week you can see live bands between 7-11pm, followed by DJs who keep the party going into the early hours..

128 West St, Sheffield S1 4ES

Dove and Rainbow

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Modern, glass-fronted music bar staging live Rock, Heavy Metal and Punk bands, with DJs plus real ales.

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A friendly Rock live music and real ale venue tucked away in Hartshead Square.

During the day, they don't have big screen TVs showing sports, just a jukebox which puts you in control of the music. At night times, they don't have balearic music blasted out by a faceless DJ you can't talk to, they have friendly DJs playing everything from Blues and Classic Rock, to Punk and Gothic, even making stop-offs at Heavy Metal and Progressive Rock. Best of all, their DJs are mega request-friendly.

2 Hartshead Square, Sheffield S1 2FD

Record Junkee

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Record Junkee is a fiercely independent crate diggers paradise, situated on Cambridge St in the heart of the Steel City it embraces the inclusive ethos that bred the best acts from the city's past.

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From original Bassline to Post Punk and back again; all styles are served as the store caters equally to the burgeoning collector and the old school vinyl head alike.

7 Earl St, Sheffield S1 3FP

Yorkshireman Rock Bar

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The Yorkshireman Rock Bar (Formerly known as the Lions Lair and Yorkshireman’s Arms) is an elegant bar which puts on the best Rock nights in Sheffield.

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The pub originally opened sometime circa 1790 and has changed themes many times over the years (including a restaurant, “old man’s pub”… etc) but started its Rock history in the 80’s and, now in the final months of 2014, it has become once again what it was meant to be: a Rock Bar.

In the 80’s and 90’s along with the Wapentake, Rebels and the recently defunct Sportsman, The Yorkshireman was the place to be for any Rock/Heavy Metal fan.

31 Burgess St, Sheffield S1 2HF

External Links

Mulberry Tavern Facebook Page

Yorkshireman Rock Bar Website