One of the things that I love about Sheffield is the music scene as it’s so vibrant and how over the many decades it has produced bands who have influenced loads of bands in the music industry at the moment. It has been the starting location for now famous bands like Pulp, Def Leppard, The Human League, Joe Cocker to modern bands such as Arctic Monkeys, Reverend and the Makers and 65daysofstatic.
These bands have been influential to new bands which are starting out in the steel city who start out in the smaller venues which give a closer connection between the band and the crowd, such as West Street Live, O2 Academy 2, Dove and Rainbow, Nelson Rock Bar and The Frog and Parrot. Once they get a bigger fan base the larger venues are open to them such as the Motorpoint Arena, Plug, O2 Academy, City Hall, Corporation and obviously Leadmill.
In my first year of uni I didn’t really get to see as many bands as I wanted to but this year I have seen 2 bands, one of them is one of my friends bands, Utopia Lost who are an unsigned metal band who recently played at the O2 Academy 2. They have previously played at Corporation last year and have got an EP out called “And So It Begins“, and have got some more gigs coming up. For some reason that aren’t that many big name bands which play in Sheffield but when they do they sell out really quickly, despite their being a vast music scene in Sheffield. I was lucky enough to get a chance to see The Killers play at the Motorpoint Arena which was amazing and by far the best gig I have ever been too, the atmosphere was incredible and they are such a good live band.
Sheffield is definitely a music city which thrives on it with local and famous bands and it makes it feel vibrant, with the ride range of festivals such as Tramlines and Made in Sheffield which showcase local talent and bring more people into the city.