Things to do this Easter Bank Holiday in Sheffield
We’ve put together a bumper round-up up the best gigs, club nights and grub that Sheff has to offer so that you can have yourself a long-weekend to remember (or not, as the case may be). After all, you’re off work on Monday.
Common People: 90’s vs 00’s // The Leadmill // Sunday 1 April // £5
Common People is back for its biggest bank holiday weekend bash yet. Party-goers can expect a night-long celebration of all the best Indie, Madchester, Britpop and Alternative from the two decades they were at their peak, featuring tunes from the likes of The Stone Roses, Pulp and Oasis. Tickets are a fiver and grant buyers access to the ‘Evening with Bez’ event taking place beforehand. Sound good ah kid?
Wulfman Fury: Getaway single launch show // Picture House Social // Saturday 31 March // £5.50
One of the freshest faces in the Sheff music scene are celebrating the release of their massive new track ‘Getaway’ with a headline show at Picture House Social. The new tune looks set to grace the airwaves courtesy of Radio 1 in the coming weeks and word on the street is, this could only be the tip of the Iceberg. Support comes in the form of rock n roll five-piece Brooklin and fellow newcomers Manuka Hive (who we might have single reviews for soon, wink-wink). The tip-top bill is rounded off by folk-infused songwriter Thomas and the Empty Orchestra.
Jackson Caged // O2 Academy // Saturday 31 March // £6.75
The local lads have bagged themselves a headline show at the O2 this holiday weekend. Since forming in 2009, the Rage Against the Machine inspired group have amassed quite the following in the Sheffield heavy scene. Sure to bring their high energy performances to the big-stage, the rap-metal outfit’s massive sound is tailor-made for the larger venues. More room for a dance abaht.
Smo ● Fo ● Pit ● Stop // Summit House Car Park // All Weekend // £6
Heavy one last night? Of course it was. Nothing beats a hangover quite like a plateful of hearty snap provided by one of Sheffs most popular smoked food outlets. Chef Simon Barnes will be rustling up a fine selection of meats from brisket to burgers, as well as his signature vegan chilli; served over all three days of the weekend. There’s also a wide range of drinks on offer thanks to some of the city’s best loved breweries and bars. If you can stomach it, obviously. Advanced tickets (including queue jump and a plate of food) are recommended, though not compulsory.
Easter Eggstravaganza // Centertainment // All Weekend // Various
Moving away from drunken shenanigans, Centertainment are inviting everyone in to enjoy cracking deals and dirty discounts on great food and entertainment. Over the course of the weekend favorites such as Chiquitos, Pizza Express and Frankie and Bennies are slashing their prices, with the latter offering a feast that feeds a family for just a fiver each. Once you’re fully stuffed you can head to Cineworld and watch the latest flicks, or mosey over to Hollywood Bowl who are offering 25% off your visit if you hit up their website beforehand.
Broken Witt Rebels // Record Junkee // Saturday 31 March // £7.70
It’s felt like a long-time coming, but BWR finally released their self-titled debut record last year, featuring tracks both old a new. With many of their tunes boasting significant airtime, the Brummy blues-rockers are bringing their sweet, whiskey-soaked southern Americana to Sheff for an intimate affair at Record Junkee. Its sure to be a sweaty one.
Gatecrasher Laser Unity 2 // Area Sheffield // Sunday 1 April // £27.50
The biggest and brightest Trance event in Sheff is back for a second go-round. Miss the first one? No worries – this year is poised to be even bolder than the last with acts including Ben Nicky and special-guest Ferry Corsten already confirmed. There’s plenty of choice too, with three different arenas for you to pick from to provide the soundtrack for your Easter rave. Tickets start from £27.50.
Benny Page meets Parly B // Yellow Arch Studios // Saturday 31 March // £9.10
To celebrate the release of their forthcoming EP ‘Don’t Skylark’ via Reggae Takes Over Records, Benny Page and Parly B are embarking on a nationwide collaborative tour. No doubt you’ll be treated to a joyful night of uplifting reggae, jungle, DnB and dub. No need to print tickets, just show them on your phone. Save the trees.
Sharrow Lantern Carnival // Mount Pleasant Park // Sunday 1 April // Free
Returning for an incredible 15th year, families will be parading their marvellous lantern creations on Sunday night. its not too late for you to get involved, head over to the website below for details on this years theme ‘Monster Mash’, and even instructions on to make your own.
Good Friday Freakout // The Washington // Friday 30 March // Free Entry
A night packed full of energetic bands and “banging tunes” (Nathans words, not ours). The stellar line-up features sleazy-psych rockers Chicken Hearts, garage-punk duo Black Light Ray and freaky goth-rock form Joey Mojito’s Them Sardines. Plus a special DJ set from Nathan Saoudi of the Fat White Family.
A Tribute to the Arctic Monkeys // The Harley // Sunday 1 April // Free Entry before Midnight
A nightlong ode to Sheffield’s favourite sons. DJ Scream will be spinning some of the Monkeys’ best tunes (let’s be honest, they’re all pretty good) across all of their chart-topping records, with a sprinkling of the world’s best indie bands for good measure. Could it scream Sheff anymore if it tried?
Canalside Night Market #3 // Southbank Warehouse // Saturday 31 March // Free Entry
The monthly street food festival is back again, following the success of last months edition. The new gin-bar went down a treat and the range of food on offer was better than ever, but this time they’re going even bigger with more independent market stalls on show and live music to boot. Confirmed vendors include Shanty Town BBQ and The Toastie Club.
Easter Weekender // The Brothers Arms // Saturday 31 March – Sunday 1 April // Free Entry
A weekend of DJ’s, beer and food from the wonderful Greedy Greek. Prepare yourself for a long-one, artists will be playing from 2pm – 12am, as well as plenty of pub-food and booze to go around. Can’t make it one day? Don’t fret, the event is running on Saturday and Sunday – No excuses!
Tantz and Mansion of Snakes // Abbeydale Picture House // Thursday 29 March // £12.21
Over the last few years, Leeds based Tantz have the taken the UK world/roots music scene by storm with their energetic performances and incredible knack for appealing to audiences with all kinds of musical tastes. Blending this unique sound with the bonkers 12-piece behemoth Mansion of Snakes will surely produce a night not be missed.
Weekend Comedy Club // The Leadmill // Saturday 31 April // £12.50
Following the success of it’s Wednesday night comedy club, The Leadmill has launched an additional monthly rib-tickler. This month Dave Johns, Suzi Ruffell, Tom Lucy and Cerys Nelmes take to the stage as part of an excellent roster of comics. And if you’re struggling for something to do after, tickets grant you free entry to the venues famous club nights. Bargain.