Sheffield Gig Guide: The best gig venues in Sheffield

the harley in sheffield

Sheffield has seen the birth of many great British artists, from Def Leppard to Arctic Monkeys, The Long Blondes and Babybird. But which venues have helped this ex-industrial city stand the test of time? Here’s our guide to the best gig venues in Sheffield.

The Harley

The Harley is one of the most prestigious gig venues in Sheffield.

The Harley is one of the smallest but most loved gig venues in Sheffield. Located at the heart of Sheffield city centre, it is known for showcasing some of the best up-and-coming musicians. Over the years the Harley has hosted early career shows by the likes of homegrown indie rock icons Arctic Monkeys and nocturnal indie pop stars The XX.

The venue has a 200-person standing capacity to bring you closer to your favourite acts, as well as a delicious menu and attached hotel to accommodate for your every need on your big night out.

Hagglers Corner

Other gig venues in Sheffield don't match the homely feel of Hagglers Corner.

Haggler’s Corner began from the bottom up when couple Sarah and Dave decided to renovate a rundown old building. After tireless work, Hagglers Corner was eventually built up to the venue it is today, becoming a cornerstone of the Sheffield entertainment scene.

That personal touch that Sarah and Dave bring makes Hagglers Corner feel like home, through great local beer, cocktails and music. Settle inside to listen to some of their live acts playing, or venture out into their courtyard and soak up some nice weather. Either way, you’re in for a lovely evening. There are few gig venues in Sheffield like it.


Corporation is undoubtedly the pick of gig venues in Sheffield when it comes to alternative music.

Locally known as Corp, Corporation caters specifically to alternative music fans, hosting one of Kerrang!’s top three club nights in the UK with their DROP nights every Friday.

Live gigs are regularly hosted here in its 180, 300 and 900 capacity rooms. With powerful beats thundering out of the rooms’ superb setup, headbangers everywhere can be assured that they are in for the night of their lives.

Corp is situated in the heart of Sheffield and is a staple in any true alternative music fan’s night out. If you’re a fan of alternative music, Corp is guaranteed to have a show here soon to suit your tastes.

The Leadmill

Few live music venues in Sheffield have the glamour of The Leadmill, which has hosted many famous shows.

Sheffield’s longest running live music venue and nightclub continues to be a contender for the city’s best venue since it opened in 1980, after previously serving – despite its name – as a flour mill.

The Leadmill has to be one of the most prestigious gig venues in Sheffield as it hosted bands such as Coldplay, The Killers, and Enter Shikari before they made it big. Back in 2005, Sheffield locals Arctic Monkeys sold out The Leadmill faster than anyone else before they released their breakthrough record, Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not.

A night spent in The Leadmill’s 300 or 900 capacity rooms is quite simply a rite of passage for any musician visiting Sheffield, and for any music fan.


Plug's three different rooms - Live, Neutral and Earth - make it one of the most versatile live music venues in Sheffield.

Since Plug first opened in 2005, it has had the opportunity to welcome through its doors some of the country’s most gifted musicians, including Lily Allen, The Prodigy,and, of course, Sheffield superstars, the Arctic Monkeys.

Located in the centre of Sheffield, Plug comes alive at night, forming an integral part of a memorable night out on the town. Its three different rooms, Live, Neutral and Earth, show how versatile it is as a venue, with its 1200 capacity giving it the space to host larger shows as well as smaller ones.

Looking for more places to find live music in Sheffield?

Hopefully we’ve given you an idea of what you can find at the very best gig venues in Sheffield. Click on each of the individual venues above to see their upcoming listings, or check out what’s going on elsewhere in Sheffield by clicking here.

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