3 RING CIRCUS – Richard Hawley, James Dean Bradfield and Lou Doillon *SOLD OUT*

3 RING CIRCUS - Richard Hawley,  James Dean Bradfield and Lou Doillon *SOLD OUT*


7:00 pm - 11:00 pm

This event has already happened, so can't be booked.


 We are excited to announce the return of the 3 Ring Circus to Sensoria 2017, presented by The Red Lodge Agency.

This special occasion event showcases three amazing artists playing three shows, all on the same night. 

Richard Hawley, James Dean Bradfield, and Lou Doillon come together to perform an unmissable event at Sensoria; The 3 Ring Circus.


  • Supported by Institut Français.

How does it work?

Each artist acts as opener in a different venue, plays a 40 minute stripped down set then jumps into a waiting car which will speed them to the next location. Then the same again to the last venue.

So each artist becomes the opener, middle act and headline – and they say democracy doesn’t work!

And the audience sits still, maybe has another pint, has a chat in between whilst the artists break all speed restrictions in order to get to the next show.

The only catch is no one knows what order the artists will appear at which venue. So it’s pot luck. But the important thing is you get to see:

Richard Hawley, James Dean Bradfield and Lou Doillon all on the same bill in the most intimate surroundings.

Each of the inner city venues grant a slightly varying experience; allowing the audience to decide for themselves which setting they would like to see the artists in. 

The Venues:

Trafalgar Warehouse 2:  121 Trafalgar Street S1 4JT (standing) *SOLD OUT*

Upper Chapel: 45 Surrey Street S1 2LG (seated) *SOLD OUT*

The Drama Studio: The University Drama Studio, Shearwood Road S10 2TD (seated) *SOLD OUT*

The Artists:

Richard Hawley

Sheffield’s Richard Hawley has become synonymous with the city through his 8 solo albums. The last of which, Hollow Meadows, was released in 2016. As well as his own solo career he has worked with a myriad of artists such as Tom Jones, Shirley Bassey, Nancy Sinatra and Duane Eddy. But as one of the most versatile artists of a generation he has also worked and recorded with bands such as Arctic Monkeys, Elbow, Manic Street Preachers and Pulp.

Richard hosts the show as he did last year (which featured John Grant and Bill Ryder-Jones) and arrives in Sheffield this week after having completed another 3 Ring Circus, this time in Paris with John and Lou.

James Dean Bradfield

James is of course best known as the lead singer of Manic Street Preachers who have become one of the legendary British bands over the last 30 years. Classic albums such as The Holy Bible, Everything Must Go and This is My Truth Tell Me Yours along with their more recent Rewind The Film and Futurology contain some of the most poignant and politically aware music of at least one generation and maybe more. His first solo record was in 2006 ‘The Great Western’.

Lou Doillon

Singer Lou Doillon is the daughter of film director Jacques Doillon and actress Jane Birkin and half-sister of Charlotte Gainsbourg – it’s difficult to talk about her without acknowledging her family connections in the French movie and music industry. She started her acting career as her mother’s daughter in Le petit amour in 1988. Then her father offered her her first great role in a movie, Trop (peu) d’amour in 1998. She also became a model and is the face of Givenchy.

Legendary French singer Etienne Daho produced her first album ‘Places’. It won her Best Female Artist at Victoires De La Musique (the French Brits) in 2013. Her 2nd album ‘Lay Low’ was released in 2015 and went Gold soon after.



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