Uncommon People

Uncommon People is an online celebration of the wealth of musical talent in Sheffield. It is a kind of ‘family tree’ that is regularly updated in an ongoing attempt to capture the breadth and depth of musical activity that goes on in the steel city, and always has.

You can explore the city’s rich musical heritage and discover its thriving current scene – and you can contribute. We’d love you to get in touch with any anecdotes, footage, photos or music clips, whether a fan or a band member – we’d like to hear from you.

Our designers have really honed in on celebrating Sheffield including the title typeface, inspired by the city’s former Type foundry Stephenson Blake & Co.
Huge thanks to Key Fund for supporting this project, to Azzure Creative for their ongoing development of the site, Ward57 for front end design and to Jay Arnold and Matt Cheeseman.

The Sheffield Music Map was developed by The University of Sheffield through the Humanities Research Institute and supported by the Arts Enterprise scheme and Dr Matthew Cheeseman.

Contributing writers include Daniel Dylan Wray, Penny Blackham, John Quinn and Oli Senior.

The project is managed by Sensoria Festival, largely as a labour of love.

Sensoria’s founders are Jo Wingate and Nigel Humberstone.

Arts Council England
British Council
PRS Foundation
Key Fund
Sheffield Hallam University