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Live Music & Bands - With a music tradition that encompasses Human League to Arctic Monkeys it’s no surprise Sheffield has plenty of live music venues and even more bands. And you can get your aural fix at all levels, taking in grass roots rock to bankrolling arena acts. One thing Sheffield does lay a claim to is variety so you can catch , unsigned acts at places like The Boardwalk and The Grapes, West Street Live, Nylon, The Harley The , Forum and The Runaway Girl, or all your NME favourites at the likes of Plug, The Leadmill, Corporation and SUSU venues The Foundry and Octagon. Peace Gardens Visit these in mid summer and they are anything but peaceful. Amid all the bustle of downtown Sheffield this mix of lush lawns, fountains and water jets signify the centre of the city . When the sun is out it’s not unusual for kids to be running through the fountains in their swimwear while other folk pile down to rest on shopping trips and eat their lunch away from the office. In the evenings they are imaginatively lit and, together with the gothic charms of the Town Hall, are a memorable landmark. As well as being flanked by several newish eateries and coffee shops, the Peace Gardens also lead to the Winter Garden, the huge award-winning glass house that accesses Tudor Square and the Millennium Galleries. Filled with a stunning mix of flowers and exotic plants, this peaceful spot is ideal for catching up with a book or some chums. Galleries - There are plenty of cultural opportunities to be had be it the refurbished Weston Park Museum, Millennium Galleries or the Graves Art Gallery high , above the Central Library . Along with historical Bishops’ House, in Meersbrook Park, these offer plenty to look at and reflect on at little or no charge. Great places to take the rellies to when they insist on seeing ‘how you are doing up in Sheffield’. Cinema & Theatre Sheffield was once aspiring to be the cinema capital of the country with more , screens per head than anywhere else. Since then existing cinemas have consolidated and established loyalties. incoming academia might be saddened to see The Crucible covered up. The venue for the World Snooker Championships is undergoing a full refurbishment so it is over to the beautiful Lyceum next door on Tudor Square to shine and supply many of Sheffield’s professional and touring theatrical needs. Shopping Sheffield sometimesgets a hard time about its opportunitiesfor retail therapywhen compared with neighbouring Leeds and Manchester. But it has enough to offer any size of wallet. For starters there is Fargate, effectively the High Street, although there’s also one of those nearby too. Here you will find M&S, Office and more mobile phone shops than you can shake a SIM card at. Then there is the Moor, about to undergo a massive transformation but for now where you will find Debenhams, Atkinsons and lower end shops. Devonshire/Division Street is where your specialist and independent stores are based you can smaller Crystal Peaks on the south side of the city . While 24 hour Spar on Ecclesall Road is crucial for that 3am Mars Bar the Castle Market, off the bottom of High Street and near Wilkinsons (also a haven for bargains) is a brilliant and very authentic source of quality meat, fish and other ingredients at reasonable prices. Hair & Beauty - Barnet a disgrace? If you want your hair done for next to nothing pop into a salon on a training night where a junior can cut and/or colour your hair, under supervision, for a cut price. Try HALO on Devonshire street, Toni&Guy opposite , Peace Gardens, West Street’s Creator or I.D. If you fancy treating yourself to a massage or facial, but your purse is yawning, then give Castle College a call and be a guinea pig for the students. Fancy A Giggle - The Last Laugh comedy club recently moved from beneath Ponds Forge to the Memorial Hall, around the back of the main City Hall. And it seems to be working well with founder and Radio Sheffield breakfast DJ Toby Foster bringing some fine acts to an even finer venue. This Friday and Saturday night regular fixture grew out of the long-running Last Laugh nights in the back room of Hunters Bar pub The Lescar. The night that gave the likes of Ross Noble and Jimmy Carr their early breaks is still operating every Thursday . Both of those comedy heavyweights are taking part in October’s Grin Up North comedy festival around the city . Young, gifted and gay Sheffield seemingly used to hide its gay scene away with much of it happening in fairly gloomy former industrial districts.



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Most notable above the more discerning big screen crowd is the Showroom (above), which is where you’ll find the bulk of the art-house and independent films. Always a hotspot for students with free internet access, specialist film showings and film making workshops. More generally Cineworld in Attercliffe’s Valley Centertainment is always busy midweek when it hosts Orange customers enjoying cheap celluloid courtesy of the ‘Orange Wednesdays’ scheme where you can get two for one on cinema tickets. Look out for NUS deals at The Odeon, in the city centre, and Meadowhall’s Vue multiplex. Snooker fans among the

The Showroom is where you’ll find the bulk of the art-house and independent films
as well as The Forum which, as well as a bar and very nice grub, is a haven for small boutiques and little 'individual' shops. On and off this street you will find G-star and a vintage/retro clothes store called Freshmans that is always a big hit with freshers. Then you have Meadowhall, the collosal mall beside the M1, recently hit by flooding but now back open is time for pre-Christmas shopping. You can get here by tram as

But now it is thriving with a new gay club due to open soon in Attercliffe, called SAB. Until then, there’s always FUEL, on Eyre Street (just across from where Gatecrasher used to stand) and SUSU’s long-running CLIMAX. One-time rockers pub turned gastro den Lions Lair, next to Embrace, is now a safe haven for non-straight folk and a new gay night is being promoted underneath the Ruby Lounge, on Carver Street.

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