The Octagon Centre16:00 Registration and Workshop sign-up
19:30 Welcome and Massed Sing Run – through
21:20Sparkle Sistaz
21:45The Young’uns
22:30 – 1:00Bar
The Octagon Centre09:00 – 10:00Late Registration and Workshop sign up
Town Centre10:00 – 12:00Street Singing
Barkers Pool 12:30 – 13:00Massed Sing
 13:00 – 14:45BREAK
The Octagon Centre14:45 – 17:001st Concert
 17:00 – 19:00BREAK
The Octagon Centre19:00 – 22:302nd Concert
 22:30 – 1:00Bar
The Octagon Centre09:30 – 10:30Workshop 1
10:30 – 11:00BREAK
11:00 – 12:00Workshop 2
12:00 – 12:30Feedback Meeting for choir reps
Weston Park (tbc)12:30 – 14:00 Picnic & close

Street Choirs 2024

40 years of music for change

A weekend of singing in harmony and solidarity


  • Massed Sing Rehearsal – all the learning resources are here. Please come prepared!
  • Relax and enjoy 2 locally based bands – The Sparkle Sistaz and The Young’uns


  • Street Singing (aka busking)
  • Massed Sing in the City Centre 
  • Afternoon Choir Concert concert
  • Evening Choir Concert
  • Relax in the bar!


  • Workshops
  • Picnic

The bar will be available for food, hot and cold drinks etc throughout the festival during times when we are using The Octagon.

There will be a luggage room available in the reception area. 

We can’t wait to welcome you to Sheffield for the 40th Anniversary of the Street Choirs Festival!

An Optional Extra …


Sunday 9th June 2024

An optional extra for festival participants will be the Rivers Rally, a local event to celebrate Sheffield’s Five Rivers, the Don, Porter, Loxley, Rivelin and Sheaf. Organised by the South Yorkshire Climate Alliance, participants will walk or cycle from starting points on each of the tributaries and also upstream along the Lower Don, to converge at Castlegate near the confluence at about 4 pm, for a mass sing.

The event is part of the national Great Big Green Week, a national week celebrating community action to combat climate change and protect nature.

It is timed so that it will be possible for participants of the Street Choirs Festival to join after the picnic in Weston Park, either to go on the walk or sing at Castlegate (or both). Ryan O’Riordan, London choir leader, who is active in the Climate Choirs Movement, will be leading a climate songs workshop on the Sunday morning, featuring some of the songs we will be singing at Castlegate, where he will lead the mass sing.

The entire event will finish by 4.45 PM, and we hope that people from the festival will want to join and swell the numbers of this celebratory event.


Introducing the main act for our Friday concert, the fantastic Sheffield-based folk trio…

The Young’uns

The Young’uns live shows are renowned. With heart-on-the-sleeve storytelling, beautiful lyrics, warm harmonies and relentless repartee, Sean Cooney, Michael Hughes and David Eagle (the award-winning stand-up comedian) sing life-affirming folk songs for today.

Born from empathy, crafted with care, fired by hope, and shared with joy, The Young’uns’ songs have been described as “a heartfelt secular hymnary for these troubled times and a rallying call for humanity.” (The Scotsman). They have led the band to three BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards (including Best Album in 2018 for Strangers) and the creation of the acclaimed international theatre show The Ballad of Johnny Longstaff (based on their 2019 concept album of the same name).

20 years after accidentally stumbling into the alien world of their local folk club as drunken teenagers, (and gaining their cureless name in the process), these three thirtysomething friends from Stockton and Hartlepool have never lost the joy of that first night of singing together. Whether performing at Glastonbury Festival, writing a song about pigs with a group of school children or presenting a programme on Radio 4, Sean Cooney, David Eagle and Michael Hughes are just the same.

Taking its name from messages tied to the railings of a bridge in Sunderland, their new album Tiny Notes (Hudson Records) is a collection of songs that find hope and humanity in grief and despair. From London Bridge to Lockerbie, from Derry to Aleppo, with warm harmony and beautifully crafted lyrics, these are folk songs for our times.

‘Hugely captivating-performing with great verve and humour – a brilliant folk act!’ Stuart Maconie, BBC Radio 6 music

“Glorious… celebrating the uncelebrated with warmth, vigour and passion” ★★★★ MOJO

“The Teesside trio have captured hearts – and awards – with a magic combination of lusty acapella singing, memorable tunes and heart-on-sleeve storytelling with an unashamedly political cry for social justice.” ★★★★ SONGLINES

And our brilliant support act The Sparkle Sistaz …

The Sparkle Sistaz are a fantastic all-female group from Sheffield.  They describe their style as “an everything soup” and “a cocktail in spring”.  They write all their own songs and always leave the audience wanting more.  Rock On!

Although their usual genre is broadly rock and pop, they will be performing an acoustic set for Street Choirs.

The Sparkle Sistaz are a project run by Under the Stars, a Sheffield charity that enhances the lives of people with a learning disability and/or autism through music and drama.  Their artists challenge perceptions of what people with a learning disability can achieve.