Uncommon People - Sheffield Music Map launched

The University of Sheffield has joined forces with Sensoria Festival to launch a new innovative map of Sheffield’s musical heritage – www.uncommonpeople.co.uk - and they are issuing a call for contributions.

ABC performing at Sheffield Students' UnionThe creators are asking the public to contribute to the site, which started life as an online family tree of Sheffield bands and now features a Band A-Z, timeline and map of locations and venues. The site is designed to keep on growing and members of the public are being encouraged to submit footage, photos or simply anecdotal memories to help www.uncommonpeople.co.uk become the definitive guide to the wealth of musical talent in the city.

The partners are already working on a next phase for the project - a Sheffield Music Map app which will take data from the website and bring it to life on the streets of Sheffield. Sensoria staff will be working with MA students, academics from the Humanities Research Institute and Dr Matt Cheeseman, a research fellow in the School of English, who recently curated Do It Thissen, an exhibition about Sheffield’s post-punk music scene for the Festival of the Mind.

Dr Cheeseman said: “The buildings and streets of our city have not only inspired some of the most important British music, past and present, they are also the sites where that music was physically made, recorded and played. This process is ongoing, and the Musical Map will enable local residents, visitors and researchers to understand the role of music in shaping the city's past, present and future.”

Sensoria Director Jo Wingate said: "I wanted to create a website that Sheffield people could get actively involved with and add their own stories to - and especially one that is animated by photos, tickets, flyers and footage that brings the stories to life. We're really pleased with the results so far and can't wait to get cracking on the Sheffield Music Map app - more proof that Sheffield really is a Music City."

The festival intends to take the website as far back into the city's history as possible and also reflect what's going on today - "no one is too old or too young to let us know their memories or knowledge of Sheffield's music and we want to reflect the diverse nature of music that has evolved in the city from folk to freenoise, house to dubstep, rock to electronica."

Fans and bands alike can get rummaging for old photos, footage or posters and add them to this unique resource at www.uncommonpeople.co.uk.

Additional information

Sensoria is the UK’s festival of film and music. Sensoria’s natural home is Sheffield – a city renowned for its creative and technical innovation and one rich in musical heritage. The festival has risktaking and innovation at its core – it is informal and informative; Sensoria loves to provide access, raise aspiration and work to encourage new talent on an ongoing basis. To find out more, visit:

Dr Cheeseman's staff page
Dr Matthew Cheeseman

The University of Sheffield
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The University of Sheffield
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