Rotherham royalty Self Esteem, circus fun, Noel Gallagher and the return of Gatecrasher

Roll up, roll up! Sheffield's Rock N Roll Circus reveals plans for the ultimate end of season Yorkshire party

Sheffield is renowned for hosting world class events and the inaugural Rock N Roll Circus Circus in the city is no different! Taking place at Don Valley Bowl this summer, the event has gone a long way to captivate the imagination of thousands of live music ticket hungry people in Yorkshire.  Set to take place on Friday 1st to Sunday 3rd September, the event has been billed as a live music spectacular featuring a selection of the globe's leading artists all staged to the backdrop of a giant big top and all-out circus fanfare.  The three day end of summer gathering in the heart of Sheffield features the ex-oasis legend Noel Gallagher (Friday) backed by the likes of indie icons Happy Mondays and Yorkshire's very own rock 'n' rollers The Cribs, as well as Rotherham's princess of pop Self Esteem (Saturday) supported on her specially curated bill by Confidence Man, the recently announced Australian sensation that is Natalia Imbruglia, the number one UK drag act Bimini and Arctic Monkeys tribute Arctic Numpties. And let's not forget about the Sunday, which will see the eagerly anticipated return of the much-missed Sheffield born club behemoth, Gatecrasher, bringing Sheffield’s first ever Rock N Roll Circus to a stunning and no doubt enormously memorable close. 


With a special desire and ambition to support Yorkshire's stars of tomorrow, Rock N Roll Circus will also this year host a second stage, in collaboration with BBC Introducing, showcasing some of the best and finest emerging acts the county has to offer.  Throw in the fact that Rock N Roll Circus will also feature incredibly talented circus performers who will also be putting on an unforgettable show with acrobats, fire performers and aerialists, an sumptuous food village with a vast selection of circus themed treats as well as hotdogs, burgers and pizzas, VIP packages to live it up in style and interactive workshops, the public are guaranteed a live spectacular like no other. Excited yet? Let's take a closer look at what's on offer!


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Aside from the fact that Manchester legend Noel Gallagher and his High Flying Birds will open the Rock N Roll Circus party on Friday 1st September, organisers of the three-day spectacle have made a special effort to engage with acts both new and current that belong and has its routes firmly in Yorkshire. 


Born right here in Rotherham, Self Esteem is a name on everybody's lips right now. From her Meadowhall-inspired corset stealing the show at Glastonbury last summer to her most recent tour selling a whopping 44,000 tickets to rave national reviews, Rebecca Lucy Taylor, AKA Self Esteem, is in high demand.

Self Esteem's second studio album, the Mercury Prize nominated (and Guardian newspaper number-one ranked) 'Prioritise Pleasure' released late October 2021 propelled the Rotherham born Taylor onto the global stage. 

Self Esteem's ability to convey feeling across all facets of the performance - from choreography to outfit changes to her lyricism and wall-to-wall pop bangers – has earned her plaudits from all corners and she can't wait to head to Sheffield this September to play for another eager Yorkshire crowd in what is poised to be a pivotal year for the artist. 


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The global clubbing brand Gatecrasher made famous by legendary dance music events in Sheffield in the 1990s will return to its spiritual home for a one off special day of iconic classic dance music on the last day of Rock N Roll Circus. 

The globally acclaimed DJ and audio architect Ferry Corsten headline Gatecrasher at Rock N Roll Circus and will be joined by the likes of  Dutch DJ and producer Ruben de Ronde, Marco V and Sander van Doorn. 

What started off as an ad-hoc club night became a brand so big it spawned 26 albums, played sold out venues around the world and hosted a millennium party that saw 25,000 ravers descend on Sheffield to welcome in the noughties.

Speaking about the return of Gatecrasher, a spokesperson for Rock N Roll Circus, explained: “Gatecrasher was at the zenith of clubbing culture in this country for so many years and we're proud to be able to bring it back for this one-off, all-day spectacular in its spiritual home of Sheffield.

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“The millennium party it hosted 23 years ago is the stuff of legend, and we couldn't think of a better way to conclude our first Rock N Roll Circus in the city with an all-out Gatecrasher party featuring all of the DJs that helped propel its brand onto the international stage.”


Demand for tickets for Rock N Roll Circus has been phenomenal and there aren't many left! 

Day, weekend tickets and VIP packages – which offers those who want to jump the queue and get the full rock star treatment - are still available but organisers encourage music fans who don't want to miss out to head to to join in on the fun.