MOBO Awards Sheffield The Fringe

Sheffield gears up for MOBO Awards with MOBO Awards Sheffield – The Fringe

Sheffield will host a series of events to celebrate the MOBO Awards coming to the city for the first time.

MOBO Awards Sheffield – The Fringe, organised by Sheffield City Council in collaboration with MOBO and members of the local community, will take place in the run-up to the awards show on February 7, 2024, and will see the city showcase all it has to offer in the way of black music and culture.

On February 5, some of Sheffield’s new and emerging talent from across the MOBO genre will be recognised at a talent showcase, held at the Crucible Theatre.

The city will also play host to an industry panel event, with leading players from the UK’s black music scene offering insight to local young talent.

On the day of the awards, there will be a celebration of Sheffield’s black culture in the city’s Winter Garden, with more than 25 stalls and music acts helping residents warm up for the main event, the 26th MOBO Awards, which will take place at the Utilita Arena Sheffield.

Local schools will also be getting involved in the action, exploring the impact of black music and culture through a range of educational activities.

Citywide venues and businesses are also being encouraged to host their own MOBO-themed events, to welcome the awards show to the city.

Kanya King, founder and CEO, MOBO Awards, said: “We are proud to work with Sheffield City Council, local schools, music hubs and youth organisations to unveil MOBO Awards Sheffield – The Fringe; a dynamic series of events poised to transform Sheffield into a vibrant hub of musical innovation and inspiration.

“Our goal with the Fringe is to celebrate black music and culture and work together to ignite creativity in the next generation of talent.

“From workshops in local schools, to a grassroots showcase with an impressive lineup of some of Sheffield’s finest black music artists, an esteemed panel of music industry executives sharing insights and experiences, plus a special highlight – a MOBO city takeover at Sheffield’s iconic Winter Garden for exciting daytime performances on the day of the awards.

“MOBO Awards Sheffield – The Fringe is more than an event – it’s the start of a movement to foster community spirit and shine a spotlight on the rich cultural tapestry of Sheffield.”

Councillor Martin Smith, chair of the Economic Development and Skills Committee at Sheffield City Council, said: “This is more than just a festival of events, this is a celebration of unity and diversity.

“It will see the city embrace both the beats and flavours of Africa and the Caribbean and is a testament to the power of the music and culture on offer in our city.

“MOBO Awards Sheffield – The Fringe is going to be unforgettable experience for Sheffield and our communities, and I hope everyone is able to get involved and enjoy what’s on offer.”