Congratulations on being selected to play at Hubfest 2020. Thank you to everyone who put in an application. We were very impressed and as always, reminded how musical Sheffield is as a city. Congratulations to all those successful artists.

This page outlines the Hubfest 2020 mentoring programme. We believe that Hubfest is so much more than a one day festival. The mentoring programme will give you the chance to collaborate with other artists, share experience and skills and take your music making to the next level.

The mentoring programme has been put together in collaboration with Yellow Arch Studios and Greentop. We are super excited about the workshops and masterclasses on offer.

You will have received an email which signpost you to your bespoke mentoring programme. Please complete this form to register. Please note: if you are in a band, each member has to sign up individually.

Mentoring opportunities

Rhythm Masterclass – Mentor: Andy Cook
Tuesday 25 February and Tuesday  14 April 4pm – 5:30pm at Yellow Arch Studio

These masterclasses will bring together the drummers, percussionists and bassists to collaborate and work on the specific skills needed to develop a solid and exciting rhythm section. Using the studios at Yellow Arch, you will work with professional musician and music legend Andy Cook to explore the key role the section plays within a band, effective technique, dynamics and developing a professional sound.  The sessions will give you lots of ideas to take back to your bands  to develop and enhance the quality of the sound you are making.

Music  Masterclass – Mentor: Bryan Day
Tuesday 10 March  and Tuesday  28 April  4pm – 5:30pm at Yellow Arch Studio

These masterclasses will bring together the guitarists, keyboard players and any other melodic instruments to collaborate and work on the specific skills needed to develop a solid and exciting lead section. Using the studios at Yellow Arch, you will work with Tinita Tikarams guitarist Bryan Day to develop your unique sound on your instrument, experiment with sound and tone and how to tackle issues them might be holding you back. The sessions will give you lots of ideas to take back to your bands to develop and enhance the quality of the sound you are making.

Melody Masterclass –  Mentor: Ali Heath-Cook
Tuesday 3 March  and Tuesday  21 April  4pm – 5:30pm at Yellow Arch Studio

These masterclasses will bring together the vocalists collaborate and work on the specific skills needed to develop your skills as a singer. Using the studios at Yellow Arch, you will work with professional vocal coach Ali Heath-Cook to develop your own unique sound, to develop confidence in yourself as a performer and to tackle issues them might be holding you back. The sessions will give you lots of ideas to take back to your bands to develop and enhance the quality of the sound you are making.

Performance Skills Masterclass –Mentor: Eleanor Hooper
Sunday 8 March 5pm – 8pm at Greentop Circus        

This masterclass is aimed at singer-songwriters and will explore performance skills and how musicians relate to their instruments. Working with professional actress and theatre maker Eleanor Hooper you will use drama and circus exercises to develop techniques to communicate with your audience to create mood, feeling and atmosphere.

Studio Sessions  
Bi-weekly on Monday evenings between 6pm and 8pm at Sheffield Music Hub Studio   

Over a term, professional mentors will be on hand to assist with your band in its development including songwriting, stage presence and performance to getting the best out of your band. Bands and artists will have access to a full set of high quality guitar and bass amplifiers (bring your own guitars/bass), PA and microphones, drum kit and cymbals (bring your own sticks) and keyboards.

Please contact Travis Finch via email travis.finch@sheffield.gov.uk  for more information and to sign up.

Hubfest Sounds Sessions 2     
Tuesday 2 June and Tuesday 9 June – Sheffield Music Hub Studio

Every band or artist performing at Hubfest is required to perform at the Hubfest Sounds Session. You will perform a set of up to 7 minutes to a panel of music industry professionals. Use the evening to meet and chat with other artists performing at Hubfest and receive feedback from the panel.