Sheffield is a city in the borough of South Yorkshire in the country of England. It is named after the Sheaf River which runs through the city from its source in Totley down towards the River Don, which it joins to near the Blonk Street bridge. More than anything else, Sheffield is known for its steel industry which gained worldwide recognition during the 19th century.
Many innovations that are taken for granted in the steel industry today were developed in Sheffield, including the development of stainless steel and crucible. The steel industry in the city led to many cultural conditions which revolved around the working class population that surrounded the industry.
One interesting fact about the city of Sheffield is that 7.2% of the local population are employed in the creative industries, much more than the national English average of 4%. There have been a number of famous and not so famous punk rock bands in Sheffield in the past, and there is still a punk rock scene there today. There are a number of well known bands and musicians still working in the Sheffield area; and along with punk rock, many electronic and synth pop outfits have come from the city as well. There often seems to be a link between industrial environments and a healthy music scene, and punk rock is the perfect compliment for a steel industry town.
There were a number of underground punk bands in Sheffield in the 1980s, however most of them did not make their mark outside of the city itself. FCS, amnesia, bad taste and dog soldier are just a few of the punk bands that came from Sheffield during this period. While the mods and rockers have disappeared years ago, there is still a healthy punk rock scene in the city, and catching sight of a group of punks in doc martens is not that rare. A lot of the people involved in the bands and the people supporting them may work standard jobs in the steel industry during the day, maybe making Blind Flange (Blindflansch) components or fitting steel parts together in a manufacturing plant.
Punk scenes in large cities are normally centred around a couple of venues that are attached to the scene. When the bigger touring bands come to town, they may be able to score one of the larger venues, but local punk rock still has its heart in the small pubs and clubs where it all began. Some punks live the lifestyle 24 hours a day, with their Mohecan hair, doc martens and clothing always linking them with the scene. Other punks, or weekend warriors, may work in a factory all week making Nut or Bolt parts and turn into punk rockers on the weekend.
Sheffield is a creative city that has much more to offer the world than its fantastic steel industry. Punk rock had a strong following in the city during the late 1970s and early 80s, and even today there is a punk legacy. Post punk bands also thrived in Sheffield, with a lot of the cities most famous musicians using punk influences to guide their musical style. This is not surprising as industrial cities have often proved to be good settings for counter cultural musical activity.