Tramlines is in it’s tenth year in Sheffield! How did that happen?
I’ve been attending Tramlines Festival every year and this year’s line up is bigger and better than ever. This year Tramlines has expanded again. For the first time last year, the main stage moved from it’s usual home of Devonshire Green to Ponderosa, just a short walk from the town centre. This year it’s moved again!
Change of location
As someone who lives near the Hillsborough area I am super excited to be welcoming Tramlines to this part of town. The stages will be situated in Hillsborough Park making it accessible to a bigger capacity of people. It grows year on year, which makes me think where on earth will it be hosted next? We’re certainly not short on green space here in Sheffield so I’m sure it will continue to flourish on Sheffield soil. I am so proud of it’s progress and how well established it is. I hear people talking about the weekend from around the country.
This year Hillsborough Park will host all the main stages including the Leadmill stage and the Library stage. Here is a map of the stage layout –
Hillsborough Park is super easy to get to. If your coming to the festival from the city centre, jump on a Supertram to Middlewood. The tram stop is a couple of stops before the terminus and takes about 15 minutes. Don’t worry about getting there, I’m sure they’ll be plenty of other folk on the tram doing exactly the same and it will be well sign posted.
The epitome of summertime
The city comes alive over Tramlines weekend. I think there’s only been one year where I’ve missed it (because I was on holiday), and I really missed not going. For me, it is the epitome of summer. Come rain or shine, it’s a massive party with a fun, relaxed vibe. Part of the fun for me is getting my hands on a programme and planning out my weekend. Of course I always leave space in my schedule to go to the smaller venues as well and check out some new talent. Acts I’ve never heard of have turned out to be some of my most memorable experiences.
A few of my favourite artists who I’ve seen play Tramlines are: Lianne La Havas, Basement Jaxx, Reverend and the Makers, Martha Reeves, Josh Record, Everly Pregnant Brothers, Fenech Soler and Lissie. I am looking forward to seeing artists I’ve wanted to see live for a while and discovering new talent this year.
Major throwback coming up…
I absolutely love music but I’ve never been a festival goer. I’ve actually never been camping. This is the perfect festival for someone like me who likes to go back to a comfy bed at the end of the day. If you check out the Tramlines website they even have combination deals of weekend tickets and hotel rooms.
What are you waiting for?
Tramlines have sold 95% of their tickets now so if your still pondering getting a ticket I would act fast. They’ve also released day tickets starting at £39.50, so if there’s a day in particular you want to go to and don’t want to fork out £79 for the whole weekend that’s a good option.
Here’s this years mega line up –
Check out the full line up and keep your eyes open for announcements here
What am I excited for?
Top of my list has to be Fickle Friends. If you’ve never heard of them definitely give them a listen. They’re an indie-pop band from Brighton. I love their style of songwriting, catchy and electro in style. Get ready to air guitar!
Been as half of my family are from Manchester I grew up on a high diet of Oasis. I’m super excited to be hearing Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds live for the first time. Mad for it ah’ kid!
Everly Pregnant Brothers are a no brainer – one of Sheffield’s finest. I love how they sing about Hendo’s (Henderson’s Relish), castle market and areas of Sheffield. You’ll come away laughing and singing along that’s for sure!
Another artist I’m looking forward to seeing again is Rae Morris. You’ve probably heard her music on an advert or the radio and don’t realise. Her voice is like pure silk and her music is so varying in style. She’s very talented, accompanying her stunning vocals with beautiful piano, oh and she has really awesome hair too!
Who are you most looking forward to hearing live? Have you been to Tramlines before?
Let me know in the comments below!
Thanks for reading as always you lovely lot,
Header photograph by – Simon Butler, www.simonbutlerphotography.com