In a summer filled with so many festivals with so many stacked line ups, it can be hard to pick an affordable choice with a stellar set of acts. But look no further this year’s TRAMLINES Festival looks to be the choice for many. The event, which started off in 2009, is named after the Northern city’s tram network and is organised by a number of local promoters, organisations and venues. Don’t think for a moment though that this lack of central management affects the festival’s vibe – it won Best Metropolitan Festival at the prestigious Festival Awards in 2011.
Now in its eighth year, the award-winning inner-city festival, to be held this year July 22nd-24th, is one of the most diverse events in the country, bringing a unique selection of international, UK and Sheffield talent to the city. Musically, the Tramlines Festival has always stayed on the new wave side of cool. It’s one of those events that blends in all kinds of musical genres, from Indie through to Urban, but expect the majority of the names on the bill to be contemporary stars as opposed to classic. This year’s line up is shaping up fantastically, with another genre busting showcase of internationally acclaimed acts alongside new and breaking talent. So far it includes: Dizzee Rascal, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jurassic 5, Kelis, George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic, Mystery Jets, Dawn Penn, Crazy P Soundsystem, David Rodigan, Gaz Coombes, The Dandy Warhols, Public Service Broadcasting, Steve Davis (DJ), Norman Jay, Craig Charles, Goldie, Toddla T, Mr Scruff, Little Simz, C Duncan, Paranoid London Live, Randall, Skream, Coco, Big Narstie, Amy Becker, My Nu Leng and many more!
Festival director Sarah Nulty, who has been involved in the massive event since the beginning, said: “This year’s festival will be the biggest one yet. We’ve upped the capacity and organised tickets so more people can see their favourite acts“.
And at £42 [+ booking fee] for a weekend ticket, it remains once of the best value festivals around and is nearly insignificant when compared to the big money charged by other festivals. Spanning three days in total, you’ll also need to find some kind of city bound accommodation if you’re looking to take in the entirety of this party.