Tramlines wraps up ninth successful year

Photo credit: Andy Brown

UK: Tramlines Festival, which took place from July 21 – 23, spanned five stages with over 70 performances from Primal Scream, Kano, The Libertines, Metronomy, All Saints, The Coral, The Pharcyde, Toots & The Maytals, Omar Souleyman, Twin Atlantic, We Are Scientists, Cate Le Bon, The Big Moon, Lady Leshurr, Loyle Carner, and more.

Tens of thousands of festival-goers travelled from across the UK to attend the festival, which took place across three of the city’s parks and outdoor spaces. The Ponderosa played home to the Main Stage with performances from The Libertines, Primal Scream and Metronomy, and the new Into The Trees stage saw sets from DJs Don Letts, The Reflex, and The Heatwave.

Stage 2 took over Devonshire Green, the city centre location where Tramlines first began in 2009, with performances from Kano, All Saints and The Coral. Whilst inclement weather did its best to dampen spirits, crowds donned weatherproofs and umbrellas, creating one of Tramlines’ most ‘electric’ atmospheres yet.

Across the city at Endcliffe Park was The Folk Forest, boasting alternative live performances from the likes of Cate Le Bon, Omar Souleyman, Blaenavon and dozens more. Festival-goers travelled on The Hallam Shuttle bus whilst being entertained by acoustic sessions on board the top deck.

As ever, the whole of Sheffield joined in the party atmosphere that Tramlines brings every year to the city. Most live music venues, pubs and bars staged their own events, making up the festival’s fringe activities, as well as the Tramlines supported street theatre at Barker’s Pool and world music performances at the Peace Gardens.

No major incidents relating to the festival have been reported and the response on social media has been ‘overwhelmingly positive’, according to organisers. Festival Director, Sarah Nulty said: “Thanks to everyone that came and partied with us at Tramlines 2017. There was such a unique atmosphere across the site and, musically, it was another great year with All Saints, The Pharcyde and The Coral being a highlight for many festival-goers.

“We are committed to making Tramlines the best it can possibly be and with 2018 being the 10th birthday, we’ve got something very special up our sleeve to mark the occasion.

“We would also like to say a huge thank you to the hundreds of volunteers, staff, and everyone involved in Tramlines; this wouldn’t be possible without you.

“As ever, we are really proud to host this event in Sheffield.”

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