Sheffield’s biggest party, Tramlines, returns for 2024 with one of its strongest line ups and its biggest first announcement to date including three main stage headliners plus over 50 other acts, all set to appear over five stages from Friday 26th to Sunday 28th July as Tramlines heads back to its home in Hillsborough Park for three action-packed days of music, comedy and performance.
Headlining the 16th edition of Tramlines on The Sarah Nulty Main Stage is Paolo Nutini (Friday), Jamie T (Saturday) and Snow Patrol (Sunday), each making their debut appearance at the 40,000-capacity event. Key headline support comes from Bombay Bicycle Club who’ve just announced their new Fantasies EP; returning Tramlines favourite and chart topping, Tom Grennan; and what will be one of the most highly anticipated performances of the weekend, a home turf appearance from Sheffield legends, The Human League with their first UK show of the year.
Headliners over on the second stage, officially known as T’Other Stage – lovingly named by a competition winner in 2018 – are The Charlatans (Fri), Holly Humberstone (Sat), and the Mercury-nominated Yard Act (Sun).
Other not-to-missed performances spanning everything from drum ‘n’ bass to spoken word come from the Queen of Dance, Annie Mac; Geordie misfits Maximo Park; Scottish indie crew, The Snuts; hit-making rapper and producer Example; breakout spoken word artist Anthony Szmierek; there’s a welcome return for Soft Play – FKA Slaves; Birmingham brothers PEACE; indie-pop stars The Magic Gang; grunge alt.rock outfit The Mysterines; The Maccabees spin-off band, 86TVs; BBC 6 Music 2023 Album Of The Year nominee, Will J Healey; and special guests, The View, who only returned to festival stages last year after a long hiatus.
Despite a confirmed 2024 line up overflowing with big names and rising stars, Tramlines managed to keep it under wraps until cheeky miniature bottles of Sheffield’s renowned Henderson’s Relish arrived in the post at addresses across the UK. Each bottle revealed an artist’s name, as tasty as the Henderson’s itself, and only added to the overall excitement around this year’s line up launch.
Sheffield’s Biggest Party is not just about the established or the headline talents, as anyone who has been will vouch for, but a vibrant festival packed full of emerging new and local talent. This commitment led to Tramlines winning the ‘Best Festival For Emerging Talent’ at the 2023 UK Festival Awards. Tipped for great things, festival-goers at Tramlines should make time to check out sets from former busker and now prepping to release his debut album, Dylan John Thomas – another rising star having sold out the Barrowland Ballroom three times in 2023 in his home city, Glasgow. Dublin’s garage punk trailblazers Sprints play their first Tramlines as they celebrate their debut album crashing the national top 20 albums chart. Bedroom pop prodigy and current Radio 1 playlist fave Flowerovlove also debuts at Tramlines. And Sheffield’s first Poet Laureate and hip hop artist, Otis Mensah will take to the stage to dazzle with insightful lyrics and stylish grooves.
The 2024 Tramlines line up will continue to showcase the best the Steel City has to offer with appearances from MC and producer Coco whose top-tier collaborations include AJ Tracey, Conducta and Nadia Rose; The Leadmill Studio Orchestra, a brand new project – funded by the Tramlines Trust in 2023 and now coming full circle to appear on a Tramlines stage – that merges classical music with many genres of hip hop, RnB, and garage, performed by Sheffield’s finest young talents; and no Tramlines line up would be complete without the hilariously entertaining, the Everly Pregnant Brothers.
Operations Director of Tramlines Festival, Timm Cleasby commented “I’m delighted to release the first wave of acts for Tramlines 2024. There are some great bands on the line up! Securing headliners like Paolo Nutini, Jamie T and Snow Patrol is a fantastic testament to the reputation of Tramlines – and the hard work of our booking team – and, as always, they’re joined by top Sheffield talent including The Human League, Everly Pregnant Bros, Coco, and Otis Mensah, with many more to follow.
As always, we’re incredibly grateful for the support of the people of Sheffield following the challenges of 2023. We were blown away by the Sheffield spirit over the event weekend and have been overwhelmed by the amount of sign ups we’ve had for our ticket presale, launching on Thursday 25th at 12pm. We’re very happy to have reached a new 5-year deal with Sheffield City Council, preserving the future of the festival. We are working hard with SCC on improvements to Hillsborough Park to ensure it remains an excellent public space throughout the year.
Keep your eyes peeled as we launch the 2024 Tramlines Trust grants later this year. Sending over £50k back into Hillsborough, Sheffield and South Yorkshire projects in 2023 was a great feeling. I’m always blown away by the way our region produces creative solutions to societal issues and can’t wait to see the 2024 applications.”