Queue-busting changes ahead of Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival

The Sugar Hill Gang Main Stage - Tramlines 2015
The Sugar Hill Gang Main Stage - Tramlines 2015
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Big changes are planned for this year’s Tramlines Festival to ensure that revellers spend less time queueing – and more time dancing to the music.

Last year, Tramlines organisers relocated the main stage to Ponderosa Park in Upperthorpe to up capacity.

Tramlines Festival

Tramlines Festival

Owing to some ‘teething problems’ at the site – most notably queueing – this year a whole host of measures have been introduced.

Organisers have doubled the amount of toilets, doubled the amount of entry lanes and security searching staff, as well as upping bar sizes and recruiting more staff to man them.

Sarah Nulty, festival organiser, said: “There were some issues with queueing last year, especially when people turned up at once for big acts, but we are confident these new measures will eliminate this.”

All the elements of ticketing and entry have been improved too. In addition to buying a ticket for a specific day, people can also buy day or night only tickets.

Tramlines Festival

Tramlines Festival

Tramlines, which returns July 22-24, have also added the option to buy a VIP access ticket that includes queue jump, private bar access and ‘posh toilets’.

Sarah said: “Once the day is drawing to a close, the main stage opening hours have been extended so that you can finish your drink and grab a bite to eat after the last act finishes without rushing to the exits.”

The Devonshire Green stage has alos moved to the O2 Academy, city centre, to free up the green space and make sure there are plenty of ‘bad weather options’.

Tramlines returns from July 22-24. For more information, visit: www.tramlines.org.uk

Tramlines Festival

Tramlines Festival

This year marks the eighth edition of Tramlines, which sees 100,000 music fans turn out to transform Sheffield into a vibrant festival site.

Festival-goers will be able to catch the already-announced likes of Dizzee Rascal, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jurassic 5, Kelis, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, The Dandy Warhols, The Mystery Jets, Gaz Coombes, Dawn Penn, Crazy P Soundsystem, Goldie, Craig Charles, Field Music, Hinds, Little Simz, The Enemy, Norman Jay, Toddla T, Young Fathers, My Nu Leng, David Rodigan and loads more.

A weekend ticket comes in at the bargain price of £42 plus booking fee, covering all stages from day until night. For club access only, a weekend pass costs £20 plus booking fee.

To stay for the official closing parties on Sunday night, tickets are an added £5.

Tramlines Festival

Tramlines Festival

For up-to-the-minute information about Tramlines 2016 visit www.tramlines.org.uk or follow Tramlines on Twitter @tramlines

TRAMLINES LINE-UP SO FAR:

Dizzee Rascal / Catfish and the Bottlemen / George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic / Jurassic 5 / Kelis / Basement / Big Narstie / Craig Charles / Crazy P Soundsystem / The Crookes / The Dandy Warhols / David Rodigan / Dawn Penn / DJ Hype &IC3 / Dub Phizix &DRS / Eliza and the Bear / The Enemy / Everly Pregnant Brothers / Field Music / Gaz Coombes / Goldie / Hinds / Inheaven / Jack Dat / Jane Weaver / Kate Jackson / Kiko Bun / Leon Vynehall / Little Comets / Little Simz / Machinedrum & Ragga Twins / Mica Levi (DJ) / Marika Hackman / Medlar / Moon Duo / The Mouse Outfit / Mr Scruff &MC Kwasi / My Nu Leng & Dread MC / Mystery Jets / Norman Jay MBE / Nordic Giants / Novelist / Paranoid London / Public Service Broadcasting / Quantic / Robert Hood Presents Floorplan / Skream / Steve Davis (DJ) / Teleman / Toddla T Takeover / Young Fathers / Agbeko / All We Are / Andy H / Amy Becker / ArcTanGent DJs / Ardyn / Arnivore / Aztec Doll / Banana Hill / Bang Bang Romeo / Beaty Heart / Bernard and Edith / Big Eyes Family Players / The Black Lagoons / Blessa / Blood Sport / Bluewave / Boddika / Capo Lee / Caroline Francess / Cervo / C Duncan / Clay / Coco / Cowtown / Daniel Whitehouse / Dan Mangan / Da Rico / Deep Space Orchestra / Dego / Denham Audio / Denis Sulta / Dialects / DMK / Ekkah / Emily May / Emma Crowder / Es.Q / exmagician / Fleetmac Wood / FOES / Frazer / Future Wildstyle / FYI Chris / Gett Off / Global Roots / Soundsystem / Ginger Tom / Goat Head / Gramercy Park / Gwenno / High Hazels / Holly Macve / Holy Esque / Hot Diamond Aces / The Hot Soles / Jasper James / Jayskilatah / Jim Ghedi &Toby Hay / JVC / K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade / King Capisce / Smiling Ivy / Kuenta i Tambu / Last Japan / Laura J Martin / LEVELZ / Living Body / Loam / Logan Sama / LOR / Lo Shea / Lusts / Madam X / Marquis / Hawkes / Matrixxman / Meilyr Jones / Miles From Kinshasa / Mt Wolf / Mumdance B2B / Pinch / Napoleon IIIrd / NARCS / Nice Like Rice / North Adolescence / Pareidolia / Pedram / Perc / Pixx / Plenty Vibes / P Money / Pure Bathing Culture / Randall / Real Talk / Reflector / Rev. Austin / Revolver 50 th Anniversary Performance / Rita Maia / Roseau / Rukhsana Merrise / Rye Wax / Saif Mode / Scuba / Silver Wilson / Sir Spyro / Sly & the Family Drone / The SSS / The Stars Band / Souljam / Ste Roberts / Sticky Blood / Suited & Booted Dancehall Brotherz / Sundara Karma / Thomas Truax / Throws / Tom Trago / Toucans / Trash / True Fiction / Unit 3 / Velocity Brown & the Hotrods / Yndi Halda / Zed Bias B2B Paleman / Zuzu

To see the full programme, visit: http://tramlines.org.uk/programme/