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Sheffield Tramlines back on track with Echo and the Bunnymen

TRAMLINES is back on track! The bill for Sheffield's free music festival has been announced, featuring headline acts and up-and-coming artists across four stages and 50 city centre venues.

The festival, which runs from July 23 to 25, is now in its second year, and organisers have promised that this summer's event will be 'bigger and better'.

Taking the top slot on the main stage on Devonshire Green will be 1980s post-punk group Echo and the Bunnymen.

The Liverpool band, led by singer Ian McCulloch and guitarist Will Sergeant, will be treating the crowd to a hit-packed set.

Also on the bill are UK garage singer Craig David, pop band The Hoosiers, indie stars the Mystery Jets and a DJ set from dance act Simian Mobile Disco.

Further acts include Rolo Tomassi and Blood Red Shoes, as well as local artists such as Toddla T and Joe Carnall and the Book Club.

Organisers are hoping to double last year's attendance of 35,000, with the main stage's capacity increasing by 8,000.

A number of new venues have also joined Tramlines, including the O2 Academy - where Hallam FM will be hosting a night - and Corporation and DQ. Sheffield University will throw open its Fusion, Foundry, Octagon and Raynor Lounge venues.

Travel South Yorkshire are supporting schemes to bring visitors to the festival from across the region, while student housing group Unite will offer accommodation for 30 per night.

DJ and producer Toddla T, who helps organise the festival, said: "Last year was such a success, it brings people together, checking out the different venues and styles of music.

"It's an amazing thing for Sheffield.

" I have such a love for the place I grew up in. I was on the bill last year so it's really good to be on it again."

Organiser Richard Eyre said: "It's bigger and better. Last year exceeded all expectations. We're allowing people to be creative and shouting about it."

Last year festival-goers gained entry to venues with wristbands. A turnstile system will be used this year. Richard said: "We learned a lot last year. People were queuing up for long periods. You'll still need to get there pretty early, but it'll make it easier and faster for people to get in. As people leave each venue more can come in."

Visit www.tramlines.org.uk for more information.

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