TRAMLINES will be back again for a fourth time next year Sheffield Council has pledged as organisers revealed this year’s event attracted as many revellers as the Glastonbury Festival, writes Richard Marsden.
Over the weekend, 175,000 people flocked to Sheffield city centre to see the 600 acts performing and enjoy the stalls and entertainment on offer.
The figure equals attendance at this year’s Glastonbury event - traditionally the biggest event of the UK’s festival calendar.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch Digital Editor Graham Walker’s video report from the Hallam FM Main Stage on Saturday - with chats with stars including Olly Murs and Pixie Lott.
Tramlines has grown rapidly since it was established in 2009 and has already been nicknamed the ‘Urban Glastonbury’. Last year, it attracted crowds of 125,000 and 250 performers.
Sheffield Council leader, Julie Dore, said: “This has been the third year of Tramlines and it’s grown bigger and bigger. It is a fantastic success story and will definitely be going ahead again next year.
“I am very proud of the show the city put on. Sheffield was alive this weekend with so many different types of music, laughter and entertainment and everyone was in good spirits.
“Thousands of people had a great time, including me and my family, and up to 175,000 people saw great acts and enjoyed the local music scene of our great city.”
The main stage on Devonshire Green alone hosted crowds totalling 40,000, with sunny weather helping boost turnout.
The Main Stage on Saturday was hosted by Hallam FM, who brought the acts for free - including chart stars Olly Murs, Pixie Lott, Loick Essien, Eliot Kennedy’s new boy band The Reason 4, Fame Academy runner up Alistair Griffin, indie rockers The Guillemots, singer-songwriter Nerina Pallot, American recording artist Joshua Radin and breaking bands Duchess and SixD.
Hundreds more bands and solo artists played at pubs and clubs around the city.
Dave Healy, Tramlines festival director, said: “Musically this has been our biggest and most diverse bill ever.
“I’m delighted with the way it’s turned out.
“As I wandered around Sheffield this weekend I saw a vision of what a modern city can look like.
“To make this happen, hundreds of people have put in daft hours for little or no money and a lot of local artists have put their time in for free.
“This has been done because we want people to share our vision of what a city can be and we want everyone who visited Sheffield to come back 51 weeks of the year to keep our independent music scene buzzing.”
Hallam FM’s breakfast show presenter Big John described the atmosphere as “amazing” on Satuday as around 9,000 people packed into Devonshire Green - with a 90-minute queue outside.
He said: “It was just an incredible atmosphere and vibe across the city. It’s brilliant that Hallam FM was allowed to be part of Tramlines once again, in its third year. We had some amazing highlights.
“I think Tramlines is here to stay. They were expecting 175,000 people to at least one of the venues to see one of the acts over three days. And that’s doubling each year. So if it doubles next year, we’re almost in trouble.
“But I hope it does. I want to see this here in 20-years. Why not?”
Anthony Gay, Hallam FM’s Station Director, said: “Supporting local events like the Tramlines Festival is at the heart of what Hallam FM is all about and we were proud to play our part in delivering this free concert to the city.
“This is a major event in Sheffield and we get to bring some fantastic acts to the Hallam FM stage and catch up face to face with our listeners. We love it.”
No major public order incidents relating to the festival were reported.