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VIDEO – Public Enemy fill Tramlines main stage in Sheffield

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Sizzling weather has drawn in bumper crowds for Sheffield’s Tramlines festival today – with the main stage full by 5pm.

Revellers were told the venue on Devonshire Green was at capacity shortly before Public Enemy took to the stage.

It closed temporarily to visitors. but has since reopened.

Headliners Public Enemy performed an hour-long set in the baking heat and had the packed crowd bouncing and waving their arms throughout.

For fans Tim Walker and Naomi Goldsmith it was a dream come true.

Tim, of Whitwell, Nottinghamshire, said: “I first saw them in 1989 at the Brixton Academy – tonight was absolutely unbelievable.

“It was fantastic to have an act like this perform so close to our home, we came to Tramlines just for it.

“It was just amazing.”

Naomi said: “Our two little boys dance to Public Enemy at home every Friday night, we all love them.”

Afterwards, a clearly shattered Chuck D, speaking exclusively to The Star before dashing to a second festival appearance in Cambridgeshire this evening, said: “That was hot.”

“It was a great show though. We rocked them.”

Cash machines have started to run out of money, some pubs have had to restock their bars and the streets have been clogged with festival-goers today.

The main attraction Sister Sledge has yet to perform but hundreds of acts have showcased a variety of music across the city.

Sheffield’s Lucy Spraggan was on at the Fat Cat in Kelham Island, while the Peace Gardens and Leopold Square were rammed by early afternoon.

Student Ben Hanah came from London to watch the festival with friend Peri Ashwood.

They queued for half an hour to get into the main stage area just before it closed.

Peri, of Nottingham, said: “They need to sort out ticket capacity, but apart from that it has been wicked.

“I think Tramlines is a lot better than a lot of the other city festivals.”

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