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VIDEO: Tramlines kick-started with bouncing night

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  • by Ellen Beardmore
 

Sheffield will be waking up to a slightly sore head today after the Tramlines festival got off to a bouncing start.

Star acts, both local and national, wowed stages across the city last night as the city’s biggest party began.

Hundreds of revellers packed into venues like the Fat Cat in Kelham Island, where city ukulele favourites the Everly Pregnant Brothers played their own versions of classics such as Common People by Pulp.

Fans held their hands in the air, sang along and hugged strangers at the request of the band - who also praised the ‘phenomenal’ crowds.

This year the band dressed in red cloaks and sang from a stage rather than the pub roof, as they have done in the past.
HGV driver Neil Hall, of Waterthorpe, was there with friends Andy Fowler and Dave Hincliffe.

He said: “The atmosphere is unrivalled. It’s great value for money and the weather is beautiful -what more could you want?

“We are looking forward to the rest of the weekend.”

The city centre throbbed with life as bars and other venues hosted dozens of acts, showcasing a wide variety of music. Many shops stayed open late to cater for party-goers.

At the main stage on Devonshire Green act Toddla T - a former High Storrs School student - whipped the crowds into a frenzy as a drone camera captured the action from above.

Headliner Katy B then made the audience bounce through an electric set, especially to her well-known track Lights Out, the last to be featured.

For student Liam Aubrey, aged 23, it was his first ever music festival.

He said: “I am really enjoying it, normally I hate the idea of going camping so the idea that I can go home afterwards is great.”

Advance ticket sales for this year’s Tramlines - the sixth - are up 40 per cent on the previous year.

Long queues are expected today as people buy tickets on the day, although many events are free.

Headline acts today include Public Enemy and Sister Sledge, both at Devonshire Green.

 

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