Beat queues at urban festival

Tramlines Main Stage at Devonshire Green
Tramlines Main Stage at Devonshire Green
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Music-lovers heading to Sheffield’s Tramlines festival can beat the queues by using live updates.

Travel South Yorkshire is to provide information on the crowds outside 70 venues across the city, as well as helping people get to gigs on public transport, using Twitter.

Revellers can follow 
@TravelSYorks and #tramlinestraffic to find their way around the action-packed city centre festival.

And Travel South Yorkshire has also teamed up with Stagecoach Supertram to promote the offer of discounted tram tickets, including special £3 Festival Explorer one-day tickets, £7 Tramlines two-day tickets and deals on park and ride.

The countdown is onfor the festival, which stars Toddla T Sound, New Young Pony Club and Rolo Tomassi among hundreds of acts from Friday until Sunday.

Leopold Square is to host a weekend of free jazz with some of the biggest names on the northern scene.

The action on the Tramlines Jazz Stage will begin at 1pm on Saturday with the Danny Maddocks Band, whose frontman also doubles as the guitar tutor at Sheffield University.

Meanwhile, the Millenium Gallery in the city centre is also showing an audio-visual installation exploring ‘submersion, noise and the collapse of civilisation.’

It features music from Sheffield group 65daysofstatic, with experimental live performances by the band on Saturday and Sunday evenings.

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Busting a move to stamp out crimes

A breakdancing competition at the Tramlines music festival will aim to stamp out crime.

The Fearless campaign, which aims to empower young people to stand up and report wrongdoing, will be launched at the world community stage of the festival in the Peace Gardens in Sheffield city centre on Sunday.

Breath-taking moves will be displayed at the contest, sponsored by the campaign from Crimestoppers.

Heats will take place across the city throughout the day with The Dope and Mean Breakdance competition final in the Peace Gardens at 5.45pm.

Fearless has already joined Sheffield Council’s community youth teams and campaign No More Wasted Lives to help end gang and youth violence.

Coun Jackie Drayton, cabinet member for children, young people and families, said: “If this campaign gives even one person the confidence to report a crime then it will have been of benefit.”