Call for bigger acts to boost Tramlines

The Everly Pregnant Brothers perform to a mass crowd at the Fat Cat
The Everly Pregnant Brothers perform to a mass crowd at the Fat Cat
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Get some bigger names and improve the line-up - but make sure Tramlines stays... so say Sheffield music lovers.

News that only 27,700 tickets were sold for this year’s music festival - instead of the 50,000 needed to break even - has prompted a big response.

Many readers of The Star pointed out the boost to Sheffield’s economy over the three days, particularly for pubs, should be taken into account.

Andy Shelton said: “I paid for both weekend days and, even though not all the line-up was to my taste, it’s a small price to pay for such a great festival. It would be a massive shame for it to vanish.”

Joel Balch agreed: “£15 for a whole weekend of live music - I don’t get what people are complaining about!”

Robert Deniszczyc said: “Ticket price wasn’t a problem, although choice of and price of drink in main stage was.”

While some defended the line-up, pointing out all acts start as unknowns, the main plea was for better acts to attract larger crowds.

Ian Pegg, Joe Glave, Jaci Brown, Lee Barker, Paul Simpson and Joanne Stephenson all agreed - but Hedley Bishop summed it up: “I think more people would pay if there were big names playing.”

Shaun Barratt said: “If they’re going to charge, the line-up should at least be good. There were better line-ups with big names in previous years and it was free.”

Sam Bindley said: “I liked the Academy line-up on the Saturday night but the main stage wasn’t great. I think they need to look for sponsors or improve the line-up. There must be sponsors out there, or link it to Sheffield businesses and increase advertising.”

Lots of people hoped it will return to being free.

Irene Bell said: “We went to the pubs around and it was brill and free. We would have gone to main show if that was free as it used to be.”

But Sarah Hardy concluded: “It will only be free if there is funding to cover costs - where is that going to come from? Events are incredibly expensive and time intensive. People think organising events is a doddle.”