Fans on board for Tramlines

Topping the bill: Roots Manuva
Topping the bill: Roots Manuva
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THE line-up for this year’s Tramlines Festival has won the approval of music fans after scores of acts were confirmed to play.

Thousands of fans are expected to flock to the city centre in July for the free event, which takes place at more than 70 Sheffield venues.

On the right track: We Are Scientists will be one of the top acts at this year's Tramlines festival.

On the right track: We Are Scientists will be one of the top acts at this year's Tramlines festival.

Confirmed to headline the main stage on Devonshire Green are rapper Roots Manuva and indie band We Are Scientists, as well as Ms Dynamite, Field Music, Frankie and the Heartstrings and up-and-coming Beth Jeans Houghton.

The bill for the alternative stage in Barker’s Pool boasts 65daysofstatic, Rolo Tomassi, Future Of The Left, Esben and the Witch, Mazes and Frankie Rose.

This year’s dance offering has been expanded, taking over two rooms at Sheffield University, and hotly-tipped bands Spector and TOY are among the groups at participating venues.

World music acts will be playing to audiences in the Peace Gardens, and folk musicians are appearing in Endcliffe Park.

Writing on Twitter, music fan Nigel Richardson said it was a ‘decent first announcement’, while James Thomas said: “The 2012 line-up is looking sweet!”

Robert Cooke wrote: “The first Tramlines announcements really are cracking.”

Sarah Nulty, the festival’s director, said: “We’re really proud of this year’s line-up. We give music fans a chance to see their favourite artists absolutely free, and this year we’re giving people even more.”

Visit www.thestar.co.uk to see all the acts confirmed so far, or log on to www.tramlines.org.uk for more information.