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Tramlines 2011: Follow The Star for coverage of this year's city centre music festival - July 22 to 24.
Tramlines 2011: Follow The Star for coverage of this year's city centre music festival - July 22 to 24.
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TRAMLINES, Sheffield’s biggest annual free music festival, brings 800 live performances to 70 venues this weekend - and we want YOUR reviews and comments, writes digital editor Graham Walker.

Simply use the comments section at the bottom of this story.

You can leave us a review, comment or simpoly tell us what you’re up to.

And we also want you to tweet us - including photos - at twitter.com/StarTramlines - tweet your short review, comment, news or anything about the festival, @StarTramlines and use #tramlines

Also email us your photos and short video clips from the festival to staronline@sheffieldnewspapers.co.uk

We are already following and re-tweeting messages from acts taking part - so you can check out what they are saying.

Not only is Tramlines back for a third year, it is bigger than ever. Last year saw 125,000 soaking up the gratis tunes, making the festival one of the biggest in Europe.

And the ingredients essentially remain the same – to showcase Sheffield’s diverse musical community via emerging and established artists as well as national touring acts.

Based around eight musical genres – pop, rock, indie, new music, world, folk, blues and dance - Tramlines 2011 is aiming to be something for all ages across one great weekend. And the event often described as an urban Glastonbury remains completely free and ticketless.

Sheffield’s own electro synth pop legends Heaven 17 kicki off the festuival this year, with guests The Kate Jackson Group, featuring the former Long Blondes singer, on a Nokia ‘Unannounced Stage’ in Baker’s Pool, on Friday night.

There are four outdoor stages around the city centre including Devonshire Green’s Main Stage. On Saturday, that prime position is stage managed by Hallam FM - bringing chart stars the likes of Pixie Lott, Olly Murs, Guillemots and Nerina Pallot, Alistair Griffin and The Reason 4 - the X Factor band who will also be performing on the Steelworks Voice Buskers Bus.

On Sunday the Main Stage will play host to Futureheads, Ash, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Dry The River, The Crookes, and The Everly Pregnant Brothers.

Sheffield stars Rolo Tomassi are back curating the rock line up on the New Music Stage on Sunday and a bill that features Scotland’s Errors and festival thrillers The Xcerts.

Drowned In Sound handle Saturday’s line-up, filling the same 2,500-capacity stage with Los Campesinos, Dananananaykroyd, Young Legionnaire, Mazes, Still Corners and local act Hey Sholay.

A new stage at Sheffield Cathedral will showcase a range of acoustic sets from well-known names in the venue’s breathtaking surroundings while a stage at the Peace Gardens will showcase World Musicfrom the likes of reggae veteran Johnny Clarke, in Sheffield for the first time and signalling a significant step up in the stage’s output.

That will host talent from around the world including Michael Prophet, Shooglenifty, Yaaba Funk, Oojami, Bertie Lee’s Blues Band, Jungle Lion, Balkan Bandits, Romano Jilo and Concord Bugle & Brass Band.

Curating the Octagon on Saturday, Steel City DJ and musician Toddla T will showcase some great dance acts as that aspect continues to grow.

Kate Hewett is Tramlines’ chief booker. “We want to showcase as broad a range of acts and genres as possible, right down to grass-roots level,” she says.

“We try to give festival-goers and local music fans a real sense of ownership in the event. Our aim is for the entire city to feel involved, and I think it’s this approach which really gives the festival its unique flavour.”

For up to the minute information, regular bulletins and news on the Sheffield music scene, check back here, visit the links to our other Tramlines stories below and also check out www.tramlines.org.uk

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