Tramlines: Sheffield’s free music festival may be bigger next year

Big crowd: Reverend and The Makers performing at Tramlines.
Big crowd: Reverend and The Makers performing at Tramlines.
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SHEFFIELD’S Tramlines Music Festival was so successful planning for next year’s event has already started – and it could be even bigger.

Early estimates indicate up to 150,000 people attended the festival over the weekend, attending events across an ever expanding site that stretched from Kelham Island to Endcliffe Park and included four new performance areas.

And Sheffield city centre nanger Richard Eyre said next year’s event – which will again be free – could branch out further afield.

He said: “To take some of the pressure off the city centre Tramlines could spread to other areas such as Hillsborough and Woodseats.”

This year, fans flocked to Sheffield to enjoy more than 900 performances including Alt J, Roots Manuva, We Are Scientists, 65 days of Static, Aluna George, Toddla T Sound, James Yorkston, Reverend and The Makers and many more.

Highlights included a dazzling opening performance by Sheffield band Reverend and the Makers on the Nokia Lumia Live main stage – as 8,000 free Nokia illuminated wristbands, or Xylobands, were remotely controlled to light up the crowd in Devonshire Green.

It was a music festival world first.

Miss Dynamite took to the stage on Saturday night and 65 Days of Static closed the New Music Stage to rapturous applause on Sunday.

Festival director Sarah Nulty paid tribute to everyone who had worked to make the event a success.

She said: “Hundreds of people have worked ridiculously hard to make Tramlines happen – working stupid hours for little or no money.

“Behind the scenes an army of people have been working for months to make this happen and a lot of local artists have put their time in for free.

“We couldn’t put Tramlines on if it wasn’t for everyone’s tireless dedication and I want to thank; our amazing volunteers, everyone at the council, our sponsors, everyone who has performed over the weekend an of course everyone who came.

“We know that this year we had a lot more people from outside of the city visiting Sheffield especially for Tramlines. We want those people, and others, to come back for the other 51 weeks of the year too.”

n Log on to www.tramlines.org.uk for more.