Tramlines ‘stronger than ever’ as line-up revealed

London-based solo artist Lianne La Havas raises her glass for a toast to the crowd at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Zorn Arena Monday night, Dec. 12, 2011 in Eau Claire, Wis. La Havas is the opening act for Grammy-nominated band Bon Iver. (AP Photo/Andi Stempniak/Leader Telegram)
London-based solo artist Lianne La Havas raises her glass for a toast to the crowd at University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire's Zorn Arena Monday night, Dec. 12, 2011 in Eau Claire, Wis. La Havas is the opening act for Grammy-nominated band Bon Iver. (AP Photo/Andi Stempniak/Leader Telegram)
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A host of treats are being lined up for music fans in Sheffield and beyond as organisers of this year’s Tramlines Festival today reveal the first names on another packed bill.

Tramlines returns for its fifth year from Friday, July 19 to Sunday, July 21, with thousands of people expected to descend on 60 city venues for the event.

The initial acts announced include Lianne La Havas, who won acclaim last year for her debut album Is Your Love Big Enough, which was nominated for 2012’s prestigious Mercury Prize.

Lianne will be topping the bill on the main stage on Devonshire Green on the Saturday, joined by indie band Dutch Uncles, New York group Friends, Lula James and Eliza and the Bear.

Sunday’s programme features local acts Slow Club, The Crookes and Everly Pregnant Brothers, along with Teleman, Veronica Falls, Peggy Sue, Jim Jones Revue and Theme Park.

The headliner for Sunday is yet to be announced.

Tramlines has linked up with the BBC Introducing scheme, meaning two unsigned acts will open the main stage, while a new area is being set up on Rockingham Street, with a mix of alternative artists.

Previous attractions, such as the Folk Forest, World Stage, Buskers’ Bus, Weston Park party and the Blues and Ale Trail are all returning.

DJ and producer Toddla T is appearing again with an expanded dance music programme and his new Toddla T Sound concept, and Barker’s Pool is being given over to street theatre performances.

Sarah Nulty, the festival’s director, said the event will ‘come back stronger than ever’ – despite the introduction of a one-off daily door charge of £6, the first time Tramlines has not been wholly free.

She said: “We still have loads of free music and areas for people to enjoy. Tramlines really is a festival like no other. We give fans a chance to see their favourite artists for just £6 a day. I’d say we are the best-value festival out there. We are really proud of this year’s line-up and I think fans will agree we’ve come back stronger than ever. We’ve got loads more in the pipeline to announce.”