Director of Tramlines and champion of Sheffield music scene dies, aged 36

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Sarah Nulty, co-founder and director of Sheffield’s Tramlines festival and long-time champion of the city’s music scene, has died aged 36.

The sad news was revealed on Monday by Sarah’s friend and colleague Alex Deadman, who worked with her on ten Tramlines festivals.

Sarah Nulty, who has died, aged 36.

Sarah Nulty, who has died, aged 36.

He said Sarah had passed away after a ‘brief illness’, and released the following statement on behalf of the festival team.

He said: “It is with great sadness that Tramlines Festival must announce that our festival director, Sarah Nulty, has passed away at the age of 36 following a brief illness.

“Sarah was instrumental in the launch of Tramlines in 2009, taking on the role of festival director in 2013.

“She came to Sheffield as a student in 1999 and worked at Gatecrasher and Bed nightclub, going on to manage various venues and live events around the city.

Tramlines director Sarah Nulty at Hillsborough Park, where this years festival is to be held.

Tramlines director Sarah Nulty at Hillsborough Park, where this years festival is to be held.

“Sarah dedicated her whole working career to the Sheffield music industry. After nearly two-decades, this work has led to massive benefits for the city and she has been the driving force of Tramlines for many years.

“Her tenacity, vision and unbreakable work ethic are the reasons that the festival can celebrate its tenth anniversary.

“Sarah turned her hand to every aspect of the running the event over the years, she was the life and soul of Tramlines and no job was too small, but no responsibility too great.

“We would like to celebrate Sarah’s huge talent and the profound impact that she has had on the lives of so many people over the years.”

Sarah and Public Enemy's Flava Flav (Photo: Simon Butler).

Sarah and Public Enemy's Flava Flav (Photo: Simon Butler).

The news came just two weeks before this years event is due to start, the tenth since the annual music festival began in 2009.

Speaking to the Star in 2012, Sarah said revealed she never expected Tramlines to grow as rapidly as it did - from welcoming 35,000 people in 2009 to attracting more than 100,000 just a few years later.

She said the most important thing to come out of the festival was that it raised the profile of Sheffield as a whole.