Festival set to be sizzler

Tramlines crowd at Devonshire Green
Tramlines crowd at Devonshire Green
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Sheffield’s Tramlines festival kicks off today - and organisers believe it could be the biggest yet.

Three days of music, with hundreds of events spread across venues large and small, begin with a host of live acts from 3pm.

This is the first Tramlines where revellers have had to pay to access core venues although many events are free.

But 10,000 advance tickets have already been sold and record numbers are expected on the day, helped by the hot weather forecast.

Sarah McNulty, director of Tramlines, said: “I think there were a few grumbles at the start but tickets are selling really well and I think we’ve got a lot of people coming from outside of Sheffield.

“We are drawing in a national audience now. If you went to a festival in London with this kind of line-up you would be playing hundreds of pounds rather than £15 for a weekend.

“The weather is definitely a big factor – I think this might be our best festival so far.”

Extra water stations will be laid on at Devonshire Green and the Peace Gardens to help festival-goers cope with the expected high temperatures.

Tickets for the main stage will still be available on each day of the festival priced £6.

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