Tramlines 'could be a no goer' in 2021 due to Covid, say organisers after Glastonbury cancelled

Sheffield’s Tramlines festival may be off the cards again this year due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Tuesday, 26th January 2021, 4:33 pm

Organisers behind the legendary annual event gave the update in light of the ‘very sad news’ that Glastonbury would not go ahead in 2021.

Glastonbury was set to take place from June 23 to 27 – a month before Tramlines is due to happen in Hillsborough Park from July 23 to 25.

A post on the festival’s Twitter page reads: “We’re still busy preparing to welcome you all for that much needed beer and boogie in Hillsborough Park in July.

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Happier times- the Tramlines Festival in 2019.

"As a smaller festival later in the summer we aren’t forced to make any hard decisions just yet, but there is of course the possibility that 2021 could be a no goer.

“Rest assured if this is the case, all ticket holders will be able to rollover to Tramlines 2022 or given the opportunity to claim a refund.

“If we can take place safely in 2021 it promises to be the party of the summer.”

Held in Sheffield since 2009, Tramlines was originally free to attend but is now ticketed and has featured both local and national artists.

The festival was to be headlined by Catfish and the Bottlemen, Ian Brown and Madness in 2020 before it was cancelled over coronavirus fears.

When the decision was announced in May, organisers said they had explored ‘all possible options’ to make the event feasible.

Other festivals in the city that have fallen victim to the pandemic in 2020 and 2021 include Sheffield Food Festival and Migration Matters, which focuses on theatre and the arts and celebrates Refugee Week.

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