Tramlines Festival organisers pledge to improve on 2015

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Organisers of this year’s Sheffield Tramlines Festival – which was the biggest ever – have pledged to improve on the event for the future.

More than 23,000 tickets were sold for this year’s festival held over three days from July 24 to 26 with headliners The Charlatans, Basement Jaxx and De La Soul.

This year was the first which placed the main stage in Ponderosa Park, Upperthorpe, after the festival outgrew its original Devonshire Green stage.

Festival director Sarah Nulty said: “Thanks to everyone that came and partied with us at Tramlines.

“Your support each year is amazing. Thanks to the people of Upperthorpe for being so friendly and welcoming – we couldn’t have done this without the support we received from your community.

“Musically, it was a great year for Tramlines with tons of amazing artists on the bill. We couldn’t have asked for a better replacement for Wu Tang Clan, with De La Soul being a highlight for many festival-goers.

“We do recognise there were some issues this year which we have noted and are addressing. We appreciate the feedback you have given us and are committed to making things better for 2016. We welcome all feedback so please let us know how we can continue to make Tramlines bigger and better.

“We would also like to say a big thank you to the volunteers, helpers, bar staff, security, promoters and everyone involved in Tramlines. This wouldn’t be possible without you.”

Saturday’s headline set from Basement Jaxx saw the new Main Stage arena reach full capacity, with impressive crowds on both Friday and Sunday, in spite of the wet weather.

Many of the free-entry bars and venues making up the fringe activities for Tramlines have also reported record takings across the weekend.

Over 200 artists played at Tramlines 2015 including The Charlatans, Basement Jaxx, Buzzcocks, Billy Bragg, Martha Reeves, Sugar Hill Gang, Neneh Cherry, Slaves, Ghostpoet, Fat White Family, Dutch Uncles, Slow Club and many more.

The original Sunday night headliners, the Wu Tang Clan, were replaced at the last minute, having cancelled all European tour dates just one day before the festival began. The quick response from Tramlines meant the festival were able to replace them with a fantastic double–headline bill, legendary hip-hop outfits De La Soul and Mobb Deep.

No major incidents relating to the festival have been reported and initial reports from core venues have been positive, organisers said.

Gary Clifton, major events manager at Sheffield Council, said: “Tramlines continues to go from strength to strength and this year was no exception. The atmosphere throughout was vibrant and exciting, and really demonstrated the creative and independent spirit that Sheffield is famous for.

“From the main stage at the Ponderosa to the Folk Forest in Endcliffe Park and all the city centre venues in between, it was fantastic to see young and old alike enjoying music of all genres in a fun and friendly festival environment.

“Events such as Tramlines increase the number of people visiting the city centre, and the length of time people spend there. This year, Tramlines is also part of our biggest ever summer of city centre events, which has increased footfall and provided a boost for the local economy.”