Headline acts at Sheffield’s Tramlines Festival are being re-routed – to a new main stage.
Festival bosses have today announced the main stage is moving, from Devonshire Green in the city centre – its home for the festival’s first six years – to The Ponderosa in Netherthorpe.
Sarah Nulty, festival director, said: “We had record numbers attend the festival and main stage in 2014 and knew it was the right time for us to make the move.
“The Ponderosa is a great space. We’re really looking forward to developing the look and feel of the festival.”
The stage announcement follows confirmation of the festival’s 2015 headliners this week – indie-rockers The Charlatans, dance stars Basement Jaxx and hip-hop legends Wu-Tang Clan.
A Tramlines spokesman said: “As the festival grows, organisers have responded to the high demand for tickets with an increased capacity, which will allow more music-lovers to enjoy this year’s impressive array of acts.
The spokesman said: “The new home of the main stage is bigger and greener, providing the perfect focal point of the festival for years to come.
“The new, larger site will also help Tramlines create a true festival experience, just minutes from the city centre, cementing its reputation as a truly unmissable summer event.”
Other changes announced today for the festival include new, free tickets for under-12s accompanied by adults and the Folk Forest stage at Endcliffe Park becoming part of the paid element of the festival.
However, festival bosses said many of its ‘family-focuses areas, including the market and children’s activies’ will remain free.
Devonshire Green will also still be used during the festival, hosting a secondary stage, alongside other venues including The Leadmill and O2 Academy.
The spokesman said: “As anyone who has visited the Devonshire Green site will be happy to know, the festival will still be using the area, in addition to the new main stage.”
As well as the headliners, other acts booked to appear at Tramlines 2015 include The Streets frontman Mike Skinner, singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, punk legends Buzzcocks and Motown queen Martha Reeves.
Weekend tickets, priced £30, are now on sale from www.tramlines.org.uk
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