Tramlines, or the ‘urban Glastonbury’ as it’s become know, is on track to be another smash hit with music lovers – even with an entry fee for some venues this year, writes Graham Walker.
More than 150,000 people turned up last summer.
A £6-a-day wristband, introduced for the first time to enable fesival-goers to see some of the biggest names on the Devonshire Green Main Stage and Stage Two at O2 Academy, plus 13 other venues, is unlikely to put anybody off this year.
A heatwave, plenty to drink and some of the best live music around should guarantee that.
There are also dozens of indoor and outdoor stages still providing a large free fringe element.
Tramlines hall-of-famers include Reverend and the Makers, Heaven 17, Olly Murs, Pixie Lott, Little Boots, Example, Echo and the Bunnymen, Professor Green, Tinchy Stryder, The Hoosiers, Craig David, Annie Mac, We Are Scientists, Ms Dynamite, Mr Scruff.
You would pay a packet to see that lot at other festivals.
Highlights this year include alternative folk and soul star Lianne La Havas (Main Stage, Saturday), whose debut album, Is Your Love Big Enough? was iTunes Album of The Year 2012.
Eighties band The Selecter (Main Stage, Sunday), mixing punk, ska and reggae, will be playing greatest hits including, in its entirety, their classic album, Too Much Pleasure.
Sheffield’s own Radio One host, DJ and record producer Toddla T, AKA Tom Bell, aged 28, is bringing his Toddla T Sound (O2 Academy, Saturday) – the collective of Serocee, DRS, Shola AMA and the man himself. It features both elements of live performance and DJing with live vocalists.
The Crookes (Main Stage, Sunday), featuring George Waite, Daniel Hopewell, Russell Bates and Tom Dakin, are one of the city’s biggest indie pop bands, represent emerging music from the UK. They are named after the suburb where the band was formed in 2008.
Hey Sholay (Sheffield Cathedral, Friday, 10pm) a five-piece group of musicians, film-makers and artists from Sheffield and Leeds, play a breed of psychedelic indie pop, set for big things with new release WDYRWMTB (Who Do You Really Want Me To Be).
Our at-a-glance map shows you the paid-for venues and line-up on the two main stages – plus we’ve listed other venues to give you an overview of where to go.
Official travel partner Travel South Yorkshire has teamed up with Stagecoach Supertram to offer discounted Tramlines Festival Explorer and ‘Two-Day’ tram tickets. Plan your journey by public transport at travelsouthyorkshire.com/tramlines and follow @TravelSYorks on Twitter for Tramlines venue queue updates.
Let us know what’s happening at Tramlines this weekend, what you’re watching and tweet us your short reviews @SheffieldStar – using the hashtags #tramlines and #StarReview.
* O’Hara’s Spiced Rum is a core drinks sponsor for Tramlines 2013 in Sheffield, to be found in all events and associated venues. O’Hara’s Spiced Rum, also sponsoring The Star’s Tramlines coverage, will be running a bar on Barkers Pool – so go along and enjoy tasty cocktails.
There are also several bars with the signature drinks during the weekend.
For a full list of venues, listings and a map of all paid-for stages see The Star on Thursday, July 18, 2013 and visit the official Tramlines website.
Devonshire Green Main Stage, Sheffield S3 7SF:
SATURDAY: ANUSHKA; DUTCH UNCLESELIZA AND THE BEAR; FENECH SOLER; FRIENDS; LIANNE LA HAVAS; LULU JAMES; MASTERS IN FRANCE; TY.
SUNDAY: EVERLY PREGNANT BROTHERS; JIM JONES REVUE; TELEMAN; THE CROOKES; THE SELECTER; THEME PARK; VERONICA FALLS
Stage Two at O2 Academy, 37-43 Arundel Gate, Sheffield S1 2PN:
Saturday: CHEATAHS; MENACE BEACH; NEW YOUNG PONY CLUB; PINS; SKY LARKIN; THE INVISIBLE; THUMPERS.
Sunday: DOG IS DEAD; KAGOULE; LEMURIA; ROLO TOMASSI; TALL SHIPS; THE WYTCHES; TTNG; WET NUNS.
Friday: 12 DIRTY BULLETS; CUT YOUR WINGS; DUMB; ROGER THE MASCOT; THE HOUNDS.
Saturday: BRAVE NEW STORM; DEATH RATTLE; THE HOSTS; WAYLAYERS; WEIRDS.TODDLA T PRESENTS: SHEFFIELD VS. CARNIVAL
DAVID RODIGAN MBE; DJ EZ; DRE SKULL; DUB PHIZIX & STRATEGY; STYLO G;TODDLA T SOUND.
Sunday: BAD BLOOD; CASTROVALVA.
Other paid for venues:
Corporation, 2 Milton St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 4JU
DLS, Dirty Little Secret 5-7 Smithfield; Sheffield S3 7AR
DQ, 32 Bowdon St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 4HA
The Fez Club 40 Charter Square Sheffield S14HS
The Harley, 334 Glossop Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S10 2HW
Hope Works, Sussex Road, Sheffield S4 7YQ.
Leadmill, 6 Leadmill Rd, Sheffield S1 4SE
The Millennium Gallery Arundel Gate, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2PP
Penelopes, 53-55 Arundel Gate, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2PN
The Plug, 14-16 Matilda St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 4QD
Queen’s Social Club, 4 Queens Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 4DG
Sheffield City Hall, Barker’s Pool, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2JA
Yellow Arch Studios, 30-36 Burton Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 8BX
Bar 27, Boston Street, Sheffield, S2 4QE
The Bath Hotel, 66-68 Victoria Street Sheffield S3 7QL
Beg, Steal and Borrow, 12 Carver St, City Centre, Sheffield S1 4FS
Bloo 88, 182 West St, Sheffield S1 4ET
The Bowery, Devonshire St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 7SG
Bungalows and Bears, Old Fire Station, 50 Division St, City Centre, Sheffield S1 4GF
CADS, 7 Smithfield, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 7AR
Cathedral, Church St, Sheffield S1 1HA
The Cobden View, 40 Cobden View Rd, Sheffield S10 1HQ
The Cremorne, 185 London Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 4LH
DaDa, 89 Trippet Ln, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 4EL
Delaneys, 17 Cemetery Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S11 8FJ
The Fat Catm, 23 Alma St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 8SA
The Folk Forest, Endcliffe Park, Sheffield S11 7AA
The Forum, 129 Devonshire St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 7SB
The Frog and Parrot, 94 Division St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 4GF
The Great Gatsby, 73-75 Division St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 4GE
The Green Room, 150-154 Devonshire St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 7SG
The Hop, Unit 14, West One Plaza, Fitzwilliam St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 4JB
International Peace Gardens Pinstone St, Sheffield S1 2HH
Kelham Island Museum, Alma St, Sheffield, Yorkshire S3 8RY
Kelham Island Tavern, 62 Russell St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 8RW
Lava Lounge, 144 West St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 4ES
Leopold Square, Leopold St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 2FG
Library Theatre, Surrey St, Sheffield, Yorkshire S1 1XZ
Malin Bridge Inn, 194 Holme Ln, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S6 4JZ
The Princess Royal, 680 Retford Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S13 9WG
The Red House, 168 Solly St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 4BB
Revolution, The Plaza, 8 Fitzwilliam St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 4JL
The Riverside, 1 Mowbray St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 8EN
The Royal Standard, 156 St Mary’s Rd, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S2 4AX
Shakespeares, 146-148 Gibraltar St, West Bar, Sheffield, S Yorks S3 8UB
Sidney Street Warehouse, 77 Sidney Street Sheffield S1 4RG
SOYO, 117 Rockingham St, Sheffield S1 4EB
Tiger Works, 136 West St, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S1 4ES
University Arms, 197 Brook Hill, Sheffield, South Yorkshire S3 7HG
Viper Rooms, Viper Rooms, 35 Carver St, Sheffield S1 4FS
The Washington, 79 Fitzwilliam St, Sheffield S1 4JP
Weston Park, Western Bank, Sheffield S10 2TP
West Street Live, 128 West St, Sheffield S1 4ES
The Wick and Both Ends, 151 West St, Sheffield, South Yorks S1 4EW
Confirmed Tramlines artists to date (in alphabetical order):
12 Dirty Bullets
65daysofstatic present Sleepwalk City
All The Best Tapes
Bad Apple DJs
Johnny Borrell & Zazou
Catfish and the Bottlemen
Charlie Boyer & The Voyeurs
Dog Is Dead
Dub Phizix & Strategy
Eliza and the Bear
Everly Pregnant Brothers
Feed the Rhino
Sam Forrest (Nine Black Alps)
Emily Marie Abrahams
Emma Jade Garbutt
Gentleman’s Dub Club
G R E A T W A V E S
Hekima & The Bongo Flava
I Like Trains
Jeremy Underground Paris
Jim Jones Revue
K.O.G & The Allstar Revolution
Lanterns on the Lake
Lianne La Havas
The Little Mesters Label Showcase
Lets Buy Happiness
The Lost Brothers
Marius And Me
Masters in France
Melanie Pain (Nouvelle Vague)
Misty’s Big Adventure
M O N EY
New Young Pony Club
Oscillate Wildly Residents
Pedestrian b2b Maribou State
The Pineapple Thief
John J Presley
Public Service Broadcast
David Rodigan MBE
The Sinking Feeling
Soul Funk House DJs
Spit n Strings & The Moody Mutterings
The Stars Band
Steak Number Eight
This Town Needs Guns
Toddla T Sound
The Violet May
We Sleep in This Machine