Tramlines is one of the UK’s longest running, city-based music festivals and the highlight in Sheffield’s year-round calendar of music events and festivals. Taking place in July each year at Hillsborough Park, the festival presents some of the biggest names in music, from a broad spectrum of genres.
The Streets, Noel Gallagher, Public Enemy, Little Simz, Annie Mac, Nile Rodgers & Chic, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Royal Blood, Primal Scream, The Libertines, All Saints, Basement Jaxx, Clean Bandit, De La Soul, Sister Sledge and Blossoms are just a handful of the acts that have played the Tramlines stage over the years.
The festival also continues to draw on the strength of Sheffield’s prolific music scene, with many local bands and artists also appearing on the bill each year. In addition to the enormous diversity of music on offer across several outdoor stages, the festival also presents a full comedy line up, open air cinema, kid’s activities, dance tents and a host of street food.
Founded in 2009, Tramlines first existed as a free multi-venue festival, mixing outdoor stages and city centre venues including The Leadmill, O2 Academy, The Foundry, Sheffield Cathedral, Millennium Gallery, Sheffield City Hall and Yellow Arch Studios.
It was a massive success and the festival continued to grow in popularity for several years, before needing to expand beyond this original format. In 2015, the festival made a move from the city centre to Sheffield’s Ponderosa Park, where it stayed for three years, before moving to its current home at Hillsborough Park in 2018. While Tramlines has grown to a ticketed event, it remains one of the best value music festivals in the UK and beyond.
Much in the spirit of where the festival started, The Fringe At Tramlines is a free programme of music and activities which takes places on the same weekend as the main festival. With live stages in outdoor spaces across Sheffield City Centre and performances in many of the pubs, bars and music venues, it continues the festival atmosphere beyond the main event.
For more information and tickets visit tramlines.org.uk