Tramlines Festival

With a countdown live on the website, it’s hard not to get excited about this festival. Free on July 24th-26th? Travel to Sheffield for an inner-city festival. Yep, you heard right. A festival in a city; it’s a diverse line up with a huge variety of venues. Oh and no, it has nothing to do with Trams, no free rides or anthing.

Headliners Basement Jaxx, Wu-Tang Clan and The Charlatans are among the final line up which was announced only this Monday, so if you haven’t had a chance to sus it out, I suggest you do that now. Another 150 acts are set to play over the three days in the 15 venues they have. Dry Your Eyes as rapper Mike Skinner takes the stage on Saturday and also a woman who started rapping at aged 16 on night-busses, Kate Tempest will bring her beautiful chords to the main stage on Sunday. 


The final line up brings We Are The Ocean and Swedish singer Neneh Cherry, although aged 51(!) will surely bring her classic hip hop beats to the festival. Rock legends Anathema and the disco collective Horse Meat Disco join in. Among these, Martha Reeves, Billy Bragg, Ekkah, Romare, Radio 1xtra’s Monki and many more will make an appearance. Tramlines is bringing a range of music, even your Dad would know a few of the 90s rap acts.

If muddy fields, hot beer on your legs in the sun and shoving a can of dry shampoo on your hair isn’t quite your style, you’re in luck. Tramlines have 15 venues across the city. If you fancy the sticky floor, drink deals and guaranteed ear ringing for the next 24 hours, the O2 Academy are getting involved. The Millennium Gallery is a beautiful destination for art and crafts. It will be made into a music venue for a more chilled out place, if your not feeling the crazy partying. Being a festival, they are of course including some fields. If you are all for a cider in the sun, Devonshire Green will be transformed into the usual festival scene with an outdoor stage and thousands of likeminded people there for a wild time.

Frill or no frills? In other words, hotel or student accommodation? That’s right, this festival is a no-camping festival as it’s in the middle of a city (I’m hearing some of you sign with relief as you don’t have to pack dozens of wipes and body spray to maintain bodily cleanliness). aying-here/ this page will take you to two options, a list of hotels at reasonable prices to suit all or a set accommodation deal, which can be like indoor camping. It gives you the opportunity to meet people and share facilities, as you would share a floor in a field.

Considering this incredible line up, the ticket prices are very reasonable. Starting from £20 for the super early bird weekend ticket, then £25 for the early bird weekend ticket and the final release weekend ticket is £30. This weekend won’t make your bank balance hate you and will be a summer escape you probably need.

So get a countdown on your phone and get pumped for this festival. Hashtag and search #EscapeToTheCity across social media and stay updated with the festival.


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Hannah Williams

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