Tramlines Festival

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Tramlines Festival
Tramlines Logo - 2013.jpg
Genre rock, Indie, pop, electronic, dance, hip hop, folk, experimental, metal, world, reggae
Dates End of July
Location(s) Sheffield, England, United Kingdom
Years active Annually since 2009

The Tramlines Festival is an annual music festival held in Sheffield.[1] The festival has in the past been free to attend, but now has premium venues where tickets are required to be purchased. The line-up consists of national and local artists. The festival is curated and organised by a panel comprising local venue owners, promoters and volunteers.[2] The name of the festival is inspired by the city's tram network. Tramlines held its first festival in 2009, which attracted 35,000 fans and was seen as a huge success, and 2010's event doubled that figure. Tramlines 2011 took place between Friday 22 and Sunday 24 July. The success of Tramlines Festival 2011 led to the event winning 'Best Metropolitan Festival' at the UK Festival Awards.[3]

In 2016 the Tramlines organisers launched a separate annual one-day event, Outlines Festival.[4] Outlines focuses on new bands, and like Tramlines takes place at venues across Sheffield city centre.[5]


The festival takes place at over 70 venues and 4 main stages in the city centre, including The Leadmill, The Viper Rooms, The Fat Cat, O2 Academy Sheffield, Barkers Pool, The University of Sheffield, The Harley, The Bowery, the Peace Gardens and the main stage at Ponderosa Park with a capacity of 8,000.



Tramlines held its first festival in 2009. Notable artists such as Rolo Tomassi, Just Jack, Toddla T, Pixie Lott, Little Boots, Example, The Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster, The XX and Reverend and the Makers, who headlined, played at the festival. The festival was a huge success,[6] attracting 35,000 fans.[7] The organizers, as well as councillors and Sheffielders, praised the festival. The festivals popularity, along with positive reviews, led to the 2010 event being announced. The festival-goers had to queue to get wristbands, which gave them access to the different stages.

2009's festival recycled 400 litres of paper, 2080 litres of plastic and 560 litres of aluminium in the outdoor venues alone.[8] This led to an environmental campaign in 2010 in which the festival seeks to reduce its environmental impact.


Tramlines Festival 2010 was held from 23 to 25 July.[8] 250 artists performed, and several venues were added, including Sheffield University's Octagon Centre, Tudor Square, The Leadmill, O2 Academy Sheffield, Winter Gardens and the main stage at Devonshire Green increased in capacity from 5,000 to 8,000. Headliners were Echo and the Bunnymen, Mystery Jets, Simian Mobile Disco DJ set, Professor Green, Tinchy Stryder, Future of the Left, Darwin Deez, Macka B, The King Blues, The Hoosiers, Craig David, Dum Dum Girls, Annie Mac and Toddla T.

The festival remained free, and the wristband system was scrapped, replaced with a first-come-first-served turnstile system. The festival attracted 65,000 people.[1][9] New events at the 2010 festival included a Youth Music Festival, Blues trail and a Ceilidh.[9][10]

The festival also focussed on reducing its environmental impact in 2010. This pledge included a solar powered headphone disco on Devonshire Green, major recycling areas at all of the outdoor stages, and cheap accommodation via Unite.[8]


Tramlines 2011 took place from 22 to 24 July, with an estimated 175,000[11] revellers in attendance. Over 70 venues took part, with 4 main stages and at least 200 live acts. Headliners and other notable acts included Ash, Olly Murs, Pixie Lott, The Futureheads, Heaven 17, Dananananaykroyd, David Rodigan, Dry The River, Michael Prophet, Frankie & The Heartstrings, Los Campesinos!, Rolo Tomassi, Dead Sons, Skint & Demoralised, The Crookes and Toddla T. New additions were made to the festival, including 'The Folk Forest', a folk music event taking place in Endcliffe Park, 1.5 miles from the city centre.[12]


Tramlines 2012 took place on Friday 20 July to Sunday 22 July.[13] Headliners included Reverend & The Makers, Roots Manuva and We Are Scientists, with Spector, Ms Dynamite, Mr Scruff, Julio Bashmore, Toddla T, Koreless, Ifan Daffyd, Clock Opera and Dead Sons also playing over the weekend, amongst others. Weston Park hosted a stage for the first time in the festival's history.


The official Tramlines website has confirmed that the festival will return in 2013, taking place from Friday 19th to Sunday 21 July.[14] For the first time in the history of the festival, an entry fee was charged at £6 per day, though the event retained a large free fringe element.


The main headlining acts were Katy B, Public Enemy, The Cribs and Annie Mac. The fee was increased to £12 per day, and early bird tickets were available in advance at £28 for all three days.[15]


Tramlines 2015 took place on Friday 24th to Sunday 26 July. The main stage moved from Devonshire Green to Ponderosa Park to increase the venue capacity.[16] Tickets cost £30 for the weekend. Headliners included The Charlatans, Basement Jaxx, and Buzzcocks.


Tramlines 2016 took place on Friday 22nd to Sunday 24 July. Headliners included Dizzee Rascal and Catfish and the Bottlemen.


  1. ^ a b "Tramlines Frequently Asked Questions". Tramlines Festival. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  2. ^ "Tramlines Festival Returns". ClashMusic. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "…And the winners are…!". festival awards. November 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  4. ^ Briggs, Sam Grant (16 November 2015). "Five things you need to know about Outlines Festival". The 405. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  5. ^ Blackwood, Katy (29 February 2016). "Review: Outlines Festival Sheffield 2016". Never Enough Notes. Retrieved 10 July 2016. 
  6. ^ "Music City festival 'Sheffield at its best'". The Star. 28 July 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  7. ^ "Sheffield Tramlines back on track with Echo and the Bunnymen". The Star. 13 May 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  8. ^ a b c "Tramlines Home Page". Tramlines Festival. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  9. ^ a b "Tramlines '10". efestivals. 17 May 2010. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  10. ^ "Tramlines Home Page, Page 3". Tramlines festival. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  11. ^ "Tramlines: Here to stay after 175,000 attended Sheffield’s ‘urban Glastonbury’". Sheffield Star. 28 July 2011. Retrieved 28 July 2011. 
  12. ^ "Tramlines Free Festival – The Folk Forest". Folk Radio. 18 July 2011. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  13. ^ "Tramlines Website". Tramlines Website. 17 February 2012. Retrieved 7 March 2012. 
  14. ^ "Tramlines Website". Tramlines Website. 17 February 2013. Retrieved 18 March 2013. 
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