Tramlines 2014 is proud to announce the return of South Yorkshire’s green travel campaign #notdriving as the official travel partner of this year’s festival, with four pairs of VIP weekend passes up for grabs for those pledging to leave the car at home and travel green between now and the festival.
With just under a week to go until Tramlines returns for its sixth year on Friday 25 to Sunday 27 July, the whole of Sheffield is being prepped to turn into one big festival site that will welcome the likes of Public Enemy, Sister Sledge, Katy B, The Cribs and many more artists across four outdoor stages and in dozens of venues.
In line with the #notdriving campaign, which promotes the use of sustainable transport across South Yorkshire, reducing traffic and pollution across Sheffield, Tramlines festival-goers are encouraged to use public transport rather than drive to get to the festival as part of its quest to reduce its carbon footprint.
In exchange for travelling green, four VIP weekend passes are available to win. To enter, applicants simply need to head to the Tramlines website and pledge the number of miles in the counter for any journey made by foot, bike, public transport or even a car share with more than two people. Pledges must be made by Monday 21 July. Four winners winning one pair of VIP weekend tickets each will be notified on Tuesday 22 July.
The ever popular Buskers Buses are also back for 2014. Fast becoming the highlight of many people’s Tramlines weekend, revellers can travel for free around the ever expanding festival site in style – serenaded by some of the event’s hottest bands.
Two routes will be in place to connect the peripheral venues within the city centre on Saturday and Sunday from 12 noon until 8pm. The Smoke BBQ Ale Trail bus travels from Arundel Gate out through Kelham Island and up through Crookes and Broomhill with different bands busking on the 40 minute route.
The second option is the University Campus Barnsley Busker Bus, departing from the University at the Western Bank bus stop, and stopping off at Hope Works, CADs and Yellow Arch Studios taking 30 minutes for the round trip. Those wanting to board should look out for the special Buskers Bus stops across the city centre over the festival weekend.
Tramlines advance weekend tickets are on sale from www.gigantic.com at £28 (plus 10% booking fee). Weekend tickets are available in advance only and come with a free festival programme (usually £3). Tickets will be available for sale on the door for a higher price of £16 per day, or £48 for all three days.
Alongside the festival’s core ticketed programme of live music, Tramlines 2014 sees the welcome return of free-entry, family-friendly areas such as the Peace Gardens, the Folk Forest, the Weston Park party and Barker’s Pool, which will be filled with street theatre, live spray-can art, fairground rides, African percussion workshops, woodcraft, a rodeo bull, bungee run, break-dancing battles and much more.
Find out more about the artists playing Tramlines 2014 at www.tramlines.org.uk
Notdriving.co.uk is a one-stop shop for public transport information. Festival-goers should visit the travel page at http://notdriving.co.uk/travel to access interactive journey planning tools for trams, buses, trains and taxis for info on how to get to, from and around the festival.