Tramlines: 19th – 21st July 2013

Whoo whooo we’re getting ready to board the Tramlines track again for the fifth year in a row. Bigger and better than ever, the festival is set to shake the city’s foundations harder and faster than before. Stretching from Endcliffe Park, Weston Park over the city centre and down to Kelham Island there’s something to get everyone and anyone involved.

With the usual eclectic mix of musical delights which range from Lianne Le Havres, David Rodigan MBE, Fenech Solar and New Young Pony Club on the big names list, homeboys and girls are keeping the steel city burning including Toddla T Sound, Rolo Tomassi, Slow Club and 65 Days of Static presenting Sleepwalk City. It’s not just about the bigger names though, there’s The Crookes on the main stage, Hey Sholay will be playing the Cathedral and Wet Nuns will be ripping apart the O2 Academy, whilst a whole heap of bands will be playing various venues throughout the city.

There have been a few changes for 2013, with the main one being the introduction of a charge for the main stage and core venues at a paltry £6 a day and a limited number of weekend tickets available for £15. If you’re one that finds it hard to part with your money then there are still plenty of free events throughout the city.

In addition to the music there’s the international area in the Peace Gardens, a new street theatre area, the vintage fair and much much more. So whilst we keep checking to see if it’s Tramlines yet, here’s the Tramlines skinny:

Location: Various venues around Sheffield.

How to get to site: With the main focus on the city centre there’s plenty of public transport to get you on the right tracks, be it train, bus or tram. For the fringe events hop on the buskers bus or simply have a wander through the city. Running alongside Tramlines is the #NotDriving campaign who have partnered up with Travel South Yorkshire with a number of offers on the Stagecoach Supertram to get you from A to B.

Beer Prices/ Selection:  From beer tents to the city’s pubs and bars there’s plenty of choice at reasonable prices, including the Tramlines 2 ale specially selected for the festival.

Campsite: No camping available, but there are plenty of reasonably priced hotels around the city.

Clientele: The pride of Yorkshire for one weekend only everyone in Sheffield comes out to smile and be happy and embrace the amazing atmosphere and good music.

Acts that have played before: Miss Dynamite, Rolo Tomassi, Beth Jeans Houghton and 65 Days Of Static.

Other stuff to do: There are plenty of events over the weekend for the whole family. From the Folk Forest in Endcliffe Park, the musical goings on in Weston Park to the Blues and Ale Trail, the buskers bus and as well as street theatre and multiple events throughout the city centre.

Ticket Prices: £6 a day or £15 for the weekend. Wristbands are required for the Devonshire Green stage and core venues around the city, putting it simply for those venues that you’d pay to see a gig including The Harley, Leadmill, Corp, O2 Academy, Queens Social Club and the Plug.

Security Staff: Helpful and professional and know what they’re doing.

Toilets: Depending on where you happen to be, there’ll be either porcelain or portaloos.

Summary: Every wondered what it would be like to cram in a gig at a Cathedral, go on a pub crawl round town with amazing bands playing in every space the city has to offer, buy some something pretty at the vintage fair, mooch around and watch street theatre and children playing happily together, sing at the top of your voice on the back seat on the bus, wander through the local park with music filling the air, dancing like no-one is watching and partying from dusk to dawn in a friendly environment where strangers become friends? No? Well may be you should join in the fun and see what it’s about at a price that costs less than two pints in the local.

More information can be found on the Tramlines Website