Tramlines – Free For All

By now you will be no doubt aware that this year’s Tramlines has a paid element to it. The venues you need to pay to get into are:

  • Stage 2 (at the O2 Academy)
  • Devonshire Green
  • O2 Academy
  • Corporation
  • City Hall
  • DQ (18+ only)
  • DLS
  • The Fez Club
  • Hope Works
  • Millennium Gallery
  • Penelopes
  • Plug
  • The Harley
  • The Leadmill
  • Queens Social Club
  • Yellow Arch

Whist it’s well worth the £15/£6 entry fee to the above, there’s plenty going for free as well. Here are some of the highlights:

Parks

 The atmosphere in The Folk Forest is lovely. I’ve hung a cow above the mantel piece and it looked pissed-off (that’s how you do it, isn’t it?!), so I predict it’s going to be a beautiful weekend. This year’s line-up is a real treat with some of the highlights including This is the Kit, Rozi Plain, The Lost Brothers, John Smith and Birdie Jackson and the Arbour. There’s also some great local talent on display with Early Cartographers, Captives on the Carousel, Woolly Mammoth and a very special performance of Fairport Conventions’s Liege & Lief by Little Mesters Recording Confederacy.

There’s much more of a lively feel to things in Weston Park with Fossill Collective head up a line-up which includes Screaming Maldini, High Hazels, See Emily Play Featuring Stannington Brass Band, Steve Papa Edwards and The Payroll Union. There will also be rides, stalls and lots of fun activities taking place for all the family.

Recreation(al) Drinking

There’s a lot going on, it’s often manic around the Devonshire Green area and drinking and watching music can be tiring. On the Sunday I like to take a wander a bit further afield and check out what else is going on in a more relaxed environment. A couple of my favourite places to go are the Riverside and Red House.

This year the Riverside will again have a day of acoustic folk with a mini cider festival thrown in (I can’t see any danger at all with this). The line-up includes Tyde, Birdie Jackson and the Arbour, Laura James and the Lyres, Yarbo, Early Cartographers and The Payroll Union. Be warned, It’s easy to get stuck in the beer garden.

House vs Home are back at the Red House for another day of fun music featuring Heroes of the Mexican Independence Movement, Lardpony, MJ Hibbett and the Validators, August Actually and The Understudies.

DIY

No, I’m not talking about putting up shelves or a loft extension (always use professionals), but the incredibly strong DIY music scene in Sheffield at the moment. Both the Audacious Art Experiment and Tye Die Tapes will be hosting live music over the weekend.  Audacious host the likes of Honeyslide, Toucans, That Fucking Tank, Wooderson, Spite House & Champion Lover. TDT has Slowcoaches, Fawn Spots, Pjaro and Feature.

Pubs

Many pubs round town put on live music regularly, and they are all hosting events over the weekend. Some of the highlights are:

Bungalows and Bears – Holy Other, Wolf Alice, Blessa, Sister

Dada – Grass House, Vuvuvultures, Patterns, Bitches, Go Native

Gatsby – M O N E Y, Superfood, Traams, L’Amour Des Reves

Bowery – Brown Brogues, Flaming Skulls, Temple Songs, Beaty Heart, Algiers, Coasts, Deaf Club

The Forum: Best Friends, PAWS, The Scaramanga Six, Seize the Chair

Shakespeare’s – Roaming Son, Dave Woodcock & The Dead Comedians, High Hazels

SOYO – Let’s Buy Happiness, Deaf Club, The Book Club, The Nose (Neil McSweeney & David J Roch)

Washington – Wooderson, Black Tambourines, Fever Dream, Fawn Spots

Let’s Get Spiritual

With renovations taking place at the Cathedral, there will be slightly different settings this year: Using St George’s Chapel and Domino Hall. The line-up is still great. Heading the way are Nadine Shah and Josh Record. Two singers destined to be big. Local favourites Hey Sholay, Oxo Foxo and Cuckoo Clocks are joined by Juffage, Sam Airey and much more.

And then there’s the small matter of the Busker’s Bus. We strongly recommend spending a meagre £15 for a weekend pass, it’s more than worth it.  However, there is plenty to see for free.

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