When it comes to UK city centre festivals, Sheffield has been doing it right for many years now. With such a rich musical heritage, it’s not hard to believe that this South Yorkshire City is the home to one of the most interesting and enjoyable events of the festival season.
The entire Steel City quite literally opens its doors, as over 70 official and unofficial venues play host to bands and DJs from dusk till dawn. As well, the streets are quite literally alive with buskers, street performers and pop up bars and stalls, meaning festivals dwellers can’t turn their heads without becoming engrossed in the infectious vibe of this incredible party.
THE LINE UP SO FAR:
DIZZEE RASCAL / CATFISH AND THE BOTTLEMEN / GEORGE CLINTON AND PARLIAMENT FUNKADELIC / JURASSIC 5 / KELIS
BASEMENT / BIG NARSTIE / CRAIG CHARLES / CRAZY P SOUNDSYSTEM / THE CROOKES / CUT CHEMIST / THE DANDY WARHOLS / ELIZA AND THE BEAR / FIELD MUSIC / FOOTSIE / GAZ COOMBES / GHETTS / GOLDIE / HINDS / INHEAVEN / JACK DAT / LITTLE COMETS / LITTLE SIMZ / MACHINEDRUM & RAGGA TWINS / MICA LEVI (DJ) / MARIKA HACKMAN / MEDLAR / MOON DUO / THE MOUSE OUTFIT / MR SCRUFF & MC KWASI / MYSTERY JETS
FAR OUT SAYS DON’T MISS:
Taking it back, these rap veterans will land in Sheffield for this year’s Tramlines. This old but gold act are not to be missed, be prepared for master class in Hip-Hop. Find them on the Main Stage Sunday night.
Bang Bang Romeo
If you’re looking to check out some local talent over the weekend, there’s plenty on offer including Sheffield’s very own Bang Bang Romeo. This four piece are quite simply a must see, a powerhouse of atmospheric guitar riffs and a frontwoman whose vocal prowess will have you memorised. It’s been a while since we last caught them and we can’t wait to check them out this year on the Main Stage.
What can we say? We just love Hinds. The Spanish four-piece’s laid back attitude and sound is quite simply infectious. You better hope the sun is shining, as these girls take to the Main Stage on Sunday afternoon. Expect good fun, great music and plenty of satisfied customers.
WHERE/WHEN/HOW MUCH: 70+ venues spread across Sheffield City Centre. Friday 22th July – Sunday 24th July. 3 Day Weekend Pass £42, Saturday Pass £23, Sunday Pass – SOLD OUT (after party tickets also available to purchase on the festival website).
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW: With such a vast spread unfortunately you’re never going to see it all. Be sure to plan your days wisely and take advantage of the tram routes to various different venues and points around the city – you’ll even be treated to some live music along the way, as nearly all trains host performances over the weekend. While no one likes to queue, getting to venues early (especially the smaller ones) is essential to make sure you get in.
If you only do one thing while you’re there…
Take the time to soak up and enjoy the electric atmosphere Tramlines brings to this city. With so much going on it sometimes feels like a blink and you’ll miss it type of situation. Take a stroll down Division Street in the afternoon to really get that festival feeling.
THE REST OF THE LINE UP:
Dizzee Rascal / Catfish and the Bottlemen / George Clinton and Parliament Funkadelic / Jurassic 5 / Kelis
Basement / Big Narstie / Craig Charles / Crazy P Soundsystem / The Crookes / Cut Chemist / The Dandy Warhols / David Rodigan / Dawn Penn / Derrick Carter / DJ Hype & IC3 / DJ Woody / Dub Phizix & DRS / Eliza and the Bear / The Enemy / Everly Pregnant Brothers / Field Music / Footsie / Gaz Coombes / Ghetts / Goldie / Hinds / Inheaven / Jack Dat / Jane Weaver / Kate Jackson / Kiko Bun / Leon Vynehall / Little Comets / Little Simz / Machinedrum & Ragga Twins / Mica Levi (DJ) / Marika Hackman / Medlar / Moon Duo / The Mouse Outfit / Mr Scruff & MC Kwasi / My Nu Leng & Dread MC / Mystery Jets / Norman Jay MBE / Nordic Giants / Novelist / Paranoid London / Public Service Broadcasting / Quantic / Robert Hood Presents Floorplan / Skream / Steve Davis (DJ) / Teleman / Tom Findlay (Groove Armada) / Toddla T Takeover / Young Fathers / Zero 7 (DJ)
Agbeko / Akid / Alatt / Alibi & Skipz / All We Are / Al Zanders / Andy H / Amy Becker / ArcTanGent DJs / Ardyn / Arnivore / Aztec Doll / Banana Hill / Bang Bang Romeo / Beaty Heart / Bernard and Edith / Big Eyes Family Players / The Black Lagoons / Blasher / Blessa / Blood Sport / Bluewave / Boddika / Body Antoinette / Capo Lee / Caroline Francess / Cervo / C Duncan / Chris Welch / Clay / Clipboard (Quality Control) / Coco / Cowtown / CPSmith (Central Processing Unit) / Crisjn / Daniel Whitehouse / Dan Mangan / Da Rico / Deep Space Orchestra / Dego / Denham Audio / Denis Sulta / Dialects / DMK / Don’t Look Now DJs / Dr Cryptic / Drumro[II] / DSL / Ekkah / Emily May / Emma Crowder / Es.Q / exmagician / Fleetmac Wood / Flibb / FOES / Future Wildstyle / FYI Chris / Gett Off / Giant Swan / Ginger Tom / Global Roots Soundsystem / Goat Head / Gold Teeth / Gramercy Park / Guttersnipe / Gwenno / He/aT/ The Herron Brothers / High Hazels / Holly Macve / Holy Esque / Hot Diamond Aces / The Hot Soles / Huddle / Hybrid Vigour DJs / Jasper James / Jayskilatah / Jim Ghedi & Toby Hay /Joe90 (Futureboogie) / Johnny Lloyd / JVC / K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade / King Capisce / Kuenta i Tambu / Last Japan / Laura J Martin / LEVELZ / Leroy / Linnemann / Little Mesters / Living Body / Lloyd SB / Loam / Logan Sama / LOR / Lo Shea / Lusts / Madam X / Marquis Hawkes / Matrixxman / MC Shinobi / Meilyr Jones / Micra.Soft / Miles From Kinshasa / Motional / Mt Wolf / Muad’Dib / Mumdance B2B Pinch / Napoleon IIIrd / NARCS / Neon Waltz / Negative Midas Touch / Nice Like Rice / North Adolescence / Ollie Bradley / Pareidolia / Pedram / Perc / Pixi / Pixx / Plenty Vibes / P Money / Proteus (DJ) / Pure Bathing Culture / Randall / Real Talk / Reflector / The Reflex / Rev. Austin / Revolver 50th Anniversary Performance / Rita Maia / Roseau / Roots / Rukhsana Merrise / Rye Wax / S-Unit / Saif Mode / Sammartino / Scuba / Sekt-87 / Silver Wilson / Simmerdown DJs / Sir Spyro / Skillzy / Sly & the Family Drone / Smorsli / Souljam / Sticky Blood / The Stars Band / Ste Roberts / STI / Stoaty / The SSS / Suited & Booted Dancehall Brotherz / Sundara Karma / Thomas Truax / Throws / Tom Trago / Tom Unlikely / Toucans / Trash / Triple Point / Trojan Explosion / True Fiction / Two Two / Unit 3 / Velocity Brown & the Hot Rods / Wheresnorth? / Yndi Halda / Zed Bias B2B Paleman / Zuzu