Put in to your diary, dear readers. Between FRIDAY 20TH JULY – SUNDAY 22ND JULY 2018 Sheffield’s premier city-wide festival will be making it’s 10th anniversary splash at HILLSBOROUGH PARK
With the first string of announcements coming Thursday 8th of February at 6PM, it is hard not to engage in pure speculation about which big names may grace the stages of this years Tramlines.
MAIN STAGE – Their biggest stage yet, with the claim that they’re bringing internationally recognized talent to Sheffield, with a strong under-card consisting of local and globally renowned bands.
SECOND STAGE (A public Poll will determine the name- This stage was described as being bigger than any previous stage, even last years main stage! Meaning that this year the festival is really pushing for quality as well as quantity. Sarah claimed that this stage will boast acts which would have been headline contenders only 2 or 3 years ago!
LEADMILL STAGE – John McClure (Rev. and the Makers) will have a hand in curating this stage, in allignment with legendary promoters from the Leadmill to bring cutting edge acts from the underground, as well as pushing forward some great local talent.
THE LIBRARY STAGE – A more relaxed stage, this will be exclusive for up and coming bands, both from Sheffield and nationwide. You might find the next big thing here…
More stages will be on site, including a DJ tent, and an area for children and families to engage in fun activities between their favourite music. Tramlines aims to be a great weekend out, rather than a prolonged gig. Tramlines is about much more than just music, it is a dynamic multi-media festival including a brand new COMEDY TENT.
Tramlines Festival Director, Sarah Nulty delivered a passionate and forward-thinking speech, highlighting the visions and philosophies of Tramlines 2018 and what it hopes to bring to the City. There may be shock to those who have an innately cynical view of the official events, people who view it as a money-factory hijacked by suits, but to your dismay the people involved are all overwhelmingly human with an obvious passion for Sheffield and live music.
One of the main philosophies is that the festival will be city-wide, rather than solely focused on the city centre. Sarah expressed sincere love and respect from the city-centre fringe venues, crediting them for part of the successes of Tramlines. City-wide means that this years festival will take place at Hillsborough Park, a rough 13 minute tram ride from the city centre. This may seem a stretch, but the main festival site is more than just one big stage.
This years Tramlines will also push to boost the local economy, with a wide variety of local traders being dotted around the park, local ale tents, and a push for local bands to be brought front and centre.