Tramlines Festival takes over Sheffield once again this July, with the likes of Wu Tang Clan, Neneh Cherry, Slaves, Basement Jaxx, Hidden Orchestra and a plethora of DJs playing across a number of Sheffield’s best cultural and musical establishments.
Having been expanding through Sheffield since the inaugural year in 2009, Tramlines Festival now incorporates many of Sheffield’s most popular music venues, with wristbands gaining guests access to The Main Stage, The Devonshire Green, The Folk Forest, Leadmill, Fusion & Foundry, Octagon, Hope Works, The O2 Academy, The Harley and many many more. With a number of these venues being used for daytime gigs and the rest being used to host the after dark club events, Tramlines gives you the chance to explore the cities lively music scene in as many different venues as you choose to visit.
After a number of years that have seen the likes of Public Enemy, Roots Manuva, Ash, Pixie Lott, Katy B, The Cribs and much more headline the festival, Tramlines will be outdoing itself once again by bringing The Wu Tang Clan, Basement Jaxx and The Charlatans to Sheffield as this year’s headliners. Other highlights from the weekend include Billy Bragg, The Sugarhill Gang, Martha Reeves and Buzzcocks.
With live music taking place all day and DJ sets lasting through the night there will be almost a 24 hour list of things to do, with club events welcoming legendary DJs of the ilk of A Guy Called Gerald, Surgeon, Gilles Peterson, Jimmy Edgar, James Holden, Lo Shea, Erol Alkan, Henry Wu, Kris Wadsworth and much more.
Tramlines prided itself on being a free festival for a number of years, however will the ticket prices still proving hugely cheap for this show stopping line up, Tramlines has cemented itself as one of the best budget festivals in the north, with music taking place from the 24th to the 26th July.
Words by Josh Plews
Images courtesy of Tramlines