The highly anticipated 10th edition of Tramlines Festival boasts its biggest, broadest and best line-up of musical talent yet for the new location on Hillsborough Park from Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd July 2018. Household names from the worlds of indie, rock and roll, garage, rap, pop and hip hop are among the first announcement, including headliners: Stereophonics, Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds and Craig David’s TS5, plus Blossoms, De La Soul, Jake Bugg, Reverend And The Makers, Stefflon Don, The Sherlocks, Mabel, The Magic Gang, Coasts, Pale Waves, Gengahr, Naaz, Mullally, and Stereo Honey. Tramlines’ new home – licenced up to 40,000 people - features four different stages, a wider than ever before range of entertainment including pop-up cinema, comedy lineup, special treats from Sheffield’s local breweries, a kids and family area and much more. It remains one of the best-value for money city festivals anywhere in the country, with weekend tickets now costing £59 plus booking fee and available from THE LINK BELOW
Evolving and growing each year, the 10th instalment of Tramlines will be the most impressive yet, not least because of the new location in Hillsborough Park, but having the space to roll out extra entertainment that makes it as all-encompassing as any traditional, greenfield festival. The new site includes four stages with one hosted by iconic local venue the Leadmill and curated on the Sunday by ‘The Reverend’ Jon McClure, an all new Library Stage offering contemporary live performances from a variety of emerging talent, and a bigger than ever Into The Trees area with a wealth of kids and family friendly entertainment throughout the day and a plethora of party DJs by evening.
Remaining true to its initial vision of being as musically diverse as possible, the 10th Tramlines does so once more by mixing emerging heroes with internationally celebrated acts from a wide range of genres. Friday’s headliners, Stereophonics, with a reputation as one of the best live bands from Great Britain are still riding high off the success of their latest album, Scream Above the Sounds. Current single Taken A Tumble finds the band in fine form and guaranteed to be a highlight of the festival.
Saturday is headlined by ex-Oasis man Noel Gallagher's High Flying Birds, a band who continue to fly the flag for British rock and roll around the world with smart songwriting and huge hooks. Sunday, meanwhile, sees the ever-popular Craig David’s TS5 headline. Akin to a live dubplate clash complete with Craig David on the decks as well as the Master Of Ceremonies with his speed-rapping skills, it’s a performance not to be missed.
Other acts featured in the first announcement include Manchester rockers, Blossoms, mixing up indie, synth pop, alt and psychedelic rock with their thrilling live show, and flower-power hip-hop legends, De La Soul, who are still one of the most influential groups in the scene more than 20 years after first emerging. Add in the retro-soul stylings of chart topper Jake Bugg, local lad turned global star Reverend And The Makers, and the witty lyrics of rapper Stefflon Don, and the Tramlines Festival lineup so far is looking sharp indeed.
Ever providing a platform for tomorrow’s musical stars, the 2018 lineup includes local South Yorkshire fourpiece The Sherlocks, singer Mabel – daughter of Neneh Cherry and Massive Attack record producer Cameron McVey – NME favourites The Magic Gang, quirk-pop soloist Naaz, pop soul youngster Mullally, plus plenty of rock and indie from Pale Waves, Coasts, Gengahr and Stereo Honey.
Tramlines will open its site earlier than previous years, kick starting the day with some 90s nostalgia in the form of the Lycra clad Mr Motivator and the party starting Rhythm of The 90s. Add this to the lineup announced so far and you have a real smorgasbord of sights and sounds that will add up to a truly diverse and memorable weekend.
Tickets for the 10th Tramlines Festival have been selling fast. They’re now on fourth release but remain unbelievable value at just £59 plus booking fee for a weekend ticket, covering all three days. Tramlines continues is reign as one of the largest inner-city music festivals in the country, situated just 13 minutes from Sheffield city centre via tram.
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Sheffield’s inner-city music festival, Tramlines, will host its 10th anniversary at Hillsborough Park from Friday 20th – Sunday 22nd July 2018. The celebratory move will mark the first Tramlines to be held on just one site. With it comes a bigger capacity – licenced for up to 40,000 people - and the space to programme more festival-style entertainment than before. New additions include a comedy stage, pop-up cinema, kids and family area, a stage programmed by Sheffield institution, the Leadmill, and local legend, Jon McClure (Reverend and The Makers) and much more. Organisers are pulling out all the stops to not only make the 10th anniversary the most memorable yet, but a huge celebration of everything the Steel City has to offer. Tickets are now on sale from £35 plus booking fee
From its inception in 2009, Tramlines Festival has been on a continual journey of growth and progression. Its first major move came in 2015 when Tramlines doubled its main stage capacity with a move to Ponderosa Park, followed by a move out of the city centre venues in 2017 and into Sheffield’s parks, to become an exclusively outdoor festival. Over the years, The Libertines, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Sister Sledge, The Charlatans, Public Enemy, Basement Jaxx, Dizzee Rascal, The Coral, All Saints, Kano, Metronomy, The Cribs, Kelis, Primal Scream, and Toots and The Maytals are just a few of the big names to have graced the Tramlines stages. Whilst the lineup for the 10th year is yet to be announced, it is guaranteed to be its biggest yet, featuring the internationally acclaimed alongside the hottest emerging talent.
The move to Hillsborough Park means Tramlines can stage a truly spectacular event with more space to roll out extra entertainment akin to a traditional greenfield festival. In total, four stages will make up Tramlines Festival 2018 including two stages of world-class music from the soon-to-be-announced, genre-busting lineup.
New for 2018 is a stage curated, on alternate days, by leading indie venue, the Leadmill and ‘The Reverend’ Jon McClure. The Leadmill will programme an alternative, heritage music offering on Saturday evening, whilst the Reverend’s Sunday Service, takes over the following evening. By day, this stage will induce belly laughs via the country’s leading comedy talent, programmed by Tramlines in conjunction with the Leadmill.
Also brand new for the 10th year is the Library Stage. With an overarching leftfield vibe, it’s the place to check out contemporary live performances from a variety of emerging talent.
The 10th Tramlines sees the return - and the expansion of - Into The Trees, a new area that was introduced in 2017. A ton of kids and family friendly entertainment has been programmed throughout the day, and post 7pm, an exciting bill of party DJs takeover for a night of dancing!
Local breweries and food traders will line the music and entertainment offering giving festival goers a taste of Sheffield’s finest. Also featured for the first time is a pop-up cinema.
As ever, Tramlines remains seriously good value for money. Weekend tickets start from £35 plus booking fee and can be purchased now from www.tramlines.org.uk.
Tramlines also remains true to its roots as an inner-city festival. Hillsborough Park is situated just 13 minutes from Sheffield city centre via tram and is walking distance from many postcodes in the city.
Tramlines Festival Director, Sarah Nulty, told us:
“We really wanted to do something different for the 10th anniversary and moving to a bigger park means we can include lots of extra interesting elements and deliver more than just music - although saying that, we're going bigger than we ever have before with the lineup! It will be a more traditional greenfield format but still within the city. We're staying on the tram lines so that we can remain connected with the city centre - our new site is 13 mins from the city centre and only 5 minutes away from last year's main stage. We always wanted to be a city-wide festival, and this just extends the footprint that little bit further. We’re really proud of what we’re delivering for the 10th year and can’t wait to unveil it completely!”