Tramlines, the UK’s biggest inner-city music festival, returns for an eighth year on Friday 22 July and runs until Sunday 24 July, with a bigger and better music programme than ever before.
In addition to the 250 acts who are set to perform across 19 venues in and around the city centre, there are plenty of other locations and activities to check out. Here are just a few of the highlights.
As always, The International Peace Gardens (with Smoke Barbecue) will be in full swing over the Tramlines weekend. On Saturday, a host of international musicians will take to the stage, including Gary Houston (Whitney’s nephew), Truly Apparent and some psychedelic rock, Latin and African grooves from Mango Rescue Team. On Sunday, The Peace Gardens becomes the Youth and Community Stage, hosted by Musical Works. Acts from Under The Stars (a local project featuring musicians with a range of hidden disabilities) are joined by young artists from all walks of life. On Sunday this stage is headlined by Robert Maseko and The Congobeat, an acclaimed central-African dance band.
Over the Tramlines weekend, a motley crew of street performers will be roaming Sheffield with impromptu performances. Expect shopping trolley-riding grannies, fun police and amazing acrobats. They may want you to participate. You have been warned!
The Folk Forest has been a firm family favourite since joining Tramlines in 2011. In addition the top quality music, drink and food on offer, there’s loads for young people to do including a forest school, heritage crafts and the brand new Waterwheel Stage at Shepherds Wheel featuring music, food, beer, art craft and poetry. Also at the Folk Forest are co-operative games, which are great for all ages. For the full line-up, check out www.thefolkforest.net
For those who prefer to enjoy their festival in the outdoors, the Weston Park bandstand will play host to acts over the weekend including young talents Sundance, alongside food stalls and fairground rides. For those who want to get physical at Tramlines, you can take part in free yoga classes courtesy of Instinctive Health. For a full schedule and location, please visit instinctivehealth.co.uk/yoga-workshops
If you’re still feeling limber, why not check out the Dope’n’Mean Breakdance comp which will be hosted at Hallam Hall throughout the day on Sunday with the final at 6pm. If you’re in the mood for carnival, take a visit to The Wicker Stage in the Willey Street car park just off The Wicker. With a selection of DJs and live bands, this free event guarantees good vibes and good music from 12pm till 8pm on Sunday.
Another addition for 2016 is a partnership with Showroom Cinema bringing an exclusive hand-picked programme of some of the most exciting music films from the year, free to view for Tramlines wristband holders. The programme includes ‘Suede:Night Thoughts’ followed by a Q&A with the band, ‘BG83: When We Were B Boys’ (featuring a very young Goldie), ‘Lee Scratch Perry’s Vision of Paradise’, the Northern premier of ‘Songs from Lahore’ and a special screening of the Grammy Award winning ‘Purple Rain’ in memory of Prince.
Lastly, if your young’un is glued to their phone searching for Pokémon why not combine their hobby with yours. Sheffield Cathedral is one of the top ten official gyms for Pokémon Go and plays host to a fantastic range on musicians throughout the Tramlines weekend. There’s also rumours of a Blastoise located at the Shalesmoor roundabout, which just happens to be the official tram stop for the main stage at The Ponderosa.
For up-to-the-minute information about Tramlines 2016 and for more info on the artists playing visit www.tramlines.org.uk or follow Tramlines on Twitter @tramlines
Weekend tickets at £42 plus booking fee can be purchased from tramlines.gigantic.com
Under 12s go free; see the website for more details.