The Tramlines Festival returns this month with Dizzee Rascal, Catfish & The Bottlemen, Gaz Coombes, Kellis and Jurassic 5 among the big names appearing.
The UK’s biggest inner-city music festival, Tramlines takes place in Sheffield and returns for an eighth year on Friday, July 22 and runs until Sunday July 24, with a bigger and better music programme than ever.
Appearing at this year’s event are Dizzee Rascal, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Jurassic 5, Kelis, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, The Dandy Warhols, Mystery Jets, Gaz Coombes, Dawn Penn, Crazy P SoundSystem, Goldie, Craig Charles, Public Service Broadcasting, Field Music, Little Simz, The Enemy, Norman Jay MBE, Toddla T, Young Fathers, David Rodigan, Basement, Kate Jackson, Big Narstie, LEVELZ and many more.
Joining them on the bill are more than 200 local acts, touring bands and international talent from around the country, which makes Tramlines a destination festival for fans of cutting-edge music across a whole range of genres.
By day, it’s a place to discover the best in live music across the outdoor stages and live music venues, spanning hip-hop, indie, electronica, reggae and more.
By night, Tramlines takes over Sheffield’s clubs and warehouses, offering up a wide selection of all-things- electronic, from house to hip-hop and drum and bass to techno, all night long.
Tramlines attracts 100,000 people over the three-day festival, with 18 music venues and performance spaces pulling out the stops staging hundreds of artists across the city.
The 17,500 capacity Main Stage returns to Ponderosa Park while Stage Two will reside at the O2 Academy.
Elsewhere, the Folk Forest stage, the 500-capacity Cathedral and Sheffield’s City Hall, amongst others, will be home to some of the most exciting artists around.
There will be an expanded dance music programme at night time venues – Fusion, Foundry and The Octagon, Hope Works, Plug, The Night Kitchen, Yellow Arch, Code and the O2 Academy, featuring DJ sets and live MC performances, from Randall, DJ Hype, MC Coco, Cut Chemist, Robert Hood Presents Floorplan, My Nu Leng & Dread MC, Greg Wilson, Fleetmac Wood and Leon Vynehall, to name just a few.
Tramlines is also about more than just live music.
Discover an array of street theatre on Barkers Pool, breakdancing battles and spray-can art at the Peace Gardens’ Community World Stage, woodcraft and free yoga sessions, plus free family entertainment at the Weston Park party, as well as the brand-new film programme at the Showroom Cinema.
Sarah Nulty, festival director Sarah Nulty commented: “Sheffield is an amazing city with a wealth of musical talent.
“We aim to bring a mix of our favourite up-and- coming artists and pioneering and iconic national and international artists to the festival and are proud of this year’s fantastic, diverse lineup.
“We pride ourselves on being the most competitively priced music festival out there.
“Tramlines is all about giving an opportunity to experience great music in Sheffield, a city that has played a pivotal role in every era of contemporary music.”
Weekend tickets start at £42 (plus booking fee, under-12s free) and are available at http://tramlines.gigantic.com/
For up-to-the-minute information about Tramlines or the artists appearing, visit www.tramlines.org.uk or follow Tramlines on Twitter @tramlines