Tramlines festival has come a long way since it’s not-so-humble beginnings in 2009. Over the past few years, it has now grown to over 200,000 attendees bringing with it, it’s largest line up to date. Starting out as a free festival for the people of Sheffield, bringing together the best bars, clubs and pubs in the city. Tramlines has now expanded to over 70 venues. From Devonshire Green to the Harley, Leadmill to the Great Gatsby, if it’s in Sheffield it will probably be taking part in Tramlines.
Although the festival started out as free, the introduction of tickets has enabled the organisers to expand the line up and number of venues this year, meaning this years line up is it’s strongest yet. The main stage sees headline slots from Basement Jaxx, The Charlatans and Wu Tang Clan while Motown legend Martha Reeves makes an appearance on Saturday evening. While some might be left rather annoyed at this years increase in price, for £30 it has to be one of the best value for money rosters of the festival season.
One thing that hasn’t changed is the continued support of the smaller venues which in my opinion is Tramlines’ biggest attraction. In past years Bungalows & Bears, The Harley and The Great Gatsby have all hosted free nights with sets from the likes of Koreless, Midland and local Sheffield producer Squarehead. This year sees the Hotflush duo Shelter Point play live at Bungalows and Bears while The Night Kitchen hosts Jimmy Edgar and Roman Flügel on Friday night.
This year Tramlines will take place from 24th-26th July and although much of the festival is now sold out, you can still buy tickets for the Saturday. Don’t fear if you didn’t manage to get a weekend ticket, the beauty of Tramlines is that there are plenty of venues that you will still be able to get into without a weekend ticket.
Top 5 Picks:
Martha Reeves 19:30 Saturday Main Stage
After recently playing at the Brudenell Social Club in Leeds, the Motown legend returns to the bigger stage. It may nearly be 60 years since the Vandellas got together but Martha hasn’t lost anything from her performances.
The Night Kitchen 12:00-07:00 Friday
One of Sheffield’s newest and best venues, The Night Kitchen was started last year, born out of the DLS nightclub. The Night Kitchen is as much of an art project as it is a music venue taking inspiration from the book ‘Where The Wild Things Are’ and the Cutlery factories the building was once home to. Expect to hear the likes of Jimmy Edgar and Roman Flugel on Friday night.
Craig Charles 23:00 Sunday DQ
Alongside his infamous Funk and Soul show on BBC 6 Music, Craig Charles has been DJing at festivals for years. Most notably, making some legendary performances at Glastonbury over the past few years. Expect funk, soul, disco and everything in between.
Shelter Point 20:00 Saturday Bungalows & Bears
Releasing their debut EP via Scuba’s Hotflush label back in 2013, Shelter Point have been touring their live set ever since. Expect Mount Kimbie-esque beats with reverb drenched guitar and seamless harmonies.
Wu Tang Clan 19:45 Sunday Main Stage
If you have a ticket for Sunday then there is no doubt you will be going to see Wu Tang Clan. The hip-hop legends never seem to disappoint, taking their huge live set to Coachella a few years back, it will be a fitting way to close the festival.