The crowning glory of Sheffield’s summer returns for its 6th year in 2015 on the 24th to the 26th of July and the inner city festival has never been better. So, what better way to get excited for the festival than for us to guide you through why Tramlines Festival is one of the best medium sized festivals around?
We’ve picked the best 6 reasons for you to visit the Steel City this summer for the festival, so knock yourselves out with our Tramlines preview. (Apologies in advance for any extensive hometown pride throughout)
1. The Line-Up
The merit of any festival is based on its line-up and this year Tramlines certainly doesn’t disappoint as it treads the gap between the heavy hitters of the festival circuit with the most exciting up and coming bands. The bill contains over 200 acts including The Charlatans, Wu Tang Clan, Slaves, Mike Skinner, The Sugarhill Gang, Billy Bragg, Basement Jaxx, Buzzcocks, Fat White Family, Honeyblood, Nai Harvest, Kate Tempest, Dutch Uncles, We Are The Ocean, Yak, The Crookes, Joe Carnall (formerly of Milburn), Best Friends, Black Honey, Abbatoir Blues, Hooton Tennis Club and Kid Wave . The best thing is, that’s just a fraction of the names that make up this year’s incredible line up. To be honest, you’d be a fool to miss out.
2. The Price
Now I know what you’re going to say here, all festivals are ridiculously expensive for a whole weekend ticket… well to put it bluntly, Tramlines isn’t. At just £30 (Yes £30, that’s cheaper than a sweatshirt off this very website) you can see all of those bands up there. To put it in context a ticket for one of The Charlatans recent shows was £26.50, so you’re seeing them plus hundreds more bands for only a few quid more. Or if you don’t fancy the whole weekend, a day ticket is just £23, which is still pretty light on the pocket. In a time where the prices of gigs continue to rise, £30 for a whole weekend of music is a sweet symphony to any fans ears.
3. It’s Bigger and Better than Ever
This year the festival has expanded with a new, bigger capacity main stage at Ponderosa Park not too far from the city centre. This means that this year, the festival is as big as it’s ever been with the stage on Devonshire Green now becoming the focus for hometown artists as well as including a host of Sheffield’s finest venues as well (but I’ll get onto those two things in just a minute). So you’re completely spoilt for choice. They’re kind the people at Tramlines you know, spoiling us like this.
4. Sheffield Music Showcase
As I mentioned mere lines ago, the stage on Devonshire Green is now becoming the Exposed stage which is showcasing the best music talent that the greatest city on Earth has to offer. The multitude of talent includes The Crookes, Best Friends, Tropic of Youth, Joe Carnall, Blessa, Slow Club, Trash and The Sherlocks. All of these brilliant Sheffield artists in the same place playing in the sunshine (because it’s always sunny up north, contrary to popular belief) over 3 days is simply a thing of beauty and it’s not likely to be repeated anytime soon, that is before Tramlines in 2016 however.
5. The Venues
Sheffield is home to some of the best gig venues in the country, including the iconic Leadmill and the brilliant Phoenix Knights-esque Queens Social Club, and many unique bars that double up as intense and sweaty gig venues, such as The Great Gatsby, The Harley and Bungalows & Bears. All of these wildly different places are part of Tramlines’ extensive roster. That’s not even mentioning the folk forest, the holy vibes of Sheffield Cathedral and the busker bus which travels round the city centre. The festival truly boasts a unique array of venues that will keep anyone busy over the course of 3 days.
6. No Camping, Just Looking Sexy
Finally, one of Tramlines’ biggest perks is that it is an inner city festival which means a number of things. You don’t have to camp out in whatever conditions the great British summertime throws at you, you don’t have to take out a mortgage in order to buy the worst burger you’ll probably ever eat, you can actually shower after every day and return to a nice comfy bed in a hotel which also means you can look 10 out of 10 each day as opposed to looking like you’ve just spent a week in the wilderness with Bear Grylls. So all in all it’s pretty decent that Tramlines is located in the best city in the world and not in the middle of a field hundreds of miles from civilisation.