Tramlines keeps it free for all four years in a row
More than 150,000 people rock Sheffield as the sun shines. One of them was the Guardian Northerner‘s Emily Brinnand, plus a band of talented photographers
The Nokia light show on the main stage. Photograph by Paul Cantrell
Tramlines this year easily lived up to being the UK’s Best Metropolitan Festival, after people poured onto the streets of the steel city to enjoy a huge amount of music from all corners of the world. Keeping it free for the last four years is certainly something to celebrate and be proud of.
Here’s Dog is Dead on Nandos New Music Stage on Sunday, photographed by Tarquin Clark.
It’s estimated around 150,000 people came to Tramlines over the weekend. Every part of Sheffield was jam-packed with people, filling up hundreds of venues, pavements and parks across the city. There were nine hundred performances in total. Not only on Devonshire Green’s Main Stage but the Nandos New Music Stage on Barker’s Pool and lots of things happening down at Kelham Island and the wonderful folk forest in Endcliffe Park. Here’s the scene on Devonshire Green, photographed by David Chang.
Thankfully the rain only stuck around for Friday and the sunshine made an appearance on Saturday and Sunday to make the festival even better.
Fans moved around to soak up music from Alt-J, We Are Scientists, Reverend & the Makers, 65 days of Static, AlunaGeorge, Toddla T Sound, Roots Manuva, Chew Lips and much more. Here’s Alt-J at the Bowery, photographed by Simon Butler.
Festival highlights included Friday Night’s Nokia Lumia Live showcase with Reverend & the Makers and an amazing light show with thousands of illuminated wristbands lighting up the whole of Devonshire Green. As well as the Busker’s Bus, providing passengers with a unique experience to travel around the city and have a band entertain you for the round trip. Meanwhile I got this pic of Blue Lip Feel, opening the Main Stage on Saturday.
The Crookes were amongst many to battle through the heat and the bumpy journey to give an amazing debut busk on the bus. Another brilliant act many discovered over the weekend was See Emily Play. The Sheffield Chamber Orchestra accompanied Emily and her band at the Library Theatre for the theatrical and epic set. Here’s my photograph of the event.
The Reverend & Makers front man Jon McClure, below, said:
Tramlines is more than about the big acts and headliners. There are so many artists in this great city. It’s a chance to put unsigned bands and new talent in the shop window. I’m excited.
Sarah Nulty Festival Director said:
Literally hundreds of people have worked ridiculously hard to make Tramlines happen – working stupid hours for little or no money. Behind the scenes an army of people have been working for months to make this happen and a lot of local artists have put their time in for free.
We couldn’t put Tramlines on if it wasn’t for everyone’s tireless dedication and I personally want to thank our amazing volunteers, everyone at the city council, our sponsors, everyone who has performed over the weekend and of course everyone who came.
The Sheffield music scene is fantastic and Tramlines really showcases what the city has to offer. We know that this year we had a lot more people from outside of the city visiting Sheffield especially for Tramlines. We want those people, and others, to come back for the other 51 weeks of the year too.
Here’s to next year. And here’s my picture of Chew Lips on the Main Stage on Saturday.
Here are a few more pics and a YouTube clip from Tramlines TV. First, the Everley Pregnant Brothers – Fat Cat – Saturday – photo by Glenn Ashley.
Next, The Crookes at 02 Academy, photographed by David Chang.
Reverend and the Makers, photographed by Giles Bertenshaw
Ross Orton and Toddla T, photographed by Dan Sumption.
Hey Sholay taking flight, photographed by Georgina Martin
And finally, the film.
You can catch up with plenty more or relive the weekend on Tramlines’ website here.