In its eleventh year, Tramlines kicks off next Friday for its second year at Hillsborough Park. Tramlines has grown into one of Sheffield’s most anticipated and cherished Sheffield events, going from strength to strength every year since its birth in 2009 – which saw 35,000 music fans grace the city centre.
This year see’s headliners Two Door Cinema Club, Courteener’s and Nile Rodgers & Chic grace the main stage. Other confirmed acts include the Manic Street Preachers, Rag’n’Bone Man, Doves, Happy Mondays, Reverend and The Makers, Miles Kane, Circa Waves, Lewis Capaldi and Shame.
Festival veterans will be spoiled with not only with a spectacular array of talent but also comedy programmed by the Leadmill, a pop-up cinema, an expanded family area and a food and drink line-up, unlike anything the area’s ever seen and we can’t wait.
Tramlines has something for everyone to enjoy and I’ve put together the five things I think you need to know, from festival apps to music stages below!
1. SPEAKERS CORNER
Are you a fan of poetry? Partial to the aesthetics of wordplay and story-telling through spoken word performances? Well, Tramlines has excelled itself this year announcing a new stage this year named ‘Speakers Corner‘, curated by Sheffield Poet, Otis Mensah. The stage will also feature performances from rappers and artists with many different musical influences.
Otis Mensah is “a young story-teller-rapper-poet with a mesmerising delivery and a talent for drawing the poetic from the everyday happenings in his life.” The 1000 Monkeys (Spoken Word/Poetry Group). The alternative hip-hop artist has risen from a new wave; age and era which embraces a contemporary take on a nostalgic authenticity in hip-hop music.
With the poetry and spoken word scene currently thriving, this stage is definitely worth a visit.
You can check out the full line-up for the weekend below…
2. THIS FEELING & SCOTTS HOST THE LIBRARY STAGE – FRIDAY
Tramlines has always been known for its solid support of local and national up and coming talent, so if you are looking to find your next favourite band, there’s only one stage you need to be heading to over the weekend and that’s the Library Stage. The guitar scene is blinding right now and this stage features an array of some of the best bands storming the UK at the moment.
Our good friends This Feeling and scotts Menswear host the stage on Friday (Northern Exposure will also be working with scotts covering the whole festival across the weekend, so keep an eye out for coverage on the website and across our socials).
Friday sees, scouse Americana’s Red Rum Club headline the stage alongside Welsh rockers Himalayas, Planet who bring their Aussie stadium sway-a-longs to Yorkshire, our fav indie rockers The Estevan’s and Sheffield’s very own indie outfit The Rosadocs.
To those people wanting to listen to the new breed of music and those future headliners, this is the stage for you.
Read our full Friday preview here.
Other bands over the weekend, not to be missed include Yonaka, Hands Off Gretel and Otherkin. See the full line up here.
3. TRAMLINES FREE APP
Not wanting to miss a band? Want to plan your festival on your phone? Well, don’t forget to download the official Tramlines Festival 2019 Mobile App from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store, it is free. One of my biggest recommendations, this app will ensure you don’t miss anything you are after seeing. The app lets you access news and festival information, view the sitemap, explore the line-up and most usefully plan your time at the festival! I’ll definitely be having a bit of that!
4. INTO THE TREES
Bringing the family? Tramlines offer yet another jam-packed Family Friendly weekend for 2019. Surrounded by natural beauty, this years Into the Trees welcomes a Pop-up Cinema, Woodland Workshops, Circus Skills, Inclusive Art Collectives and brand NEW for 2019 – Mini Beach and Seaside Stalls, Kids Comedy & Magic Shows and Animatronic Dinosaurs!
As night falls… The Woods will transform into the ultimate beach party courtesy of Sheffield’s award-winning Club Tropicana. You can expect 80’s pop, disco and timeless anthems all night long!
5. SARAH NULTY STAGE & MERCHANDISE
In a touching tribute, this year’s Main Stage will be renamed to ‘Nulty’s Main Stage’ in honour of late Festival Director, Sarah Nulty who passed away just three weeks before Tramlines 10th Anniversary in 2018.
2019’s event will also see the return of the backstage ‘Nulty’s Bar‘, and brand new ‘BeMoreNulty‘ merchandise, designed by Sheffield’s own artist, Tom J Newell. All profits of which will go to Cavendish Cancer Care and Weston Park Cancer Charity who provided vital care and support for Sarah and her family during her illness.
Tramlines Festival Organiser, Danielle Gigg commented,
“Sarah was the driving force behind the festival, so it felt completely fitting to rename the main stage in her honour and as a memorial for everything she’s done for us. We will continue to raise money for Weston Park Cancer Charity and Cavendish Cancer Care who both helped her so much.”
Over £30,000 was raised with merchandise in 2018 and Tramlines aim to raise even more with a brand-new rainbow-coloured BeMoreNulty design, to help fund resources and crucial research carried out by both Sheffield-based charities.
The team at NE will be sporting the new designs and urge everyone to join in and continue Sarah’s legacy, whilst raising money for these important charities!
Get yours now via the Drop-dead website here.
Next weekend promises to be another glorious one at Hillsborough Park, sadly weekend tickets are now sold out but below is a ticket resale link and a link for limited day tickets!
Be quick and I’ll hopefully see you at the front!
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Limited day tickets can be found at the Tramlines website here.
Check out the official Spotify playlist here to get yourself into the groove…