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One of the biggest dates in Sheffield’s music calendar is the much loved Tramlines Festival – returning this July to a sold out audience. Since beginning in 2009 as a free multi-venue festival, it has grown year on year to showcase some of the best artists in the UK and beyond. It moved to Hillsborough Park in 2018 as a single-site festival catering for 40,000 music fans over various stages. Tramlines 2021 was fortunate to go ahead as one of the Government’s test events last year; to great success. Named after the Steel City’s tram system, it will play a huge part in the UK festival circuit in what is its first “normal summer” since 2019.


THE STAGES


SARAH NULTY MAIN STAGE


Sarah Nulty’s Main Stage is named in honour of the late festival director, Sarah Nulty, who sadly passed away in 2018. Here is where you’ll catch some of the biggest acts of the weekend. Sam Fender tops the bill on Friday night, as his most recent album ’17 Going Under’ has propelled the Newcastle born singer songwriter to headliner status.

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Manchester legends James have a catalogue of songs made for festivals. Armed with classics such as Laid, Sit Down and Getting Away With It (All Messed Up) – they’re a must see crowd favourite.

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Jade Bird brings her unique brand of catchy country acoustica and soaring vocals to the main stage this year. She’s been busy writing new material and is looking to try it out on audiences this Summer. Keep an ear out for a new album too.

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A new look Kasabian headlines the Saturday night as Serge Pizzorno and co rattle off a setlist spanning 7 albums and 18 years. 

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Sheffield cult outfit Little Man Tate take to the Tramlines main stage after reuniting in 2020. The original four-piece are looking to recapture the magic of their mid-noughties heyday.

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80’s Ska legends Madness guarantee a memorable closing to the Sunday night main stage. The 7-piece, fronted by charismatic frontman Suggs carry a carnival atmosphere with household classics such as Our House, Baggy Trousers & One Step Beyond.

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Sports Team have established themselves as an exciting live outfit since 2017. Their 2020 debut album further cemented their popularity, which recently saw them play an acclaimed show to a sold out Brixton Academy.

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Merseyside’s The Coral have been a consistent figure on festival line-ups since the early 2000’s as they have steadily added to their discography over the years. Expect a set spanning early highlights such as Dreaming Of You and Pass It On to songs from their most recent album Coral Island.


T’OTHER STAGE LIVE


Bradford MC’s Bad Boy Chiller Crew headline T’other Stage Live on Friday Night since becoming a popular figure through not just their music, but also their social media antics… Love them or hate them, you’ll struggle to ignore them.

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Dublin born singer/songwriter and producer Orla Gartland has been prolifically releasing music since her debut EP in 2015, growing in acclaim as she has developed as an artist in her newfound home of London. Catch her on the Friday of the festival. 

Past BBC Sound Of The Year Winner Sigrid will play Tramlines as part of a very busy 2022 as she promotes her newest album How To Let Go with a UK/EU tour amidst a packed festival schedule.

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Local Sheffield band Sheafs have toured extensively in recent years, visiting every corner of the UK and supporting the likes of Idles, Greta Van Fleet and Slow Readers Club. Their debut album ‘A Happy Medium’ is due to be released just a week before they play at Tramlines, so it is sure to serve as a triumphant homecoming show.

Becky Hill will close proceedings on T’Other Stage Live with recognisable pop hits including the number one single Gecko (Overdrive) and the David Guetta featuring Remember.

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T’OTHER STAGE


For fans looking for a break from the music with some comic relief – T’other Stage Comedy will play host to a series of stand up acts throughout the weekend including Mancunian funny man Jason Manford, Comedy writer Russell Kane and Netflix star Seann Walsh.

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THE LEADMILL STAGE


The Leadmill Stage will host some of the freshest up and coming artists in the UK. It’s named after the historic city centre venue that has recently come under jeopardy due to an eviction notice. Sign the petition against its closure HERE.

West Yorkshire dance rock outfit Working Men’s Club headline the Friday night of The Leadmill Stage. Sheffield is very much ingrained in their work, serving as the location of the recording of their debut album with producer Ross Orton.

Despite hailing from the rural Loughrea, County Galway – The Clockworks caught the attention of music mogul Alan McGee, who helped propel them onto the national circuit. With a recent self-titled EP under their belts, they are gearing for a busy Summer of shows and festivals.

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Indie pop artist Alfie Templeman has accomplished a lot in his short career. He’s already had singles in the charts and has his debut album due at the end of May before headlining The Leadmill Stage on the Saturday night. He’s not even 20 years old yet!

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Dundalk’s Just Mustard will bring their brand of atmospheric soundscapes to The Leadmill Stage on Saturday. As a frequent touring support for Fontaines DC, they too are flying the flag for the surge of Irish Post Punk stirring excitement over recent years.

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Leeds’ Yard Act have been difficult to ignore over the past year with their humorous lyricism and dance-driven grooves which saw their debut album The Overload come just a hairline away from number one spot. The relatively local Tramlines Festival will serve as a welcome homecoming after an extensive stint in America.

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Burnley Blues Americana five-piece The Goa Express have begun to see their hard work pay off over the past couple of years as their relentless gigging has seen them land major festivals and a support slot for Shame on tour earlier in the year. Catch them on the Sunday of the festival.


THE OPEN ARMS


The Open Arms is Tramlines’ very own pub. You can expect DJ Sets, Cabaret and Spoken Word Artists entertaining revellers as they call in for a pint stop.


TRAMLINES 2022 PLAYLIST



Tramlines 2022 is sold out. But you can join the waiting list HERE. Keep an eye out for more line-up announcements!

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MATT DAGGER

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