Our #SummerOfFestivals continues with Tramlines 2016. We feel really thankful to have the opportunity to bring you coverage from this one because it’s unlike any other festival. It takes place through-out the City Centre of Sheffield with the community of Sheffield really helping to make the experience as magical as it can be. We sent URY’s Laurence Grant and Toby Fox to find out more about it. Hear about their experience now:
Tramlines is a festival within a city centre – so instead of being penned into a field and forced to pay extortionate sums for necessities, festival goers are encouraged to wander around and find all that Sheffield has to offer. With the exception of the main stage (which was miles from the city centre) we had no trouble travelling from venue to venue, especially when every available pub or bar has been converted to a stage. The festival could not be more diverse if it tried! I was especially intrigued by the music at the Millennium Galleries stage (yes, they even converted an Art & Craft museum into a venue), which was host to an evening of noise music courtesy of Blood Sport and Giant Swan.
The Leadmill, voted the UK’s best live music venue in 2014, had a great selection of acts ranging from one of the last ever performances by legendary indie band The Enemy and a real mix on offer with 15 year olds playing punk as Goat Head to indie pop up-and-comers Sundara Karma, who supported Sheffield born and bred Milburn in a secret gig that will probably go down as one of the most lively gigs that Tramlines will ever see.
The main stage at Ponderosa Park, although quite a hike from the rest of the festival, had the vibes to match the amazing weather, quite fitting for the countless high calibre artists playing throughout the weekend. While Dizzee Rascal would have been a blast to see live, our personal highlights include Catfish and the Bottlemen, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelic, Public Service Broadcasting and the Dandy Warhols.
Should you book tickets for Tramlines 2017? Absolutely. We couldn’t recommend Tramlines more, especially if, like us, you enjoy discovering weird and wonderful new music. The inner city festival format really plays into your hand, with music coming out of every other pub, bar or cathedral (the acoustics were amazing) at every hour of the day. When you return home I can guarantee that you’ll be exhausted (after all, you just climbed all of Sheffield’s 7 Hills in just one trip to the main stage), but it’s a small price to pay for the inspiration and experience that Tramlines brings.