5 reasons to go to the Tramlines Festival in Sheffield this year

Written By Viktor Mitruk

Its the UK’s largest inner-city music festival and attracts 100.000 people every year, plus it’s now in its 8th year. Yes I am talking about the Tramlines festival!

 1. The Venues are Unique 


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Endcliffe Park will be hosting the Tramlines Folk Forest stage.

The 2016 Tramlines festival  will be bigger and,better than ever. There will be 4 outdoor stages, events at 15 venues across the city-centre and the countless activities, just for you.  It makes use of some great live music venues such as The Harley and The Leadmill, alongside more quirky alternative spaces, such as Endcliffe Park and even Sheffield Cathedral.

2. The Headline Acts are bigger and more varied than ever

The main stage provides a focal point for the festival but no camping is required. Picture credit: Dan Sumption
The main stage provides a focal point for the festival and where the headline acts will perform. Picture credit: Dan Sumption


The Tramlines festival has also global reach due to many international headlines acts. This year’s event has a brand new main stage with a capacity of 17.500 people in Ponderosa Park.

The line-up is amazing, including over 250 artists, covering all genres of music such as R&B, psych-rock, reggae, folk, techno and more. The year 2016 is going to be bigger and better than ever and the line-up includes names such as Dizzee Rascal, Catfish and the Bottlemen, George Clinton, Steve Davis(DJ) (yes the snooker player), Jurassic 5,….and so much more..

3. Its more than just a music festival..

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Breakdancing competitions int he peace gardens are an integral part of the fringe programme


You can be part of the amazing street theatre program at Barker’s Pool. If you are more of the dancey person the Peace Gardens is the place for you, where they will be  hosting break dance battles.

Everyone loves a good movie and its  even better if you can watch it on a festival with your best mates at the showroom Cinema.The film programme this year features film such as Suede’s, “Night Thoughts” plus a Q&A with the band.

Families are welcome too. The Tramlines Festival has free family friendly zones located in Weston Park.


4. No Mud no Camping


The tramlines lasts all day and all night..
The tramlines lasts all day and all night in the city centre, no camping required.


Unlike other festivals you do not need to worry about getting covered in mud or having your tent pinched. The Tramlines starts outdoors during the day on its main stages, but then moves indoors to music venues around the city by night, meaning you can party throughout the whole weekend. There are plenty of hotels, hostels or mate’s floors you can sleep on around the city.

5. There’s some great food on offer

You won't go hungry either..
You won’t go hungry either..


It wouldn’t be a Yorkshire festival without feeding you right. The food on offer is as diverse as the music, ranging from the Twisted Burger company to Proove Pizzas’company with their wood-fired Napolitan pizzas; and Jamaican jerk chicken done proper. Everybody knows that after a good night out you need to consume tasty food. Do not worry you wont be starving!

Oh…and its great value too. Weekend ticket for everything just £42. The festival runs from Friday 22nd July to Sunday 24th July 2016 across Sheffield.

For more information about this year’s line-up, tickets and history of the Tramlines Festival you can visit: http://www.tramlines.org.uk/