It’s getting hotter (maybe too hot), the sun is out for longer and ASDA have stocked up on vibrant coloured wellies, this means only one thing – no Springwatch isn’t going on tour, it’s festival season!
Whilst Glasto 2018 isn’t happening and Reading/Leeds Festival are slacking behind, smaller city festivals are moving forward, offering a booming lineup for a smaller price in a decent place. Tramlines Festival is showing the big named festivals how to do it right and crucially without a repetitive lineup that sticks to one genre of music.
Tramlines Festival first started in 2009 and saw local indies Reverend & The Makers, The XX, Just Jack and more perform across Sheffield, attracting 35,000 music lovers. Tramlines 2009 wasn’t just about the music, the festival itself was a promoter of recycling and influenced future festivals to consider the environmental impact of hosting such a vast event. Over the years, the festival attracted thousands of fans and grew into an inner city festival that stretched across Sheffield. Tramlines has also grown from a one day festival to a three day festival with credible after-parties (and we all love a good afterparty). This success is proof that festivals don’t have to take place in massive fields with line-ups that lack diversity. Last year Tramlines were proud to have All Saints on the bill, what other festival had a 90s female icon perform?
Unlike the traditional setting of a festival based in the countryside, inner city festivals embrace their own venues. Tramlines has showcased Sheffield and increased awareness amongst locals and tourists alike. However Tramlines success lead to a major turning point this year when it moved to a permanent residence at Hillsborough Park. This has allowed more people to grab tickets without the anxiety of thinking they might miss their fave band because they’re at a venue 30 mins away but has gone against it’s original business model and value. However, the truth is that although you might not hit your 10,000 daily steps target, field based festivals work best when they’ve grown over time and this metropolitan festival is only going to get bigger.
Tickets for Tramlines can still be purchased here https://www.tramlines.org.uk/tickets/
Words by Brigid Harrison-Draper