Tramlines 2016: everything you need to know
Tramlines Festival

This weekend sees the return of Tramlines Festival to some of Sheffield’s best venues

The inner city music festival – now in its eighth year – has secured yet another line-up of incredible talent, playing in and around the city.

Here’s a guide to everything you need to know about the festival.

When is it?

This weekend! (July 22 – July 24)

Tramlines takes place over three days, and is one of the ‘longer’ urban music festivals on the calendar.

Fear not though, there’s no filler here, and the line-up (see below) is stacked with amazing bands of all genres.


Where does it take place?

Various venues, Sheffield

Tramlines is an inner city music festival, which means that the majority of its stages are indoors, at some of the city’s finest venues.

Over the weekend you could enjoy Mystery Jets at the O2 Academy, Dan Mangan at the Cathedral and even catch a DJ set from snooker legend Steve Davis at the Millennium Gallery, but if smaller venues are more your thing, The Leadmill, Plug and The Harley will also be showcasing some great acts.

For those who want to enjoy the (hopefully) sunny weather, the festival’s Main Stage is an open air stage in The Ponderosa, where you can catch Dizzee Rascal, The Dandy Warhols, Hinds, and more!

For full venue information, head to the Tramlines website.

What’s the weather forecast?

Speaking of the weather, it’s not looking too bad.

Friday: warm and cloudy with the possibility of a few showers, temperatures reaching 22 degrees
Saturday: brighter, with temperatures again reaching around 22 degrees
Sunday: cloudy for the most part, with temperatures broadly similar to Friday and Saturday

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Won’t there be a lot of walking involved?

It depends on your festival schedule, and which bands you want to see where.

But yes, admittedly these inner city music festival can involve a small hike, so you’d be advised to get used to Sheffield’s amazing tram system.

Luckily, there are deals in place for festival goers: a Festival Explorer Day Ticket gets you access to the whole network for just £3, while those staying for two or three days can also pick up a pass with their previously purchased festival tickets from the wristband exchanges.

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Who’s playing?

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Now the important question.

Luckily, the answer to said question will please just about any music fan out there, such is the diversity of the line-up.

Our highlights include:

The Dandy Warhols, Dizzee Rascal, Kelis, Jurassic 5, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Mystery Jets, The Enemy, Toddla T, All We Are, Clay, David Rodigan, Deep Space Orchestra, Inheaven, Meilyr Jones, Mt Wolf, Novelist, Sticky Blood, Basement, Big Narstie, Bloodsport, Craig Charles, Dan Mangan, Field Music, Ghetts, Gold Teeth, Goldie, Holy Esque, Kate Jackson & The Wrong Moves, Little Comets, Machinedrum, NARCS, P Money, Ragga Twins, Skream, Steve Davis DJ, Sundara Karma, Teleman, The Crookes, and Young Fathers.

…and that’s just the first two days.

Whether you’re into your indie-rock (Basement, Inheaven) or your hip-hop (Big Narstie, Ghetts) or anything in between, you’ll be well catered for.

Take time to discover some new acts playing this year’s Tramlines festival with our Spotify playlist:

Full line-up

How much is a ticket and how do I get one?

Thankfully, tickets for Tramlines are pretty cheap.

Day tickets cost £30 (not including booking fees etc), though a full weekend ticket is only £42, so it’s worth stumping up the difference for three times the amount of music.

You can also buy tickets that grant you access to just the festival’s Sunday after-parties for a fiver.

Unfortunately, being so close to the festival, advance tickets are no longer available. But they can be purchased on the day from any of the event’s wristband exchange points. Details of those can be found here.

For more information on Tramlines 2016, head over to the official website.


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