Words by Gus Isherwood
New music and family fun at Tramlines festival
Sheffield’s award winning Tramlines is the Uk’s largest inner city festival, enjoying its fifth year this summer from July 19 until July 21. 2-tone ska legends, The Selecter, have been announced as the main-stage headliners on Sunday to round off the biggest music programme the festival has seen to date.
Other recently announced acts include Public Service Broadcast, who mix music and old public service information snippets; guitar-based groups Wolf Alice, Summer Camp, Superfood, Best Friends, and PAWS, as well as the electro artists Anushka, The New Young Pony Club, Squarehead, and The Soft and Monki.
Tramlines has linked up with BBC Introducing this year, supporting up and coming unsigned bands, two of which will open Saturday’s main stage.
Although music is the main focus of Tramlines, festival director Sarah Nulty affirms that there is still a real mix of family entertainment provided throughout the weekend. Endcliffe Park, approximately a mile from Sheffield city centre will be transformed into a Folk Forest, where local, national, and international musicians, such as This is The Kit, The Lost Brothers, and John Smith will perform alongside the Folk Forest Fair, featuring arts and crafts, books, photography, vintage clothing, and music memorabilia.
For other family-friendly activities, Weston Park will be filled with funfair rides, free sporting activities, face painters, and food and drink stalls. Additionally, Barker’s Pool will play host to magic shows, fire jugglers and ‘crazy grannies on scooters’!
The Tramlines pre-party is taking place on Thursday July 18 at The Leadmill, where the Leeds-based Gentleman’s Dub Club will round off the musical entertainment. Entry to the event is free of charge.
A limited number of weekend tickets (£15) and day tickets (£6) are now available at www.tramlines.org.uk, and day wristbands will be available for purchase during the festival. Entry is free for under 5s. Keep an eye on the Tramlines website, www.tramlines.org.uk, for further programme announcements.