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Tramlines 2018

Tramlines Festival launched today from their new site in Hillsborough Park.

The celebratory move will mark the first Tramlines to be held on just one site. Which means the festival will have its biggest capacity yet at 40,000 people. This means more room on its weekend programme to include festival-style entertainment such as a comedy stage, pop-up cinema and a designated kids and family area.  Also new this year are two new stages – The Leadmill Stage and The Library Stage.

The Leadmill will programme an alternative, heritage music offering on Saturday evening whilst Reverend’s Sunday Service (curated by Reverend and The Makers Jon McClure), takes over the following day. By day, the stage will include belly laughs via the country’s leading comedy talent, programmed by Tramlines in conjunction with The Leadmill.

The Library stage will host an overarching leftfield vibe, becoming the place to check out contemporary live performances from a variety of emerging talent. With the return of ‘Into the Trees’ also seeing its expansion from its 2017 debut. It will play host to a ton of kids and family entertainment throughout the day before welcoming an exciting bill of party DJs from 7pm to ensure the night can be danced away.  As ever Tramlines hopes to capture the very best of the SteelCity with a large number of local breweries and food traders lining the music and entertainment offering, giving festival goers a taste of Sheffield’s finest. The festival will also be extended by opening from 3pm on the Friday before it shuts its doors at 10pm ready to open 12 till 10 on both the Saturday and Sunday.

Tramlines Festival Director, Sarah Nutly, commented:

“We really wanted to do something different for the 10th anniversary and moving to a bigger park means we can include lots of extra interesting elements and deliver more than just music – although saying that, we’re going bigger than we ever have before with the lineup!”

With the Festivals tier 1&2 tickets having sold out in record time, festival goers can expect the first line-up announcement to be made at 6pm on Thursday 8th February. Sarah Nutly went on to say:

“We’re staying on the tram lines so that we can remain connected with the city centre – our new site is 13 minutes from the city centre and only 5 minutes away from last year’s main stage. We always wanted to be a city-wide festival, and this just extends the footprint that little bit further. We’re really proud of what we’re delivering for the 10th year and can’t wait to unveil it completely!”

Whilst the line-up for the 10th year is yet to be announced, it is guaranteed to be its biggest yet, featuring the internationally acclaimed alongside the hottest emerging talent. Tramlines returns 20th-22nd July at Hillsborough Park in Sheffield, with tickets being available to buy here.

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