Fri 21 - Sun 23 July

Welcome to the biggest weekend in Sheffield

It’s that time of year again! As we delve deeper into July, the biggest weekend on the Steel City's calendar closes in.

And if scenes of swamped fields this summer made you question your love of festivals, fear not; Tramlines ditches muddy campsites for sprawling inner-city music.

Its not just the likes of the Ponderosa and the o2 Academy promising non-stop music; Sheffield’s plethora of restaurants, shops, pubs, bars, and even butchers promise to have live music spilling from their doorways.

And while bill-toppers Dizzee Rascal, Catfish and The Bottlemen, Jurassic 5, George Clinton Parliament Funkadelicand Kelis are more than enough to get punters excited, local music fans will be anticipating the emerging talent with no less enthusiasm, with a bill featuring over 250 artists across nearly 20 different venues.

With previous Tramlines festivals having featured early shows from of alt-j, the-xx, Charli XCX, George Ezra, Nao and many more, it's the perfect place to check out some future stars, with the likes of Little Simz, Inheaven, Hinds, Eliza and the Bear, Novelist, Teleman and Gwenno nestled among the 2016 lineup.

The fringe lineup, meanwhile, is also stellar. Picture House Social hosts live music across all three days, with indie-rock artist BC Camplight among the highlights. Bungalows & Bears' lineup includes Tramlines alumnus Hannah Lou Clark. Crystal features the scuzzy-rock satire of Asylums, while grungy anarchists God Damn top the bill at the Frog and Parrot. Perhaps the pick of the fringe bunch, though, is Deap Vally, who promise to blow the roof off The University Arms.

But it's not just live music on every street corner which makes Tramlines such a special weekend. A sprawling selection of family-orientated activities including craft workshops and street theatre will be on offer, while Instinctive Health return for a second year to host a full weekend of free yoga classes – suitable for novices and experts alike. Tramlines has also paired up for the first time with the Sheffield cultural institution that is Showroom Cinema, with an eclectic arsenal of documentaries and films available to all Tramlines pass holders, including a live Q&A with Suede, Iggy Pop Live In Basel and a screening of the iconic Purple Rain amongst the highlights.

Whether you’re coming for your favourite bands and DJs, to absorb the atmosphere, or simply to explore, Tramlines is now much more than music.

Advance weekend tickets are available here, while stocks last.

Words: Jordan Foster

10 July 2016

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