Tramlines TENth birthday party was a party… and a half! Fancy reliving a round-up of what happened over the weekend? Here you go…
The festival kicked off with a great start as Tramliners ran through the gates of Hillsborough Park for the first time as they opened at 3pm. Street food, a drink, an afternoon film at the Village Screen cinema, or perhaps local band Saint Petersburg – what to do first?!
The crowd were going mad for day one headliners Stereophonics. Their set was a crowd-pleasing mix of their biggest tunes such as ‘Handbags and Gladrags’, ‘Have A Nice Day’ and ‘Bartender and The Thief’. Right before the gig a well-deserved meet and greet competition winner Corinne Bishop (she has a tattoo of Kelly Jones on her leg after all…) got the chance to meet her lifelong heroes. This was a great Tramlines moment!
Club Tropicana rounded off Friday very nicely with a Hawaiian-themed 80s disco within the Into the Trees section, which was literally in the woods. What an atmosphere!
Saturday morning – With Tramliners still feeling slightly hungover from Club Tropicana the night before a bit of light comedy at the Leadmill was definitely needed. Henning Wehn could do no wrong and the audience were in fits of laughter. Laughter was also present during Everly Pregnant Brothers set where Lord Mayor Majid of Sheffield got involved – who knew he had such a voice on him? Blossoms were a fan favourite on the Main Stage – a sea of people turned up to belt out ‘There’s A Reason Why’ and of course ‘Charlemagne’. It all got a tad emotional.
To round off a storming Saturday Noel Gallagher’s High Flying Birds ended the evening on an extremely high note. Liam wasn’t present (funnily enough his grovelling tweet to Noel the previous week didn’t manage to get Oasis to reform) but that didn’t stop Noel from throwing out some Oasis songs. However, their rendition of The Beatles iconic ‘All You Need Is Love’ is one we won’t forget!
To start off a lovely sunny Sunday morning Mr Motivator was on-hand to re-energise Tramliners with his karate-kicking and air-punching moves. What a buzz! Sheffield’s comedy legend, John Shuttleworth made our mouths ache from too much laughing at his stand-up gig at the Leadmill Stage.
In the early evening there was a lovely tribute to Tramlines Festival Director Sarah Nulty who very sadly passed away earlier this year. Sarah had run Tramlines since its inception and it was lovely reflection on everything she had done for the festival #BeMoreNulty.
Craig David took us back to the noughties with his DJ set, which included bangers such as ‘I’ll Bring You Flowers’ and even a bit of Justin Bieber! The sun was pelting down, the beach balls were flying – we could almost have been in Ibiza (minus the beach!).
All in all, it was a “tramendous” three-day festival. We will see you for more fun in 2019!
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