Not many festivals these days have a history of letting people in for free. The Tramlines festival in Sheffield is one of the few still left in the UK with such a heritage. This event, which started off in 2009, is named after the Northern city’s tram network and is organised by a number of local promoters, organisations and venues. Don’t think for a moment though that this lack of central management affects the festival’s vibe – it won Best Metropolitan Festival at the prestigious Festival Awards in 2011.
Musically, The Tramlines festival has always stayed on the new wave side of cool. It’s one of those events that blends in all kinds of musical genres, from Indie through to Urban, but expect the majority of the names on the bill to be contemporary stars as opposed to classic. This is something that’s changed a little bit in recent years with a number of heavyweights finding their way onto the line up, but as an exception rather than a rule.
Although The Tramlines event has been free in previous years, in 2013 organisers started putting a small ticket price on the event, which is nearly insignificant when compared to the big money charged by other festivals. However, you won’t need to book in advance as this is more of an entry fee than a pre-booked price. Spanning three days in total, you’ll also need to find some kind of city bound accommodation if you’re looking to take in the entirety of this party.
Event: Tramlines Festival 2019
Dates: Friday 19th to Sunday 21st July 2019
Venue/location: Various venues, Sheffield
Price: From £25
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Various venues, Sheffield, South Yorkshire, S1 2HB
Nearest train station: Sheffield
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